Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies

To stand out in today’s job market, you need to develop a variety of skills and basic knowledge of your chosen field. That’s why our Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies degree allows you to choose a combination of courses from several disciplines. This online program gives you the opportunity to transfer previously earned credits from an accredited college or university, or design a program of study based on a sequence of selected elective courses. 

A concentration in leadership is also available within the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies program and is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills to lead others in diverse settings.

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies Program Highlights

The liberal studies program applies to a wide variety of possible careers because of the focus on practical application and flexibility in selecting major elective courses. This makes for a customizable degree plan based on your career and professional interests. No matter what you choose to study, deciding to further your education with Kaplan University lets you take the first step toward pursing a rewarding career.

Prepare for Future Studies

Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be applied toward the requirements of certain Kaplan University degree programs. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online at Kaplan University

Leadership Concentration

Developing specialized skills in a specific area of liberal studies may set you apart from other applicants in today's competitive job market.* Customize your curriculum with leadership concentration, which is designed to prepare you with knowledge and skills to lead others in diverse settings. Courses examine organizational behavior, conflict management and team dynamics, strategic communication, and leadership in practice.

Expand to Learn More

Accelerated Master's Degree Option

Interested in continuing on to pursue a graduate degree? Our flexible degree pathways allow you to work toward any of the following Kaplan University master’s degrees while you earn your bachelor’s degree: 

  • Master of Public Administration 
  • Master of Science in Human Services 
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies 
  • Master of Science in Psychology 

Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Speak to an Education Advisor for more details upon enrollment in this bachelor’s degree program.

Expand to Learn More

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

This program prepares students to acquire the breadth of knowledge required to pursue positions in a variety of fields, depending on the concentration you choose. You could seek to enter the fields of advertising, public relations, human resources, law, criminal justice, health care, social services, business management, marketing, and more.*

Who Should Take This Program?

Students are able to choose their own major elective courses from a wide variety of focus areas. This provides greater flexibility and allows students to play an active role in choosing a courses that support a specific interest. This degree is also an excellent choice for military students, students with transfer credit, and students with experiential learning credit, as the degree plan allows greater flexibility in applying transfer credit toward program requirements.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

07

Dec

Online Start Date

December 07, 2016

04

Jan

Online and Campus Start Date

January 04, 2017

01

Feb

Online Start Date

February 01, 2017

01

Mar

Online and Campus Start Date

March 01, 2017

22

Mar

Online and Campus Start Date

March 22, 2017

19

Apr

Online Start Date

April 19, 2017

17

May

Online and Campus Start Date

May 17, 2017

07

Jun

Online and Campus Start Date

June 07, 2017

05

Jul

Online Start Date

July 05, 2017

02

Aug

Online and Campus Start Date

August 02, 2017

23

Aug

Online and Campus Start Date

August 23, 2017

20

Sep

Online Start Date

September 20, 2017

18

Oct

Online and Campus Start Date

October 18, 2017

08

Nov

Online and Campus Start Date

November 08, 2017

06

Dec

Online Start Date

December 06, 2017

Curriculum: Standard Track

  • Bachelor's Core

    Total Bachelor's Core Credits: 33

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 220: COLLEGE COMPOSITION II Change

      This course helps students apply research and critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CS 204: PROFESSIONAL PRESENCE Change

      This course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability, and using proper technologies to manage professional identities. 

      Credits:

      3

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    Choose Your Courses Below

    • MM 150: SURVEY OF MATHEMATICS Change

      Students will improve their background in mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may include sets, variables, measurement, and statistics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • MM 212: COLLEGE ALGEBRA Change

      This course covers topics of algebra including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems of equations with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HU 200: ARTS AND HUMANITIES—MODERN CREATIVE EXPRESSIONS Change

      As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 245: ETHICS Change

      In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 250: HUMANITIES AND CULTURE Change

      In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SC 200: DISCOVERING SCIENCE—CURRENT ISSUES IN A CHANGING WORLD Change

      This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 235: GENERAL BIOLOGY I—HUMAN PERSPECTIVES Change

      In this introduction to biology, students will explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors course.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 246: FUNDAMENTALS OF MICROBIOLOGY Change

      Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect on humans and the environment will also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology. Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological sciences, nursing, and genetics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SC 250: SCIENCE FOR EVERYDAY LIFE Change

      Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of information streaming in from various sources.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SS 211: THE 1960S—RESHAPING THE AMERICAN DREAM Change

      This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 236: PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS—AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT Change

      The purpose of this introductory-level American government course is to provide students with crucial knowledge about how government works and about how they, as individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable personally and professionally.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • SS 250: THE TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION—A SOCIAL SCIENTIFIC APPROACH Change

      This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

  • Major

    Total Major Credits: 88

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CM 115: COMMUNICATION—CONCEPTS AND SKILLS Change

      Being able to communicate effectively in an information-based and globally connected society is a necessary and vital part of all professions. This course introduces basic communication skills, why intended messages often get misunderstood, how linguistic, cultural, gender, and social differences impact communication, and how to effectively and ethically use technology as a communication tool. Students will be introduced to the knowledge and skills necessary to understand communication and to effectively communicate in both professional and personal applications.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • CM 310: COMMUNICATION AND CONFLICT Change

