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2024 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL) 
2024 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL)

Liberal Studies (B.S.) - Hegis Code 4901.00

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(Bachelor of Science Degree)

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies is to provide students with a forum in which to create a multidisciplinary degree through advanced study in a variety of the traditional arts and science fields. Students develop an appreciation for and an ability to work with multiple perspectives and methodologies. So far as any major can, Liberal Studies fulfills the College’s mission to create “a community of learners with diverse experiences and perspectives.”

The major in liberal studies was developed for students with experience or training as professionals or para-professionals in areas such as corrections, counseling, Health Studies, and teaching. It is also of value to persons with other backgrounds. The major provides students with a broad liberal arts context; it does not provide a professional credential.

Total credit hours required for degree: 120

Learning Objectives

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of society and the individual, the arts and languages, and sciences and mathematics.
  • Articulate the interrelationships between the different liberal arts disciplines
  • Recognize and employ a variety of different methodologies appropriate to different fields of studies.
  • Collect, assess, and synthesize information from a variety of disciplines into a sustained written or oral argument.

Academic Requirements

Core/General Education: 34 - 55 Credit Hours

Effective for the 2022-2023 academic year, Utica University has implemented a new general education program that replaces Core. Students who are admitted, or readmitted, for the 2022- 2023 academic year or later must follow the requirements of the General Education program. Students admitted prior to the 2022-2023 academic year must follow the requirements of the Core program. For full details of program requirements, see the catalog pages for the Core program and the General Education program. Students with specific questions should consult with their academic adviser or success coach.

Major Course Requirements

Four courses (at least twelve credit hours) must be selected from each of these three groups:

Group 1: Society and Behavior

Any 300/400-level courses from at least three of the following areas: Anthropology, Economics, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. At least one course must be from History.

Group 2: Art and Language

Any 300/400-level courses from at least three of the following areas: Communication Arts, English or World Literature, Film Studies, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy, and Theatre. At least one course must be from English.

Group 3: Science and Mathematics

Any courses not already used for core from at least three of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Mathematics, and Physics. Transfer students may not use courses counted toward core exemption. At least one course must be from Mathematics.

36 Credit Hours

In special circumstances, other subject areas appropriate for the three groups may be approved by the school dean.


The student must complete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree, and at least 60 credit hours of the 120 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences.

Program Credits

Core/General Education 34-55 Credits
Major Course Requirements 36 Credits
College Electives 29-50 Credits
Total Credit Hours Required For Degree 120 Credits


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