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Continuing Education - Degree Completion

Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program

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We believe that students entering professions ultimately benefit from a broad-based exposure to the liberal arts. Programs within Liberal Studies offer an array of pre-professional courses within the context of a liberal arts education. The School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education provides evening-enabled bachelor programs that complement programs in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and 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 course work.

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 in liberal studies through either part-time or full-time study.

Highlights include:

Courses are available during the day, evening, and weekend, and also in hybrid and online formats. The program accepts up to 90 transfer credits from accredited colleges and institutions to accelerate the process of achieving a bachelor’s degree.

Rockland Extension Site
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 liberal studies majors are available:

Freedom of Choice
Students can choose one of four liberal studies majors. 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. Tailor your course selections based on your personal interests, from musicals to legal issues, child psychology to entrepreneurship. There are four liberal studies majors offered on the Purchase College campus, described below.

Majors in the Liberal Studies Program

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About Our Faculty
Courses in the liberal studies BA program are taught by the Purchase College faculty, by other academics whose specialties complement or supplement those of the full-time faculty, and by practicing professionals.

Liberal Studies Alumni
Liberal studies 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 liberal studies 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.

Interested? Let Us Know!

Updated Sept. 15, 2015

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