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)
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
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 Humanities
, Social Sciences
, or FYE (GS 19100
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)
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)
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.