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Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Today’s culture is rapidly evolving. Information access is developing exponentially. Industries are globally interconnected. Scholarly inquiry is advancing so rapidly that today’s new ideas become obsolete. Employers are looking for people who can work collaboratively, can communicate effectively, and have acquired a broad range of knowledge and information literacy skills. Today’s society is in need of citizens who can reason carefully, possess scientific literacy, and can engage in public debate of critical ideas.

Essential 21st century skills in communication, problem solving, information technology, and critical thinking are engaged throughout the courses in this degree. Civic inquiry and interdisciplinary study are fundamental elements of the curriculum. Students are prepared for a range of elective courses through the degree requirements of an interdisciplinary seminar, advanced writing, and civic engagement courses. In addition, each student chooses a focused topic for their culminating capstone project.

A Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Landmark College is designed to prepare its graduates to either enter the workforce or further their studies. As our graduates move through adulthood as life-long learners, they will be prepared to think deeply and critically, to solve problems, and to live fully.


The earn the BA-LST, students must complete 121 credits which includes the general education core (34 credits not met by major requirements), 33 credits of additional major requirements, and 54 credits of open electives which provides the opportunity for students to design a program of interest that works for them. Students must complete at least 45 credits at the 3000/4000 level.

General Education Requirements: 43 credits

34 credits plus 9 credits also listed as major requirements:

  • WRT1011 Composition and Rhetoric: 3 credits
  • WRT1012 Research and Analysis: 3 credits
  • EDU1011 Perspectives in Learning or EDU1001 Foundations in Learning or EDU1201 Learning Perspectives I & EDU1100 Learning Perspectives II: 3 credits
  • COM1011 Introduction to Communication: 3 credits
  • Mathematics MAT1311 Mathematical Ideas, MAT1321 Statistics, or MAT1641 College Algebra or higher (MAT1541 Intermediate Algebra cannot be used to satisfy any requirement): 3 credits
  • Humanities: 3 credits
  • Natural Science with lab: 4 credits
  • Social Sciences: 3 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits
  • Interpersonal Communication/Creative Expression: 3 credits
  • Alternative Study 2000/3000 level: 3 credits

Liberal Studies Major Requirements: 33 credits

1000/2000 level: 9 credits

  • Arts: 3 credits
  • Humanities—must be 2000 level LIT: 3 credits
  • Natural Science: 3 credits

3000/4000 level: 24 credits

  • INT3001 Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar: 3 credits
  • SOC3011 Civic Engagement: 3 credits
  • Humanities: Must be 3000/4000 level: 3 credits
  • Literature: Must be 3000/4000 level (LIT): 3 credits
  • Social Science: Must be 3000/4000 level: 3 credits
  • WRT3011 Advanced Writing: 3 credits (also a General Education requirement)
  • INT4000 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone I: 3 credits (also a General Education requirement)
  • INT4001 Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone: 3 credits (also a General Education requirement)

Open Electives: 54

54 credits across disciplines

At least:

33 credits at the 1000/2000 level (only six 1-credit courses allowed)
21 credits at the 3000/4000 level



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Dan Miller
Chair, Liberal Studies Department
(802) 387-7227

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Lynne Shea
Dean, School of Liberal Studies & the Arts
(802) 387-6727

Interested in applying?

Whether you are new to Landmark College or are a former student interested in returning for a baccalaureate degree, you can apply here. (The re-enrollment process for Landmark College alumni can be found under the Returning tab.)

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