Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies

Campus Locations Boston, Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 120
Entry Terms Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Semester
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes


Please Note: Undergraduate classes moved to a semester calendar beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Create a Degree Program that Meets your Personal Goals

If you’re an independent thinker and want to pave your own path, then the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies may be perfect for you. Working with an academic advisor, you will select specific academic courses to compose a degree program that meets your intellectual, personal, and professional goals.

Choosing from more an array of options, you will have the unique opportunity to build a program that is finely tuned to your strengths and interests.  Unlike traditional undergraduate degree programs in which you major in a specific academic area, this program allows you to pursue an area of interest that is not pre-defined as a major concentration.

Career Outlook

Your career prospects will be largely dependent upon your course of study and the industry that you choose to pursue. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in occupations that require at least a bachelor's degree is expected to grow faster than employment in other sectors of the American labor market.

Interested in learning more about our bachelor's degrees and the pace yourself format? View our recently filmed webinar.



Please note: The College of Professional Studies undergraduate programs will operate on a semester academic calendar in fall 2016. Read more...

Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.

General Foundation Courses (15 s.h.)

ENG 1105 College Writing 1 3 s.h.
ENG 1106 Lab for ENG 1105 1 s.h.
ENG 1107 College Writing 2 3 s.h.
ENG 1108 Lab for ENG 1107 1 s.h.
ENG 3107 Writing for the Professions-Business & Social Sciences 3 s.h.
ENG 3108 Lab for ENG 3107 1 s.h.
EI Core Exploring Creative Expression and Innovation 3 s.h.

Liberal Studies Foundation Courses (36 s.h.)

MTH 1100 College Algebra 3 s.h.
MTH 2310 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 3 s.h.
ITC 1000
ITC 2016
Computer Applications
End User Data Analysis Tools
3 s.h.
PHL 1100 Social and Political Philosophy 3 s.h.
Complete 6 credits in Science/Math. Three credits must satisfy NC Core.
Science/Math includes BIO, CHM, ESC, MTH, PHY
6 s.h.
Complete 9 credits in Arts/Humanities. Three credit must satisfy IC Core.
Arts & Humanities include ART, CMN, ENG, PHL, TCC, or a modern foreign language
9 s.h.
Complete 9 credits in Social Sciences. Three credits must satisfy SI Core, and three credits must satisfy DD Core.
Social Sciences includes ECN, HST, HSV, POL, PSY, SOC
9 s.h.

Major Required Courses (33 s.h.)*

Interdisciplinary, self-designed program created by the student with faculty guidance. Approved by the Associate Dean. 30 s.h.
LST 4850 Capstone Project in Liberal Studies 3 q.h.

Minor (15 s.h.)

All students must complete a minor as part of their self-designed program.

Open electives to reach minimum credit hour requirement for the degree.*


Required minimum credit hours: 120 s.h.

*No more than 27 total credits of business courses (ACC, FIN, MGT, MKT)

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.



Estimated total tuition for this program is $62,280.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of semester hours. Most courses are 3-4 semester hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

With the guidance of a Northeastern University faculty member, you will create a program that integrates liberal arts with a special concentration.

Candidates for this program may be interested in pursuing a career as a:

  • Top- or mid-level manager
  • Insurance, securities, real estate, or business service professional

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Design and implement a curriculum plan that identifies an area of specialization mapping degree completion requirements; define, construct, and execute an in-depth senior capstone project requiring synthesis of undergraduate knowledge and application of writing skills, analytic thinking, and research methodologies; differentiate among the varieties of liberal studies disciplines.

  2. Broad Diversity of Integrated Knowledge
    Assimilate and integrate disciplinary methods; organize broad and complex areas of knowledge; demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of contemporary issues through an understanding of methodologies and content of the humanities, social sciences and sciences expressed through the use of multiple written formats.

  3. Flexible Intellectual Skills
    Question, analyze, evaluate, and recognize precedent in theoretical and empirical studies, including primary and secondary sources; demonstrate deduction and evidence-based critical thinking in essays, tests, class presentations, and research projects; develop personal insight.

  4. Applied Learning
    Design an in-depth senior capstone project, based on a topic related to the student’s academic specialization; conduct primary and secondary source research; analyze and evaluate complex and competing source materials, according to best evidence and academic standards; write and present research findings. This project serves as experiential education as it is the culmination and practice of undergraduate student learning.

  5. Civic Learning
    Assess, develop, and evaluate a position on a significant public policy question in the student’s academic specialization, taking into account scholarly and community perspectives.

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