What will I learn?

Is a two-year degree what you need to capture that next job or promotion? Perhaps you're a displaced factory worker trying to find your way in a tough job market. Our two-year program in liberal studies has you in mind.

As a liberal studies major, you'll take courses in a wide variety of areas: History. The arts. Business. Behavioral science like psychology or sociology. Additionally, you'll take some electives that you'll find fun and interesting.

When you have your associate degree, you are more employable to get the new or better job. You also may be a better choice for promotion. Or, use it as a stepping stone toward a bachelor's degree. You'll be half way there with a liberal studies degree.

Degree Requirements

Competencies (12 credits)



MATH 0098 - COLLEGE ALGEBRA 2 or higher level MATH course

Arts and Letters (9 credits)

Must include at least one course in literature, and at least one course in the creative, fine, and performing arts

Literature (GE: Literature)

Creative, Fine, and Performing Arts (GE: Arts)

Second Languages (GE: Language)

Behavioral, Economic, and Political Sciences (9 credits)

Courses must be selected from three different disciplines (e.g., sociology, psychology, political science) representing at least two different categories (e.g., behavioral science, economics, and political science).

Behavioral Sciences (GE: Behavioral Sciences)

Economics (GE: Economics)

Political Science (GE: Political Science)

History, Culture, and Philosophical Inquiry (9 credits)

Selections must include at least one Non-Western and Global category course.

History (GE: History)

Cultures (GE: Cultures)

Philosophical Inquiry (GE: Philosophy)

Physical, Life, and Computational Sciences (10 credits)

Selections must include one course in physical sciences and one course in life sciences, one of which must have a lab.

Physical Sciences (GE: Physical Sciences)

Life Sciences (GE: Life Sciences)

Computational Sciences (GE: Computational Sciences)

General Electives (14 credits)

Choose any four or five courses.

Total Credits to Graduate: 60 credits

Which department am I in?

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$24,184.00 per year
Start date

26 August 2019, 6 January 2020


University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

300 Campus Drive,



16701, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Freshman applicants to the University of Pittsburgh should have completed a minimum of 15 units of credit in college preparatory courses.

For international students

Students must complete 15 high school units. The high school units includes: 1 unit of algebra; 4 units of English; 1 unit of plane geometry; 1 unit of history; 2 units of foreign language; 1 unit of laboratory science; and 5 units of academic electives.

For the Pittsburgh campus, a 100 or higher TOEFL composite score with sub scores of 21 or higher is considered competitive, or a 7.0 IELTS with sub scores of 6.0 or higher. Students with a 95-99 TOEFL will be reviewed on an individual basis.

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