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Liberal Studies

Leaders are critical thinkers who can approach challenges and opportunities with a broad perspective. The Liberal Studies degree combines coursework in a number of disciplines to help you develop a broad base of skills necessary for becoming a leader in the workplace. This degree, without an emphasis, is targeted to those that have previously earned a significant number of college credits.

Earn your Leadership and Organizational Studies degree in as little as two years

If you already have an Associate of Arts and Science degree, the online Liberal Studies program can be completed in as few as two years.

An online bachelor of Liberal Studies degree combines coursework from a variety of academic subjects in a number of disciplines, focusing on improving critical thinking and communication skills as part of a broad base of skills that will help you become a leader in the workplace. 

This degree is an excellent choice if you are looking to:

  • build upon previous college coursework.
  • explore ideas and subjects from different academic areas.
  • prepare for a graduate school program.

100% Online and Acclerated

Our Liberal Studies program is offered completely online!

Most courses are delivered in accelerated, seven-week sessions, which offer additional flexibility for students with full-time careers.

Courses are delivered through the digital learning environment, Canvas. You will interact with your professors and classmates through online discussion and class lectures. There are no required scheduled meeting times, but there are deadlines and due dates for projects, assignments and discussions.


Academic Programs Office
Sage Hall, Suite 1608
(920) 424-0297

Office of the Dean
Sage Hall, Suite 2612
(920) 424-1444

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 7:45am–4:30pm


Seven Learning Outcomes

Thanks to the seven learning outcomes for the online Liberal Studies program, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply theoretical and conceptual knowledge to lifelong experience in community, career, and personal contexts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary national and global issues.
  • Demonstrate competence in capacities for self-directed lifelong learning.
  • Express one’s ideas clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences, both orally and in writing.
  • Identify and articulate one’s own values and make decisions consistent with them.
  • Interact effectively with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
  • Synthesize knowledge from multiple disciplines to assess and develop decision-making ability.
Browse Courses

The Liberal Studies program consists of general education courses, required core courses and elective courses.

Core Courses (21 credits)

Professional Studies 208: The Ecology of Occupation (3 credits)

Examines the relationship between occupation (both work and discretionary) and values, identity and health/wellness in contemporary society. Focuses on the complex variables (economic, psychological, sociological, genetic) which affect occupational choice, and hence our freedom (or lack thereof) to engage in meaningful, rewarding occupation.

Professional Studies 209: Critical Thinking & Writing (3 credits)

Introduces the concepts related to self-directed, life-long learning with a focus on various types of thinking and writing skills through exposure to a broad range of academic subjects. Students will be introduced to the principles and processes involved in developing a learning portfolio, which will be required in their Capstone course.

Professional Studies 301: Contemporary Global Issues and Problems (3 credits)

This course explores the ethical and religious dimensions of several global challenges in contemporary international society: (1) the expanding role of religion as a motivation for violence as well as a force for justice and peace; (2) the increasing deterioration of the global environment; (3) international efforts to protect human rights in countries where there is systematic oppression or genocide; and (4) the chronic gap in wealth between rich and poor nations.

Professional Studies 303: Ethnicity & Demography in Wisconsin (3 credits)

Professional Studies 302: Contemporary Technology and Trends (3 credits)

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.

Professional Studies 305: Religious and Ethical Values in American Society (3 credits)

This course examines the role of religion in American public life historically and in recent times. It provides a perspective on the meaning of the separation of church and state as understood by the Founding Fathers, as interpreted by Supreme Court over time, and in current political debates. The course also analyzes a variety of ethical and religious perspectives that underline contemporary cultural conflicts over the proper direction of some of our most important social institutions-the family, schools, and the legal system. Finally the course explores the moral and religious arguments surrounding four critical issues-abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, and affirmative action-and what public policies should result from these positions.

Professional Studies 410: Capstone Seminar for Liberal Studies (3 credits)

Designed as a culminating or “capstone” learning experience, this course focuses on the integration of concepts and ideas from previous Liberal Studies courses.

Liberal Studies Electives
Choose 3 (9 credits)

Professional Studies 306: Pop Culture in the Mass Media (3 credits)

Professional Studies 307: Encountering the Arts (3 credits)

Professional Studies 309: Development of Scientific Ideas (3 credits)

Encourage 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. Prerequisites: concurrent or prior enrollment Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.

Professional Studies 310: Laboratory Experiences in Science (3 credits)
Professional Studies 311: Environmental Issues (3 credits)

Professional Studies 319: Creating Presentations in the Virtual Workplace (3 credits)



Our tuition rate helps simplify the budgeting for your degree. Please visit Student Financial Services for tuition and fee amounts.

Fees are subject to change each year. This cost does not include the cost of textbooks and materials. Courses taken outside of your degree requirements may have additional fees.

Financial aid is available for students who qualify. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

We also welcome veterans’ benefits and employer reimbursement.

Transfer Credits

Students with an approved applied associate degree typically transfer in around 60 credits. In some cases, we can accept up to 90 credits of previous college-level coursework.

To assure that your associate degree credits will transfer properly, please contact Admissions staff today at

Admission Requirements

As a student in the online Liberal Studies program, your major will be within the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS). There are no specific admission requirements outside of those set by the UW Oshkosh Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Learn More About the Admissions Process

Veteran Friendly

Visit the UW Oshkosh Veterans Resource Center for more information about military benefits.

A Supportive Community

You will have a strong support network from day one with small classes, dedicated advisors and excellent campus resources that are available to all online students.