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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.


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.

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:  All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits): One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252; GRMN141-GRMN142 or GRMN241-GRMN242; NATV141-NATV142 or NATV201-NATV202; or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.

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