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Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program

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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. The program concludes with a Senior Capstone course, in which students engage in intensive research and writing, synthesizing individual learning by completing a biography.

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

  1. Liberal Studies
    This interdisciplinary major helps students to develop an appreciation of the questions, issues, and perspectives underlying the liberal arts, to integrate knowledge across disciplines, and to be able to apply academic learning to life pursuits. Coursework is required in a variety of areas and includes a cross-section of the humanities (e.g., history, philosophy, writing), social sciences (e.g., anthropology, political science, sociology), natural sciences (e.g., math, science, psychology), and the arts (e.g., art history, studio art, music). The flexibility of the liberal studies degree allows students to choose advanced courses that best suit their needs and interests. Also offered at the Rockland Community College extension site.
  2. Liberal Studies: Arts
    This major combines the liberal arts with the visual and performing arts, allowing students to explore their talents and interests in art history, music, film, or other studio arts while studying with accomplished faculty. Within the framework of the liberal studies BA program, students can choose from a variety of history, production, and studio courses.
  3. Liberal Studies: Communications/Media Studies
    This major helps students to gain a greater understanding of the role of media in today’s global society. Courses cover historical, sociological, and psychological analyses of media, including film, television, print, and emerging technologies. Also offered at the Rockland Community College extension site.
  4. Liberal Studies: Legal Studies
    By examining the social, political, and historical processes of law, students learn the ethical functions of the legal system and its implementation in society. Required core and elective coursework examines law through the lenses of sociology and political science, enabling students to appreciate the role of the judicial system within the broader social context. Also offered at the Rockland Community College extension site.

Academic Degree Requirements

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:

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 Dec. 4, 2014

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