B.A. in Liberal Studies

Complete Your Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or B.A.S.) in Liberal Studies at Marylhurst

Welcome to the Liberal Studies program at Marylhurst, our most flexible degree plan.  Your professional aspirations are as unique as you are, which is why Marylhurst enables students to unite their interests, experience and goals within an employer-respected degree program rooted in the applied liberal arts.

A B.A. or B.A.S. in Liberal Studies develops the professional skills necessary to address societies most publicized and hidden challenges. As a student, experienced faculty will  work directly with you to develop disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in the social sciences, humanities, cultural studies, and environmental studies. The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies prepares students for diverse professional paths by focusing on skill development and the application of knowledge in critical thinking and problem-solving, communication and leadership. Students graduate with the ability to professionally navigate and engage change, diversity, and complexity present in society.

Marylhurst offers a B.A.S. in Liberal Studies for professionals who hold an Associate of Applied Science
(A.A.S.) or have earned vocational or technical credit. With a B.A.S. in Liberal Studies, you may leverage the technical skills you learned in community college and apply them towards your bachelor’s degree.

All students may choose to focus their liberal studies education within a particular area of interest based on individual experience and personal or professional goals. Choose from one or more in-demand concentrations including Communication & Media, Environmental Studies and Social & Cultural Studies. Or, work with faculty mentors to develop an individualized degree program.  

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Marylhurst’s Most Flexible Degree – Choose Your Degree Focus Area

Study media in its cultural, historical, social, political and aesthetic contexts. Understand the fundamental principles, concepts, and approaches in communication and media studies and become prepared to lead effective work across different modes of communication and media platforms.

Benefit from hands-on internship experience and enhance your knowledge and skills in communication, media literacy, critical thinking, creative problem solving, ethical advocacy, and multicultural competence. Students graduate with confidence in the communication strategies and analytical skills essential for effective social engagement within local and global environments.

Learn more about the Communication and Media concentration curriculum, faculty and career outcomes.

Explore the complex relationships between humans and the environment through the study of natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Learn to apply the liberal arts to solve pressing environmental problems and issues. Students participate in interdisciplinary learning and inquiry to accrue knowledge of natural science and build qualitative analytical skills.

Find more details about Environmental Studies faculty, courses and career opportunities here.

Explore global society and culture in historical, political, and economic context. With a concentration in Social and Cultural Studies, students develop problem-oriented critical thinking and communication skills to engage diversity and complexity within professional environments.

Learn more about Marylhurst’s Social & Cultural Studies curriculum, faculty and career opportunities.

Work with faculty mentors to develop an individualized degree that meets your educational and professional goals. Through the Individualized Degree Plan concentration, you may pursue specific areas of interest, utilize relevant transfer credit and take advantage of Marylhurst’s Credit for Prior Learning program which recognizes knowledge accrued through past experience.

Learn more about curriculum options, faculty and how to create an Individualized Degree Plan.

Benefits of the Marylhurst Liberal Studies Program

Marylhurst University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Most classes are offered online or with a mix of online and on-campus sessions typically held one day a week, like in the evenings or on the weekends.

Marylhurst offers a wide range of scholarships, including for transfer students, military personnel and Phi Theta Kappa members. In fact, we award (on average) $1 million in scholarship per year.

Along with our career-relevant curriculum, Marylhurst offers career support services (like “meet the employer” events and internship help) and a well-connected, highly engaged alumni network.

We focus on creating a learning environment that is supportive and allows for collaboration. Our average class size is 11 and our expert faculty know your name.

Marylhurst is a nationally recognized leader in helping students earn credit for prior learning, like work and military experience. Learn more about this Credit for Prior Learning program that can help save in tuition and your time to degree.



Get further details about this Liberal Studies program through our welcoming Office of Admissions.

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admissions-staff-donna-davis-marylhurst“I look forward to learning about your professional goals and working with you to determine how a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Marylhurst can move your career forward.”

~ Donna Davis, Associate Director of Admissions

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