Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Fall 2023 Priority Deadline: April 3, 2023
  • Fall 2023 Regular Deadline: June 20, 2023

The Liberal Studies program represents CUNY’s first online BA in the liberal arts and sciences. Unlike most majors, which emphasize the mastery of a single discipline, Liberal Studies affirms the intellectual and professional value of learning to think across conventional disciplinary lines. Liberal Studies majors take classes in a variety of subjects, including English, history, philosophy, music, math, and the social and natural sciences.

Through their coursework, students gain important content knowledge and have the opportunity to master the “soft skills” of writing, collaboration, critical thinking, and quantitative analysis—competencies highly sought after by employers. Our array of foundational and elective courses are anchored by a Liberal Studies Pro-Seminar, which introduces the major, and a Capstone experience, which showcases learning obtained in the program through an ePortfolio. Along the way, students also identify a core area of study: Literature and Communication, History and Global Studies, or Ethics and Quantitative Reasoning.

The fully online nature of the program provides flexibility, and the broad curriculum offers an efficient pathway to degree completion. Students can expect to leave the program having engaged with diverse viewpoints and bodies of knowledge; gained perspectives on pressing global and local debates; and executed independent and collaborative projects to share with prospective employers and graduate schools.

Career Prospects

The BA in Liberal Studies equips students for careers in any number of fields, including education, law, communications and marketing, and the government and non-profit sectors. The degree also provides a strong foundation for further graduate study.

Our program deliberately emphasizes sought-after competencies, recognizing the widespread demand among employers for graduates who can think critically, read and research carefully, communicate clearly, and write persuasively. By requiring our majors to develop and continually hone these skills, the Liberal Studies program aims to empower students to be the agents of their professional futures.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements are formal agreements between CUNY School of Professional Studies, (CUNY SPS) and two-year colleges and universities, allowing students to transfer the maximum number of credits with ease to our BA in Liberal Studies program from institutions with which we have an established transfer process in place.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants must possess at least 24 transferrable credits from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants need to demonstrate basic proficiency in reading, writing, and math.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2023 Priority Deadline: April 3, 2023
  • Fall 2023 Regular Deadline: June 20, 2023
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Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Fellowship

April 25, 2022

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Kate Moss, a doctoral lecturer in the general education and liberal studies programs at CUNY SPS, has been awarded a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Fellowship and will participate in Applying a Scholarly Lens to Our Instructional Practice, a June CUNY Innovative Teaching Academy (CITA) Institute, along with 14 other SoTL Fellows from across various CUNY campuses. As part of the institute, Dr. Moss will be continuing her research on whether changes to discussion board assignments in the CUNY SPS class COM 110: Digital Literacy will increase student engagement.

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January 18, 2022

Global Society of Online Literacy Educators

Dr. Kate Moss, doctoral lecturer in the CUNY SPS General Education and Liberal Studies programs, will be presenting a Praxis Poster (video presentation and live discussion) entitled “A Design for Student Leadership in Discussion Boards in Asynchronous Courses” at the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE) conference on January 28. This presentation is based on curriculum promoting leadership skills and experience in the COM 110 Digital Literacy course. This revised curriculum was developed under an initiative at CUNY SPS highlighting career-readiness skills as identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) in undergraduate courses.

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