Majors / Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies (B.A., B.S.)

Indiana State University


The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in liberal studies.

The Liberal Studies Program is designed for students who wish to design a major that allows them to study across programs in the liberal arts and sciences. Highly motivated students with multiple areas of interest or specialized career or professional goals will find this combination of flexibility and focus very attractive.

Academic advising is an important part of each student's academic program. Each student works with program faculty to create a plan of study. Students often complete field studies, internships, and independent research or creative projects as part of their programs.

Students benefit from relatively small classes taught by award-winning faculty who have a diversity of specialties. Most hold doctoral degrees, and many edit journals, publish books and articles, conduct research, and speak at national and international meetings within their specializations.

Special Note: The Liberal Studies Program is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, and is offered in cooperation with the colleges of the University.

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The Liberal Studies Program is designed to meet the needs of students with different backgrounds and career goals. Each student works closely with an academic advisor to develop a plan that best meets their current and future goals. Many of our majors pursue graduate or professional study in medicine, humanities, law, and business. Our graduates enter the job market in a variety of directions. A few options include careers in the following areas:

  • Professional Services
  • Social Services
  • Community Programming
  • Cultural Studies
  • Event Planning
  • Publishing
  • Entertainment


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

Further Information

Liberal Studies Program
Indiana State University

Last updated: September 26, 2012

The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.

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