Distance Education and NonTraditional Programs

B.S. in Liberal Studies

This degree is tailored to meet individual needs of students. A minimum of 120 hours is needed. The student and advisor decide upon 2 areas of emphasis which will help the student meet his or her own personal and professional goals. Upon deciding the student's course of study, the student is required to write a one to two paragraph statement outlining the rationale of choosing each emphasis area and submit it to his or her advisor.

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Degree Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours.
  • A minimum of 30 hours must be taken through MTSU.
  • At least 45 upper-division hours (3000/4000 level) are required. A minimum of 30 upper-division hours must be completed through MTSU.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 of the last 18 semester hours through MTSU.
  • No more than 60 semester hours completed or awarded by credit-by-examination, credit for service-related experience and flight training may be counted for credit on a degree.
  • A minimum of 60 semester hours must be completed at a 4-year institution.
  • No more than 25% of the credits may be in courses commonly found in a school of business; therefore, a student can have only one business minor.
  • During the second semester of the sophomore year, students must complete an upper-division form and file it in the Records Office. Contact your advisor for more information.

Areas of Emphasis Requirements
Two 12-hour approved areas of emphasis (total 24 hours); having at least 9 upper-division semester hours with at least a 2.00 GPA is required in the courses taken in the areas of emphasis.

Additional Degree Requirements
  • Courses taken to satisfy General Studies Requirements may not be counted to fulfill the 24-hour requirements in the two areas of emphasis.
  • A minimum of 12 semester hours must be taken at the 4000 level.
  • Majors must also complete a culminating project (UNIV 4995/PRST 4995) during their senior year. (a permit is required for this course)
  • PRST 3995 - Research Methods and Project Planning course will help prepare students for the Culminating Project UNIV 4995/PRST 4995 class. Students should take PRST 3995 one or two semesters before they plan to take UNIV/PRST 4995 class.

RODP Internship Application (UNIV 4110)
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