Jan 16, 2022  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies, B.A. - Lifelong Learner


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Lifelong learning focuses on opportunities for adults who seek to continue the learning process by pursuing a Bachelor’s degree to enhance their role in their community and beyond along with professional transition and advancement. Lifelong learning also focuses on the nontraditional student and seeks to enhance the university experience by providing programs and services specifically designed for students returning to college or starting college later in life.

Bachelors Degreee in Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies is an exciting and rigorously challenging interdisciplinary program that provides students with a unique opportunity to study and integrate concepts from the humanities and arts, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. This is an institution-wide degree leading to a Bachelor of Arts. Options include traditional, transfer (2+2), lifelong learner and 100% online. This major explores the methods, underlying assumptions, and forms of interaction within and between these disciplines. The capacity for critical thinking, comprehensive academic background, and communications skills that our majors develop provide them with the self-confidence that comes from being culturally sensitive, intellectually independent, creative, and well-rounded persons. The Liberal Studies major allows students to create an individualized curriculum composed of courses and experiences which meet their individual career needs. This approach is different from many traditional, discipline-based baccalaureate programs which are designed in part to prepare students for advanced work in a specific academic discipline. The bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies can also be an appropriate preparation for students planning to attend graduate school in certain disciplines and professions. While this degree is open to all qualified students, it has been designed principally to meet the higher education needs of the following two specific groups of students:

  1. Non-traditional students, who are already in the workplace, but need a baccalaureate degree to advance in their current career.
  2. Traditional students with clear academic or career goals who are open to and interested in ways of organizing an undergraduate experience which draws on the multiple resources.

The Liberal Studies major allows students the opportunity to bring together – or integrate – courses from a wide variety of academic areas or disciplines to support their individual career goals. Liberal Studies also integrates on-campus with community-based, experiential methods of learning. Workforce skills today require new competencies such as effective collaboration and teamwork which may not be available through classroom instruction alone; these skills must be learned, developed, and advanced in real work environments.

Student Advisement

All students pursuing the major in Liberal Studies or enrolled in the Professional Studies Program are advised by the School of Professional Studies All student MUST meet with an academic advisor to complete a Liberal Studies degree plan and formally declare the major.

Restriction on previously earned credits

There is a 10-year restriction on accepting previously earned credits. Courses/credits earned at Bethune-Cookman University and from other regionally accredited colleges and universities are evaluated by the appropriate department on an individual basis.

School Requirements


  • A total of at least 120 semester hours
  • 21 years of age or older
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for graduation
  • If you studied (without a degree) at a regionally accredited community college or regionally accredited four-year institution you may transfer up to 90 credits. Of the 90 credits accepted, at least 60 credits must be at the 300-400 level.
  • If you have studied (without a degree) at more than one institution, we can accept your credits (up to 90 credits), provided the institutions are regionally accredited.
  • Transfer credits earned via exam programs, such as CLEP and DANTES, after review may be accepted.
  • Students are required to complete 25% of coursework at Bethune-Cookman University including their last semester of coursework.
  • Earned credits reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine if older credit may be exempt from the current “earned credit rule” in the Academic Catalog.
  • LS 499  is required in the last semester.

Major Requirements


  • At least (60) semester hours must be at the 300-400 level.
  • Students are required to earn a grade of “C” or higher in all course

Liberal Studies : Total Semester Hours=120


Freshman Year


Total: 16

Second Semester


Total: 14

Sophomore Year


First Semester


Total: 12

Second Semester


  • SM210 Sophmore Seminar: Leadership
  • Education (100-200 level)
  • Social Science (100-200 level)
  • Business (100-200 level)
  • Free Elective (200+ level)
Total: 16

Junior Year


First Semester


  • Arts & Humanities (300-400 level)
  • Education (300-400 level)
  • Social Science (300-400 level)
  • Business (300-400 level)
  • 300-400 Level Course
Total: 15

Second Semester


  • JR 310 - Junior Seminar: Entrepeneurship GE
  • Arts & Humanities (300-400 level)
  • Education (300-400 level)
  • Social Science (300-400 level)
  • Business (300-400 level)
  • 300-400 Level Course
Total: 16

Senior Year


First Semester


  • Free Elective (200+ level)
  • Free Elective (200+ level)
  • 300-400 Level Course
  • 300-400 Level Course
  • 300-400 Level Course
Total: 15

Second Semester


Total: 12

Notes:


GE = General Education Courses

* Based on your placement testing scores, these courses may require prerequisites which may extend the number of semesters needed to complete degree requirements. These prerequisites do not count towards the degree for graduation.

**MARCHlNG BAND MEMBERS ONLY, MUST substitute PE Activity with MUB 110 - Marching Band .

**ROTC MEMBERS ONLY, substitute PE Activity with MY 104 - Basic Military Science  and MYL 104L - Basic Military Science Laboratory . (ROTC)

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