The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (B.L.S.) requires a minimum of 120 s.h. of credit. Students must earn at least 30 s.h. of credit toward the degree in University of Iowa courses after they are admitted to the B.L.S. program. They must earn at least 60 s.h. of the 120 s.h. (minimum) required for the B.L.S. at four-year colleges, including 30 s.h. in upper-level courses. University of Iowa upper-level courses are numbered from 3000 to 4999.

B.L.S. students must complete a required set of common core courses and a B.L.S. track, as part of the 120 s.h. (minimum) required for the degree. Students select at least one track from three options: global studies, health and human studies, and organizational studies. Students may complete more than one track. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the degree, all UI courses for the degree, and all courses for the B.L.S. track.

All University College policies regarding grading, course drops, withdrawals, academic standards, and so forth apply to B.L.S. students. Consult the University College Academic Policies Manual for more information.

The following course work is required for all B.L.S. students.

B.L.S. Common Core

Common core courses develop fundamental skills in writing, critical thinking, information literacy, and leadership and give students the opportunity to explore ideas from multiple perspectives.

Some courses in the common core are part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) General Education Program, as indicated below.

Rhetoric

Rhetoric courses help students develop speaking, writing, listening, and critical reading skills. Courses approved for the Rhetoric area of the CLAS General Education Program satisfy the B.L.S. rhetoric requirement. The following course is offered by distance education.

RHET:1030Rhetoric4-5

Interpretation of Literature

This area, which focuses on the major genres of literature, improves students' abilities to read and analyze a variety of texts. Students must complete one approved course (3 s.h.) in this area. They may use any 3 s.h. course approved for the Interpretation of Literature area of the CLAS General Education Program. The following course is offered by distance education.

ENGL:1200The Interpretation of Literature3

Natural Sciences

Natural sciences courses explore the scope and major concepts of a scientific discipline. Students must complete one approved course (3 s.h.) in this area. They may use any 3 s.h. course approved for the Natural Sciences area of the CLAS General Education Program, including the following courses offered by distance education.

ANTH:1301Human Origins3
EES:1040Evolution and the History of Life3-4
HHP:1100Human Anatomy3
HHP:2310Nutrition and Health3

Global Perspectives

Global perspectives courses encourage students to understand issues from an international perspective. Students must complete one approved course (3 s.h.) in this area. They may use any 3 s.h. course approved for the International and Global Issues area of the CLAS General Education Program, including the following courses offered by distance education.

ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
ANTH:2261Human Impacts on the Environment3
ARTH:1040Arts of Africa3
HIST:1403Western Civilization III3
POLI:1400Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLI:1500Introduction to International Relations3
POLI:1501Introduction to American Foreign Policy3
RELS:1130Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
RELS:2852/GWSS:2052Women in Islam and the Middle East3

Students also may use one of these distance education courses, which are not part of the CLAS General Education Program, to satisfy the B.L.S. global perspectives requirement

POLI:3503Politics of Terrorism3
POLI:3550Problems of International Politics3
RELS:3105The World of the Old Testament3

Domestic Diversity

Students must complete one approved course (3 s.h.) that addresses diversity and domestic perspectives on current issues. They may use any 3 s.h. course approved for the Values, Society, and Diversity area of the CLAS General Education Program, including the following courses offered by distance education.

AMST:2165/AINS:2165/ANTH:2165Native Peoples of North America3
CLSA:2016Classical Mythology3
GWSS:1001Introduction to Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies3
GWSS:1310/SOC:1310Gender and Society3-4
HHP:2200Physical Activity and Health3
LING:2900Language, Gender, and Sexuality3
RELS:1130Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
RELS:1903Quest for Human Destiny3
RELS:2852/GWSS:2052Women in Islam and the Middle East3
RELS:2986Religion and Women3
SOC:2710The American Family3
SOC:2810Social Inequality3
SRM:1045Health for Living3
SRM:1072Leisure and the Liberal Arts3

Students also may use one of these distance education courses, which are not part of the CLAS General Education Program, to satisfy the B.L.S. domestic diversity requirement.

AMST:1075American Popular Music3
CRIM:2430Comparative Criminal Justice Systems3
GWSS:3154/HIST:3254Sexuality in the United States3
RCE:4187/EDTL:4987Introduction to Assistive Technology3
RCE:4197Citizenship in a Multicultural Society3
SOC:1020Social Problems3-4
SSW:3712/NURS:3712Human Sexuality, Diversity, and Society3
TR:3174Cultural Perspectives in Health Care3

Statistics

Students must complete one approved statistics course (3-4 s.h.). They may use any 3-4 s.h. course offered by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science with the prefix STAT except STAT:1000 First-Year Seminar. The following distance education courses are approved for the B.L.S. statistics requirement.

STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
STAT:1030Statistics for Business4
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3

Information Literacy

Students must complete one approved course (2-3 s.h.) focusing on information literacy. The following course is offered by distance education.

MSCI:1500Business Computing Essentials2

Students also may use one of these courses, which are not offered by distance education, to satisfy the B.L.S. information literacy requirement.

CS:1020Principles of Computing3
CS:1110Introduction to Computer Science3

Critical Thinking

Students must complete one approved course (3 s.h.) focusing on critical thinking. The following courses are offered by distance education.

JMC:3115Audience Engagement: Marketing Research in the Digital Age3
PHIL:1033The Meaning of Life3
RELS:2260Hard Cases in Healthcare3
SRM:2065The Experience Economy3

Students also may use one of these courses, which are not offered by distance education, to satisfy the B.L.S. critical thinking requirement.

HHP:1030Introduction to Critical Thinking3
LING:1050Language and Formal Reasoning3
PHIL:1034Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness3
PHIL:1401Matters of Life and Death3
PHIL:1636Principles of Reasoning: Argument and Debate3

Leadership and Career Development

Students must complete two or more approved courses (total of 6 s.h.) focusing on leadership and career development, chosen from the following list of distance education courses.

CCP:1304"Suit Camp" for the Job Search1
CCP:1305Social Media for Your Job Search1
CCP:2001Graduate Admissions 1011
CCP:3102Job Search Strategies2-3
CLAS:1600Life Design: Building Your Future1
COMM:1818Communication Skills for Leadership3
COMM:1819Organizational Leadership2-3
CW:3005Professional and Creative Business Communication3
EDTL:4081/EALL:4081/EPLS:4081/PSQF:4081/RCE:4081ePortfolio Production1-2
ENTR:1350Foundations in Entrepreneurship2
LS:3012Leadership Theory to Practice3
PSY:2910Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
RCE:2081Making a Vocational-Educational Choice2-3
RCE:4194Interpersonal Effectiveness3
RCE:4197Citizenship in a Multicultural Society3
SOC:4225The Social Psychology of Leadership3

B.L.S. Track

B.L.S. students must complete one of the following tracks.

Health and Human Studies Track

This track provides a foundation in the health sciences with a focus on social aspects of health care. It draws from courses in psychological and brain sciences and rehabilitation and counselor education. The track requires 12 s.h. of foundation course work and 18 s.h. of upper-level course work (courses numbered 3000 or above) offered by distance education.

Foundation Course Work

12 s.h. from these:
ASP:1800/CSD:1800/NURS:1800/SSW:1800/TR:1800Basic Aspects of Aging3
HHP:1100Human Anatomy3
HHP:2130Human Development Through the Life Span3
HHP:2200Physical Activity and Health3
HHP:2310Nutrition and Health3
MED:1100Introduction to Health Care Professions3
PSY:1001Elementary Psychology3
PSY:2501Introduction to Social Psychology3
PSY:2701Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience4
PSY:2910Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
SPAN:1504Spanish for Healthcare Providers4-5
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
or STAT:1030 Statistics for Business

Upper-Level Course Work 

18 s.h. from these:
ASP:3150Psychology of Aging3
ASP:3160Biology of Aging3
BIOC:3110Biochemistry3
CLSA:3750Medical and Technical Terminology2
HHP:3020/INTD:3027Nutrition for Health, Fitness, and Sport3
HHP:3050Obesity: Causes, Consequences, Prevention, and Treatment3
HHP:4440Physiology of Nutrition3
NURS:3736Legal Issues for Health Care Providers3
NURS:3740/ASP:3740/MED:3740/PHAR:3740End-of-Life Care for Adults and Families3
PSY:3010Health Psychology3
PSY:3320Abnormal Psychology3
PSY:3330Childhood Psychopathology3
PSY:3340Behavior Modification3
PSY:3620Human Memory3
RCE:4131Loss, Death, and Bereavement3
RCE:4173Trauma Across the Lifespan3
RCE:4174Positive Psychology3
RCE:4179Sexuality Within the Helping Professions3
RCE:4185Introduction to Substance Abuse3
RCE:4187/EDTL:4987Introduction to Assistive Technology3
RSCI:4110Vascular Anatomy3
SOC:4225The Social Psychology of Leadership3
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3
TR:3171Child Life Practical Application3
TR:3174Cultural Perspectives in Health Care3

Organizational Studies Track

This track focuses on management skills used in business enterprises. The track requires 12 s.h. of foundation course work and 18 s.h. of upper-level course work (courses numbered 3000 or above) offered by distance education.

