Liberal Studies

    Overview

    The Bachelor of Liberal Studies program offers students course work from more than two dozen disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. It aims to train students to communicate effectively, to think both creatively and critically, and to work across disciplines. 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 advertising, public relations, human resources, law, criminal justice, health care, social services, business management, marketing, and more.

    Course Work

    The Concentrations that can likely be completed online are: art, speech communication, history, economics, anthropology, English, foreign languages and literature, new media communications, women, sociology, political science, theatre, philosophy, ethnic studies, psychology and music. The Liberal Arts degree is intended for students seeking the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, generally awarded in such fields as anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. This program includes one year of coursework in the same foreign language.

    Example Courses

    • Advanced Composition
    • World Views and Values
    • Perspectives on the Humanities
    • Development of Scientific Ideas
    • Fundamentals of Speech
    • Religious and Ethical Values
    • Perspectives on Social Institutions
    • Transformative Leadership

    Job Outlook

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that employment of public relations specialists would grow 23% between 2010 and 2020, which is faster than average. Public relations specialists earned a mean annual wage of $60,400 in May 2011. The BLS expected employment of human resources specialists to grow 21% over the same time period, and it reported that human resources specialists earned an average yearly wage of $58,890 in May 2011. Overall employment of writers and authors was expected to grow only 6% over the 2010-2020 decade, which is slower than average. The BLS stated that technical writers earned an average salary of $67,280 in May 2011.

    Median Salaries*

    • Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher: $52,000
    • Human Resources Specialist: $54,000
    • Writer and Author: $55,000
    • Public Relations Manager and Specialist: $57,600
    • Human Resource Manager: $99,100
    • Social and Community Service Manager: $59,000
    • Technical Writer: $63,000
    • Medical and Health Services Manager: $854,000
    • Sales Manager: $9,500

    *per the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook

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