Undergraduate Degree Bachelor of Arts in Comprehensive Liberal Studies Design A Degree to Fit Your Goals

Bachelor's in Comprehensive Liberal Studies Overview

In the modern workplace, interdisciplinary skills can help you achieve more. Virginia Wesleyan University’s online comprehensive liberal studies degree gives you a broad-based, customizable education that lets you study what interests you most. You’ll select a program of study during your first term, creating the educational experience that’s right for you. The curriculum for this degree emphasizes the variety that is fundamental to liberal arts education, allowing you to design your own degree. Coursework options include topics in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and more, preparing you for your chosen career path.

This online undergraduate program combines a real-world education with a flexible format that allows you to study on your schedule. Our experts have years of relevant experience to prepare you to excel. No matter what your goals are, VWU’s comprehensive liberal studies program will give you the credentials you need for success in the workplace and beyond.

  • Next Start Date:August 23, 2023
  • Total Degree Credit Hours:128
  • Program Length:Finish in as little as 12 months
  • Cost Per Credit Hour:$399
  • Major Credit Hours:44

Who is Our B.A. in Comprehensive Liberal Studies For?

  • You want to fast-track your liberal arts degree.
  • You are interested in several areas of study.
  • You’re looking for an interdisciplinary education.

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Career Outcomes Your online comprehensive liberal studies degree puts you on the path to a number of career paths in fields like social sciences, natural sciences, mathematics, communications and more. Because you can choose the coursework that aligns most with your goals, this program allows you to design a degree for the job you want.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to an online undergraduate program at Virginia Wesleyan University, students must:

  1. Complete our online application.
  2. Applicants who have not yet completed 12 semester hours of college work must submit an official high school transcript and SAT/ACT score, and an official college transcript from all colleges and universities previously attended. Applicants who have not taken an SAT or ACT may be admitted on the basis of an evaluation of high school coursework. Applicants who are not high school graduates may be admitted on the basis of GED test results.
  3. Applicants who have successfully completed 12 or more semester hours of college work must submit official college transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Generally, individuals transferring to Virginia Wesleyan must present a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Tuition Costs & Financing

Virginia Wesleyan University has one of the most affordable online tuitions in the region, at only $399 per credit hour. Financial aid and financing options are available for those who qualify.

Members of the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) will also receive $150 reduction in cost per credit hour.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Course Information

  • CLS 101 Liberal Studies Plan of Study (Contract, Goals, and Initial Essay)
    To be completed in the first semester
  • Lower-Level Arts & Humanities Select one of the following: MUS 120; CLAS 210; ARTH 232; ENVS 106
  • Lower-Level Social Sciences* Select one of the following: CJ 100, 210, 290; POLS 112, 265; ISP 101; SOC 100
  • Mathematics & Natural Sciences Select one of the following: MATH 104, 210; CS 112
  • Laboratory Science Select one of the following: BIO 100, ENVS/BIO 107; CHEM 109
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences Select one of the following: EES 132, 133, 210, 300, 320, 410
  • Upper-Level Humanities Select two of the following: COMM 325; ENG 306, 317; ENVS 304
  • Upper-Level Social Sciences* Select two of the following: CJ 300, 301, 348, 350, 387; PSY 321, 350, 388, 477; POLS 326
  • Upper-Level Elective Course* Select two additional 300/400 level courses from different schools
  • CLS 401 Liberal Studies Final Reflective Essay
    To be completed in the last semester
  • Lower-Level Professional Studies Select one of the following: MBE 100, 202, 203, 204; SW 201
  • Upper-Level Professional Studies Select two of the following: MBE 301, 315, 316, 322, 406; SW 302, 336, 400, 450; REC 393
  • *No more than 2 courses may come from the same discipline. Additional courses may be required as prerequisites for specific courses selected above. A VWU advisor may permit course substitutions, such that no more than 2 courses are selected from the same rubric (department). This major requires a 2.5 GPA in major, unlike the 2.0 GPA in major required for other programs.

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Why Virginia Wesleyan Online?

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    Successful Alumni

    More than 90 percent of our alumni are working or in graduate school within 1 year of graduation.

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    Highly Qualified Faculty

    90 percent of our professors have attained the highest degree in their fields.

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    Virginia Wesleyan University is a Yellow Ribbon school, and we have a dedicated Veterans Service Team.

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    Streamlined Admission

    Admission decisions are made on the basis of a review of the applicant's undergraduate transcript. No SAT, ACT, or GMAT required!

Why Study Online? Learning online is different from working in a classroom setting. Here’s what you can expect.

  • Structure Your Week

    You have control over when you work on your online degree. You'll probably spend between 18 and 24 hours per week on coursework in order to complete your degree in as little as 12 months.

  • Talk to Your Instructor

    You have access to your instructor when you need help, via Blackboard. Your online instructors will let you know when they're available to answer your questions, help you through difficult tasks and point you in the right direction.

  • Work With Classmates

    Just because you're learning from home doesn't mean you're on your own. Other students will be participating in your class discussions, and you can connect with them on Blackboard when you need to. Your fellow classmates can be a great source of ideas and understanding.

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Yellow Ribbon

Virginia Wesleyan University is a military friendly school. In addition to providing veteran support services to our students, we participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. With this program, you can use your Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits to pay for all VWU tuition and fees.


Virginia Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Virginia Wesleyan University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Virginia Wesleyan University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).