Liberal Studies, Combined Degree Pathways


Admission into the combined program is highly selective. Matriculated undergraduate students may apply to the combined program and will complete all of the application requirements for the master’s degree program. The admission application process includes a review of all coursework completed and a minimum recalculated GPA of 3.2 (most recent 60 credits earned), one recommendation, and two application essays.

Please see the Graduate Admission section of this catalog for a complete listing of materials required to complete a graduate application. 


The combined pathway requires 142 total credits of which 30 are master's credits leading to the M.A. in Liberal Studies. Students complete 12 credits of graduate coursework as undergraduate students that count toward both the 124 credits required for the B.A./B.S. degree and the 30 credits required for the M.A. degree. Students must meet all college, AOS and relevant concentration guidelines. Once the undergraduate degree has been awarded, the student may begin the remaining 18 credits required for the graduate M.A. in Liberal Studies degree. Students must meet master’s expectations for academic progress and grade point average in their master’s level courses to remain in the combined program.

Combined Pathway Courses

The four graduate courses that will be taken during undergraduate study are listed below. Short 2-3 day virtual residencies are also required during graduate study. The remaining courses required to complete the graduate degree, can be found on the MA in Liberal Studies page of this catalog, under the Program Requirements tab.

LACS 6005Foundations of Liberal Studies3
LACS 6010Designing your Degree: Interdisciplinary Studies3
LACS 6015Exploring your Field: The Academic Literature Review3
Models of Critical Inquiry (Choose one):3
Models of Critical Inquiry: Art Aesthetics & the Body
Models of Critical Inquiry: Landscapes of Learning
Models of Critical Inquiry: How We Know
Models of Critical Inquiry: Relationships to the Past - History & Culture
Models of Critical Inquiry: Science & Society
Total Credits12