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Liberal Studies Degree - Bachelor of Arts
The Liberal Studies major is a cross-disciplinary program that provides a broad education helps you develop the skills that will lead to success in lifelong learning and professional advancement. Learn self assessment, strong written and verbal communications skills, problem solving and group processes, and creation and innovation essential to a rapidly changing world.
Major Requirements (37 credit hours)
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All students majoring in Liberal Studies must complete the following core courses:
LS 101 Introduction to Liberal Studies
This course is an overview of the nature and importance of a liberal arts education. The course must be completed during a student’s first two terms in the liberal studies degree program. The course includes development of a coherent plan of study for completion of the degree program
LS 401 Liberal Studies Capstone
This course entails completion of a capstone portfolio synthesizing key ideas or themes across the student’s program of study and demonstrating the extent to which program learning outcomes have been met. The course must be completed during a student’s final term in the degree program. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 30 hours in the BALS major, including all core courses.
HI 101 History of Western Civilization I
This course examines the evolution of Western Civilization from ancient times to 1715. It seeks to provide a comprehensive background for subsequent studies through emphasis on the social, political, economic, intellectual, and cultural development of Western Civilization.
CA 208 Critical Thinking and Communication
Introduces augmentation as a model of critical thinking. Arguments are analyzed and critiqued to develop skills in reasoning, using evidence, finding fallacious reasoning, and developing counterarguments and rebuttals.
BI 101 General Biology I
This course provides the general foundation in biological science necessary for further study in the life sciences and allied health fields; it also serves to introduce the nonscientist to major areas of interest in the biological sciences. Topics include: the scientific method, cell structure, function and metabolism, introductory genetics, and ecology. A laboratory component supports the lecture material and allows students to perform simple experiments. (3 credit hrs lecture; 1 credit hr lab)
MA 102 College Algebra
Expansion and follow-up of intermediate algebra including higher order polynomials and nonlinear inequalities, and use of matrices and determinants to solve systems of equations. Introduction to function, inverse function, theory of equations and exponential and logarithmic functions. Prerequisite: MA 101 or satisfy score on mathematics placement exam (MPE)
The student may select either PY 101 or SO 101:
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology
This course is an introduction to the scientific foundations of the study of behavior and a survey of basic topics of psychology such as sensation and perception, the brain and nervous system, learning and memory, language and thinking, intelligence, motivation, emotions, personality, development, stress, and abnormal behavior. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in Psychology except PY 200, PY 211, PY 222 and PY 250 or HS 250 or MA 240.
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
This scientific study of human society emphasizes principles of the sociological perspective. Includes society, demography, culture, status, role, socialization, deviance, groups, organizations, stratification, and social change. Introduction to societal institutions: family, religion, education, politics, science, technology, medicine, and healthcare.
The student must select 18 credits from the below three areas. Students with upper level Literature, World Language, and Writing transfer coursework may seek approval toward Human Expression requirement below.
Natural Science/Math Area: Choose 6 credits from these choices
- Biology 300-499
- Chemistry 300-499
- Geology 300-499
- Math 300–499
- Physics 300-499
- Bellevue University currently offers courses only at the 100 and/or 200 level for Geology, Math, and Physics. Transfer credits in these areas may be used to meet this requirement of the Liberal Studies major.
Human Behavior/Human Civilization Area: Choose 6 credits from these choices:
- History 300-499
- Political Science 300-499
- Psychology 300-499
- Sociology 300-499
- Women Studies 300-499
Human Thought/Human Expression Area: Choose 6 credits from these choices:
- Art 300-499
- Communication Arts 300-499
- Communication Studies 300-499
- Economics 300-499
- English 300-499
- Philosophy 300-499
Note: Courses taken as requirements for the Bellevue University General Education Core Curriculum may not be used to towards requirements for the Liberal Studies major.
Students applying for professional license or certification should verify the University’s offerings meet the requirements with the professional organization.
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