Marsha Rossiter, Acting Associate Director
Weekend/Evening Degree Programs
Program Office: Dempsey 111
Program Telephone: 920-424-0234

Rebecca A. Spurlock, Coordinator/Advisor
Weekend/Evening Degree Programs
Program Office: Dempsey 111
Program Telephone: 920-424-0234

Code 31 or LIB STDS


BLS 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.


Associate: Students may elect to earn an Associate of Arts and Science (AAS) degree upon completion of the stipulated general education requirements and completion of a sufficient number of additional credits to satisfy the 60 credit minimum.

Undergraduate: The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree program offers two options: (1) a major in Liberal Studies, or (2) an emphasis in Organizational Administration.

Graduate: The BLS Program does not offer a graduate program.


Administered by Weekend/Evening Degree Programs, the Liberal Studies Degree Program is designed especially for the working adult. The Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree program offers two options:
(1) a major in Liberal Studies with classes meeting on the UW Oshkosh campus on Saturdays and in the evenings, and
(2) an emphasis in Organizational Administration with classes meeting in the evenings on three campuses: UW Oshkosh, UW Fox Valley at Menasha and UW Fond du Lac.

Students may complete course work leading to: the Associate of Arts and Science degree, the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree with a major in Liberal Studies, or the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree with an emphasis in Organizational Administration.

All BLS Degrees include three components: (1) the General Education required course work, (2) course work to satisfy the Liberal Studies major or Organizational Administration emphasis, and (3) elective or minor courses to meet minimum graduation requirements.

General Education required course work: Students may complete general education requirements by taking the Liberal Studies interdisciplinary courses or approved general education courses as noted below.

  • Written and Verbal Communication: Liberal Studies 104 and 109, or Communication 111 and English 101 (Note: AAS candidates must complete 3 credits of upper-level composition selected from Liberal Studies 300, 304 or from the approved list of advanced composition courses as noted in this bulletin.)
  • Mathematics: Liberal Studies majors must complete 3 credits of general education math selected from Math 102, 103, 107, 211 or achieve exemption from general education math by placement test; Organizational Administration students must complete Math 103, 104, 204 or achieve exemption from general education math by placement test.
  • Physical Education: Liberal Studies 103 or Physical Education 105
  • Humanitites: 9 credits selected from Liberal Studies 200, 201, 202, 203, 221 or 9 credits of approved general education humanities from 2 discipline areas as noted in this bulletin.
  • Natural Sciences: 8 credits selected from Liberal Studies 204, 205, 206, 207 or 8 credits of approved general education natural science as noted in this bulletin. (Note: AAS candidates must complete 12 credits of math and/or natural science beyond general education math. See an advisor.)
  • Social Sciences: Liberal Studies majors must complete 9 credits selected from Liberal Studies 101, 102, 105, 106, 107, 108 or 9 credits of approved general education social science from 3 discipline areas as noted in this bulletin; Organizational Administration students must complete 9 credits to include Psychology 101, Economics 206 and 3 credits of approved social science from a 3rd discipline area.
  • Non-Western Culture: All UW Oshkosh students must complete a Non-Western Culture course selected from the approved list as noted in this bulletin.
  • Ethnic Studies: Liberal Studies majors and AAS candidates must complete an Ethnic Studies course selected from the approved list as noted in this bulletin; Organizational Administration students must complete Communication 318 (Intercultural Communication), an approved Ethnic Studies course, as part of the required course work for the OA emphasis.

Transfer of general education course work: The Bachelor of Liberal Studies Program recognizes the Associate of Arts and Science degree from University of Wisconsin System institutions as having satisfied the program’s General Education requirements. Associate degrees from other colleges and universities are evaluated on a course-by-course basis in accordance with UW Oshkosh transfer credit policies.

The Liberal Studies major consists of interdisciplinary theme and contemporary issue courses, research seminars and a final capstone seminar, all of which emphasize verbal and written communication skills, problem-solving, and critical analysis. See Section VI for required course work.

The Organizational Administration emphasis consists of cross-disciplinary studies in communications, economics, organizational administration and management, industrial and organizational psychology, applied computer technology, business ethics and international studies. See Section VI for required course work.

Students are required to take elective or minor credits to meet the 60 credit minimum for the Associate of Arts and Science degree or 120 credit minimum for the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree.

None offered. The BLS degree program does not require completion of a minor. Students may elect to minor in an area of interest outside of the BLS degree program (e.g., Business Administration, English, Environmental Studies, Psychology, etc.). Availability of course work for completion of a minor outside of the BLS degree program is dependent upon departmental offerings for the minor selected.


Admission 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.

