Credits required
180 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$366 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
4 per year

B.A./B.S. Liberal Studies – Online


As an Oregon State liberal studies student, you'll develop an individualized degree plan with the support of your academic advisor from courses within the College of Liberal Arts. Your individual plan will align with your academic, personal and career goals. While you have the flexibility and support to build a degree plan custom to your goals, the liberal studies program is not a general studies degree.

Degree requirements

A minimum of 180 quarter credits are required to graduate with your liberal studies degree, including:

A new completion degree – focused on affordability

The B.A./B.S. in Applied Humanities is designed for students with some college but no degree and provides you an affordable path to graduation.

The completion scholarship (zero tuition for your last 12 credits) is only available as a part of the applied humanities online program.

You’ll benefit from low-cost and no-cost course materials, and you’ll have maximum flexibility in your coursework choices.

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Honors degree online

As an undergraduate degree-seeking student, you can apply to earn an honors degree online in your academic major. Earning this prestigious degree gives you the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research, complete a comprehensive thesis experience and engage in co-curricular activities.

Sample course subject areas

Courses for this degree program are drawn from the various College of Liberal Arts disciplines, giving you the opportunity to study:

  • Technology and society
  • Humanities
  • Social sciences
  • Fine arts
  • Contemporary global issues
  • Non-Western culture
  • Cultural diversity
  • Literature and arts
  • Western culture

Transfer credits

Some degree requirements may be transferred from other institutions. Please note that a minimum of 45 credits of the last 75 credits in this degree program 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 to OSU for appropriate articulation. Additional information about transferring credits is available through OSU’s Transfer Credit Central.

Add a minor

As an OSU Ecampus student, you can add a minor to your degree program. OSU offers a diverse selection of minors online. You can combine liberal studies with a minor in business or fisheries and wildlife sciences to create an even more powerful résumé fit for today's competitive job market.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization and compliance.

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