Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Customize Your Path to Purpose

Earn Your Liberal Studies Degree From Wilson College Online

A college degree should help you explore your passions and develop yourself as a person, professional, and leader in the world. At Wilson College Online, our liberal studies program allows you to build your own degree centered around your unique interests—empowering you to use your time in college as a meaningful opportunity for growth.

With a wide variety of electives to choose from in areas such as psychology, English, art, and communications, the liberal studies degree offers the ultimate customization in a world desperate for effective critical thinkers and communicators. You’ll graduate with a unique skill set that enables you to break into practically any industry, setting you up for a career of impact no matter which path you choose.

Choose Wilson for Your Liberal Studies Degree

Our online liberal studies program offers the rare chance to get an education that actually aligns with your particular interests. You’ll become an agent of change who knows how to drive positive outcomes in the organizations you serve. During your time in the program, you’ll learn to:

  • Understand, analyze, and resolve problems while considering multiple perspectives and tactics
  • Read, write, and speak effectively to communicate with stakeholders
  • Collaborate with others in today’s highly diverse workforce
  • Adapt to different perspectives, situations, and environments to leverage circumstances to your advantage
  • Become an agent of change who employs the tenets of strong, ethical leadership

What Will You Do With Your Liberal Studies Degree?

Liberal studies graduates aren’t confined to a particular industry or field. Instead, they can use their diverse skill set to contribute in a variety of contexts and organizations. They can also use the degree as a meaningful foundation to pursue graduate study.

Some potential career paths include:

  • Advertising representative
  • Archivist
  • Artist
  • Events director
  • Graphic designer
  • Human resources specialist
  • Journalist
  • Marketing specialist
  • Public relations specialist
  • Project manager
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
  • Writer

Curriculum & Courses

Major Requirements

The following are the major's requirements. Students must also fulfill all other requirements in the degree to obtain 120 credits for graduation.

Of the 12 courses in the major, at least six must be completed at the 200 level or higher. A minimum of two courses must be completed at the 300 level or higher. Courses may only apply to one requirement in the major. No Foundations courses can count toward the major. Students may not count their liberal studies language requirement courses toward the major as well.

Because of the broad-based, interdisciplinary nature of this program, transfer students will be allowed to apply only three transfer courses directly to the major. However, the coursework completed in the liberal studies major will apply directly to a student’s liberal arts core, ensuring that the program can be completed in a timely fashion.

One Traditions Course

AWS 215

Women in Antiquity

3 credit hours

ENG 215

Major Writings European Tradition I

3 credit hours

PHI 224

Ancient & Medieval Philosophy

3 credit hours

Leadership Course

LDR 349

Leadership Models and Practices

3 credit hours

Liberal Studies Required Courses

  • 3 courses in disciplines that emphasize the analysis of social ideas and artifacts (English, Fine Arts, Dance, Ancient World Studies, Philosophy)
  • 3 courses in disciplines that emphasize understanding and working within the human community (History, Political Science, Sociology, Religious Studies, Global Studies, Economics, Women’s Studies)
  • 2 courses from disciplines that emphasize scientific reasoning and the natural environment (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Psychology, Physics, Mathematics)
  • 2 courses from disciplines that focus on communication (Communications, Spanish, Latin, American Sign Language, or courses in writing: ENG 115 or ENG 185 , ENG 210, ENG 220, ENG 240, ENG 321, ENG 323, ENG 325, ENG 360, ENG 361, BUS 216)

Tuition and Financial Aid

$380 per credit hour

Summer ’24: $370 per credit hour Fall ’24: $380 per credit hour

6-14 credits per semester

6-14 credits per semester

Financial assistance and payment plans available

Financial assistance and payment plans available

Wilson College Online is committed to making your education as affordable as possible. We’re proud to offer online courses at under $400 per credit hour as a private college—which is lower than the national average cost of four-year public universities. Plus, our dedicated financial services team will help you get the aid you deserve.

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Personal Learning Environment

Our 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures every student gets the individualized attention they deserve.

Flexible Coursework

Flexible Coursework

Asynchronous coursework allows you to work at your own pace with no set class times—enabling you to earn a degree when and where it makes sense for you.

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Attentive Faculty

Our devoted faculty truly care about your success, both in the classroom and beyond. Their virtual door is always open for mentorship, career advice, and academic support.

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Regional Recognition

Wilson College provides the opportunity for transformative education, which is why U.S. News named the institution among the Top Performers on Social Mobility in the North.

Ethical Education

Ethical Education

Our liberal studies emphasis creates agents of justice who fuel meaningful positive change in society. You’ll learn to put your accounting degree toward social good.

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Individualized Coursework

Liberal studies students can customize their degrees by choosing from a wide variety of electives—allowing you to tailor your education to align with your interests.

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We know you're more than just a student and you have many responsibilities outside of school. That’s why we offer flexible, asynchronous online courses that allow you to study at your own pace, on your own schedule.

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What You Need for Admission

We believe in equitable education and the individuality of every student. Each student has had their own experiences that have led them to Wilson, and those specific experiences should be weighed when a student is applying for admission.

That’s why Wilson College Online reviews every application on a holistic, case-by-case basis, without any steadfast GPA or standardized test score requirements. Every student's application is assessed solely on their own merits, not against any hardline admission requirements.

Required Documents for
First-Time-in-College Applicants

  • Official high school transcript

Required Documents for
Transfer Applicants

  • Official high school transcript
  • Official college transcript(s)

About Wilson College

Initially founded as an all-women’s college in 1869, Wilson College’s mission is to empower students to be confident critical thinkers, creative visionaries, effective communicators, and agents of justice in their communities. Across all programs and fields of study, the College is fiercely committed to and passionate about providing student-centric education and individualized attention and support to ensure our students succeed.

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