BACHELOR OF LIBERAL STUDIES PROGRAM
John M. Minniear, Director
I. FACULTYBLS faculty members are selected from diverse areas of the University (the College of Business Administration, College of Letters and Science, College of Education and Human Services, College of Nursing and the Counseling Center). Occasionally, visiting lecturers are invited to join the BLS faculty.
II. DEGREESAssociate: Students may elect to earn an Associate of Arts and Science degree upon completion of the stipulated general education requirements and completion of a sufficient number of additional credits to satisfy the 64 credit minimum.
Undergraduate: A major in Liberal Studies can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Liberal Studies.
Graduate: The Program does not offer a graduate program.
General Education Required Courses:
These BLS courses satisfy the General Education Requirement:
III. SUMMARY OF FIELDS OF STUDY
1. GOAL(S)The Boards of Regents approved the Liberal Studies Degree Program in October 1978. Administered by the Center of Weekend/Evening Degree Programs, the Liberal Studies Degree Program is designed especially for the working adult. Classes meet on weekends (Friday evenings, Saturday, Sunday mornings) and four points of entry are offered to students each semester. The degree has three components: the General Education required courses, the Liberal Studies major, and elective courses to meet graduation requirements.
The General Education required courses consist of integrated courses in Personal Development, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Natural Science.
The Liberal Studies major consists of theme and contemporary issue courses, research seminars and a final capstone seminar, all of which emphasize verbal and written communication skills, decision-making and problem-solving, and critical analysis.
3. THE MINOR(S)None.
IV. ADMISSION/GRADUATION REQUIREMENTSAdmission to the BLS Degree Program is governed by the general admission policies of the University as stipulated in this Undergraduate Bulletin. Applicants to the BLS program must have successfully completed a high school diploma or Graduation Equivalency Diploma (GED/HSED) and, in the case of reentry and transfer students, must enjoy good academic standing with a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average for all prior collegiate work.
The BLS Degree requires the completion of a minimum of 120 earned semester credits, including all required general education course work, the required courses for the Liberal Studies major and a sufficient number of elective credits to meet the 120 credit requirement.
General Baccalaureate Degree requirements:
1. At least 30 credits of the 120 semester credits applied to the degree must be earned in University of Wisconsin Oshkosh courses.
2. At least 15 of the last 30 semester credits applied to the degree must be earned in University of Wisconsin Oshkosh courses.
3. A minimum of 35 of the 120 semester credits must be earned in upper-level courses (those earned at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh numbered -300 and above).
4. The BLS degree requires a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the following categories (based on all credits attempted at all institutions):
V. REQUIRED CORE COURSESThis Major consists of a single program of study. For requirements, see Section VI.
VI. THE MAJORS, WITH EMPHASES AND/OR OPTIONS
1. LIBERAL STUDIES MAJOR
Required Credits: 36 minimum
Additional courses beyond the Minimum Requirement may be taken from the Department's offerings.
Elective credits may be earned through BLS Program course offerings, other University of Wisconsin Oshkosh courses, or transfer credits from any accredited college or university. The Bachelor of Liberal Studies Program accepts associate degrees from the University of Wisconsin System institutions as having met the program's General Education requirements. Associate degrees from other colleges and universities are accepted on a per course basis in accordance with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh transfer credit policy.
Note: Students majoring in Liberal Studies may pursue a Business minor by taking all business courses in the evenings. See the College of Business Administration "minor".
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Last Updated July 1, 1999