Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies will complete a 36 credit major culminating in the capstone course, INT430 Seminar in Liberal Studies.

College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Liberal Studies Guided Pathway here.

CourseCreditsDescription
Anthropology, Psychology, and/or Sociology6The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies requires students to take six Anthropology, Psychology, and/or Sociology credits (choose two courses).
ENG209 History of the English Language or any foreign language course3The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies requires students to take three English Language or any foreign language credits.
FIA161 Art Appreciation & History or FIA170 Music Appreciation3The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies requires students to take FIA161 Art Appreciation & History or FIA170 Music Appreciation.
HIS101 World Civilizations I3This course examines varied aspects of world history from the beginnings of civilization to approximately A.D. 1500.
HIS102 World Civilizations II3This course examines varied aspects of world history from approximately 1500 to the present. A student can enroll in HIS102 without taking HIS101.
HIS103 United States History I3This course presents a survey of the history of the United States from the Colonial period through the Civil War. Students will be introduced to the major social, political, cultural and economic developments that occurred within the U.S. during this period.
HIS104 United States History II3This course continues the study of United States history from the Post-Civil War Reconstruction to the present. A student can enroll in HIS104 without HIS103.
Any Political Science, Geography or Economics Course3The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies requires students to take three Political Science, Geography or Economics credits.
Any Philosophy and/or Religion3The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies requires students to take three Philosophy and/or Religion credits.
Any upper level English or History course 3The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies requires students to take three upper level English or History credits.
INT430 Seminar in Liberal Studies*3A capstone course for Liberal Studies majors. Themes from the great ideas of humankind will be read and discussed within an interdisciplinary context, drawing from historical, social, physical, and aesthetic disciplines. The course will provide material from a wide range of sources and historical materials. Using these materials and prior knowledge, students will develop a portfolio of writings that addresses the question, “What does it mean to be human?” Prerequisite: Senior LIS majors only.

General Education Core

General Education Core40Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies must complete the general education core.

General Electives

General Electives44The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies requires students to take 45 general credits.
Total 120

*Capstone course

Note: 18 credits from the above requirements may be used to satisfy the General Education Program. The degree must include at least nine credits of upper level courses. All students majoring in Liberal Studies are strongly encouraged to choose a minor.