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About The Bachelor of Liberal Studies

About the BLS:
BLS degree seekers develop concrete, marketable skills in the areas of critical thinking, problem solving, and written and oral communication. They cultivate expertise in more than one specialized content area and gain an impressive foundation of broad, liberal-arts-based knowledge which can be beneficial for virtually any career path. The versatility and adaptability in graduates that the BLS fosters is exactly in-line with the demands of the current job market.

BLS Through Pathways Components and Requirements:
*Please note that while general requirements are listed below, it is always a good idea to speak to an advisor about further details and individual student scenarios.

To obtain a Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS), a student must complete:

UMSL General Education Requirements
• The State Requirement (3) and Cultural Diversity Requirement (3) if not met in General Education course selection
• The university requirement of proficiency in English Composition
• ENGL 1100 - First Year Writing (to be completed in the first 24
credit hours at the university)
• Junior Level Writing
• The university requirement of proficiency in Mathematics (to be
completed in first 24 credit hours at the university)
• A Liberal Studies Concentration to consist of two designated BLS
Minors in participating departments or other units or
• A designated minor and any undergraduate certificate. No course may
be used more than once.
• A capstone course (minimum of 3 hours) selected from one of the
concentration areas that make up the identified BLS core.

Also Required:

• Minimum of 45 credit hours in upper level course work (2000 or higher)
• Electives 28-42
• A minimum of 120 credit hours
• Overall GPA of 2.0 or better
• GPA of 2.0 or better in BLS combination areas (unless otherwise specified)
• Minimum grade of C in all courses used in BLS combination areas
• Residency requirement, in addition to campus residency, unless otherwise specified, 9 graded  hours in each minor and certificate at 2000 level or above and one capstone course

*Not all minors have a designated BLS capstone course so students must be careful to pair minors and certificates so that they have a capstone course.

For further information and details, see the BLS Bulletin Information

Emphasis Areas Requirements:


Coursework for a minor in Communication consists of 15 semester hours of the core requirements for the major. Credit hours in and/or COMM 3395 may be substituted for credit hours listed below with written consent of the communication department chairperson.

COMM 1030

Interpersonal Communication I


COMM 1050

Introduction To Mass Communication


COMM 2231

Communication In The Organization


COMM 3330

Research Methods In Communication I


COMM 3332

Intercultural Communication


Total Hours:


At least 9 of the 15 hours required for the minor must be taken at UMSL.

Students must earn at least a C for all communication courses applied to the minor. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in the minor.

Health Communication Certificate

Criminology and Criminal Justice

All minor candidates must take:


Introduction To Criminology And Criminal Justice


The candidate must then select two of the following:



Theories Of Crime


Criminal Law


Criminal Justice Policy

Candidates must then complete 6 hours of criminology and criminal justice course work at the 2000 level or above.


Total Hours:


If used for the minor, candidates must earn a minimum grade of (C-) in the following courses: CRIMIN 2220 Statistical Analysis in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and CRIMIN 4390: Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Candidates must also have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. None of the courses may be taken on a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory (s/u) basis.

Computer Science

CMP SCI 1250

Introduction to Computing


CMP SCI 2250

Programming And Data Structures


Select three additional computer science courses numbered 2000 or above.


Total Hours:


A minimum of two computer science courses numbered above 2000 must be taken in residence in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at UMSL

General Business

Select five of the following:


Computers And Information Systems



Fundamentals Of Financial Accounting


BUS AD 2900

Legal Environment Of Business


LOG OM 3320

Introduction To Operations Management



Financial Management


MGMT 3600

Management And Organizational Behavior


MKTG 3700

Basic Marketing


Total Hours:


Minor in Psychology

Candidates must complete a minimum of 15 hours of courses taught by or cross-listed with the Psychology Department, including at least 6 hours at the 3000 or 4000 level (no more than 3 of these can be PSYCH 3390). Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher in the minor. Psychology courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis may not be applied to the minor.

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