Liberal Studies, BS

The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies allows students to design a social science-, science-, and humanities-based program of study that reflects their academic passions and strengths. Students have the unique opportunity to choose an area of academic specialization while engaging with the diverse array of disciplines—such as history, music, philosophy, literature, math, science, and psychology—that constitute a liberal studies education, while fostering practical skills essential to the workplace and graduate education—critical thinking, analysis of large bodies of information, problem solving, and effective written communication.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated.

University-Wide Requirement

Minimum 120 total semester hours required

Minimum 2.000 GPA required

Students must earn a minimum of 60 Northeastern University semester hours in order to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Note: Individual program requirements may exceed the above minima.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Foundation Courses

48 semester hours required

Complete one of the following:4
College Writing 1
and Lab for ENG 1105
College Writing 1 for Nonnative Speakers
and Lab for ENG 1103
Complete the following two courses with corresponding labs:
ENG 1107
and ENG 1108
College Writing 2
and Lab for ENG 1107
ENG 3107
and ENG 3108
Writing for the Professions: Business and the Social Sciences
and Lab for ENG 3107
Mathematics Required Courses
MTH 1100College Algebra3
MTH 2310Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences3
Information Technology
ITC 1000Computer Applications3
or ITC 2016 End-User Data Analysis Tools
PHL 1100Social and Political Philosophy3
Mathematics and Science Electives
Complete 6 semester hours from the following subject areas:6
Arts and Humanities Electives
Complete 9 semester hours from the following subject areas:9
ART, CMN, ENG, PHL, TCC, or a modern foreign language
Social Science Electives
Complete 9 semester hours from the following subject areas:9

Major Required Courses

33 semester hours required

Note: No more than 27 total credits of business courses (ACC, FIN, MGT, MKT) are permitted.

Self-designed program created by the student with faculty guidance and approved by associate dean.30
LST 4850Capstone Project in Liberal Studies3

Minor Required Courses

15 semester hours required

All students must complete a minor as part of their self-designed program.


Complete a minimum of 24 semester hours to reach 120 semester hours.

Because the Bachelor of Science in  Liberal Studies with required minor is a self-designed program of study, there is no set calendar of courses. Students will work with their career and academic coach and faculty to plan their course-taking schedule.