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Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Online/Off-campus Program(s)  

Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS)
Entrepreneurial Management
General Studies
Global Studies
Health and Human Studies
Human Relations Emphasis
Justice Studies
Nonprofit Management
Online Pre-BBA
Organizational Studies
Political Science
Honors Courses

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree program is designed for students who already have earned at least 60 semester hours of college course work and who wish to complete a bachelor's degree online.

Many BLS students develop a plan of study designed to help them advance in their chosen career, begin a new career, or prepare for graduate or professional study. Students work with their academic adviser to structure a program that meets their individual objectives.

Students may incorporate one of three certificate programs into their BLS studies.

Or BLS students may develop an individual program in general studies or one of these emphasis areas:

  • Justice Studies
  • Political Science
  • Health and Human Studies
  • Human Relations
  • Organizational Studies
  • Global Studies

In addition, the University of Northern Iowa and Iowa State University also offer the BLS, so you may take course work at those campuses and apply the credit toward your degree.

Contact the Division of Continuing Education for more information.


Course Work 

Course work for the BLS degree includes earning at least 12 s.h. of credit—including 6 s.h. of upper-level credit—in three of these areas:

  • Humanities (e.g., literature, history, philosophy, religion)
  • Communication and arts (e.g., journalism, speech, drama, art, music)
  • Natural sciences and mathematics (e.g., geology, biological sciences, statistics, computer science)
  • Social sciences (e.g., geography, psychology, economics, political science, anthropology)
  • Professional fields (e.g., business, education, nursing, social work, library science)

Students also are required to complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ General Education Program.

Students must maintain a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher in all course work applied toward the degree, all course work completed after admission to the program, and all upper-level course work.

Of the 120 semester hours (s.h.) of course work required for the BLS degree, 30 s.h. must be earned at the University of Iowa after admission to the BLS program. At least 60 s.h. must be earned at a four-year college, including 45 s.h. defined as upper-level. For a complete listing of the requirements for the BLS degree, refer to the University General Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the BLS program requires:

  • An Associate of Arts (AA) degree from an Iowa area community college that participates in the Iowa Community College/Regents Articulation Agreement, with a GPA of 2.00 or higher, or
  • At least 60 s.h. of collegiate work acceptable for credit toward graduation, with a GPA of 2.50 or higher (students enrolled at the University of Iowa must have a GPA of at least 2.00)

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Scholarships for BLS students are available through Continuing Education.

Application Process

Apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences indicating the BLS program as your area of study.

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