Liberal Studies- Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science

For information, contact the Department of Interdisciplinary and Communication Studies at BIS@MiamiOH.edu or 513-785-3055

The BA/BS in Liberal Studies program extends students’ breadth of learning across multiple disciplines and develops their competencies in critical thinking, written and oral communication, problem solving, and collaboration. Through the selection of two cognate areas and the completion of two advanced Liberal Studies courses, students marshal their breadth of learning and competencies to address real-world challenges.

Program Requirements

(42 semester hours)

Liberal Studies majors will choose two Cognate areas.  The Cognate that the student chooses for Cognate 1, which has a greater number of hours than Cognate 2, will determine whether the student pursues a BA or BS degree.

Students completing one of the following primary cognates will earn a BA:

• Creative Arts

• Humanities

• Natural Sciences and Mathematics

• Social sciences

Students completing one of the following primary cognates will earn a BS:

• Business

• Engineering and Computing

• Education, Health and Society

Professional Studies and Applied Sciences

Cognate 1             

(21 credit hours)

Take a minimum of 21 credit hours in at least two separate disciplines (with different subject codes) within the cognate. 

At least 12 credit hours must be at the 300-level or above.

Courses cannot double count in Cognate 1 and 2.

Course cannot double count in Cognates and the Miami Plan.

Some service courses and physical education courses do not count toward Cognates.

Cognate 2

(15 credit hours)

Take a minimum of 15 credit hours in at least two separate disciplines (with different subject codes) within the cognate.

At least 6 credit hours must be at the 300-level or above.

Courses cannot double count in Cognate 1 and 2.

Course cannot double count in Cognates and the Miami Plan.

Some service courses and physical education courses do not count toward Cognates.

Required Courses

LST 302Principles of Liberal Studies3
LST 402Capstone in Liberal Studies3
Total Credit Hours6