Liberal Studies - B.S.

Through the required and elective courses in the Liberal Studies bachelor's degree program, students acquire knowledge and experience in the arts, cultural studies, history, philosophy, behavioral sciences, math and science. With a required minor in either General Business or Project Management,* students are prepared to enter the workforce in business, nonprofit, government, and arts and cultural organizations. The degree also prepares them for further graduate studies. In addition, the program includes experiential learning through an internship, service learning and an optional study abroad.

Key differentiators of the JWU Liberal Studies degree program include a requirement that students complete a minor in General Business or Project Management, the inclusion of a heightened form of experiential learning, and in-depth advising in fulfillment of the mission. The required minor is intended to ensure that students have an introduction to a profession or set of professional skills prior to program completion. 

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply oral and written rhetorical strategies to communicate complex arguments.
  • Apply appropriate disciplinary criteria to examine complex issues, analyze arguments, conduct credible research, solve problems, make ethical decisions and create original ideas and/or approaches.
  • Synthesize and apply knowledge from multiple perspectives to evaluate complex issues and address real-world problems.
  • Critically examine and interpret the complexities of human culture, expression and/or behavior using the theories and methods of various disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Liberal Studies

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
ART, HIST, LIT, PHIL, RELOne course 2000 level or higher3
BIO^, CHM±, PHY° or SCIOne course 1000 level or higher3
ECON, PSCI, PSYC, SOCOne course 2000 level or higher3
Foreign Language3 credits as determined by language placement3
LIBS4900Liberal Studies Capstone: The Great Conversation3
Major Focus
Choose one of the following:15
Arts & Culture
ART, HIST, LIT, PHIL, REL, SOC: One course 2000 level or higher
ART, HIST, LIT, PHIL, REL, SOC: Four courses 3000 level or higher
Science & Society
MATH: One course 1000 level or higher
BIO^, CHM±, ECON, PHY°, PSCI, PSYC, SCI, SOC: Four courses 3000 level or higher
Required Minor *15
General Business
Choose five of the following:
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Public Relations and Corporate Communications
Introduction to Business and Management
Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions
The Legal Environment of Business I
Human Resource Management
Organizational Dynamics
Brand Marketing & Consumer Value
Key Account Management
Social Media Marketing
Project Management
Introduction to Project Management
Advanced Project Management
Choose three of the following:
Problem Solving and Programming Concepts
Fundamentals of Visual Basic
Digital Technology for the Creative Industries
Access Database Design for Business Solutions
Applied/Experiential Learning
ASCI4799College of Arts & Sciences Internship Ir,Ic6
Related Professional Studies
Arts & Sciences Electives9 credits with an EASC attribute selected from offerings within the College of Arts & Sciences.9
CAR0010Career Management1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses 9
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning 6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities 6
Two courses from different disciplines: ART, HIST, HUM‡, LIT, PHIL or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Statistics I
SCI1010 Environmental Science
Social Sciences 6
Two courses from different disciplines: ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC or SOC
A&S Electives6
Two courses with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
18 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university18
Total Credits121.0

IrWith department or college chair approval, Experiential Learning credits can be applied to a number of options in lieu of the required internship. Options include, but are not limited to, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses, or courses in a minor as relevant. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling experiential learning credits.    

IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling internship and free elective credits.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills are assessed in ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all four JWU campuses, JWU Global — Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?