Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The primary goal of the Liberal Studies curriculum is to assist students in developing their analytical, critical thinking, reading, writing and research skills, as they progress through a challenging curriculum that is primarily of their own design. This program is primarily designed to meet the needs of working adults who have stopped out of college, or who have difficulty finding a major in one of the other disciplines in the College of Liberal Arts that meets their scheduling needs. This program will be offered at Main, Ambler, and Temple Center City campuses. Select courses will be offered online. 

The curriculum is a broad-based liberal arts degree, primarily focused on upper division coursework selected by the student in keeping with his/her professional and academic goals. 

All students in the Liberal Studies major begin their studies in CLA 2096, Introduction to Liberal Studies. This writing intensive, interdisciplinary course brings students together and (re)introduces the idea of academic research, writing, and participation in the academic enterprise. Instructors will select a topic of their choice and examine it from a variety of perspectives and viewpoints in the various disciplines of the liberal arts. 

Later in their program of study, all Liberal Studies majors will take AMST 2098 Reading Culture to complete the second required writing intensive course for the General Education Curriculum. 

Critical Thinking (either PHIL 1055 or PSY 1004) is the foundations-level course for this major. 

Students must select a track, either Humanities or Social Sciences, and follow the requirements of that track. Within their track, students select a “concentration” of five courses all taken in a single department in their chosen track, all of which are numbered 2000-4999. If a particular course requires a lower-level prerequisite, this prerequisite is taken in addition to the required upper level courses of their program. Four upper level "breadth" courses numbered 2000+ are selected from other cognate departments within their chosen track. In lieu of the CLA Distribution requirement, students in the Bachelor of Liberal Studies major will take four courses numbered 2000-4999 in the “other” track (Humanities or Social Sciences).

Life Experience Portfolio Review

Students in the Liberal Studies major will have the opportunity to submit a portfolio for review to earn up to 6 credits of professional "life experience." See your faculty advisor for more information.

For more information, contact Dr. Annette Bakley, Senior Vice Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The writing-intensive courses required for this major are CLA 2096 and AMST 2098.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • The distribution requirement is built into this major.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement are ENG 1801 Career Seminar and PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language - these courses are numbered 1001 and 1002;
      • All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
      • All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
        • Third semester of a foreign language;
        • Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
        • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page;
        • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
        • Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements - 16 courses/48 credits, distributed as follows:

Required Courses
PSY 1004Critical Thinking in Psychology3
or PHIL 1055 Critical Thinking
CLA 2096Approaches to Liberal Studies3
AMST 2098Reading Culture3
Concentration Courses
Five courses from a single subject area (cannot overlap with other major courses) 115
Humanities Courses
Four Humanities courses (may not overlap with concentration area) 112
Social Science Courses
Four Social Science courses (may not overlap with concentration area) 112
Total Credit Hours48
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Concentration, Humanities, and Social Science courses must be taken at the upper level (2000-4999).

Suggested Academic Plans

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - Humanities Track

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective in Any School or College3
Elective in Any School or College4
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
 
GenEd Global/World Society Course
 
Inernationally Focused Course From Approved List
 
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:3
Critical Thinking in Psychology 
Critical Thinking 
Breadth - Any Social Science 2000-4999 Course3
CLA Elective2
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CLA Elective3
CLA 2096Approaches to Liberal Studies [WI]3
Concentration 2000-49993
Breadth - Any Social Science 2000-4999 Course3
Cognate in Humanities Track 2000-49993
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CLA Elective3
Breadth - Any Social Science 2000-4999 Course3
Concentration 2000-49993
Concentration 2000-49993
Cognate in Humanities Track 2000-49993
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Concentration 2000-49993
Concentration 2000-49993
AMST 2098Reading Culture [WI]3
Cognate in Humanities Track 2000-49993
Elective in any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CLA Elective3
Cognate in Humanities Track 2000-49993
Breadth - Any Social Science 2000-4999 Course3
Elective in any School or College4
Elective in any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - Social Science Track

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective in Any School or College3
Elective in Any School or College4
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
 
GenEd Global/World Society Course
 
Inernationally Focused Course From Approved List
 
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:3
Critical Thinking in Psychology 
Critical Thinking 
Breadth - Any Humanities 2000-4999 Course3
CLA Elective2
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CLA Elective3
CLA 2096Approaches to Liberal Studies [WI]3
Concentration 2000-49993
Breadth - Any Humanities 2000-4999 Course3
Cognate in Social Science Track 2000-49993
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CLA Elective3
Breadth - Any Humanities 2000-4999 Course3
Concentration 2000-49993
Concentration 2000-49993
Cognate in Social Science Track 2000-49993
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Concentration 2000-49993
Concentration 2000-49993
AMST 2098Reading Culture [WI]3
Cognate in Social Science Track 2000-49993
Elective in any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CLA Elective3
Cognate in Social Science Track 2000-49993
Breadth - Any Humanities 2000-4999 Course3
Elective in any School or College4
Elective in any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123