Dec 13, 2019  
2019-2020 Catalog and Handbook 
    
2019-2020 Catalog and Handbook

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies


Academic Director: Elizabeth Alsop, PhD.
CUNY School of Professional Studies
101 West 31st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Email Contact: liberalstudies@sps.cuny.edu

The Program

The B.A. in Liberal Studies provides students the opportunity to acquire the means to understand and interpret the events, data, texts, artifacts, and other elements of our shared and individual experiences-past, present, and projected-local, urban, and global.

The program consists of courses in liberal arts and sciences, which includes the study of English and other literatures and languages, history and philosophy, art and music, social and natural sciences, and all subjects that study human experience. Rather than concentrate on one of these disciplines, the B.A. in Liberal Studies combines them to focus on questions and problems that cross disciplines, allowing students to develop skills and competencies shared by all liberal arts and sciences rather than those of just one discipline, special area, or interdisciplinary field.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the BA in Liberal Studies will be able to:

  1. Conduct individual research.
  2. Construct clear, reasoned arguments.
  3. Conduct evidence-based analysis.
  4. Demonstrate and apply analysis of ethical behavior.
  5. Demonstrate detailed awareness of essential aspects of personal career development.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess at least 24 transferrable credits from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants need to demonstrate basic proficiency in reading, writing, and math.

Program Requirements


120 credits are required for the online Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies.

  • General Education - See below
  • Required Courses - 42 credits
    • Foundation Skills and Knowledge - 27 credits
    • Experiential Learning - 3 credits
    • Capstone Project - 6 credits
    • Liberal Studies Core - 6 credits
  • Liberal Arts and Science Electives - 15 to 21 credits
  • Free Electives - 21 credits.

Note: The required number of College Options credits and Liberal Arts and Science elective credits each student will be required to take will be dependent upon his/her transfer credit evaluation.

General Education Requirements


General Education    

  • 12 credits Required Core
  • 18 credits Flexible Core
  • 6-12 credits College Option

Experiential Learning - 3 Credits


Students must select one of the following: