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Liberal Studies

Designed with the needs of a wide variety of students in mind, the Bachelor of Liberal Studies offers a structured, but flexible, path to a bachelor’s degree.

How Can a Degree in Liberal Studies Help Me?

Many students, including students in the military, find the flexibility of the BLS allows them to choose courses that fit their schedule or can be completed online.

Those who have started a four-year degree and then needed to take time away for family, work, or financial reasons find the flexibility of the requirements offers a timely way to complete their degree. Mid-career professionals who seek a bachelor’s degree for further advancement in their field will discover a broad academic program with options for completing the program around a work schedule.


In addition to the General Education Curriculum of the University, students completing the BLS design their own general studies degree by taking 36 hours of coursework from three of the six colleges at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Students also choose an 18-hour concentration from among the minors offered at USM. Seniors complete a four (4) credit hour capstone experience by developing and implementing either an individual research project or an experiential learning project.

Degree Options

There is one Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree (BLS) available with this major.

More about this Major


Our BLS graduates are working in a variety of different careers. Some include management, business, fitness and recreation, and military positions. Some may also desire further professional education.

Graduates from the program are afforded a broad scope of material that adds depth to their transferable skills.

• 454: Active enrolled students in the department
• 89: Approved concentrations to choose from
• 13: Faculty and staff across USM
We are the only Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in the state of Mississippi. The department sponsors collaborative faculty research through its annual Interdisciplinary Investigations series.

Courses You Might Take

BLS 401: Research Seminar

Design and implement an independent research project in collaboration with peers. Taken in conjunction with BLS 402 for Capstone credit.

BLS 402: Liberal Studies Capstone Supplement

Oftentimes students don’t fully understand how to professionally promote themselves. In Liberal Studies 402, students are guided and encouraged to assess their evidence of work as it reflects their abilities and attributes. This course and its curriculum help students comprehend the value of their education and also recognize how their accomplishments - in and out of the classroom - facilitate success as they embark in their next chapters.

BLS 491: Experiential Learning Experience

Experiential or Service Learning experience. Taken in conjunction with BLS 402 for Capstone credit.

Meet Some of Your Professors

Laura Malone


Favorite Course:  BLS 402: Liberal Studies Capstone Supplement

Toni Anderson


Favorite Course: BLS 402:  Liberal Studies Capstone Supplement

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