What will I learn?

A BA in Liberal Studies is for students who want to design their own major based on their specific academic and professional goals. This area of study is made with a unique curriculum, or a combination of classes not offered in any of UIC's other majors or minors.

QUALIFYING APPLICANTS

Prospective students are not able to apply directly to this program through the application. Once enrolled, and after completing specific requirements, current UIC students may apply to this major through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. See the catalog entry below for details.

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Liberal Studies degree from UIC, students need to complete university and college degree requirements.

  • Students applying for the Major in Liberal Studies must meet the following criteria:
    • A minimum of 45 semester hours completed at the time of application
    • Submission of a proposal that:
      • thoroughly explains the intellectual rationale and the academic and professional goals of the proposed major program;
      • outlines a plan of study that meets the requirements of the program;
      • lists all required, selective, and elective courses for the proposed program (indicating which courses have already been completed)
      • explains why the program cannot be pursued in an existing major; and
      • is endorses by a faculty member who is willing to serve as mentor for the student in their pursuit of the approved plan of study.
  • Proposals will be evaluated by the LAS Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs and the Executive Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs on a rolling basis. Students will be notified of the outcome of their application within four to six weeks. See the Major in Liberal Studies website for more information and a link to the electronic application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Students accepted to the major will be assigned an academic an LAS academic advisor to monitor their progress toward graduation.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,704.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 February 2021

Start date

11 January 2021, 23 August 2021

Venue

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

601 South Morgan Street (MC 228),

CHICAGO,

Illinois,

60607, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High school graduates who have never attended another college or university must submit evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or submit passing scores on the General Educational Development (GED) test.

For international students

High school graduates who have never attended another college or university must submit evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or submit passing scores on the General Educational Development (GED) test.

They must have obtained TOEFL iBT - Total Score 80; TOEFL with a score of 550 on (paper-based) or an IELTS Overall Score - 6.5 with a score of subsection minimum as follows: listening 6, writing 6, reading 6, and speaking 6 or an PTE with a score of 54 (with subsection minimum as follows: listening 47, writing 56, reading 51, and speaking 53).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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