Bachelor of Liberal Studies

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) is designed for students who have earned college credit at a regionally accredited institution and would like to complete a bachelor's degree by distance education. The degree may be completed completely online or through a combination of on-site and online coursework. Students may earn credit toward the degree with a selection of several types of courses, including semester-based online courses, off-campus courses at sites throughout Iowa, and regular session on-campus courses.

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The BLS emphasizes workplace and leadership skills. Students must select at least one track from the following six options: expression in writing and arts; family, community, and social support; global studies; health and human studies; justice and ethics; and organizational studies. BLS students may complete multiple tracks and earn undergraduate minors and certificates offered by the University of Iowa. They may not enroll in a second college at the University of Iowa while completing the BLS degree.

The BLS is awarded by University College and is administered by Distance and Online Education.