Liberal Studies (BA)

The BA program in liberal studies helps to address student interests in a broad array of disciplines and subject matter. The program aims to give students the grounding to use knowledge as more successful thinkers, decision-makers and leaders. The liberal studies core classes are designed to: promote critical and creative thinking as students learn how to draw upon diverse disciplinary perspectives and modes of inquiry, help advance communication skills, and support professional career development.

Students majoring in liberal studies have become part of an international movement in higher education. This movement has proven empowering to people who are given the flexibility to explore multiple interests or approach a particular interest from various perspectives. Students are not alone in their chosen path. In fact, this program is just one of hundreds of similar programs offered in colleges and universities across the nation.

The program shares with all other liberal arts and science degrees the goal of developing analytical and communicative abilities. The program offers breadth of learning in an online setting. The liberal studies degree is transdisciplinary, providing students a thematic approach to education.

Those interested in the online program for liberal studies may visit the ASU Online website for more information.

Degree Offered

Liberal Studies (BA)
Integrative Sciences and Arts, College of

Polytechnic campus, Online

Major Map

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Financial Aid
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Career Outlook

Liberal studies graduates are prepared to enter the workforce or pursue graduate or professional studies.

Liberal studies courses prepare students for careers as:

  • chief executives
  • data warehousing specialists
  • document management specialists
  • elementary, middle and high school principals
  • emergency medical technicians and paramedics
  • general and operations managers
  • human resources specialists
  • industrial ecologists
  • lawyers
  • paralegals and legal assistants
  • police detectives
  • postsecondary teachers
  • technical writers
  • Web administrators

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Financial Managers, Branch or Department 6.8%$115,320
Personal Financial Advisors 29.6%$81,060
Clinical Research Coordinators 3.3%$120,050
Database Administrators11.1%$80,280
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 4%$69,210
Human Resources Specialists 4.6%$57,420
Interior Designers3.8%$48,400
Loan Officers8.1%$62,620
Artists and Related Workers, All Other0.4%$58,250
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives4.2%$80,930
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists3.6%$49,060
Sales Managers 5.1%$110,660
Software Developers, Applications 18.8%$95,510

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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