The Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program

At Purchase College, we believe that students entering professions ultimately benefit from a broad-based exposure to the liberal arts. Majors in the liberal studies program offer an array of preprofessional courses within the context of a liberal arts education. The School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education provides evening-enabled bachelor’s degree programs that complement programs in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of the Arts, for students who are attracted to and will benefit from a distinctly Purchase education—one that emphasizes creativity, interdisciplinary work, and social activism. A capstone project that gives students concrete experiences in the form of an internship or other clinical opportunity will build upon the practical orientation of some of the coursework.

The liberal studies degree completion program is designed for adults and transfer students who need to complete their degree within a tight timeframe and who are looking for a flexible schedule. It is possible to earn a bachelor’s degree through either part-time or full-time study in this program. Courses are available during the day, evening, and weekend, and also in hybrid and online formats. Summer and winter sessions are also available. The program accepts up to 90 transfer credits from accredited colleges and institutions to accelerate the process of achieving a bachelor’s degree.

Prospective students who are interested in applying for admission to the liberal studies degree completion program should schedule an advising appointment in the School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education, (914) 251-6500. Information sessions are also offered during the year.

For additional information and updates during 2016–2018, please visit www.purchase.edu/ce/adult/ or email liberalstudies@purchase.edu.

Freedom of Choice
Students can choose one of four majors:

  1. BS in Communications
  2. BA in Liberal Studies
  3. BA in Liberal Studies: Arts
  4. BA in Liberal Studies: Legal Studies

Each of these majors is available on the Purchase College campus, and three are available at our Rockland extension site in Suffern, N.Y. Each major provides a breadth of learning and understanding in the liberal arts fields. The range of courses offered is what makes these bachelor’s degree programs in-depth and comprehensive. Students may tailor their course selections based on their personal interests, from musicals to legal issues, child psychology to entrepreneurship.

Extension Site at Rockland Community College
Students living on the west side of the Hudson River may choose to work toward their degree completion at the Purchase College at Rockland Community College extension site in Suffern, N.Y. Students with an associate degree or equivalent number of credits are eligible to participate. Courses offered at the Rockland extension site are taught in the evening. The following three majors are available:

  1. BS in Communications
  2. BA in Liberal Studies
  3. BA in Liberal Studies: Legal Studies

For detailed information, please visit www.purchase.edu/rcc or email rockland@purchase.edu.

Overview of Academic Requirements

  1. Satisfy all general degree requirements for the BA or BS, including the core curriculum requirements.
  2. For all majors except liberal studies: arts—Earn at least 15 credits in each of three liberal arts areas: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences.*
    For the liberal studies: art major—Earn at least 12 credits in each of three liberal arts areas: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences.*
  3. For all majors except liberal studies: arts—In addition, earn at least 12 upper-level credits in one liberal arts area (humanities, natural sciences, social sciences) and 8 upper-level credits in a second liberal arts area.*
    For the liberal studies: art major—In addition, earn at least 12 upper-level credits in the liberal arts and 8 upper-level credits in the performing and/or visual arts.*
  4. For all majors except liberal studies: arts—Earn at least 6 credits in the performing and/or visual arts.*
    For the liberal studies: arts major—Earn at least 24 credits in the performing and/or visual arts.*
  5. The final 15 credits must be earned from Purchase College as a matriculated student.
  6. All liberal studies students must complete the 4-credit Senior Capstone course (CAP 4800) on the Purchase College campus in their final year of study.

*No D or pass/no credit grades are accepted toward this requirement.

Note: Students who transfer from one of the liberal studies majors to another major at Purchase are subject to the specified requirements for their new major.

For updates during 2016–2018, please visit www.purchase.edu/departments/academicprograms/ce/adult/academic-requirements.aspx.

Liberal Studies Alumni
Our alumni move into such fields as business, education, public service, social and human services, health sciences, advertising, and customer service. They work for corporations, businesses, civil services, and nonprofits, including JP Morgan Chase, Starwood Hotels and Resorts WorldWide, Time Warner, MTV, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Youth Federation for World Peace, to name a few.

Many of our graduates also continue their education in a variety of postbaccalaureate programs and at prestigious graduate, law, and business schools, including City College of New York, Columbia University, Long Island University, Pace University, and St. John’s University, among others.

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