      This course focuses on the nature of communication and conflict in interpersonal and organizational contexts. Students learn to apply theories of conflict and conflict resolution with an emphasis on ways to manage conflict in order to create more productive and satisfying interpersonal and professional relationships.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      CM 220

    • HU 245: ETHICS Change

      In this course, students develop sound ethical reasoning and judgment through the study of practical applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics as it relates to business, health care, society, and the environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical principles and analytical methods.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HU 345: CRITICAL THINKING Change

      This course helps students apply tools of informal logic and critical thinking to practical situations they encounter in everyday life. Students will learn how to use methods of critical thinking to evaluate arguments, claims, and strategies for constructing sound arguments. They will also learn how to identify and respond to faulty or manipulative reasoning in their own thinking and arguments, and in the thinking and arguments of others. In addition, students will assess the reasoning found in mass media (such as websites, advertisements, and newspapers). Finally, students will apply the concepts
      they study to real-world issues of personal and professional significance. 

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • MM 207: STATISTICS Change

      This course serves as an introduction to collecting, organizing and summarizing, and analyzing data using statistical software. Topics include basic terminology, measurement, sampling procedures, graphical and numerical descriptions of data, basic probability, and making inferences from a sample to the population. Statistical software is required in this course and used extensively. The course focuses on “thinking with” statistics rather than “computing” statistics.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      MM 150 or higher

    • SC 115: PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION Change

      This is an introductory-level course in which students investigate the fundamental concepts of nutrition: food sources, nutrient function, digestion, absorption, and metabolism. Special attention is given to learning to apply nutritional principles to food choices in a way that encourages a healthy lifestyle. Students will learn how nutritional needs change from infancy through adulthood including pregnancy and the senior stages of life.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • PS 124: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY Change

      This course provides a broad introduction to the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into human thought and actions including what motivates us to study human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical psychological concepts related to students’ personal and professional relationships. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • SS 360: AMERICAN WOMEN Change

      This course examines how gender shapes the experience of women in their social, political, and professional roles. The exploration includes the impact of class, religion, race, and ethnicity on gender roles and expectations for women from 1848 through the present day. Additionally, students will explore the cultural influence of women throughout American history including contributions of women to philosophy, literature, and art. Throughout the course, students will investigate themes of continuity and change in the lives of American women.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • 100/200-LEVEL: MAJOR ELECTIVES Change

      Credits:

      15

      Prerequisites Required:

      N/A
    • 300/400-LEVEL: MAJOR ELECTIVES Change

      Credits:

      24

      Prerequisites Required:

      N/A
    • LI 499: BACHELOR'S CAPSTONE IN LIBERAL STUDIES Change

      This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies. This course builds on the concepts of all the courses students have taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their coursework in an original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree program.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      Last term or permission from the Dean

  • Electives

    Total Electives Credits: 59

    Total Program Credits: 180

Curriculum: Concentration

Concentration
Select a Concentration
  • Select a Concentration
  • Leadership Concentration
  • Please Select a Concentration Above
  • Leadership Concentration

    Total Leadership Concentration Credits: 24

    Total Program Credits: 180

    • CM 460: STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION Change

      This course focuses on strategic communication in a variety of contexts. You will explore the fundamentals of effective strategic communication including self-awareness, critical thinking, and the application of ethical standards. The concepts of crafting an effective message, professional communication, and leadership will be applied. In this class, you will develop strategic communication for diverse audiences.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Concentration courses are completed within the major requirements of the degree plan.
    • LI 410: LEADERSHIP IN PRACTICE Change

      This course examines leadership theory and practice, focusing on elements such as effective leadership behavior, the differences between leadership and management, leading change, and how leadership impacts people and systems in a continually changing global and virtual environment.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

      Concentration courses are completed within the major requirements of the degree plan.
    • MT 302: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR Change

      This course explores human behavior in organizations. You will examine individual behavior, attitudes, personality, values, perception, and emotions and how these affect organization outcomes. The course also examines the theories, concepts, and application of motivation as well as the importance of stress management, professional ethics, and organizational culture. You will gain an understanding and appreciation for communication processes, channels, and styles. You will also gain a set of organizational design tools.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      MT 140

      Concentration courses are completed within the major requirements of the degree plan.
    • MT 340: CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND TEAM DYNAMICS Change

      This course addresses team dynamics of organizations in an increasingly complex work environment. Group behavior, team building, and decision making are examined. Theories and issues of leadership as well as the implications of power, politics, and conflict in the workplace are discussed. There is an emphasis on the development of a better understanding of individual and group interactions and the components and styles of effective negotiation. A greater appreciation of organizational culture and diversity, and an understanding of managing change is applied to real-world scenarios.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      MT 302

      Concentration courses are completed within the major requirements of the degree plan.

Can I Afford This?

Kaplan University is committed to helping you find more ways to save on college tuition. Our Tuition Cap, scholarships, grant, military reductions, and transfer and experiential learning credits are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Ways to Save

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Helpful Information

Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your career to a higher level.

View Brochures

Request More Information

To receive the Kaplan University Program Guide, including areas of study and associated career paths, please complete this information form.
View notes and conditions

* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.