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School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education

Liberal Studies: Degree Completion

Are you on track?

Our bachelor’s degree programs are designed for students who are interested in completing their degree within a tight time frame 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 by enrolling in one of our degree programs.

Why Liberal Studies?

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 pre-professional courses within the context of a liberal arts education. The School of Liberal Studies provides evening-enabled bachelor’s degree programs for students who are attracted to and will benefit from a distinctly Purchase education—one that emphasizes creativity, interdisciplinary work, and social activism. The experiential capstone project is designed to integrate coursework into a compelling piece of work to showcase graduates’ accomplishments.

  • Up to 90 transfer credits accepted
  • Personalized advising
  • Part-time or full-time flexibility
  • Day, evening, weekend, hybrid, and online courses
  • Affordable SUNY tuition

From our students:

  • <div class="lw_blurbs_title"><p>“As an older student, I was nervous about returning to school after so much time had passed. Liberal Studies welcomed me with open arms and supported my process comfortably. Whenever I had a question, my student advisors were always there.” Andrew Tucker</p></div>

Skill Building: “Shorts” and Internships

To prepare for the gig economy, students are encouraged to gain as many skills as they can while studying at Purchase College. This can be done by taking 2-credit, short-term courses, working on campus, or enrolling in an internship.

Shorts are designed to provide students with marketable skills and competencies they can use to advance professionally. The short format provides a concentrated period of focus for maximum development through rigorous training and practice. The short-term courses begin mid-semester and run for eight weeks. You can search on “short term” in myHeliotrope to find a current list of courses. Enrollment for these courses begins after each semester begins (consult the academic calendar).

Internships offer immersive experiences in a workplace to help you learn more about the day-to-day tasks within a particular field. After securing an internship through JobScore, liberal studies students should seek approval from their advisor, who can help enroll them in an internship course.