The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree is an Interdisciplinary program that provides both significant breadth across a variety of fields, meaningful depth in a single field, and the interconnections and integration among fields that allow a fuller comprehension of the modern world. It is intended for those students who prefer a broad liberal arts and sciences degree, rather than a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in a single discipline. This may include students with particularly wide or still uncertain personal or career interests, or those who intend to become elementary education teachers, for whom the program has been designed specifically to incorporate the relevant State of Alaska standards and those of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Students wishing a career as elementary teachers should plan on pursuing the post-baccalaureate program in elementary teacher preparation following graduation with a BLS.
Other students selecting the BLS may, with proper advising, wish to pursue professional graduate education in Law or other fields. While with the proper Discipline Area Concentration a BLS graduate may pursue graduate study in a particular discipline area, students who plan to attend graduate school in a specific area are generally advised to take a disciplinary major. Many of the courses comprising the BLS are also included as the arts and sciences content component of the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, offered by the College of Education for those students desiring an undergraduate route to certification as an elementary teacher.
For advising on the Liberal Studies degree program or other social science degree programs, please contact April Wilson, SSB 352, Academic Adviser for the Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Walk in hours are Monday (9am-10:30am), Tuesday through Thursday (3pm-4pm), and Friday (2:30pm-4pm) or you can call and make an appointment (786-1356).
For advising information about specific Liberal Studies classes, please contact one of the faculty.