Liberal Studies

FAQs

What's the first step for changing my major to the Associate of Arts (AA) or the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree program?
Why should I schedule an appointment rather than simply drop by the office?
Where is the Office of Liberal Studies located, and when are advisors available?
What can I do with a degree in Liberal Studies?
What is an "area of concentration," and may I have more than one?
Do I have to complete all courses on campus?
Are there any rules that I should be aware of?
What is the "exit exam" for AA and BLS students?
Should I major in Liberal Studies?

What's the first step for changing my major to the Associate of Arts (AA) or the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree program?

Call 912.344.2613 to schedule an appointment with an advisor. You and the advisor will then review your transcript to see how the courses you have already completed satisfy particular AA or BLS requirements. If you decide to change your major, you can do so online via SHIP.

Why should I schedule an appointment rather than simply drop by the office?

First, scheduling an advisement session at least a day or so ahead gives us time to review your transcript and update your curriculum sheet before we meet. Second, by making an appointment, you help to assure that other students won't interrupt us. And most importantly, scheduling an advisement session guarantees that you will have enough time to ask questions and receive clear, accurate answers.

Where is the Office of Liberal Studies located, and when are advisors available?

The Liberal Studies office is located in suite 109 of Solms Hall, on the first floor. Most meetings with students are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. We can make arrangements to meet later in the evening if necessary. Call 912.344.2613 to set up an appointment time.

What can I do with a degree in Liberal Studies?

Though not designed as a vocational program, Liberal Studies provides you with opportunities for professional advancement as well as personal enrichment. Employers and graduate schools are often more concerned with the appropriateness of the courses completed and your performance in those courses than with a particular degree label. Many employers seek broadly educated individuals (particularly those with extensive work experience) for managerial positions. Liberal Studies graduates are employed in practically all fields, including business, education, public relations, and sales. Some Liberal Studies students continue in graduate programs in such diverse fields as business, counseling, education, ministry, and social work.

What is an "area of concentration," and may I have more than one?

You might think of the "area of concentration" as a miniature major within the BLS program of study: 15 credit hours at the 3000 level or above with a grade no lower than a C for each course.  All 15 credit hours must be from the same Armstrong major, minor or program of study. A list of some of the more commonly selected areas of concentration is posted on the Areas of Concentration page of our website. BLS majors are required to complete only one area of concentration, but you may choose to complete two or even three areas by selecting the courses in the electives category. Indeed, Armstrong's Liberal Studies program is remarkably flexible. You may, for example, combine an interest in economics (by making it your area of concentration) with an interest in communications (by taking a number of communications courses as electives). The BLS program gives you the freedom and flexibility to design your own multi-disciplinary degree plan.

Do I have to complete all courses on campus?

No. A combination of learning options, including independent study, credit-by-examination, and on-campus instruction, is available. Those of you with full-time jobs and family responsibilities often need flexibility in timing and pacing your learning experiences. Up to one-fourth of the credit required for the BLS degree may be satisfied through successful completion of Armstrong-approved examinations and university-level independent study courses. In addition, increasing numbers of accredited courses are being offered online, largely through the University System of Georgia's eCore programs. Visit Student Resources for more information about all of these programs.

Are there any rules that I should be aware of?

Yes, you can't use the same course to fulfill more than one requirement. For instance, ARTS 2710 may be used to satisfy a requirement in Area C OR in Area F OR in the Liberal Studies area for humanities, but not in more than one of those areas. In order to graduate, you must have completed no fewer than 39 hours at the 3000 level or above and no more than 27 hours in any single discipline (excluding courses taken under the General Requirements). In addition, at least nine of the 18 hours in the Liberal Studies section must be completed at Armstrong, and no more than two final grades of D are allowed in the Liberal Studies section. Complete requirements for the AA and the Liberal Studies degree programs are contained in the Armstrong Catalog.

What is the "exit exam" for AA and BLS students?

One of the graduation requirements for all AA and BLS students is an exit exam called the Measure of Academic Proficiency and Progress (MAPP), which students usually take during their last semester before graduation. MAPP is an instrument used by Armstrong to evaluate the Liberal Studies Program as a whole, not individual students. Although you can't fail the test, you can't graduate without taking it.

Should I major in Liberal Studies?

The Liberal Studies degree is particularly appropriate for mature students, especially those who already possess significant work experience. If you're looking for a more sharply focused career-oriented program, or if you have a serious interest in one particular academic area, then Liberal Studies is probably not for you. If you have withdrawn from another Armstrong program or remain unsure about what major to declare, don't presume that Liberal Studies is your only option or a "last resort." Before making a decision, be sure to meet with academic advisors as well as career counselors (in the Office of Career Services) to discuss the various opportunities available to you at Armstrong. Some of Armstrong's most talented students have graduated from the Liberal Studies program. These students welcomed the opportunity to combine their various academic interests in a single multidisciplinary program.