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What Is The Bachelor Of Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree program is designed as a flexible bachelor’s degree program, with a foundation of a broad-based education in liberal arts and sciences. The BLS emphasizes breadth of study rather than focus on a single discipline. The program is designed to meet the needs of students whose educational, employment, career, professional, and personal goals may not be fully met with a specific SIUE major, and for students who have integrative abilities to plan and develop a program appropriate to their interests. This degree program is an alternative for students who are not well served by more rigid programs at SIUE, or who are seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree in order to advance in their current place of employment or to fulfill personal goals such as degree completion. Students who plan to pursue graduate study should take courses in this program that can satisfy graduate admission requirements.

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies program is intended to enhance knowledge in a variety of areas. Extensive course alternatives, including some delivered online, available through this program allow students to adapt their curriculum to meet individual needs. The program is of special value to those who are seeking broadly based preparation or skills, those who already possess occupational skills and seek to enhance them, and to those who seek enrichment of their personal and professional lives. Part-time students are able to complete this degree through online, hybrid, and in the classroom course offerings. Some courses may be available evenings and on weekends.

Admission Into The Bachelor Of Liberal Studies Program

Students wishing to declare a major must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Complete all Academic Development courses required by the University.
  • Complete any required courses to address high school deficiencies.
  • Achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in courses completed at SIUE.
  • Meet with the program director to develop a plan of study/degree completion plan.

For more information about the BLS Program, please contact:

Program Director

Brian Hinterscher 

Director, CAS Advising

College of Arts & Sciences


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