Graduation requirements:
The BLS Degree requires the completion of a minimum of 120 earned semester credits, including required general education course work, the required courses for the Liberal Studies major or Organizational Administration emphasis, 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 UW Oshkosh courses.
  2. At least 15 of the final 30 semester credits applied to the degree must be earned in UW Oshkosh courses.
  3. A minimum of 35 of the 120 semester credits must be earned in upper-level courses (courses recognized and numbered at the 300 and 400 level).
  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):
  • Total cumulative grade point average of all credits attempted
  • All upper-level credits attempted
  • All credits in the major


For requirements, see Section VI.



Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum

Required Courses:
  • Liberal Studies: Liberal Studies 300, 301, 302, 304, 305, 306, 309, 310, 311, 312 and 313

A. Organizational Administration Emphasis

Required Units (crs.): 51 minimum

General/Pre-Core Requirements: (27 credits)
  • Communication: Communication 111 and Communication 214 or 215
  • Economics: Economics 206 and 207
  • English: English 309
  • Philosophy: Philosophy 330
  • Psychology: Psychology 101
  • One of the following: Liberal Studies 302 or Business 210 or Computer Science 115 and Business 311

Core Requirements: (33 credits)
  • Business: Business 352
  • Communication: Communication 220, 304, 318 and 443
  • Economics: Economics 321 and 363
  • International Studies: International Studies 205
  • Liberal Studies: Liberal Studies 325 and 425
  • Psychology: Psychology 363




Liberal Studies 101 3 units (crs.)
Adult Development in Contemporary Writings
Presents the foundations of human behavior and the opportunity for each student to discover and understand his or her own learning and behavior styles. The student then applies these learning characteristics to the concepts of adult development.
Liberal Studies 102 3 units (crs.)
The Family in Contemporary Society
Acquaints students with research and data on the family so that they can recognize some of their biases, re-examine common generalizations, and develop a knowledge base for making choices and decisions about their own life styles. Conflict resolution and decision-making tools are presented so the student can apply them in personal and vocational settings.

Liberal Studies 103 3 units (crs.)
Concepts of Work and Leisure: Developing Balance in Contemporary Society
Examines the role of work and leisure in the lives of Americans today. Focuses on the complex issues involved in our freedom, or lack of it, to determine our careers, our use of leisure time and, hence, our own life styles.

Liberal Studies 104 3 units (crs.)
Human Speech Communication
Designed to help each student develop verbal communication skills, learn to respond directly and appropriately in job and class situations, deliver planned and organized presentations, and gain confidence in speech communications situations. The student identifies and remedies his or her own areas of communications weaknesses.

Liberal Studies 105 3 units (crs.)
Development of the American Character
Identifies the origins and development of the basic national character traits of the American people. Students analyze these traits' influence upon succeeding generations, the impact upon today's society, and the influence upon the student as an individual.

Liberal Studies 106 3 units (crs.)
Deviance and Delinquency in Contemporary Society
Examines deviance and its changing definitions; provides students with a better understanding of the social order and behavior society considers 'normal.' Analyzes the way deviant patterns and life styles are developed and organized. Students will research how society and its agencies have traditionally responded to and attempted to control 'deviancy.'

Liberal Studies 107 3 units (crs.)
Development of the American Political Process
Uses national traits identified in Liberal Studies 105 to analyze the development, growth and maturity of America's political processes. Continuity and change in the political process will be examined in light of the contributions of the nation's outstanding leaders. Students identify future trends evolving from the past and evaluate the trends' significance upon American democracy.

Liberal Studies 108 3 units (crs.)
America's Role in World Politics
Explores the foreign policy of the United States since World War II. Investigates the goals the United States has sought, the values and ideals these goals have reflected, and the means used to realize foreign policy goals and ideals. The element of change and continuity from past to present will be traced, offering students an opportunity to analyze America's contemporary role in international affairs in light of past successes and failures.

Liberal Studies 109 3 units (crs.)
Options and Strategies for Adult Learners
Introduces the student to the University and its services, and presents/reviews basic reading/study skills, writing skills, and math and computer skills necessary to pursue self-directed, life-long learning, as well as college level work.

Liberal Studies 150 1 unit (cr.)
Child in History
Surveys selected aspects of child rearing practices from the ancients to the 20th century and focuses on how parental attitudes have changed through the centuries. Self-paced elective.

Liberal Studies 151 1 unit (cr.)
Evolution of Adolescence
Examines the rise, growth and decline of the concept 'adolescence' in its historical setting. Self-paced elective.

Liberal Studies 152 2 units (crs.)
Psychohistorical Biography
Surveys selected psychological aspects of three men - Woodrow Wilson, Adolf Hitler, and Richard Nixon - who have made significant contributions to history. Self-paced elective.

