At a Glance

  • 12-15-week courses, all 100% online
  • Transfer up to 90 credit hours
  • Cross-discipline, hands-on learning
  • Ranked as one of the Best Online Bachelor’s by U.S. News & World Report
  • No application fee required

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  • Next Start Date: September 5, 2024
  • Application Deadline: August 22, 2024

Job skill sets are expected to change by 41% by 2025.

LinkedIn, 2022

Broaden Your Skill Set with a BA in Liberal Studies

With the shifting landscape of today’s job market, employers are increasingly looking not only at hard skills and technical expertise, but also at the soft skills applicants bring to the job. In fact, recent LinkedIn data shows 61% of professionals say soft skills in the workplace are just as important as hard skills. A liberal studies degree is the perfect way to hone skills such as creativity, adaptability, and leadership while also building a multifaceted knowledge base that fits your interests.

Pace University offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies designed for working professionals of all levels. This 100% online BA in Liberal Studies utilizes hands-on learning and discussion-based coursework to develop students’ critical thinking skills and ensure that each person leaves class with a deep understanding of the material. Students also have the flexibility to pursue their degree on a full- or part-time schedule.

If you’re looking to advance your career and broaden your marketability to potential employers, Pace University’s online BA in Liberal Studies will prepare you for success.

Many of the people we see in the liberal studies program are eclectic learners who have been resistant to boxes and the academic timeline. We want to nurture those aspects of their learning experience. The standard path doesn’t work for everyone, and we do not want to exhaust anyone’s resilience or patience with a college experience. There is a lot of respect for someone who has chosen Pace as their last college stop.

Stephanie Hsu, Associate Professor

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Interactive Curriculum Designed for
Those Who Think Outside the Box

Our 120-credit hour online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program gives students the opportunity to create an individualized plan of study so they can focus on the courses that are most relevant to their interests and career goals. For example, students can choose to deepen their understanding of creative writing, develop their artistic eye, delve into the principles of finance, or dig into the intricacies of the human mind all from the comfort of their own home.

Pace students get to customize their plan of study and they work directly with faculty and staff to maximize the value they get from completing the program. Our main suggested tracks include:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English/Literature
  • History
  • Latin American Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology/Anthropology

Students can further tailor their degree by adding a second or third track. For more information and a listing of these additional tracks, visit our curriculum page or connect with an admission advisor.

Join a Global Network of Go-Getters

Our online liberal studies degree program gives students the opportunity to connect and collaborate with fellow self-starters from around the world. This allows for students to network and socialize, while also enriching their learning experiences with diverse viewpoints and perspectives. Our online students also get access to the same faculty and coursework as on-campus attendees.

Students enrolled in our online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program also have access to our highly respected Career Services department, which works with 10,000 employers across the nation. They help online students navigate the job market by working with them to connect with employers, craft a winning resume, and develop outstanding interviewing skills.

Pace University is in the top 15% of US schools based on future salary potential, according to PayScale.

A Small University Feel with Big University Opportunities

Online liberal studies degree undergraduates learn from a faculty of scholars, authors, researchers, artists, experts, and mentors ready to help you get where you want to go. From course selection to career advice, our accessible professors and advisors take the time to get to know their students and help them achieve their goals.

To learn more about the professors at Pace, visit our faculty page.

Why Pace?

At Pace, we are committed to student success. We believe in the idea of combining theory with practical application to provide an interactive learning experience that develops and strengthens vital professional skills. Our curriculum was designed by our team of faculty who couple PhD-level mastery with extensive practical experience, and the coursework is consistently being reviewed and developed as the world continues to change.

With our expert faculty and innovative curriculum, it’s no wonder so many people choose Pace.

Pace graduates make an average annual salary of $73,000, according to PayScale.

Admission Requirements

Candidates with a minimum of one year of college experience (24 credits) are eligible to apply to the program. To apply to our online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program, the requirements include:

  • For applicants with over 32 credits of prior college experience, we require a minimum transfer GPA of 2.5.
  • For transfer students with 24 to 31 college credits, you must also provide your high school transcript or GED diploma and test scores.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies?

A bachelor of liberal studies is a program designed for learners who want to build a multidisciplinary skillset, instead of a specific area of study. The plan of study in a liberal studies degree is personalized to each student’s interests and aspirations and can span the fields of history, literature, philosophy, sociology, psychology, creative arts, and more.

Learn more about your plan of study options on our curriculum page.

Can you transfer credits from another university and do you offer credits for professional experience?

Yes, students can transfer up to 90 credits from another institution. For people with professional experience, up to 36 experiential learning credits may be applied toward the degree.

Learn more on our admissions page.

What jobs can you get with a liberal studies degree?

According to PayScale, people with a liberal studies degree earn an annual salary of $70,000. An online liberal studies degree equips students with soft skills like critical thinking and public speaking that employers look for. Because of the cross-disciplinary curriculum, liberal studies graduates open themselves up to countless career opportunities in a variety of fields.

A few of the top industries in which liberal studies graduates find success include:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Government
  • Business and finance

Visit our FAQ page for more answers to commonly asked questions, like how to apply to the online BA in Liberal Studies, what the online experience entails, and more.