Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree Program Areas of Study

Marist College BA / BS in Liberal Studies
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B.A. / B.S. in Liberal Studies Major Core and Elective Course Requirements

The Finish@Marist Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree is comprised of 3 parts: the major, the core, and the electives.  The Liberal Studies major is two to three customizable areas of study totaling 45 credits. The Liberal Studies core is 18 credits plus the College Writing requirement (up to 6 credits). The remaining 51 Liberal Studies elective credits can be comprised of transfer creditscredit for prior learning, or Marist College courses.

Liberal Studies Degree Major

The Liberal Studies major is comprised of at least 45 credits broken into two to three fields of study. Liberal Studies undergraduate students have the ability to transfer in up to 15 credits within the major from another school or university.  Of the remaining 30 credits to be completed through course work at Marist, 21 credits must be upper division (300- or 400-level).  Majors can be customized from areas of study within all seven academic schools at Marist College of NY. The full list of available online and on-campus majors is available at the top of this page.

Online Liberal Studies Degree Major Concentrations

  • American Studies – A Liberal Studies Degree major focusing on historical events that shaped our present day country.
  • Communication and the Arts – Program through the Liberal Studies curriculum geared toward developing an understanding of communication theory and practice.
  • Data Center Technologies – A series of courses through the Liberal Studies Degree program focusing on preparing students for all facets of computer data center facility management.
  • Economics – A Liberal Studies program major where undergraduate students will develop analytical skills and practice quantitative techniques to analyze economic activity and trends in a global economy.  
  • Enterprise Systems – An area of study through the Liberal Studies program that allows students to learn mainframe computing skills through first-hand experience with IBM's System z architecture.
  • Information Technology and Systems – A Liberal Studies degree field of study providing students with a common foundation in computing and networking technologies, databases, information systems, and business applications.
  • Leadership – A series of courses through the Liberal Studies Program that provides students the opportunity to examine leadership styles and models, develop leadership potential and increase critical and strategic thinking abilities.
  • Organizational Leadership & Communication (OLC)  Complete your Liberal Studies degree taking classes in management and communication at Marist's Fishkill Executive Center one night per week
  • Professional Studies – A Liberal Studies degree program focusing on organizational administration, effective communication and negotiation skills, and enhancing the customer service skill set.
  • Project Management – A Liberal Studies degree program that focuses on developing skills essential for today's workplace with the integration of organizational administration and team management skills.
  • Psychology – A Liberal Studies degree program focusing on providing students with an understanding of psychological theories and the knowledge of applying psychological principles to real-world work environments.

Liberal Studies Degree Core

The Liberal Studies degree program core requirements allow for maximum transferability and are comprised of the following courses:

  • ENG 120: Writing for College (Prerequisite)
  • INTD 105: Perspectives on Education
  • PHIL 103: World Views & Values
  • INTD 209: Perspectives on the Humanities
  • INTD 212: Perspectives on Social Institutions
  • INTD 213: Perspectives on Science & History
  • INTD 477: Capping

Liberal Studies Degree Electives

Through the Liberal Studies Bachelor’s degree program, Marist College accepts a wide variety of transfer credits from accredited institutions, training programs evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE), standardized tests (CLEP, AP), as well as credit for prior learning. The large number of electives allows adult students maximum flexibility to meet their educational and professional goals.