Liberal Studies

Bachelor of Liberal Studies
Interdisciplinary Program
College of Arts and Sciences

The liberal studies degree program at BGSU offers a unique opportunity for students to create a bachelor’s degree tailored to their interests and needs. This degree is ideal for individuals who wish to enroll in traditional daytime, evening and online courses. To be considered for the Liberal Studies degree program, a student must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours.

Career Opportunities

The flexible nature of the liberal studies program allows students the ability to craft a plan of study that addresses the skills and knowledge necessary for an existing or future career. The broad nature of the liberal studies degree cultivates the development of effective communication skills, acute problem solving skills, and ability to interact with diverse cultures. These are skills valued by many employers in the public and private sectors.

Program Requirements

The following elements are required to apply for admission to the BLS program:

Because it emphasizes breadth rather than depth, students should be aware that this program may not be appropriate preparation for admission to some graduate programs or for careers that specify course sequences and specializations. However, the collaborative effort to design a suitable program encourages a meaningful advising relationship between the advisor and student.


The liberal studies program allows students to select courses from a variety of academic departments or schools to create a program that caters to individualized interests. The program requires a minimum of 122 credit hours with no more than 27 of those credits taken in any one department or school. Students obtaining the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree must:

Online Option

The online option of the liberal studies program is designed for students who wish to complete part of their degrees via distance education. These may include students with work schedules or other life responsibilities that prevent them from coming to campus or people living out of the area who wish to complete their degrees at BGSU. Typically, a minimum of 60 hours towards the major is needed to complete the degree through distance education coursework. Individuals interested in distance education should meet with an academic advisor to determine if the online option would be suitable.

For Further Information

Internet Access

BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at

The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Liberal Studies, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: