The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (B.L.S.) requires a minimum of 120 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all coursework for the degree, all University of Iowa coursework, and all coursework for the B.L.S. track.

After admission to the University of Iowa, one of the following residence requirements must be met—at least 90 s.h. completed at the University of Iowa, or 45 of the final 60 s.h. completed at the University of Iowa, or the final 30 s.h. completed at the University of Iowa.

Students must earn at least 60 s.h. of the minimum 120 s.h. required for the degree at four-year colleges, including 30 s.h. in upper-level coursework. 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 total number of semester hours required for the degree. Students select at least one track from six options: expression in writing and arts; family, community, and social support; global studies; health and human studies; justice and ethics; and organizational studies. Students may complete more than one track.

All University College policies regarding grading, course drops, withdrawals, academic standards, and so forth apply to B.L.S. students. For more information, see the For Students section on the University College website.

The following coursework 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 Two, as indicated below. Students should contact the B.L.S. advisor for information about additional courses that will fulfill their common core requirements.

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.  

RHET:1030Rhetoric4-5

Students who have transfer credit in composition, speech, and argumentation may instead be held to one of the following.

RHET:1040Writing and Reading3
RHET:1060Speaking and Reading3

Students should contact a B.L.S. advisor about which rhetoric course they may need to fulfill the rhetoric requirement.

See Rhetoric courses offered by distance education on the MyUI website.

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 Two.

See Interpretation of Literature courses offered by distance education on the MyUI website.

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 Two. 

See Natural Sciences courses offered by distance education on the MyUI website.

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 Two.

See International and Global Issues courses offered by distance education on the MyUI website.

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 Two.

See Values, Society, and Diversity courses offered by distance education on the MyUI website.

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 Music: Rock and Roll to 19803
CRIM:2430Comparative Criminal Justice Systems3
GWSS:3154Sexuality in the United States3
RCE:4187/EDTL:4987Introduction to Assistive Technology3
RCE:4197Citizenship in a Multicultural Society3
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 (prefix STAT) except STAT:1000 First-Year Seminar.  

See statistics courses (prefix STAT) offered through distance education on the MyUI website.

Students also may use any 3 s.h. course approved for the Quantitative or Formal Reasoning area of the CLAS General Education Program Two.

See Quantitative or Formal Reasoning courses offered through distance education on the MyUI website.

Information Literacy

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

BAIS:1500Business Computing Essentials2
CCP:3106Career Computing Skills2

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.

PHIL:1033The Meaning of Life3
PHIL:1401Matters of Life and Death3
RELS:2260/GHS:2260Hard Cases in Healthcare at the Beginning of Life3
RELS:2775The Bible and the Holocaust3
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.

LING:1050Language and Formal Reasoning3
PHIL:1034Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness3
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:2001Graduate Admissions 1011
CCP:3102Job Search Essentials1-3
CCP:3104Defining Your Career Path2
CCP:3107Social Media for Your Job Search1
COMM:1818Communication Skills for Leadership3
COMM:1819Organizational Leadership3
CSI:1410Life Design2
CW:3005/INTD:3005/WRIT:3005Professional and Creative Business Communication3
EDTL:4081/EALL:4081/EPLS:4081/PSQF:4081/RCE:4081ePortfolio Design and Production1-2
ENTR:1350Foundations in Entrepreneurship3
LS:2002Career Leadership Academy Part 1: Leadership in Practice3
RCE:2081Making a Vocational-Educational Choice2-3
RCE:4111Building Leadership and Success at Work3
RCE:4194Interpersonal Effectiveness3
RCE:4197Citizenship in a Multicultural Society3
SOC:4225The Social Psychology of Leadership3

B.L.S. Tracks

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

Expression in Writing and Arts Track

This track embraces interconnections between literature, writing, visual arts, and creative expression. The track requires 12 s.h. of foundation coursework and 18 s.h. of upper-level coursework (courses numbered 3000 or above) offered by distance education.

