Designed with the needs of a wide variety of students in mind, the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) offers a structured, but flexible, path to a bachelor's degree. This degree plan is particularly well-suited to students who have earned many hours but are not close to completing a degree in any major, often as a result of changing their major multiple times. The BLS provides a flexible path to degree that allows students to combine courses in ways that are interesting and relevant to them in order to earn a degree. In addition to the General Education Curriculum of the University, students completing the BLS take 36 hours of coursework from three of six areas to design their own general studies degree. Students also choose an 18-hour concentration from among the minors offered at USM. Seniors complete a Capstone Experience by developing and implementing either an individual research project or an experiential learning project. Please talk with an advisor in the school for details about this program.
Liberal Studies BLS Degree Requirements (120 hours)
Liberal Studies BLS Semester Guide
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