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Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies — Boston

Create a degree program that meets your personal goals: If you're an independent thinker and want to pave your own path, then the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies may be perfect for you.

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We’re committed to creating an education as unique as your career path. So, whether your goal is a new career or moving up in your field, our innovative programs will get you going your way.

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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.

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Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.

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Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.

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Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.

Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

F1 Visa Eligible

Yes

Overview

With the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, you can create your own customized degree program and pave your own path. Working with an academic advisor, you will select specific academic courses to compose a degree program that meets your intellectual, personal, and professional goals.

Choosing from an array of options, you will have the unique opportunity to build a program that is finely tuned to your strengths and interests.  Unlike traditional undergraduate degree programs in which you major in a specific academic area, this program allows you to pursue an area of interest that is not pre-defined as a major concentration.

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Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

Learn About Getting Real World Experience

Get Set with a Custom Course Plan

General Requirements

University-Wide Requirement

Minimum 120 total semester hours required

Minimum 2.000 GPA required

Students must earn a minimum of 60 Northeastern University semester hours in order to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Note: Individual program requirements may exceed the above minima.

NUpath Requirements 

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Foundation Courses

48 semester hours required

English

Complete one of the following two courses with corresponding labs:

3.00
1.00
3.00
1.00
 

Complete the following two courses with corresponding labs:

3.00
1.00
3.00
1.00
 

Mathematics Required Courses

3.00
3.00
 

Information Technology

Choose one of the following:

3.00
3.00
 

Philosophy

3.00
 

Mathematics and Science Electives

Complete 6 semester hours from the following subject areas:

BIO, CHM, ESC, MTH, PHY

Arts and Humanities Electives

Complete 9 semester hours from the following subject areas:

ART, CMN, ENG, PHL, TCC or a modern foreign language

Social Science Electives 

Complete 9 semester hours from the following subject areas:

ECN, HST, HSV, POL, PSY, SOC

Major Required Courses

33 semester hours required

Note: No more than 27 total credits of business courses (ACC, FIN, MGT, MKT) are permitted.

Interdisciplinary

Self-designed program created by the student with faculty guidance and approved by the associate dean. 

Capstone

3.00
 

Minor Required Courses

15 semester hours required

All students must complete a minor as part of their self-designed program.

Electives

Complete a minimum of 24 semester hours to reach 120 semester hours.

Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Student Body Profile

Your career prospects will be largely dependent upon your course of study and the industry that you choose to pursue. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in occupations that require at least a bachelor's degree is expected to grow faster than employment in other sectors of the American labor market.

What can you do with your degree?

With the guidance of a Northeastern University faculty member, you will create a program that integrates liberal arts with a special concentration.

Candidates for this program may be interested in pursuing a career as a:

  • Top- or mid-level manager
  • Insurance, securities, real estate, or business service professional

Career Opportunities and Services

Overview

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Did You Know?

​A bachelor’s degree is worth $2.8M over an employee’s lifetime (Center On Education and the Workforce, 2011).

Did You Know?

College graduates earn 74% more than high school graduates ​(Pew Research Center, 2016).

From Our Faculty

“Our program opens doors to many opportunities. Students, who come from all walks of life, truly benefit from Northeastern’s global network and experiential learning as they chart their personal and professional courses.” — Philip D’Agati, PhD, Lead Faculty Member

From Our Students

"I would recommend Northeastern because the curriculum is very thorough, the teachers have good credentials, they’ve got everything that you need to make it in life. They give you the support that you need. — Dumazo Negsina, current student