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Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies offers extreme flexibility and is one of the most popular degree programs at MTSU. Students can earn their bachelor's degrees online and also custom-design a program to meet individual needs and interests. A liberal studies program offers the tools and knowledge necessary to successfully acquire new insights and adapt to new circumstances and changes. Those seeking this accelerated path to graduation choose two areas of emphasis (12 hours each) to meet personal and professional goals. Sample study subjects include agribusiness, child and family studies, communication, criminal justice, cultural studies, English or writing, geography, health, human sciences, industrial studies, information technology, journalism or public relations, leadership, nutrition, office management, political science, psychology, recording industry, sociology, Spanish, teaching and learning, and women’s studies.

Going back for degree increased earning power

Going back for degree increased earning power

Suzanne French took online courses to finish her college degree after her children grew up, transferring two years of credit from Colorado State. She said her earning power increased after completing the Liberal Studies degree in August 2012 (English and foreign language areas of emphasis). “I believe having it on my resume that I’m a college graduate has made all the difference,” French says. “In the past, people kind of second-guessed whether I was capable. As soon as they saw the degree, nobody questioned whether I was capable or not.” After working as an academic adviser at Bethel University in Nashville, she moved to Mission Health in Dickson for a shorter commute. She says she just gave up TV for two years to get her degree. “It’s never too late to go back and finish something you started a long time ago,” French says.

Corporate trainer earned promotion after diploma

Corporate trainer earned promotion after diploma

Laurie Bostelman, a corporate trainer for a global healthcare company, received a promotion in July 2013 after earning her Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies. As a senior trainer, she now oversees the program design and delivery for one of the firm's business segments. Bostelman decided to return to college after realizing all the positions she wanted to apply for at her job required a bachelor's degree. At first, money was an issue for finishing school; then time became a factor after marriage and work. The MTSU program allowed her flexibility in taking online courses, and her employer has a tuition reimbursement program. Bostelman liked being able to tailor her major under the Liberal Studies umbrella. “It’s not one-size-fits-all,” she says. “Everybody can find something that speaks to them and is going to help them professionally.”

Every year nearly 30 percent of the people in America change jobs for a wide variety of reasons. The education provided with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree allows a student to prepare and quickly respond to the changes that life brings. The degree helps prepare students for graduate study in fields such as business, English, history, journalism, library science, law, medical and health science, natural science, psychology, sociology, speech, communication, or education. Liberal studies can be used as preparation for a variety of careers such as:

  • Advertising executive
  • Archivist
  • Business development specialist
  • Business owner
  • City manager
  • College recruiter    
  • Communications officer
  • Court liaison
  • Creative writer
  • Curriculum developer
  • Customer service specialist
  • Editor
  • Financial advisor
  • Fundraiser
  • Grant writer
  • Insurance agent
  • IT specialist
  • Journalist
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Lawyer
  • Legislative assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Management
  • Management analyst
  • Market researcher
  • Marketing professional
  • Minister
  • Museum manager
  • Non-profit administrator
  • Policy analyst
  • Political organizer
  • Politician
  • Project manager
  • Property manager
  • Public relations professional
  • Publicist
  • Real estate agent  
  • Social services
  • Software trainer
  • Training specialist
  • Youth advocate 


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Aquinas College
  • Bedford County Board of Education
  • Bridgestone / Firestone USA
  • Comcast
  • Community Health Systems
  • Convergys Corporation
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • Department of Children's Services
  • Federal Express
  • First National Bank
  • Gaylord Entertainment
  • Genesco
  • Meharry Medical College
  • MAPCO
  • Metro-Nashville Government
  • Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp.
  • Nashville Conflict Resolution Center
  • Republic Airways
  • Saint Thomas Medical Center
  • Southwest Airlines
  • State of Tennessee District Attorney’s Office
  • Suntrust Bank
  • Tennessee Cancer Specialists
  • Tennessee Technology Center
  • Tractor Supply
  • U.S. Air Force
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Williamson Medical Center

 

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the degree programs offered by University College, faculty are drawn from every discipline offered at MTSU. This benefit allows University College students to gain from the expertise of all MTSU faculty and to have greater latitude in selecting their specific areas of interest.

Students pursuing the Liberal Studies program can earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Liberal Studies degree. The student and advisor decide upon two areas of emphasis to help the student meet his or her own personal and professional goals.

The University College also offers a Bachelor of University Studies (B.Unv.S.), as well as a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with concentrations in Healthcare Administration, Information Technology, Organizational Leadership, and International Organizational Leadership.

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives. Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Liberal Studies (RODP) Academic Map

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Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  COMM 2200 or SPCH 1010 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Elective3 
UNIV 1010*3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
English Literature (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
First area of emphasis3  Second area of emphasis3 
Elective3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
First area of emphasis (UD)3  4000-level elective3 
Upper-division elective3  First area of emphasis3 
Upper-division elective3  Second area of emphasis3 
Second area of emphasis (UD)3  Upper-division elective3 
Upper-division elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
PRST 39953  PRST 4995 or UNIV 49953 
4000-level elective3  4000-level elective3 
Second area of emphasis (UD)3  Upper-division elective3 
First area of emphasis (UD)3  Upper-division elective3 
Upper-division elective3  Upper-division elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
*NOTE: Recommended elective of UNIV 1010 (3 hours) for freshmen or UNIV 2020 (1 hour) for transfer students. Students taking UNIV 2020 should discuss additional electives with their advisors.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  COMM 2200 or SPCH 1010 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
UNIV 1010*3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
English Literature (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  
First area of emphasis3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Elective3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Second area of emphasis3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
First area of emphasis (UD)3  4000-level elective3 
Upper-division elective3  First area of emphasis3 
Second area of emphasis3  Second area of emphasis3 
Upper-division elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Upper-division elective3  Upper-division elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
4000-level elective3  PRST 3995 3 
Second area of emphasis (UD)3  4000-level elective3 
First area of emphasis3  Upper-division elective3 
Upper-division elective3  Upper-division elective3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
PRST 4995 or UNIV 49953  Upper-division elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
*NOTE: Recommended elective of UNIV 1010 (3 hours) for freshmen or UNIV 2020 (1 hour) for transfer students. Students taking UNIV 2020 should discuss additional electives with their advisors.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120


Graduation information may be accessed here.

The multidisciplinary nature of this degree program allows students, in consultation with their academic advisors, to choose courses from a variety of disciplines to fit their individualized academic plans. Click on the ACADEMIC MAP tab to see a framework for planning and course selection to meet degree requirements; however, the academic map does not replace working with an academic advisor.