Curriculum: B.A./B.S. Liberal Studies – Online

As a student within this online degree program, you will first develop a plan with the help of your academic advisor that will construct a detailed path to complete your liberal studies degree.

All Liberal Studies students must complete five main areas in order to graduate:

  1. Baccalaureate core: 48 credits plus a Writing Intensive Course (WIC) of at least 3 credits
  2. College of Liberal Arts Core: 15 credits
  3. B.A./B.S. requirements: 15 – 24 credits
  4. Liberal studies major: 45 credits
  5. Electives: as needed to meet the 180 credit minimum to graduate

A total of 180 quarter credits are required to graduate, including at least 60 upper division credits. To view the liberal studies major requirements, please visit Oregon State’s official General Catalog. And please check out the following pages if you need additional information about the baccalaureate core or the College of Liberal Arts core.

Course topics

Courses for this degree program are drawn from the various College of Liberal Arts disciplines so students have the opportunity to study science, technology and society, humanities, social sciences, fine arts, contemporary global issues, non-western culture, cultural diversity, literature and arts, and western culture. 

Elementary education focus

The OSU liberal studies program (through a combination of a diverse group of courses) can prepare you to enter a teacher licensure program in elementary education. Sample online courses that are part of this career path include children's literature, human development, history, English literature, non-European cultures, fine arts and science. Your academic advisor (once you are accepted into the liberal studies program) will help you develop the appropriate course plan to meet your elementary education goals.

Transfer credits

Some of the degree requirements can be transferred from other colleges and universities. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 must be completed at Oregon State (online or on campus) to meet the academic residency requirement. Previously earned credits will need to be reviewed upon admittance into OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through the Single Course Search tool provided by OSU's Office of Admissions.

Add a minor

OSU Ecampus students have the ability to add a minor to their degree program. OSU offers a diverse selection of minors online. Combine liberal studies and a business, fisheries and wildlife, or anthropology minor to create an even more powerful resume fit for today's job market. 


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