Online Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies

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Program at a Glance
  • Apply credits from prior institutions, military training, or other experiential learning toward degree requirements.
  • The leadership concentration prepares you with the knowledge and skills to lead others in diverse settings.
  • Customize your degree by choosing electives that align with your professional goals.
  • Shorten your path to a master's degree with the accelerated bachelor's to master's option.
COURSE EFFORT 15–18 Hours per Week
Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies Overview

Purdue Global's online liberal studies degree is designed for people with prior learning credits and an interest in customizing a program to meet their personal and professional interests.

This flexible degree-completion program allows you to play an active role in choosing courses that support your specific goals. Choose a combination of electives from several disciplines to build skills relevant to your chosen field. This degree is also an excellent choice for military students, students with transfer credit, and students with experiential learning credit, as prior learning credits can apply toward up to 75% of the program's requirements.*

During the first term, you will develop an Individualized Learning Plan under the guidance of a faculty advisor, which includes a career goal statement and outlines the coursework you will complete as part of your degree plan. An optional internship enables you to gain valuable real-world experience while you earn your liberal studies degree.

Accelerated Master’s Degree Options

You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in public administration, educational psychology, human services, legal studies, or psychology while you earn your online bachelor’s of liberal studies. Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Military Transfer Credit

Earn a degree faster with our PME2Degree® program. Many occupations across each military branch have been evaluated for credit toward a Purdue Global degree. Use our Military Credit Calculator to see how much of your training counts as credit.

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Liberal Studies Careers

What can you do with a liberal studies degree? This program can prepare you to pursue positions in a variety of fields, depending on your personalized course of study. Such fields include advertising, public relations, human resources, law school, criminal justice, health care, social services, business management, and marketing.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Coordination
  3. Speaking
  4. Reading Comprehension
  5. Social Perceptiveness

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

You will complete the core and major requirements outlined in the degree plan and may select elective courses that support your educational goals.

Sample Courses
  • Communication—Concepts and Skills
  • Communication and Conflict
  • Ethics
  • Statistics
  • Bachelor's Capstone in Liberal Studies
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Developing specialized skills in a specific focus of liberal studies can set you apart from other applicants in today's competitive job market. Courses include:

  • Strategic Communication
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Conflict Management and Team Dynamics

Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits88
  • Elective Credits59
  • Total Credits180

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 231 Faculty publications in 2018–2019
student at desk icon More Than 50,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2018–2019

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, August 2019. 2018–2019 academic year.

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*Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit. Future transfer credit savings are subject to review and the academic policies of Purdue Global. See the University Catalog for Prior Learning Assessment policy.