2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
    Oct 28, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Liberal Studies, BLS


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About the Program


  Apply Now 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, the start of new careers, graduate study, good citizenship, or personal fulfillment. Students create their own concentrations with the assistance 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 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

Degree Requirements


  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits)


CHESS College Core (21 Credits)


  • Modern Language Levels I and II (6 Credits)
  • U.S. Tradition (3 Credits)
  • Global Cultures (3 Credits)
  • Literature and the Arts (3 Credits)
  • Racial and Ethnic Diversity (3 Credits)
  • Gender Issues (3 Credits)

For courses that meet these requirements, please see the CHESS College Core list .

Major Core (60 Credits)


  • Liberal Studies Gateway Course (3 Credits) - LBST 23500 - Introduction To Great Issues  
  • Liberal Studies Capstone Courses (6 Credits) - LBST 43500 - Great Issues I  and LBST 43600 - Great Issues II  
  • Primary Area of Study (30 Credits) - Students must complete 30 credit hours in one of the following primary areas, including three subjects within that area. Area must be approved by advisor.
    • Humanities: History (HIST), philosophy (PHIL), English literature (ENGL), second language literature (SPAN, FR, GER), creative arts and aesthetics (AD, MUS, THTR)
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences: Economics (ECON), political science (POL), psychology (PSY), sociology (SOC), communication (COM), social work (SWRK), education (EDCI, EDPS)
    • Natural Science and Mathematics: Biology (BIOL), chemistry (CHM), mathematics (MA, STAT), physics (PHYS), Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS), engineering (ENGR, CE, CET, ME, MSE), science (SCI)
    • Business and Technology: business (BUSM), management (MGMT, OBHR, OLS), finance (FIN) technology (CIS, ECET, IET, ITS)
  • Secondary Area of Study (21 Credits) - Students must complete 21 credit hours in one of the following primary areas, including two subjects within that area. Area must be approved by advisor.
    • Humanities: History (HIST), philosophy (PHIL), English literature (ENGL), second language literature (SPAN, FR, GER), creative arts and aesthetics (AD, MUS, THTR)
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences: Economics (ECON), political science (POL), psychology (PSY), sociology (SOC), communication (COM), social work (SWRK), education (EDCI, EDPS)
    • Natural Science and Mathematics: Biology (BIOL), chemistry (CHM), mathematics (MA, STAT), physics (PHYS), Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS), engineering (ENGR, CE, CET, ME, MSE), science (SCI)
    • Business and Technology: Business (BUSM), management (MGMT, OBHR, OLS), finance (FIN) technology (CIS, ECET, IET, ITS)

Other Required Courses (9 Credits)


  • Free Electives (9 Credits)

Total 120 Credits Required


Other Requirements and Limitations:

  • A minimum of 30 credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
  • A minimum of 30 credits must be taken at Purdue University Northwest
  • A minimum of 32 credits must be taken at a campus of Purdue University at the junior level or above
  • A maximum of eight courses from any one discipline may be counted toward the fulfillment of the degree requirement

Degree Maps


Requirements


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Three Year Plan


Year One - Fall (15 Credits)


Year One - Spring (18 Credits)


Year One - Summer (9 Credits)


Year Two - Fall (18 Credits)


Year Two - Spring (15 Credits)


  • Literature and the Arts - select from list  
  • Primary Area (See Note 1)
  • Primary Area (See Note 1)
  • Secondary Area (See Note 3)
  • Secondary Area (See Note 3)

Year Two - Summer (9 Credits)


  • Primary Area (See Note 1)
  • Primary Area (See Note 1)
  • Secondary Area (See Note 3)

Year Three - Fall (18 Credits)


  • Primary Area (See Note 1)
  • Primary Area (See Note 1)
  • Primary Area (See Note 1)
  • Secondary Area (See Note 3)
  • Secondary Area (See Note 3)

Year Three - Spring (18 Credits)


Four Year Plan


Semester 1 (15 Credits)


Semester 2 (15 Credits)


Semester 3 (15 Credits)


♦ Discuss option for a Minor with Advisor

Semester 4 (15 Credits)


Semester 5 (15 Credits)


Semester 6 (15 Credits)


  • Primary Area Course
  • Primary Area Course
  • Primary Area Course
  • Secondary Area Course
  • Secondary Area Course

Semester 7 (15 Credits)


Semester 8 (15 Credits)


Additional Information and Guidelines


Note 1: Identify Primary Area with advisor.

Note 2: Student must complete two levels of any one world language.

Note 3: Identify Secondary Area with advisor.

Note 4: Discuss option for a Minor with advisor.

A minimum of 30 credits must be taken at the 300 level or above

A minimum of 30 credits must be taken at Purdue University Northwest

A minimum of 32 credits must be taken at a campus of Purdue University at the junior level or above

A maximum of eight courses from any one discipline may be counted toward the fulfillment of the degree requirement

Resources


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply. 

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