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Welcome to the Bachelor of Liberal Studies website!

What Is The Bachelor Of Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree program is designed to provide the opportunity for students to pursue a broad-based education in liberal arts and sciences. Students in the program are offered the flexibility to develop individualized programs with an interdisciplinary focus. Unlike other majors, the Bachelor of Liberal Studies emphasizes breadth of study rather than focus on a single discipline. The program is designed to meet the needs of students whose interests may not be fully met with specific curricula and who have integrative abilities to plan and develop a program appropriate to those interests.

Admission Into The Bachelor Of Liberal Studies Program

Admission to the program is based on approval of a proposed plan of study that demonstrates both an interdisciplinary focus and the inability to satisfy goals with a specific SIUE major. The plan of study must satisfy all the requirements listed below. The proposal must include a statement of educational goals, the interdisciplinary focus, courses selected to satisfy all requirements, and the relevance of the BLS degree to those goals. Students submit the proposal for a review by three faculty who must acknowledge the appropriateness of the interdisciplinary focus and who agree that the focus cannot be supported within any existing SIUE major. This process must also include the student's planning for the Senior Assignment. Students should have at least a 2.0 grade point average at the time of entry into the program. An approved student proposal constitutes an educational contract, which may be modified only after approval by the director of the BLS degree. The educational contract should reflect a curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus in the Liberal Studies Disciplinary Course Distribution requirements as well as in elective courses.

For more information about the BLS Program, please contact:

Program Director

Brian Hinterscher 

Director, CAS Advising

College of Arts & Sciences


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