Bachelor of Liberal Studies – Degree Completion Program
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Transfer the hard work you’ve already completed to Iowa State University’s Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree! Select from the many online courses available to you as you take an important step toward a fulfilling career in a variety of areas.
The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) is a general studies degree that can help increase your chances of doing the work you love, or it will help you advance in the work you’re already doing. You can choose between a liberal studies major and a professional studies major. With assistance from a BLS advisor, you can select from the liberal or professional studies path that meets your individual educational, vocational, or personal goals.
Many of the credits you have earned at community college and other accredited colleges and universities can be applied toward the degree and can often meet requirements for the BLS. Up to 75% of the total BLS degree requirements can be transferred from accredited institutions. Students with military or professional and technical credits with outcomes contributing to the learning outcomes of the distribution areas of either major are encouraged to submit coursework for review to potentially apply such credits to the major. The BLS degree has no residence requirements, but students are expected to have 30 credits from ISU earned during the junior and/or senior year.
Admission to the BLS program is open to persons who have at least 24 semester credits of collegiate work acceptable toward graduation at ISU with a total cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 (a C average). More information on both the liberal and professional studies options are available in the Course Catalog.