Foundation Course Work

12 s.h. from these:
ACCT:2100Introduction to Financial Accounting3
BUS:2300Searching for Business Information1
COMM:1816Business and Professional Communication3
COMM:1819Organizational Leadership2-3
ECON:1100Principles of Microeconomics4
ECON:1200Principles of Macroeconomics4
ECON:2800Statistics for Strategy Problems3
ENTR:2000Entrepreneurship and Innovation3
MGMT:2000Introduction to Law3
MGMT:2100Introduction to Management3
PSY:2910Industrial/Organizational Psychology3
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
or STAT:1030 Statistics for Business

Upper-Level Course Work 

18 s.h. from these:
EALL:4130Introduction to Grant Writing3
ECON:3100Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON:3150Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ENTR:3100Entrepreneurial Finance3
ENTR:3200Entrepreneurial Marketing3
ENTR:4400Managing the Growth Business3
FIN:3000Introductory Financial Management3
JMC:3115Audience Engagement: Marketing Research in the Digital Age3
MSCI:3000Operations Management3
MSCI:3005Information Systems3
RCE:4140Foundations of Leadership for Community Agencies3
RCE:4187/EDTL:4987Introduction to Assistive Technology3
RCE:4197Citizenship in a Multicultural Society3
SOC:4225The Social Psychology of Leadership3
SRM:3153Sport Business Practices3
SRM:3154Foundations of Event Management3
SRM:3158Sport and Recreation Promotion3
SSW:3600/MGMT:3600/NURS:3600/RELS:3701Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II3
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3

Global Studies Track

This track enables students to understand global issues and perspectives. The track requires the world language component, 6 s.h. of foundation course work, and 18 s.h. of upper-level course work (courses numbered 3000 or above). Required course work for the world language component depends on the individual student's preparation; one year of a world language in high school is equivalent to one semester of a world language in college.

World Language Component

One of these:
Fourth semester proficiency in a single world language
Second semester proficiency in two different world languages

Foundation Course Work

6 s.h. from these offered by distance education:
ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
ANTH:2220Archaeology of Mesoamerica3
ANTH:2261Human Impacts on the Environment3
ARTH:1040Arts of Africa3
CRIM:2430Comparative Criminal Justice Systems3
ECON:1200Principles of Macroeconomics4
HIST:1403Western Civilization III3-4
HRTS:2115/IS:2115Introduction to Human Rights3
POLI:1400Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLI:1500Introduction to International Relations3
POLI:1501Introduction to American Foreign Policy3
RELS:1130Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
RELS:2852/GWSS:2052Women in Islam and the Middle East3
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3
or STAT:1030 Statistics for Business

Upper-Level Course Work 

18 s.h. from these offered by distance education:
ANTH:3275/CLSA:3596The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt3
ANTH:3278Archaeology of Ancient Cities3
ANTH:4205Rise of Ancient Civilization3
ENTR:4460Entrepreneurship and Global Trade3
GEOG:3420Sustainable Development and Green Building Concepts3
GHS:3050/ASP:3135/SSW:3135Global Aging3
GHS:3850Promoting Health Globally3
OEH:4240Global Environmental Health3
POLI:3104Immigration Politics3
POLI:3503Politics of Terrorism3
POLI:3512International Conflict3
POLI:3550Problems of International Politics3
RCE:4194Interpersonal Effectiveness3
RCE:4197Citizenship in a Multicultural Society3
RELS:3105The World of the Old Testament3
SOC:4225The Social Psychology of Leadership3
SSW:3785/ASP:3785Social Policy and the Elderly3
SSW:4843Social Welfare Policy and Practice3
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3
TR:3174Cultural Perspectives in Health Care3

Individuals who would like to earn the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree must apply for admission to the program.

Applicants to the B.L.S. program must meet one of the following sets of requirements:

they must have at least 24 s.h. of graded college-level transfer credit with a g.p.a. of 2.00 or higher and must have been granted a high school diploma at least three years before being admitted to the B.L.S. program; or

they must hold an Associate degree with a g.p.a. of 2.00 or higher for all college-level transfer credit.