Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts is the ideal learning environment in which to earn your bachelors of arts in liberal studies degree. The curriculum and courses are flexible enough for you to complete your college degree quickly while still employed, and the skills and lessons you learn will prepare you to take the next big step in your career.
B.A. in Liberal Studies
The bachelor of arts in liberal studies was developed to meet the needs of working adults. You will progress through a challenging curriculum of your own design while enhancing the analytical, reading, writing and research skills crucial to any academic or professional career. As a liberal studies major, you will also benefit from flexible course scheduling through classroom and online offerings, credits for work experience, and the opportunity to apply credits already awarded to your Temple degree.
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Curriculum and Courses
All students in the liberal studies major begin their studies in Liberal Arts 2096, Approaches 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. This course is specially designed for the adult learner returning to college after some absence.
Later in their program of study, all liberal studies majors will take American Studies 2098, Reading Culture, to complete the second required writing intensive course for the General Education Curriculum. This course will focus on a specific period of American culture and examine various kinds of cultural icons, practices, behaviors and art to determine how the political context influenced the lives of Americans during this period. This course is offered on a regular basis by several faculty members in history, English, and American Studies.
Students must select a track, either Humanities or Social Sciences and follow the requirements of that track. Critical Thinking (either Philosophy 1055 for Humanities students or Psychology 1004 for Social Science majors) is the foundations-level course for this major.
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 “breadth” courses selected from other 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).
Ambler and Harrisburg Campuses Liberal Studies Degree
You’ve got options when it comes to earning your Temple bachelor of arts in liberal studies degree. If you can’t make it to our Main Campus in Philadelphia, taking courses at our Ambler or Harrisburg campus might be a more convenient option for you. You can complete your entire liberal studies degree from start to finish at either campus, both of which feature smaller class sizes and a different type of campus experience. At Ambler, you’ll be a part of a close-knit academic community that is only 18 miles from Main Campus while Harrisburg students start their degrees in Pennsylvania’s capital. Temple also has generous transfer agreements with many community colleges. Head to the Ambler or Harrisburg websites for more information.
When you are ready to apply, submit your application online at admissions.temple.edu/apply.