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Liberal Studies

Improve your career potential with a bachelor’s degree.

A Liberal Studies degree allows students to combine coursework from a variety of academic subjects to help them develop a broad base of skills necessary for becoming a leader in the workplace.

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What is the Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree?

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree combines coursework in a number of disciplines, focusing on improving critical thinking and communication skills. This degree makes an excellent choice for students who are looking to build upon previous college coursework or are interested in exploring ideas and subjects from different academic areas. Liberal Studies is also excellent preparation for many graduate programs!

 To see a full list of Liberal Studies courses, click here.

Ideal for Students with Associate of Arts and Sciences Degrees

UW Oshkosh’s online Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree is designed for individuals who have some college credits or an Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree. Students with no previous college credits are also welcome to apply.

Transfer up to 90 credits

Most students in the online Liberal Studies program who already have an AAS degree transfer in about 60 credits, but we can accept up to 90 credits of previous college-level coursework.

One of our advisors will be happy to review your previous coursework and prepare a personalized planner that will help you understand how your associate degree or other credits will transfer and what coursework you will need to complete to earn your Liberal Studies degree. Complete our prospective student form, and an advisor will contact you to assess your transfer credits.

Earn Your Degree in About Two Years

For full time students who already have earned an AAS degree, the online Liberal Studies program can be completed in as little as two years. Depending on your educational background and preferred schedule, it may take more time.

100 Percent Online and Accelerated

The Liberal Studies program is offered completely online! Most courses are delivered in an accelerated, 7-week session, which offers additional flexibility for students working full time.

Courses are delivered through Canvas. Students interact with their professors and classmates through online discussion, class lectures, and a drop box for assignments. There are no required scheduled meeting times, but there are deadlines and due dates for projects, assignments and discussions.

Affordable and Flexible

Our tuition—$360 per credit for *Liberal Studies courses—makes budgeting for your degree easy. Financial aid is available for students who qualify, and we also welcome Veteran’s benefits and employer reimbursement. For more information on financial aid options, please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

*Please note that courses taken outside of your degree requirements may have additional fees*

A Supportive Community

From small classes to dedicated advisors, online Liberal Studies students have a strong support network from day one. Excellent campus resources—like the writing center, library, and academic advising—are all available to serve online students.

Contact a pre-advisor today for an individualized evaluation.

A Wide Variety of Career and Post-Graduation Options

Liberal Studies is a degree that prepares students to understand the interplay between academic disciplines, to refine their communication skills, and to be strong critical thinkers. The skills learned and practiced in this degree are relevant to many careers, especially those that involve problem solving and the ability to communicate effectively. A degree in Liberal Studies also makes a strong foundation for graduate-level study.