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Accelerated Degree Completion

A.A., B.A., or B.S. in Liberal Studies

 

Students pursuing a degree in Liberal Studies may choose to work toward an Associate of Arts degree either as a terminal degree or to design their course work in such a way that courses for the Associate of Arts degree fully articulate with the requirements for either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies. An additional 60 credits are required beyond the Associate of Arts to complete the bachelor’s degree.

Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Liberal Studies degree program, students will be able to:

  • Utilize writing skills developed through written assignments in a variety of disciplines as well as in work and life situations.

  • Use oral communication effectively in daily living.

  • Think critically and creatively about problem solving.

  • Combine life and classroom experiences in seeking new career directions.

  • Assume responsibility for continuing a lifetime of learning.

  • View the diversity of cultures and peoples in the world through many perspectives.

  • Initiate, design, and complete research papers.

  • Develop Experiential Learning Projects which complement seminar subjects.

  • Apply the body of knowledge learned in a selected area of concentration to work environments and life situations.

 

Uniquely Personal
Because every student is different, and brings varying amounts of prior learning credits and experience, your Program Plan will be unique to your own interests and needs – no two Program Plans are alike!  Therefore, scheduling an appointment with an Advisor in the Division of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies program is critical to both creating a plan toward degree completion and getting started. 

You can begin at the start of any semester, and you may apply up to 90 transfer credits into the 120 credit bachelor of arts or bachelor of science programs, consistent with current policy, via college or university credit, documented prior learning, military credit or other methods. You may have accumulated credit through your respective places of employment-credits that may be applied to your degree requirements. Examples include certificates of program completion, military training documents, and professional licensures. There is no guarantee of such credit until appropriate documents are evaluated in detail by the Division Dean and the Registrar. 
For many students, the various ways to obtain credit enables further acceleration.  Advisors help to identify “next steps” to determine how many courses are needed and a timely plan for graduation, based on individual needs.

Course Requirements
For the Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies:
Liberal Studies Core Curriculum…………………………………………………..42 credits

The following 6-credit courses are required for the Core curriculum:
LSENG 190* Research Techniques
LSLIT 110* Literature and the Adult Experience
LSMAT 200** Contemporary Mathematics

One of the following courses**
     LSANT 200 Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems
     LSPSY 200 Introduction to Psychology
     LSSOC 200 Dynamics of Social Change
LSSCI 200** Science and Society
LSREL 200** Ideals in Conflict

One of the following courses**
     LSHST 200-210 History
     LSHUM 200 Human Potential and the Arts
Self-Designed (Elective) Curriculum…………………………………………18 credits
Students may self-design the remaining credits.
TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS………………………………………………….60 credits

*In preparation for the writing and research requirements of all 6-credit seminars, LSENG 190 and LSLIT 110, or their equivalent, must be taken prior to registering for any other 6-credit seminar.

* *Transfer credit in related disciplines and documented prior learning may be evaluated to satisfy either specific course and/or General Elective requirements.

For the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies:
Liberal Studies Core Curriculum………………………………………………..60 credits

The following 6-credit courses are required for the Core curriculum:

LSLIT 110* Literature and the Adult Experience
LSMAT 200** Contemporary Mathematics

One of the following courses**
     LSANT 200 Anthropology and Contemporary Human Problems
     LSPSY 200 Introduction to Psychology
     LSSOC 200 Dynamics of Social Change
LSSCI 200** Science and Society
LSREL 200** Ideals in Conflict
LSHST 200-210** History
LSHUM 200** Human Potential and the Arts
LSHUM 201-210** Foreign Language and Culture
LSINT 490** Themes in Interdisciplinary Study

Self-Designed (Elective) Curriculum……………………………………………60 credits

Students may self-design the remaining credits or select one or more concentrations. Concentrations may only be selected by those students who are pursuing either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.

TOTAL REQUIRED CREDITS………………………………………………….120 credits

*In preparation for the writing and research requirements of all 6-credit seminars, LSENG 190 and LSLIT 110, or their equivalent, must be taken prior to registering for any other 6-credit seminar.

* *Transfer credit in related disciplines and documented prior learning may be evaluated to satisfy either specific course and/or General Elective requirements.

Degree Requirements
In addition to the University’s general requirements for graduation, the following must be completed:

For the Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies: A minimum of 60 credits in Liberal Studies with a 2.00 minimum cumulative GPA.

For the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies: A minimum of 120 credits in Liberal Studies with a 2.00 minimum cumulative GPA.

Admission Criteria
Any student 21 years of age or older, who has either completed high school or a GED, may apply to the Accelerated Bachelor of Science degree program in Organizational Leadership. Application procedures are detailed in the Admissions area of the website.

Advisors can provide more details including which options may apply to your own personal experiences. To discover how close you might be to your degree, please feel free to consult one of our professional advisors in Continuing Adult and Professional Studies at (610) 558-5529 or caps@neumann.edu.

 

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