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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) is program is intended for students who seek the flexibility to tailor coursework to their interests while completing their college degree. Instead of declaring a traditional academic major, students must declare multiple areas of study including either two minors or a minor with an undergraduate certificate. An academic plan of study must be approved at the beginning of the program when a student declares the BLS as their intended degree.

Available Emphasis Areas:

  • Business (evening and/or online)
  • Communications (online)
  • Health Communication Certificate (online)
  • Computer Science (evening)
  • Psychology (online)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice (online)

The BLS requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 28-42 hours of electives and a minimum of 45 credit hours in upper level courses (numbered 2000 or higher). Students must also complete a capstone course selected from identified BLS core areas.

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What UMSL Arts & Sciences has to offer

The College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL creates the next poets, conservation biologists, symphony soloists, psychological scientists, historians, criminologists, chemists, sculptors, painters, communicators, space explorers and speakers of French, German, Japanese and Spanish. With nearly 4,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students and 450 faculty, it’s the largest college and academic backbone of the university.

Supporting the university’s mission, the college provides a diverse student body access to an affordable, quality education with expert faculty. A strong focus on research and scholarship has students exploring the latest thought and theory, while giving them access to ground-breaking studies through undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Emphasis on the arts and sciences working in communion leads to graduates with a holistic understanding of their fields, creating the best scholars for academia and professionals for the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of some 275 full-time faculty members in 18 departments and is home to the School of Fine and Performing Arts. The college offers a wide range of degree programs in areas such as Anthropology, Art and Design, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Languages and Cultural Studies, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, and Theatre and Cinema Arts.

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