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Lake Superior State University

Liberal Studies: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description

The liberal studies program is designed for those students who either desire a specific set of courses contained in particular minors or who are planning on attending graduate or professional school.

This program is quite rigorous in that there are a minimum number of upper division credits required as well as a senior capstone experience.

Thus, the graduates of this program will have a firm grounding in the liberal arts as well as the requisite communication skills necessary for success in today’s world.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Liberal Studies
Bachelor of Science Liberal Studies

Major Requirements

Minimum of 60 credits must be completed which include two academic minors having no more than two courses in common.

Additional Major Requirements:

  • PHIL Elective 3
  • SOCY103 Cultural Diversity 3
  • INTD490 Senior Directed Study 3

A minimum of 24 of these 60 credits must be at the 300/400 level.

General Education

  • ENGL110 First-Year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • COMM101 Fund. of Speech Communication 3

Humanities (7-8 credits)

  • HUMN251 Humanities I 4
  • HUMN Elective 3-4

Mathematics (3-5 credits)

Natural Science (8 credits)

Social Science (6-8 credits) from different disciplines

Social Science (diversity; 3-4 credits)

Bachelor of Science:

  • Social Science or Natural Science or Mathematics 8

Bachelor of Arts:

  • Foreign Language 8

Electives to total 124 credits



Once a student decides on this major:

  1. The student contacts the liberal studies degree director.
  2. Student and director agree on choice of minors.
    1. If needed, director consults with faculty in the discipline.
    2. If needed, director consults with the Liberal Studies Degree Committee.
  3. Student and director discuss core requirements, general education requirements, BA/BS requirements and elective choices.
  4. Student and director discuss other requirements; i.e., upper division minimum requirements.
  5. Student is given an educational plan including a Degree Audit Sheet.
  6. If necessary, student makes formal request to change major.
    1. Advisor(s) assigned after consultation
  7. Student matriculates.
  8. Student meets with liberal studies director spring of junior year to set up senior capstone experience (INTD490). Subsequent meeting with advisor(s).
  9. In senior year, student returns to liberal studies director for final review and signature.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.