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.

Bachelor of Arts 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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Online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The online Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies degree is a 123-credit program with the same core curriculum as the on-campus Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree program. However, all courses are completely online, allowing the program to fit seamlessly into the busy work and life schedules of working adult students.

The program is only for nontraditional transfer students (freshman students are NOT eligible to enroll). You can transfer up to 78 eligible transfer credits previously completed at Temple or another accredited institution(s). And because your professional experience is as valuable as your academic experience, you may also submit a portfolio to receive up to six additional credits for prior professional work experience. That means all the hard work you’ve done in the classroom and on the job will count towards your Liberal Studies bachelor’s degree, expediting your timeline to graduation.

Please contact Keith Gumery at gumery@temple.edu to get started. To learn more about the degree requirements visit the Liberal Studies Undergraduate Bulletin.

Curriculum and Courses

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. Learn more about the required courses and curriculum.

Ambler and Center City Campuses Liberal Studies Degree

You’ve got options when it comes to earning your Temple bachelor of arts in liberal studies degree, that includes where you study. Taking courses at our Ambler or Center City 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. Temple also has generous transfer agreements with many community colleges. Head to the Ambler or Center City websites for more information.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies: Frequently Asked Questions
How will a bachelor of arts in liberal studies help me in my current job?

Our bachelor of arts in liberal studies focuses on the development of critical thinking, research and communication - these skills can greatly assist you in any job, particularly if you aspire to move up in your profession. In addition, by receiving a bachelor’s degree, you will have access to a vast alumni network as well as ongoing support from Temple’s Career Center.

What sort of new career opportunities will be available to me with this degree?

In addition to the possibility of a promotion in your current profession, a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies could also open new doors of opportunity for graduate school and further professional development. You also have the option to pursue internship opportunities to experience different professional fields.

How much will this degree cost me? And how does it compare to other regional universities and colleges?

Comparatively, Temple has one of the least expensive per credit rate in the Philadelphia region. For details, please visit the Bursar’s tuition calculator.

Within liberal studies, what are my options when choosing a track? Can I design my own track of study?

Within the liberal studies program, you will have the option to choose either the Social Science or Humanities track. You can design your course of study by choosing to concentrate in one particular program/department. You can also select electives in social sciences or humanities that support your professional and personal goals.

How do I earn credits for work experience?

You will have the opportunity to earn up to six elective credits by preparing a portfolio detailing your work experience.

Does this program include the opportunity for an internship?

Yes, like many College of Liberal Arts programs, you will have an opportunity to work in a desired field and location for internship credits. For more information, connect with our Professional Development staff in the Center for Academic Advising and Professional Development.

What makes this different than other undergraduate CLA degrees?

The bachelor of arts in liberal studies has been created for those who never got the chance to finish their degree. This degree gives you the opportunity to have a say in your higher educational plan, work at your own pace, and expand your skills for current and future employment. In addition, this degree not only gives you the opportunity to transfer credits for course work you have already completed, but also receive credits for your existing work experience.

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