Liberal Studies, BLS

The Liberal Studies baccalaureate program was designed by the faculty of Purdue University North Central to meet the educational needs of those students who desire a broad exposure to the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and technology.

Each student will follow an appropriate course of study approved by an advisor, which will include a primary and secondary area of study (concentrations) specifically designed to meet the needs and career goals of the individual. The electives enable the student to pursue areas of individual interest.

In addition, the liberal studies program is designed to permit the individual who has earned credits at other colleges, or in other programs, or who has earned an associate degree, to incorporate previously earned credits into a baccalaureate program which can be completed at Purdue University North Central.

PNC General Education Core (30 credits)

Composition and Communication (9 credits)

ENGL 10100English Composition I

0 - 3 credits

ENGL 10200English Composition II

3 credits

COM 11400Fundamentals Of Speech Communication

3 credits

Quantitative Reasoning (6 credits)

Choose one Mathematics 12300 or higher course and one Statistics course from Quantitative Reasoning.

Natural Sciences and Technology (6 credits)

Choose two courses from Natural Science and/or Technology.

Humanities and Social Sciences (6 credits)

Choose one course from Humanities and choose one course from Social Sciences.

Additional Humanities/Social Sciences Course or FYE (3 credits)

An additional HumanitiesSocial Sciences, or FYE (GS 19100) course

PNC Supplemental Core (15 credits)

General Education requirements can “double dip” and also count toward BLS degree requirements. Students should check with their advisor or the Department of Social Sciences to see which courses may be counted for both General Education and BLS requirements.

U.S. Traditions (3 credits)

Choose one course from US Traditions.

Global Cultures (3 credits)

Choose one course from Global Cultures.

Literature and the Arts (3 credits)

Choose one course from Literature and the Arts.

Racial and Ethnic Diversity (3 credits)

Choose one course from Racial and Ethnic Diversity.

Gender Issues (3 credits)

Choose one course from Gender Issues.

Required Courses (75 credits)

Foreign Languages (6 credits)

Foreign Language to the second level (102) is required.

American Sign Language (ASL) is NOT applicable to the Foreign Language requirement. 

Liberal Studies Gateway Course (3 credits)

IDIS 23500Introduction To Great Issues

3 credits

Primary Area of Study (30 credits)

A minimum of 30 credits is required (ordinary distributed among three or more disciplines) taken beyond core requirements.  The primary area of study must be agreed upon by the student and the academic advisor.  The primary areas of study include but are not limited to:

  • Humanities: creative arts, foreign literature, literature, philosophy, history
  • Social and behavioral sciences: economics, political science, psychology, sociology
  • Natural science and mathematics: biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics
  • Various technology and interdisciplinary areas

Secondary Area of Study (21 credits)

A minimum of 21 credits is required (ordinary distributed among two or more disciplines) taken beyond the core. The secondary area must be agreed upon by the student and the academic advisor.

Liberal Studies Capstone Courses (6 credits)

IDIS 43500Great Issues I

3 credits

IDIS 43600Great Issues II

3 credits

Electives (9 credits)

Other Requirements and Limitations

  • Students must have a completed plan of study on file with the Department of Social Sciences by the junior year.  Otherwise, on-time graduation cannot be assured.
  • A minimum of 30 credits must be taken at the 300 level or above.
  • A minimum of 30 credits must be taken at Purdue University North Central.
  • A minimum of 32 credits must be taken at a campus of Purdue University at the junior level or above.
  •  A maximum of eight courses from any one discipline may be counted toward the fulfillment of the degree requirement.