Foundation Coursework

12 s.h. from these offered by distance education:
AMST:1075American Popular Music: Rock and Roll to 19803
AMST:1076Rock and Roll 1980 to the Present3
ARTH:1030Themes in Global Art3
ARTH:1040Arts of Africa3
ARTH:1070/CHIN:1070Asian Art and Culture3
CINE:1150Introduction to Screenwriting for Nonmajors3
CLSA:1805Legends and Heroes of Ancient Rome1
CLSA:2016Classical Mythology3
CNW:1620Introduction to Creative Nonfiction3
COMM:1816Business and Professional Communication3
COMM:2048Transforming Media: From Telegraph to Internet3
CW:2100Creative Writing3
CW:2870Fiction Writing3
CW:2875Poetry Writing3
LING:2900Language, Gender, and Sexuality3
RHET:2135Rhetorics of Diversity and Inclusion3
THTR:2301Playwriting I3
WRIT:1003/LING:1003English Grammar3
WRIT:1500Writing Commons: A Community of Writers1-3

Upper-Level Coursework

18 s.h. from these offered by distance education:
ANTH:3275/CLSA:3596The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt3
CLSA:3235/ANTH:3276Greek Archaeology and Ethnohistory3
CLSA:3742/WRIT:3742Word Power: Building English Vocabulary3
CLSA:3750Medical and Technical Terminology2
CW:3870Advanced Fiction Writing3
CW:3875Advanced Poetry Writing3
CW:4745/WRIT:4745The Sentence: Strategies for Writing3
CW:4760/WRIT:4760The Art of Revision: Rewriting Prose for Clarity and Impact3
CW:4897Novel Writing3
EALL:4130/MUSM:4150Introduction to Grant Writing3
EDTL:3212Tasting Art: How the Senses Enhance Our Experience of Art3
EDTL:3393/ENGL:3191Reading and Teaching Adolescent Literature3
EDTL:4081/EALL:4081/EPLS:4081/PSQF:4081/RCE:4081ePortfolio Design and Production1-2
EDTL:4630/MUS:4630Psychology of Music2-3
INTD:3005/CW:3005/WRIT:3005Professional and Creative Business Communication3
MUSM:3001/ANTH:3001/EDTL:3001/SIED:3001Introduction to Museum Studies3
MUSM:3100Historic House Management and Preservation3
MUSM:3105Engaging Museum Audiences3
MUSM:3120Museum Origins3
MUSM:3125Museums in a Digital World3
POLI:3603War and Film3
SRM:3178Communications and Public Relations in Sports3
THTR:3301Playwriting II3

Family, Community, and Social Support Track

This track focuses on human relations effectiveness in the social service sector. It explores mechanisms for the exchange of assistance through social relationships, especially as they relate to home, school, and community improvement. The track requires 12 s.h. of foundation coursework and 18 s.h. of upper-level coursework (courses numbered 3000 or above) offered by distance education.

Foundation Coursework

12 s.h. from these offered by distance education:
AFAM:2500Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues3
ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
ASP:1800/CSD:1800/NURS:1800/SSW:1800/TR:1800Aging Matters: Introduction to Gerontology3
GWSS:1001Introduction to Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies3
GWSS:1310/SOC:1310Gender and Society3
GWSS:2052/RELS:2852Women in Islam and the Middle East3
LING:2900Language, Gender, and Sexuality3
NAIS:2165/AMST:2165/ANTH:2165Native Peoples of North America3
PSQF:1075Educational Psychology and Measurement3
SOC:1010Introduction to Sociology3-4
SRM:1045Diversity and Inclusion in Healthy Living3
SSW:2222Introduction to Social Work4
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3

Upper-Level Coursework

18 s.h. from these offered by distance education:
EALL:4130/MUSM:4150Introduction to Grant Writing3
EDTL:3114Parent-Child Relationships3
EDTL:4900Foundations of Special Education3
EDTL:4934/PSQF:4134Parent-Teacher Communication1-3
EDTL:4936/PSQF:4136Home/School/Community Partnerships3
EDTL:4940Characteristics of Disabilities3
GWSS:3154Sexuality in the United States3
PHIL:3920Philosophy in Public1-3
PSQF:3104Multicultural Issues in Counseling and Psychology3
RCE:4132Introduction to Addictions and Impulse Control Disorders3
RCE:4162/PSQF:4162Introduction to Couple and Family Therapy3
RCE:4173Trauma Across the Lifespan3
RCE:4176Child Abuse: Assessment, Intervention, and Advocacy3
RCE:4179Sexuality Within the Helping Professions3
RCE:4191Advocacy: Awareness, Assertiveness, and Activismarr.
RCE:4194Interpersonal Effectiveness3
SSW:3500/ENTR:3595/MGMT:3500/MUSM:3500/NURS:3595/RELS:3700Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness I3
SSW:3712/NURS:3712Human Sexuality, Diversity, and Society1-3
SSW:3729Substance Use and Abuse2-3
SSW:3797Child Welfare Policy and Practice3
SSW:4700Motivational Interviewing in Diverse Application3
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3

