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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.

Social Welfare Services Specialization

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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