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Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

If you don't know exactly what career you want to pursue when you graduate, Liberal Studies is a flexible program that fosters critical thinking skills that are valuable in many different fields.  


The Palmetto College Online Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies is issued by USC Columbia.


Businesses and organizations need employees who can write and speak clearly, manage and solve problems and function creatively and effectively in the real world. Your Liberal Studies degree will prepare you for success in these critical areas through a multidisciplinary program you will design with an experienced advisor. The degree allows you to address your interests, offering the opportunity for study in one of two fields: social and behavioral sciences or arts and humanities.

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree requires 120 hours. In addition to general education and elective requirements, students will earn 27 hours in their major option. Students will earn 12 hours in a concentration area different from their major. All students in this program also must take South Carolina studies, complete an internship and take a senior capstone course.                               
See the curriculum


Prerequisites & Requirements

Students must have 60 hours of previous college credit to apply for this online degree program. If you haven't earned your hours yet, you can do so at any of our Palmetto College campuses statewide, or at any technical college. To find out if you're qualified to apply for this program, please contact a Palmetto College advisor.

Total requirements for this degree: 120 hours
Major requirements available online: 48 hours
GPA: 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale)


Program Length

If you’re a full-time student, the program should take about two years—the same as if you were attending class in-person. If you work, you may need to take a lighter course load.
Talk to an advisor about how to balance Palmetto College classes with your schedule.


Important Dates

Semester Application Deadline Missing Documents Final Registration  Tuition Deadline Class Start
Fall 2017 July ,1 2017 August 1, 2017 August 30, 2017 August 16, 2017 August 24, 2017
Fall II 2017

September 15, 2017

 ***USC Campus Transfers can submit applications until October 1, 2017***

October 1, 2017 October 23, 2017 October 23, 2017 October 23, 2017
Spring 2018 November 1, 2017 December 1, 2017 January 16, 2018 January 10, 2018 January 16, 2018
Spring II 2018
March 1, 2018 March 1, 2018 March 19, 2018 TBD March 19, 2018


Ready to get started?

Call, chat, or email us today! Our trained advisors can create a plan that takes into account your earned credits and your unique circumstances.

If you've already talked to a Palmetto College advisor, just follow the application instructions for this degree.