Global Studies Track

This track enables students to understand global issues and perspectives. The track requires 12 s.h. of foundation coursework and 18 s.h. of upper-level coursework (courses numbered 3000 or above) offered by distance education.

Foundation Coursework

12 s.h. from these offered by distance education:
ANTH:2100Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3
ANTH:2261Human Impacts on the Environment3
ARTH:1040Arts of Africa3
ARTH:1070/CHIN:1070Asian Art and Culture3
CBE:2040Environment, Energy, and Climate Change3
CLSA:1181/GHS:1181Ancient Medicine3
CLSA:1840Roman Civilization3
CRIM:2430Comparative Criminal Justice Systems3
ECON:1200Principles of Macroeconomics4
EES:1040Evolution and the History of Life3-4
FREN:1006Global Sports and National Cultures3
HIST:1403The West and the World: Modern3-4
HRTS:2115/IS:2115Introduction to Human Rights3
IS:2020World Events Today!3
POLI:1400Introduction to Comparative Politics3
POLI:1500Introduction to International Relations3
POLI:1501Introduction to American Foreign Policy3
RELS:1015Global Religious Conflict and Diversity3
RELS:1130/HIST:1030Introduction to Islamic Civilization3
RELS:2852/GWSS:2052Women in Islam and the Middle East3
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3-4
or STAT:1030 Statistics for Business
World Languages General Education courses (maximum of two courses and 6 s.h.)6

Upper-Level Coursework 

18 s.h. from these offered by distance education:
ANTH:3275/CLSA:3596The Archaeology of Ancient Egypt3
ANTH:3276/CLSA:3235Greek Archaeology and Ethnohistory3
ANTH:3277/CLSA:3240Roman Archaeology3
ANTH:3278Archaeology of Ancient Cities3
EES:3210Principles of Paleontology3
ENTR:4460Entrepreneurship and Global Trade3
GEOG:3420Sustainable and Green Building Concepts3
GHS:3050/ASP:3135/SSW:3135Global Aging3
GHS:3560Global Garbage and Global Health3
GHS:3850/HHP:3850Promoting Health Globally3
GHS:4002Working in Global Health3
OEH:4240Global Environmental Health3
POLI:3405Authoritarian Politics3
POLI:3503Politics of Terrorism3
POLI:3505Civil Wars3
POLI:3512International Conflict3
POLI:3516The Politics of International Economics3
RCE:4194Interpersonal Effectiveness3
RCE:4197Citizenship in a Multicultural Society3
SOC:3510Medical Sociology3
SOC:4225The Social Psychology of Leadership3
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3
TR:3174Cultural Perspectives in Health Care3

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 coursework and 18 s.h. of upper-level coursework (courses numbered 3000 or above) offered by distance education.

Foundation Coursework

12 s.h. from these offered by distance education:
ASP:1800/CSD:1800/NURS:1800/SSW:1800/TR:1800Aging Matters: Introduction to Gerontology3
CLSA:1181/GHS:1181Ancient Medicine3
HHP:1100Human Anatomy3
HHP:2130Human Development Through the Life Span3
HHP:2200Physical Activity and Health3
HHP:2280Cultural Competency in Health Promotion3
HHP:2310Nutrition and Health3
MED:1100Introduction to Health Care Professions3
PSY:1001Elementary Psychology3
PSY:2501Introduction to Social Psychology3
PSY:2930Abnormal Psychology: Health Professions3
RELS:2260/GHS:2260Hard Cases in Healthcare at the Beginning of Life3
RELS:2265/GHS:2265Hard Cases in Healthcare at the End of Life3
SRM:1045Diversity and Inclusion in Healthy Living3
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3-4
or STAT:1030 Statistics for Business

