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Earn your Liberal Studies degree from USM!

Liberal Studies BLS
Program Overview

Discover the endless career possibilities you would have with an online Liberal Studies BLS degree from The University of Southern Mississippi.  Our BLS program allows you – the student – to design an academic pathway that will focus on your academic interests and talents.  These emphasis areas will guide you toward developing a research project that incorporates aspects of your concentrations.  USM offers you a flexible and convenient learning environment as you pursue your academic goals, while maintaining your personal life and schedule.

The opportunities for learning and serving are endless at Online at Southern Miss.  We want to provide you with an affordable pathway towards earning your bachelor’s degree on your terms, while never setting foot in a traditional classroom.  This is your life, plus college.

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Degree Requirements


  • ENG 101 – Composition One
  • ENG 102 – Composition Two


Science Requirements (8 hours minimum)

Select 2 courses with labs:

  • BSC 103 – Biology and Society 3 hrs. ◊AND
  • BSC 103L – Biology and Society Laboratory 1 hr ◊
  • BSC 110 – Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. ◊AND
  • BSC 110L – Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr. ◊
  • BSC 111 – Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. ◊AND
  • BSC 111L – Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • CHE 104 – Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 104L – Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr.
  • CHE 106 – General Chemistry I 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 106L – General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • CHE 107 – General Chemistry II 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 107L – General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 111 – General Physics I 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 111L – General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 112 – General Physics II 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 112L – General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr.
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

Select 1 course:

  • MAT 100 – Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 – College Algebra 3 hrs.
  • Higher-level MAT course


  • ENG 203 – World Literature 3 hrs.
Select 2 courses, 1 History required

  • HIS 101 – World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs.
  • HIS 102 – World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs.
  • PHI 151 – Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 – Comparative Religion 3 hrs.


Select 1 course:

  • ART 130 – Art Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • DAN 130 – Dance Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • MUS 165 – The Enjoyment of Music 3 hrs.


Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101 – The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • ECO 101 – Basic Economics 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 – World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs.
  • PS 101 – American Government 3 hrs.
  • PSY 110 – General Psychology 3 hrs.
  • SOC 101 – Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs.


Select 1 course:

  • CSC 100 – Introduction to Computing 3 hrs.
  • LIS 201 – Introduction to Information Literacy 3 hrs.


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


Select 1 course:

  • CMS 111 – Oral Communication 3 hrs. (SI)


Select 1 course:

 

  • BLS 402 – Liberal Studies Capstone Supplement (Capstone) OR
  • BLS 401 – Research Seminar
  • Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites
  • Must be taken in conjunction with BLS 401 or BLS 491

Note:


*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 restrictions apply; see here.

GEC 06 – GEC 09 courses are specific to this major.

For full description of the GEC, see here.



Students select 36 hours, with a minimum of 12 hours in 3 of the 6 Colleges. 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 College:

  • Select 12 hours from College 1 (6 must be 300/400 level)
  • Select 12 hours from College 2 (6 must be 300/400 level)
  • Select 12 hours from College 3 (6 must be 300/400 level)
  • BLS 402 – Liberal Studies Capstone Supplement (Capstone)
Select 1 course:

  • BLS 401 – Research Seminar 3 hrs.


One concentration of 18 hours minimum approved by program Director.



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 45 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.


Frequently Asked Questions


Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your degree once your transcript has been  evaluated and posted.  



No, online students pay resident tuition.  For information about pricing, click here 



If yes, visit online.usm.edu/military for more information on how Southern Miss can serve you and your needs.   We’re here to help you with funding and scholarship information, admissions and even enrolling in courses.   



Yes, the program is available totally online.  Students are not required to visit campus for an in-class lecture; however, an online lecture could be required by your instructor.   



Are there additional fees?

Additional course fees may apply.  Fees range between $20-$60.   


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