Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies offers a convenient, flexible alternative to the traditional path to a bachelor's degree. This self-paced program affords students the opportunity to balance the important things in life while earning a degree. A fully-accredited degree program offered by each of the three Iowa Regents Universities, BLS allows students to finish a degree from where they live. There are no residency requirements, so students can take classes and graduate without ever coming to campus. Students tailor the degree to fit their needs with help from an advisor who will answer questions and monitor progress.

As part of the BLS program, students select three of five distribution areas in which to concentrate their coursework. These include communication and arts, humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, professional fields and social sciences. Students also often choose a minor to enhance their program. While all minors are available, commonly selected minors are family studies, psychology, sociology, criminology, communication Studies and history.

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The BLS degree may be a good fit for students who have:

  • Completed 60 hours or more of transferable college credit, and

  • Received an Associate of Arts degree from an Iowa community college.


Liberal Studies

Students majoring in bachelor of liberal studies, general studies or individual studies may apply for the Raymond and Genevieve Schlicher Scholarship. This scholarship ranges from $500-$1000 for the academic year.

Liberal Studies

Students will be provided with personalized advising that supports their educational interests and goals. Flexible advising options are tailored to students' schedules, whether on-campus or at a distance. An advisor will be available every step of the way, answering questions and monitoring students' progress.

Liberal Studies

This major allows students to choose from a variety of course delivery options, including Guided Independent Study (GIS), online semester-based courses, on-campus courses and transfer coursework.


96% of last year's graduates are either continuing their education or employed


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Have questions or want more information? Fill out the form below and someone from the department will contact you directly. To receive general university information from UNI’s admissions office, please click on ‘Request More Info About UNI’.

Monica Berning, BLS advisor
(319) 273-2504
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