Liberal Studies 200 3 units (crs.)
Humanities:Culture & Values
Introduces students to various important art forms and begins the interesting process of developing a workable definition of the humanities, especially through disciplines of philosophy, literature, music and art. Students see how the humanities are related to important social issues and to their own individual concerns.

Liberal Studies 201 3 units (crs.)
The Humanities: The Return to Romanticism
Focuses on the strong reemergence of the romantic attitude in the 1960s and 1970s. After a grounding in the historical and philosophical implications of romanticism, students study artistic manifestations of this attitude, especially in the novel, short story, poetry, and architecture.

Liberal Studies 202 3 units (crs.)
The Humanities Confront Violence and Aggression
Explores various forms of violence, including war, and considers the reaction of creative talent in the humanities to the problem of violence in American society. The course gives particular attention to two forms of mass media that have shown a preoccupation with violence, the motion picture and the novel, for an in-depth humanistic approach to this important social issue.

Liberal Studies 203 3 units (crs.)
The Humanities Meet Science and Technology
Explores the historical and philosophical roots of mankind's hopes and fears concerning science and technology. Students see how such hopes and fears have been reflected in various art forms, especially drama and literature.
Liberal Studies 204 3 units (crs.)
Science: Its Methods and Language
Introduces students to the scientific method, the role of mathematics (modeling and tools), the formulation of scientific laws, the process of revision of and/or revolution in scientific knowledge, and its growth and effect on human society.

Liberal Studies 205 3 units (crs.)
Energy, Matter and the Universe
Addresses the elementary concepts of the basic physical forces in nature (mechanical forces, electromagnetic forces,
special properties of light, etc.), as well as the relationship between energy and matter, the nature of matter, the nature of the atom, the structure of the universe, the birth and death of stars, the solar system and its planets, and extraterrestrial living matter.

Liberal Studies 206 3 units (crs.)
From Atoms and Molecules to Living Matter
Concentrates on the elementary concepts of the chemistry of matter, the evolution of matter, the properties of living matter and its evolution from nonliving matter, the cell, and the replication of life. It also deals with the response of living matter to the evolution of the environment brought about by geological changes of the planet.

Liberal Studies 207 3 units (crs.)
Evolution: Becoming and Being Human
Deals with the evolution of vertebrae, culminating on human evolution, first as a continuation of the biological and then the coming of cultural Evolution; the latter leading to the tremendous success of the species, but bringing in its wake all the problems of over-population, pollution, genetic tampering, war, and perhaps even the possibility of extinction of life.

Liberal Studies 221 3 units (crs.)
American and European Drama in Contemporary Society
Focuses on the major movements in modern and contemporary drama such as realism, existentialism, and absurdism. Playwrights studied include Henrik Ibsen, Albert Camus, Eugene Ionesco, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and Edward Albee

Liberal Studies 300 3 units (crs.)
Research and Report Writing in the Social Sciences
The student gathers and analyzes data and puts the data into a readable narrative, thus strengthening skills essential to the world of business. A family history or portrait is the vehicle for furthering the skills of research, analysis and writing. This vehicle is examined in terms of cultural, economic, political and religious environments. Among other items, it also includes social patterns and mores, migration, genealogy and ethnicity.

Liberal Studies 301 3 units (crs.)
Contemporary Issues and Problems
Enables students to evaluate contemporary social problems through an exploration of historical trends and an increased facility with economic analysis. Special emphasis is placed on the issues of unemployment, inflation, energy, markets and planning, and economic growth from an international perspective. Because of the limited success of bureaucratic systems, several emerging economic alternatives are explored.

Liberal Studies 302 3 units (crs.)
The Computer in Contemporary Society
Examines the history, operation, economics, and applications of computer technology and its significance in contemporary life. Consideration is given to a careful description of present technology and what some of the main decisions are that must be made if humanity is to utilize and control this technology.

Liberal Studies 303 3 units (crs.)
Ethnicity and Demography in Wisconsin
Examines the historical influence of varied ethnic settlements, cultural diversity, changing economic foundations, and population shifts upon the government and politics of Wisconsin with particular reference to the Fox Valley. Elective.

Liberal Studies 304 3 units (crs.)
Research and Report Writing in the Humanities
Enables the student to develop increased skills in using library resources for exploring a specific topic in the humanities, in taking notes on the data, and in evaluating such data. Students are expected to refine writing skills, and present the results of their research in a substantial paper written in a form suitable for publication.

