Contact the Program Director, Dr. Laura Wertheimer, at 216-687-3920 for further information.
The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. This degree provides a broad-based liberal education in the sciences and humanities. It is especially appropriate for students who wish to take an active role in shaping their studies.
The B.A. in Liberal Studies differs from traditional degree programs in allowing maximum freedom and flexibility in course selection. Students may organize a program that suits their own academic, professional, or other personal goals such as a foundation for graduate study, as a prerequisite for professional training, or as exploratory intellectual experiences in their own right. (Some graduate or professional careers require more specialized backgrounds than Liberal Studies permits, so for them a more traditional B.A. might be more appropriate.)
Liberal Studies is for any student whose academic interests do not fit well into any of the pre-defined major programs at Cleveland State University but whose academic interests are supported in our course offerings. Students design the theme of their own education.
Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Program
After admission to the university, a student makes an appointment with a Liberal Studies adviser. The adviser explains the nature of the program (including its advantages and disadvantages) and helps to determine whether such a broad-based education is in the student's best educational and career interests. Transfer credits from other schools and from other colleges within Cleveland State are also explained and evaluated. To enter the program, a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 either cumulatively or in the last 24 semester hours taken before admission.
The student then consults with the director of Liberal Studies or a faculty adviser about applying for admission to the program — ideally before attaining senior status. A letter of application requests admission to Liberal Studies and includes the following:
- a statement of understanding about the freedom of choice associated with this degree
- a statement of future plans to use this degree for itself, for further study, or for employment
- an outline of a projected course of study and date of graduation
The letter is reviewed by the program's director and advisory committee. When an application is approved, the student's major becomes effective in the following term.
Majors in Liberal Studies meet each term with the director or an adviser assigned by the director to discuss progress in the program and to register for the following term. They are also encouraged to seek additional advising from specific departments and programs, especially if they are planning graduate study or other professional training after graduation.
Time for Completing the Degree
The B.A. in Liberal Studies can be completed in four years of full-time study, or longer through part-time attendance. Some transfer credits from other schools and from other colleges within Cleveland State may reduce the time required. Students entering the program in their junior year or later may require additional time.