About the Program
Bachelor of Liberal Studies
The Bachelor of Liberal Studies recognizes adult learners in their role as engaged, global citizens and empowers them to serve as leaders and decision-makers in a rapidly changing world.
The BLS prepares adult learners for collective inquiry across liberal arts disciplines and for collaborative action across diverse cultures in order to contribute to a sustainable, humane, and just society.
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:
- Demonstrate advanced analytical, research, quantitative, communications, and collaborative skills as well as cultural and information literacy.
- Describe, analyze, and evaluate critical issues and theories within and across specific liberal arts disciplines.
- Map the issues and applications of the liberal arts to relevant political, economic, social, and historical contexts.
- Relate and apply content and theoretical concepts drawn from the liberal arts disciplines to experience, issues, and problems in their families, careers, and communities.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.