About the Program
The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) is designed to meet the educational needs of those students who desire a broad exposure to the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and technology as they pursue their own individualized course of study.
The degree offers students the opportunity to tailor primary and secondary concentrations to meet their specific needs, whether these involve promotions at current jobs, new careers, graduate study, good citizenship, or personal fulfillment. Students create their own concentrations with the help of skilled advisors. Areas of concentration can include but are not limited to technology, humanities, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-physical therapy, behavioral sciences, communication, business, organizational leadership and supervision, and natural sciences or combinations of these.
Students may also transfer credits from other PNW programs or other accredited institutions toward the BLS degree requirements, making the plan of study even more flexible.
The highly individualized concentrations are grounded on a solid foundation of knowledge and insights, transferable skills such as analytical, critical and synthetic thinking and sharp writing skills sought by employers. The General Education Core common to all Purdue Northwest degrees, a supplementary liberal arts core, and free electives broaden the base for the personalized concentrations. A BLS gateway course at the beginning of the program and two BLS capstone courses at the end add cohesion to the degree and stress thinking skills (logical, analytical, critical, synthetic), reading comprehension, effective writing in standard English and a familiarity with the great issues that face humanity as understood by great thinkers and other sources throughout history.
The Bachelor of Liberal Studies is particularly well-suited for students who
- seek a quality, interdisciplinary college education transferable skills,
- have unique interests and educational goals,
- transfer from other institutions or other degree programs and do not want to lose credits already earned