Bachelor of Arts in Comprehensive Liberal Studies

Degree 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.

Program Details

  • 08/28/2024
    Next Start Date
  • 128
    Total Degree Credit Hours
  • Program Length
    Finish in as little as 12 months
  • $399
    Cost Per Credit Hour
  • 44
    Major Credit Hours

Course Information

General Education is the component of the degree that all students share. The requirements include both a scholarly core experience and a broad array of courses from across the university. The core provides students a common sequence of courses that form a foundation for their education and that will serve them throughout their lives. The breadth requirement ensures a well-rounded education.

The major is a component of the degree that a student chooses: a major requires students to take a deep dive into the complexities of knowledge within a particular area of inquiry and to understand the methods and tenets of a discipline or interdisciplinary field. A major consists of a guided program that builds from gateway or intermediate courses to at least five advanced courses.

  • 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
    • CJ 210
    • CJ 290
    • POLS 112
    • POLS 265
    • ISP 101
    • SOC 100
  • Mathematics & Natural Sciences 
    Select one of the following:
    • MATH 104
    • MATH 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
    • EES 133
    • EES 210
    • EES 300
    • EES 320
    • EES 410
  • Upper-Level Humanities 
    Select two of the following:
    • COMM 325
    • ENG 306
    • ENG 317
    • ENVS 304
  • Upper-Level Social Sciences* 
    Select two of the following:
    • CJ 300
    • CJ 301
    • CJ 348
    • CJ 350
    • CJ 387
    • POLS 326
    • PSY 321
    • PSY 350
    • PSY 388
    • PSY 477
  • 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
    • MBE 202
    • MBE 203
    • MBE 204
    • SW 201
  • Upper-Level Professional Studies 
    Select two of the following:
    • MBE 301
    • MBE 315
    • MBE 316
    • MBE 322
    • MBE 406
    • REC 393
    • SW 302
    • SW 336
    • SW 400
    • SW 450

*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.

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.


Why VWU Online

Successful Alumni

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

Highly Qualified Faculty

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


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

Streamlined Admission

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

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

  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.

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