Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
A Degree that Makes Sense in a Changing World
If you are an independent thinker who wants to chart your own course... if you want to explore the rich liberal studies tradition in subjects such as history, communication, literature, and religion... if you seek to develop the critical thinking, interpretation and analytical abilities that employers demand in today's workplace...
if you are an adult student ready to complete or begin your undergraduate degree... then Mercer's B.A. in Liberal Studies makes sense for you.
According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, "Employers want employees who can adapt over time, be self-directed, and continue to be relevant within the workplace as outcomes and products change." Mercer's B.A. degree in Liberal Studies can help you meet this demand.
Mercer's B.A. in Liberal Studies with its individualized major is designed for students who want a bachelor's degree based upon a strong liberal arts foundation for their personal and professional development. It is for students who want to make the best use of previous course work and for those who may have been passed over for professional advancement because of lack of a degree. The B.A. program in Liberal Studies provides an individualized program of study in a select range of courses and fosters students' ability to think critically and constructively in relation to their personal academic goals. Candidates will work with a faculty advisor to plan their degree as they become self-directed learners.
Dr. Fred Bongiovanni, Chair and Professor of Sociology and Religion
Convenient Locations & Flexible Delivery Options
The B.A. degree in Liberal Studies is offered at Mercer's locations in Atlanta, Macon, Henry County, and Douglas County. Courses are offered on weekday evenings and online.
Advantages of Mercer's B.A. in Liberal Studies:
- Personalized attention from faculty with outstanding credentials
- Empowering individualized programs aligning with students' learning goals
- Once-a-week evening classes, 8-week terms, and online classes offer flexibility for working adults
Curriculum and Degree Requirements
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies consists of:
General Education: 42 hours
Content Studies: 39 hours
Core in Major: 15 hours
Concentrations*: 24 hours
Electives: 39 hours
TOTAL: 120 hours
* Students may choose either the two-concentration option consisting of two areas of study of four courses each (12 credit hours per concentration) or the one concentration of eight courses (24 credit hours). These options are designed to allow individuals to tailor the program towards their personal and/or career goals. Concentrations include:
- Communication Studies
- Historical Studies
- Literary Studies
- Religious Studies
- American Studies
- Religion and Society
- Education and Society
- Literature and Society
- History and Society
- Rhetorical Studies
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Women's and Gender Studies
- In consultation with an advisor, a student may propose a program of study of either one or two concentration(s) not included in the concentrations mentioned above.
*Students may also choose concentrations in Mathematics or Science offered and approved by the College's Mathematics, Science and Informatics Department
For specific courses consult the Mercer University catalog.
Students may be admitted to the program in August, October, January, March, or May.
Admission requirements for the program are as follows:
- A completed application form
- A $25 non-refundable application fee
- Official transcripts of all college work attempted
- An official high school or GED transcript for applicants who have notattempted or have earned less than 30 hours of college credit
- International applicants should consult the University catalog foradditional requirements.
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