Liberal Studies 305 3 units (crs.)
Religious and Ethical Values in Contemporary Society
Introduces students to the significance of religious convictions in the genesis, development, and modern transformation of American values. Through examination of various religious critiques of contemporary values, we isolate areas of moral concern, and suggest strategies for decision-making.

Liberal Studies 306 3 units (crs.)
Popular Culture in the Mass Media
Acquaints the student with the disciplined study of popular culture as it appears in novels, films, and television. Explores the origins, the social and mythic implications, and the artistic value of three popular genres - the 'western,' the spy story and science fiction.

Liberal Studies 307 3 units (crs.)
Encountering the Arts
An interdisciplinary study of the arts in which relationships are drawn among music, visual arts, literature and drama. Students gain insights into the various artistic expressions of human feeling--their distinctive relationships and individual qualities. Significant cultural patterns that have influenced the arts in the Western and non-Western world are explored. Elective.

Liberal Studies 309 3 units (crs.)
Development of Scientific Ideas
Encourages analysis and understanding of the ideas that have effected scientific developments over the last two thousand years. Examines the growing ability of scientists to understand the phenomenon of nature; specifically, it peruses seminal ideas in astronomy, biology, physics and other sciences. Addresses broad scientific ideas and notes their practical significance for man.
Liberal Studies 310 3 units (crs.)
Laboratory Experiences in Science
Provides students with the opportunity to perform interdisciplinary, independent experiments in the physical sciences. Purposes of such activity will be to recreate the methodology and processes of the scientific method and explore its relevance in today's society.

Liberal Studies 311 3 units (crs.)
Environmental Issues
Introduces students to the complexities of environmental problems confronting today's global citizens. Focuses on a series of environmental issues that are, and have been, difficult to resolve. Readings, audiovisual materials, and discussions on three or more environmental controversies are employed to illustrate the many aspects of each issue that should be explored. Students investigate a problem of their choice for presentation to the class in written or oral form. A field trip extends ecological background and provides additional information on a major issue addressed in the course.

Liberal Studies 312 6 units (crs.)
Senior Research Project
With guidance of a mentor or adjunct faculty member and the instructor, the student selects a topic for a research project, conducts the appropriate research and presents the conclusions in an acceptable format and style. The successful completion of the research project is contingent upon the utilization of the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Upper-level thought processes - analysis, synthesis, summarization and drawing conclusions - are assumed. A Project Review and Approval Schedule identifies performance evaluation from topic selection to completion of the research project. Prerequisite: Liberal Studies 300 and 304.

Liberal Studies 313 3 units (crs.)
Capstone Seminar
Designed as a culminating or 'capstone' learning experience, this course focuses on the integration of concepts and ideas from previous Liberal Studies courses. Prerequisite: Liberal Studies 304.

Liberal Studies 315 3 units (crs.)
Managing People at Work
Examines the human resource management component of the management process. The course includes both theory and application related to effectively managing individuals in their work roles. Elective.

Liberal Studies 325 3 units (crs.)
Introduction Organizational Administration
The course provides the student an introduction to some recent and successful theories and practices of organizational administration, including communication basics, persuasion, critical and empathetic listening, leadership development, systems and strategic thinking, planning, programming and budgeting, cognitive complexity, leadership styles and development, total quality management, the improvement of human performance, and learning organizations. The student will also have an introduction to ethics, external affairs, and crisis planning and management.
Liberal Studies 331 1-3 units (crs.)
Study Tour
Study tours to various world regions directed and led by faculty members of the Liberal Studies Program. Tours are designed to provide undergraduate students with direct contact with other cultures and societies. Tours include background reading and classes, field lectures, presentations, a trip log and reporting by students as specified by the instructor. Information on specific tours, fees, transportation, and expenses will be announced each time the course is scheduled. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and program director. Course is offered jointly by the Liberal Studies Program and the Division of Continuing Education. Course may be repeated with different content.

Liberal Studies 425 3 units (crs.)
Senior Seminar in Organizational Administration
Focuses the student's prior work, both on and off campus, on the applied and the theoretical basis of the organization, of leadership, and on the efforts of people within an organization. This seminar will, through reading, class lectures and discussions, applied research and presentations, in written and oral reports, seek understanding of the theories and operational definitions of organizations and leadership. The student will be able to analyze existing organizations for problems or opportunities in organizational operation, leadership, and team efforts. The student will be able to design plans, programs, strategies, tactics, and resource requirements to accomplish predetermined goals and objectives. The student will be required to convince his/her classmates of the validity of the findings and proposals. They will be evaluating each other's work and that evaluation will likewise be evaluated.

Liberal Studies 446 1-3 units (crs.)
Independent Study
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

Liberal Studies 456 1-3 units (crs.)
Related Readings
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

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