Mar 04, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies, B.L.S.


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A Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree allows students to design individualized programs of study in the humanities, social sciences, and natural and mathematical sciences; to develop a breadth of knowledge reflective of a true liberal arts education; to develop critical thinking and writing skills; and to synthesize problem-solving strategies.

This degree is beneficial to a wide range of students: students who plan to work in business, technological, cultural, community, and humanservice settings; students for whom a highly specialized, structured major is not ideal; and students who have accumulated a substantial number of credit hours across a range of departments.

To graduate with a BLS degree, students will complete rigorous upper-division courses within the College of Arts and Sciences and complete a capstone writing intensive course in which they synthesize and evaluate their previous course work. Students will also be required to take at least one course that includes laboratory or field experience. Along with the completion of UK Core courses, and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements, students complete 24 credit hours in a specific track: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural/Physical/Mathematical Sciences.

Students may not double or triple major/degree with the BLS.

UK Core Requirements


See the UK Core section of this Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements . The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity


II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities


III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences


IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences


V. Composition and Communication I


VI. Composition and Communication II


VII. Quantitative Foundations


VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning


IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA


X. Global Dynamics


UK Core hours: 30


Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)


Subtotal: Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 3


College Requirements


I. Foreign Language: 6-19


II. Disciplinary Requirements


a. Natural Science: 6


b. Social Science: 6


c. Humanities: 6


III. Electives: 6


College Requirement hours: 30-43


Major Requirements


Students must take 24 credit hours within ONE of the Major Areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, or Natural/Physical/ Mathematical Sciences. At least 12 of these hours must be at the 300-level or above and another 6 hours must be at the 400- level or above. In addition, all BLS students must also take WRD 430  for BLS students, which serves as the senior capstone course. This will help students synthesize and evaluate their previous course work and lead to the production of a final project that will be required for graduation. Students will also submit their final portfolio to their WRD 430  instructor. Courses used to satisfy UK Core requirements cannot be used to satisfy major requirements.

Humanities


Select courses from the following prefixes: AIS, CHI, CLA, ENG, FR, GER, GWS, HIS, HJS, ITA, JPN, LAS, LIN, MCL, PHI, RUS, SPA, WRD.

Social Sciences


Select courses from the following prefixes: ANT, APP, ENS, GEO, HSP, IAS, PCE, PS, PSY, SOC, ST.

Natural/Physical/Mathematical Sciences


Select courses from the following prefixes: AST, BIO, CHE, EES, GLY, MA, PHY, STA.

Major Requirement hours: 24


Guided Electives


Students must take at least 12 credit hours in ANY of the three Major Areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, or Natural/Physical/ Mathematical Sciences. At least 3 of these must be at the 300-level or above. Courses used to satisfy UK Core requirements cannot be used to satisfy major requirements.

Guided Electives: 12


Free Electives


Students may take a total of 14-27 hours of free electives to bring the total number of hours to 120. Free electives may not be counted toward the UK Core or A&S requirements.

Free Electives: 14-27


Total Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120


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