Nov 28, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin

Liberal Studies BLS Degree Requirements (120 hours)

Degree Plan (BLSBLS)

General Education Curriculum

GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)

GEC 02. Natural Science (8-10 hours minimum)

Select 2 courses with labs:

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)

GEC 04. Aesthetic Values (3 hours)

Select 1 course:

GEC 06. Mathematics (3 hours)

Select 1 course:

GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (3 hours)

  • Any WI designated course (WI).
    ENG 101  & ENG 102   prerequisites

GEC 08. Speaking Intensive Requirement (3 hours)

Select 1 course:

GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)


*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

GEC 07 - GEC 09 courses are specific to this major.

For full description of the GEC, see here .

Program Curriculum

DEG 01. Major Area of Study Requirements (40 hours)

Students select 36 hours, with a minimum of 12 hours in 3 of the 6 academic areas. No more than 6 hours completed under GEC 01-05 can count towards this distribution. A minimum of 18 hours must be 300 or 400 level, 6 in each area:

  • Select 12 hours from Area 1 (6 must be 300/400 level)
  • Select 12 hours from Area 2 (6 must be 300/400 level)
  • Select 12 hours from Area 3 (6 must be 300/400 level)

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (18 hours)

One concentration of 18 hours minimum approved by program Director.

DEG 03. Electives

Choose electives as needed with adviser's approval. (See Hours to Degree below)

Hours to Degree

120 hours are needed to graduate with a BLS in Liberal Studies. At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 30 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements  for more information.