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 Literature and Humanities or Psychology.

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: Literature and Humanities or Psychology. Students interested in earning a second specialization should discuss this with an Academic Advisor.

Literature & Humanities Specialization

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).

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.