The Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program

The liberal studies BA program is designed especially 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 in liberal studies through either part-time or full-time study. 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 other 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.

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Freedom of Choice
Students can choose one of four liberal studies majors:

  1. Liberal Studies
  2. Liberal Studies: Arts
  3. Liberal Studies: Communications/Media Studies
  4. Liberal Studies: Legal Studies

Each major provides a breadth of learning and understanding in the liberal arts fields. The range of courses offered is what makes the BA in liberal studies an in-depth, comprehensive program.

Extension Site at Rockland Community College
The liberal studies degree completion program is also offered at an extension site at Rockland Community College in Suffern. For detailed information, please visit or email

Overview of Academic Requirements

  1. Satisfy all general degree requirements for the BA, including the core curriculum requirements.
  2. Earn at least 15 credits in each of three liberal arts areas: humanities, natural sciences, social sciences.*
  3. 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.*
  4. Earn at least 6 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 (AHU 4800 or CSS 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.

Liberal Studies Alumni
Becoming part of a group of successful graduates is only one of many advantages of studying at Purchase College. The sense of accomplishment and of personal and professional growth gives rise to a satisfaction each graduate can appreciate. Liberal studies alumni move into such fields as education, advocacy, health, social work, advertising, and customer service. They work for corporations, businesses, civil services, and nonprofits. Many liberal studies graduates also continue their education in a variety of graduate programs.

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