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About the Program

Bachelor of Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies empowers individuals and prepares them to deal with complexity, diversity and change. It provides students with broad knowledge of the wider world (e.g. science, culture, and society) as well as in-depth study in a specialization in Behavioral Sciences, Literature and Humanities, Psychology, or Social Welfare Services.

The purpose of the Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree is to:

  • provide adult learners with the analytical and research tools required to synthesize their experience with a wider body of knowledge and truth in the liberal arts.
  • enable adult learners to apply content and theoretical concepts drawn from a broad range of liberal arts disciplines to solving problems in their families, careers, and communities.
  • instill or deepen the commitment of adult learners to a global, inclusive community, social justice, and collaborative service.

Program Outcomes: Upon completion, students will:

  1. Demonstrate advanced analytical, research, quantitative, communications, and collaborative skills as well as cultural and information literacy.
  2. Describe, analyze, and evaluate critical issues and theories within and across specific liberal arts disciplines.
  3. Map the issues and applications of the liberal arts to relevant political, economic, social, and historical contexts.
  4. Relate and apply content and theoretical concepts drawn from the liberal arts disciplines to experience, issues, and problems in their families, careers, and communities.
  5. Describe, evaluate, and act on the historical, political, and cultural factors that have shaped the global community, the struggle for social justice, and environmental sustainability.
  6. Identify, design, and participate in collaborative service projects within Barry University and the wider community.

The program requires students to complete an area of specialization. However, students may opt to complete both a specialization and a portfolio. Students select an area of specialization from the following: Behavioral Sciences, Literature and Humanities, Psychology, or Social Welfare Services. Students interested in earning a second specialization should discuss this with an Academic Advisor.

Behavioral Sciences Specialization

The Behavioral Sciences specialization focuses upon the analysis of human behavior, social organization, culture, social institutions from different academic traditions that collectively embrace a commitment to theory, basic and applied research, and social action and commentary. The curricular flexibility of the program affords opportunities for interdisciplinary exploration of human and societal problems and social realities and inequities from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The acquisition and conceptualization of knowledge from multiple perspectives is designed to facilitate critical thinking and integration which may result in more creative solutions for human and social ills. The program can be individually tailored to support further graduate training in counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, education, law or organizational behavior.

If students do not meet the above criteria, the portfolio may not be submitted. Students must submit their near-completed portfolios to their directors/advisors in sufficient time to allow for revisions. Completed portfolios must be submitted to the Miami campus in accordance with published deadline dates in the Semester schedules. Meeting these deadlines is the responsibility of the student. The portfolio administrative fee must be paid when submitting the portfolio for evaluation.

Literature and Humanities Specialization (30 Credits)

The Literature and Humanities specialization is an interdisciplinary approach to the aesthetic production of Western and non-Western literature and the arts. Such an approach includes philosophy, literature, theatre and the fine arts (painting, sculpture, dance, architecture, music).

Psychology Specialization(30 Credits)

The Psychology specialization focuses specifically upon the theoretical, empirical and applied foundations of psychology. It is designed to support the success of those students already employed as mental health paraprofessionals and/or prepare those students who anticipate employment in these areas. Students will emerge as more informed citizens cognizant of psychological ethics and able to recognize the complexities inherent in the description, prediction, analysis and influence of human behavior. The program has been designed to furnish necessary prerequisites for graduate education in psychology or to support graduate training in related fields such as social work, law, counseling, education or organizational behavior.

Social Welfare Services Specialization (30 Credits)

The Social Welfare Services specialization consists of three social welfare services courses, a human biology course, two additional required classes and one specialization elective from an array of social and behavioral sciences offerings. It is designed to orient students to human functioning and dynamics and to help ready them for bachelor’s level employment in social and human service settings.

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