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Liberal Studies

Availability: Gulf Park, Hattiesburg and Online Options

Why a Degree in Liberal Studies?

The flexibility of the BLS allows students to choose courses from across the university that fit their schedule or can be completed online. This degree is especially good for those in the military, those who started a four-year degree and then needed to take time away for family, work, or financial reasons and now would like to complete their degree, and mid-career professionals who seek a bachelor’s degree for further advancement in their field.

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89approved concentrations to choose from
120hours to degree
280actively enrolled students

What Will I Learn?

In addition to the General Education Curriculum of the University, students completing the BLS design their own general studies degree by taking 36 hours of coursework from across multiple disciplines. Students also choose an 18-hour concentration from among the minors offered at USM.

Seniors complete a four credit hour capstone experience by developing and implementing either an individual research project or an experiential learning project.

Students will hone their writing and speaking skills and gain other professionally relevant skills and knowledge though their coursework.

Faculty who are willing to help

Students, whether they are online or on campus, benefit from working one on one with faculty advisors to find the best path to the completion of their degree. In addition, faculty work closely with students on their research or experiential learning projects that are their senior projects.


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Liberal Studies BLSGulf Park, Hattiesburg, Online 100%

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