Liberal Studies Degree

This is a general overview of the program of study. Students interested in details and requirements should go to the on line catalogue.

Program Overviewbook

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies, offered through the College of Liberal Arts, allows students the opportunity to tailor their primary and secondary concentrations to meet their specific needs, whether these needs involve promotions at current jobs, new careers, graduate study, or personal fulfillment.

Areas of concentration can include but are not limited to technology, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-physical therapy, behavioral sciences, communication, business, organizational leadership and supervision, and natural sciences. Students may also transfer credits from other accredited institutions toward the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree requirements, making the plan of study even more unique. Students may transfer, for example, courses in paralegal studies, criminal justice, interior design, medical assisting – just to name a few.

Graduates have gone to medical school and law school; have completed graduate programs in such areas as Business Administration and Social Work, Public Affairs, Landscape Architecture, and Communication; and are currently working as licensed clinical social workers, certified public accountants, and pastoral counselors.

A number of BLS graduates have completed Transition to Teaching programs and are currently teaching in area elementary schools and high schools.

Liberal Studies General Course Requirements

  • IDIS 235 (Gateway course)
  • Composition and Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Natural Sciences and Technology
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • United States Tradition
  • Literature and the Arts
  • Global Cultures
  • Race/Ethnic Diversity
  • Gender Issues
  • Foreign Languages
  • IDIS 435 and 436 (Capstone courses)

Primary area of study

A minimum of 30 credits is required (ordinarily distributed among three or more departments) taken beyond the core. The primary area of study must be agreed upon by the student and the academic advisor. The primary areas of study include but are not limited to:

  • Humanities: creative arts, foreign literature, literature, philosophy, history.
  • Social and behavioral sciences: economics, political science, psychology, sociology.
  • Natural science and mathematics: biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics.
  • Various technology and interdisciplinary areas.

Secondary area of study

A minimum of 21 credit hours distributed among two or more disciplines, distinct from the Primary Area. Secondary areas are often used by students to complete one of PNC’s many minors now offered, including Spanish, communication, human resources, English, and others.

What’s Next?

Contacting the Admissions Department at PNC has never been easier! Call us at (219) 785-5505, email us at or complete our online request form.

For more information, contact Cheryl DeLeon, Interim Department Chair, Department of Social Sciences, Purdue North Central, (219) 785-5728,