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
$318 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
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 help of your academic advisor that will construct a detailed path to complete your major online. This will allow you to enroll in courses that align with your personal and career goals while you acquire a greater breadth of knowledge than is available in other major programs.

Degree requirements

A total of 180 quarter credits are required to graduate with your liberal arts degree. Complete curriculum details are available on Oregon State's academic catalog.

For additional information about OSU's Baccalaureate Core, please visit our bacc core details page. You can also find complete details online about the College of Liberal Arts core.

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:

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

Pre-education option and elementary education focus

OSU's liberal studies program, through a diverse combination of courses in a pre-education option, 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 can help you develop the appropriate course plan to meet your elementary education goals.

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 must be reviewed upon admittance to OSU for appropriate articulation. Find more information about transferring credits using the Office of Admissions’ single-course search tool.

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 to operate in your state.

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