BA in Special Programs in Liberal Studies

Designed for adults who want to earn a college degree, the interdisciplinary and highly customizable online Bachelor of Arts in Special Programs in Liberal Studies (BLS) degree combines content from the humanities and social sciences to increase your professional skills and opportunities.

Program Format
  • Fully online
  • No set class meeting times
  • Year-round learning opportunities
  • Choose from 7-week or full-semester courses
  • Highly customizable

Career enhancement comes from expanding your ability to think and to express yourself clearly. A liberal studies degree also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in many of today's most popular fields. Completion of this degree facilitates entry into a wide range of careers including:

  • Business
  • Government
  • Social service
  • Education
  • Communication

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Graduation Requirements
  • 120 total credit hours, including accepted transfer credit and courses completed at UNCG
  • 31 semester hours minimum earned at UNCG
  • 30 credit hours in either the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Professional Studies (advisor-approved) concentration
  • 36 credit hours from courses at or above the 300 level, including major courses
  • Any remaining College of Arts and Sciences general education core requirements



Learn about the human experience while developing valuable workplace skills like critical thinking, communication, and problem solving. Choose from topics in Ethics, Fine Arts, Historical Perspectives, Literature, Philosophy, and Religion.

Social Sciences

Take a scientific approach to investigating human behavior and societies with interdisciplinary courses in Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, Economics, Sociology, Geography, and Communication Studies.

Professional Studies

Choose courses tailored to your professional aspirations. Customize an area of emphasis that could include Economics, Culture and Conflict, or Women in Society and the Workplace, wh ile focusing on workplace skills.

Admission Requirements
  • High School Diploma*
    - Must meet NC high school course requirements
  • Transferable College Credits (if applicable)
    - Only grades of C or higher can transfer
    - 2.3+ cumulative GPA recommended
  • ACT or SAT Scores *†

*Not required if you have 24+ transferable college credits.
†Not required if you have 3+ years of active military service

Important Dates
Freshman Students to Start In:
  • Fall (priority)  — apply by December 1
  • Fall (regular) — apply  by March 1
  • Fall (rolling) — apply by July 15
  • Spring  — apply by December 1
  • Summer Session 1 — apply by May 1
  • Summer Session 2 — apply by June 1
Transfer Students to Start In:
  • Fall (regular) — apply by March 1
  • Fall (rolling) — apply by July 15
  • Spring — apply by December 1
  • Summer Session 1 - apply by May 1
  • Summer Session 2 - apply by June 1
Currently, UNC Greensboro is authorized to offer online education in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Find out more about State Authorization — a law that regulates in which states colleges and universities can offer education.
UNC Greensboro does not guarantee that programs which fulfill North Carolina licensure requirements will satisfy the criteria of professional licensure boards in other states or territories. For further explanation, visit Professional Licensure.

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Cost (2020-21)

In-State Tuition & Fees

1 credit hour — $186.00
3 credit hours — $558.00
6 credit hours — $1,116.00

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees

1 credit hour — $698.13
3 credit hours — $2,094.39
6 credit hours — $4,188.78

Outside NC Tuition & Fees

1 credit hour — $335.39
3 credit hours — $1,006.17
6 credit hours — $2,012.34

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Ready to Apply?

UNC Greensboro operates under rolling admission for transfers and adult students, so the earlier you apply, the better. Our application process typically takes four to six weeks once materials are received. All requested information must be received by posted deadlines.

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