Upper-Level Coursework 

18 s.h. from these offered by distance education:
ASP:3150Psychology of Aging3
ASP:3160Biology of Aging3
ASP:3170Health and Aging3
BIOC:3110Biochemistry3
CLSA:3750Medical and Technical Terminology2
DST:3103Eugenics3
HHP:3050Obesity: Causes, Consequences, Prevention, and Treatment3
HHP:3105Anatomy for Human Physiology3
HHP:3300Human Growth and Motor Development3
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:3330Childhood Psychopathology3
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
SRM:3020/INTD:3027Nutrition in Health and Performance3
STAT:4143/PSQF:4143Introduction to Statistical Methods3
TR:3171Child Life Practical Application3
TR:3174Cultural Perspectives in Health Care3

Justice and Ethics Track

This track explores ethical and moral solutions for contemporary social issues related to criminal, justice, and political systems. The track requires 12 s.h. of foundation coursework and 18 s.h. of upper-level coursework (courses numbered 3000 or above) offered by distance education.

Foundation Coursework

12 s.h. from these offered by distance education:
CRIM:1410Introduction to Criminology3
CRIM:2430Comparative Criminal Justice Systems3
GHS:2260/RELS:2260Hard Cases in Healthcare at the Beginning of Life3
HRTS:2115/IS:2115Introduction to Human Rights3
MGMT:2000Introduction to Law3
PHIL:1033The Meaning of Life3
PHIL:1401Matters of Life and Death3
POLI:1100Introduction to American Politics3
POLI:1601Introduction to Social Media and Politics3
POLI:1900Introduction to the Politics of Race3
SOC:2810Social Inequality3
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3

Upper-Level Coursework

18 s.h. from these offered by distance education:
ASP:3519/POLI:3519Politics of Aging3
CRIM:3250Drugs, Deviance, and Social Control3
CRIM:4400Internship in Criminal Justice and Corrections3
CRIM:4410Treatment Interventions in Corrections3
POLI:3100American State Politics3
POLI:3102The U.S. Congress3
POLI:3111American Public Policy3
POLI:3202Political Psychology3
POLI:3204/SOC:3525Public Opinion3
POLI:3405Authoritarian Politics3
POLI:3503Politics of Terrorism3
RCE:4176Child Abuse: Assessment, Intervention, and Advocacy3
RCE:4185Introduction to Substance Abuse3
RCE:4195Ethics in Human Relations and Counseling3
RCE:4197Citizenship in a Multicultural Society3
SRM:3151Liability in Sport and Recreation3
SRM:3700Ethics in Sport3
SSW:3797Child Welfare Policy and Practice3
SSW:4100Social Work in the Criminal Justice System3

Organizational Studies Track

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

Foundation Coursework

12 s.h. from these offered by distance education:
ACCT:2100Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ACCT:2200Managerial Accounting3
BAIS:2800Foundations of Business Analytics3
BUS:2300Searching for Business Information1
COMM:1816Business and Professional Communication3
COMM:1819Organizational Leadership3
COMM:2010Communication and Organizational Culture3
ECON:1100Principles of Microeconomics4
ECON:1200Principles of Macroeconomics4
ENTR:2000Entrepreneurship and Innovation3
MGMT:2000Introduction to Law3
MGMT:2100Introduction to Management3
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020Elementary Statistics and Inference3-4
or STAT:1030 Statistics for Business

Upper-Level Coursework 

18 s.h. from these offered by distance education:
BAIS:3000Operations Management2
BAIS:3005Information Systems2
EALL:4130/MUSM:4150Introduction to Grant Writing3
ECON:3100Intermediate Microeconomics3
ECON:3150Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ENTR:3100Entrepreneurial Finance3
ENTR:3200Entrepreneurial Marketing3
ENTR:4400Managing the Growth Business3
FIN:3000Introductory Financial Management3
INTD:3005/CW:3005/WRIT:3005Professional and Creative Business Communication3
JMC:3530Social Media Marketing3
MKTG:3000Introduction to Marketing Strategy3
POLI:3516The Politics of International Economics3
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

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 in all college-level transfer credit.