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.

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.