Bachelors

The Bachelor’s Degree

The structure of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies emphasizes the integration of key learning categories with a variety of instructional methods to form a well-rounded and individualized academic experience. Through customized learning activities, the degree assists students in enhancing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, living as engaged and responsible citizens, considering ethics and consequences of actions, and being familiar with a broad and integrated core of knowledge.

The Liberal Studies degree formally begins with LIS 301, which should ideally be taken during the first semester of a student’s junior year, or during the second semester of his/her sophomore year. Prior to this, students should work with their academic advisors to ensure that they have completed (or will soon complete) the required general education curriculum and the prerequisites necessary to enter their junior year. Campus-based students who begin their degrees at UIS should complete the general education curriculum before taking LIS 301.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the Liberal Studies program must meet all campus requirements for undergraduate admission.  Information about these requirements is available from the Office of Admissions.  The department requires no additional application for admission.

Online Admission

Students seeking admission to the online Liberal Studies must meet all campus requirements for undergraduate admission.  In addition, applicants must have completed at least 30 hours of transfer credit prior to admission into the online program.   The department recommends that applicants to the online program consider the following items before deciding to apply.

The department encourages applicants to the online program to have completed Illinois General Education requirements before applying.  Students who have earned an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts and Science, or an Associate of Arts in Teaching at an Illinois school have completed Illinois General Education requirements.

If you have not completed Illinois General Education, the department recommends that you work with the LIS Program Coordinator to determine your needs and to discuss how the program may, or may not, be able to serve your General Education needs in an online format.

Liberal Studies is a writing intensive degree.  Online applicants must have successfully completed at least two semesters of freshman-level composition for admission into the program.

Transfer Courses

There are no special prerequisite courses for this major. 

 

Advising

On completion of LIS 301, degree plans are approved by the department, although it is expected that the degree plan will change as new courses or ideas emerge for the student.

Revisions are approved by the academic adviser or Program Director. Final department approval of a student’s degree is granted through the successful completion of LIS 451 Senior Seminar.

Students should consult with advisers in the major for specific guidance regarding the completion of general education requirements. The Department’s online coordinator can advise students on most matters and answer many questions, while faculty within the program and the Program Director can offer definitive departmental advice on academic matters.

Grading Policy

The following courses are offered only on a CR/NC basis: LIS 301, LIS 342, LIS 380 and LIS 451.

Communication Skills

All competencies necessary to attain the student’s goals, including communication skills, are addressed in the degree plan. Assessment of written communication skills occurs throughout LIS 301 culminating in the student’s degree plan.  Communication skills are further developed as documented by the student’s degree plan. Completion of the degree plan constitutes certification of communication skills as required by UIS. This certification of the communication skills is again earned when a student successfully completes LIS 451 Senior Seminar.

Designated Boyer Area Courses

In order to plan a balanced degree program, students must choose electives that address the following seven Boyer categories, at least one upper-division course in each of the seven areas listed is required:

  • Identity, the search for meaning

  • Work, the value of vocation

  • Nature, ecology of the planet

  • Institutions, the social web

  • Language, the crucial connection

  • Heritage, the living past

  • Art, the esthetic dimension

Specific Boyer area courses will be determined during the student’s enrollment in LIS 301 with the development of their personalized degree plan. The LIS program must approve all changes to this plan and verify degree completion via submission of the Graduation Application Signature form to the Office of Records and Registration. The LIS department will not submit this form until it has confirmed the student has demonstrated degree completion.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
LIS 301 Self-Directed Learning 4
LIS 451 Senior Seminar 3
At least 12 hours of 300 or 400 level LIS prefix courses in addition to LIS 301 and LIS 451 1 0-12
Boyer Category Courses: At least three hours of 300 or 400 level courses must be completed in each Boyer area
Art 3
Any 300- or 400-level ART, MUS, or THE course
ECCE: Black Women in Film History
Voice and Movement
Digital Media: Print
Digital Media: Web
Visual Storytelling and Reporting
Intermediate Acting
The Beatles: Popular Music and Society
Playing Shakespeare
Graphic Novel
ECCE: Serving up Art
ECCE: European Cinema
The Beatles: Popular Music and Society
ECCE: Expatriate Paris
ECCE: Symbolist Movement in Europe: 1850 – 1920
Philosophy of Art
ECCE: Music and Social Justice
Jazz in American Culture
ECCE: American Musics
Heritage 3
Any 300- or 400-level AAS course
ECCE: European Cinema
Egyptology
Modern Art History
Contemporary Art History
Women in Art: Discovering Her Story
ECCE: Race, Class, and Social Justice
Introduction to Human Rights
Gender Communication
ECCE: Intercultural Communication
Political Communication in the United States
ECCE:Communicating About Race
History Of Economic Thought
ECCE: From China to Chinese America
ECCE: Contemporary African Literature
Topics in American Literature I
ECCE: Asian American Women
Women Playwrights
The American Novel, 1865-1915
ECCE: American Souths
The British Victorian Novel
Children’s and Young Adult Literature
History of English Language
Literature and Culture of Early America
American Literature 1820-1865
American Literature Between the Wars
African-American Literature
Major Figures in American Literature Since 1900
Midwestern Literature
The Shakespeare Project
The British Romantics
Topics in British Literature II
Poetry and Prose of the Victorian Age
The British Novel from Dickens to Hardy
Major Women Writers
Literature and the Bible
Memoirs Across Cultures
ECCE: Latina/o USA
Mexican Migration to the U. S.
Introduction to Human Rights
ECCE: Latina/o USA
ECCE: US Women’s History
History of American Law
Topics in Warfare
Islamic Civilization
ECCE: Conflict in the Middle East
ECCE: Christian-Muslim Encounters
Alexander the Great
Rise of Rome
Caesar to Charlemagne
Egyptology
ECCE: Politics and Religion: Culture Wars
ECCE: Ancient Sport and Spectacle
African-American History
ECCE: Civil Rights Movement of the Twentieth Century
Colonial America
Revolutionary America
United States, 1790-1840
United States, 1840-1890
United States, 1890-1945
United States, 1945-Present
The Sixties
American Environmental History
American Agricultural History
Topics In U.S. History
The Civil War and Reconstruction
American Urban History
Intellectual Origins of the American Revolution
American Westward Expansion
Major Figures in History
American Revivalism and Christian Religion
ECCE: Women of Color and Minority Women
ECCE: History of the Family
Studies in Latin American History
Europe in the 18th Century: The Enlightenment
ECCE: Conflict in 19th Century Europe
Topics in 20th Century World History
History of the Soviet Union
ECCE: Nationalism and Imperialism
Modern China
ECCE: From Vikings to Hackers: A Pirate’s World History
History of Sexuality in America
History of Christmas
Eastern Christianity
History of American Law
ECCE: American Political Thought
Introduction to Human Rights
Individualism and Self-Reliance in America
ECCE: Latina/o USA
Baseball: An Interdisciplinary Approach
ECCE: Ancient Sport and Spectacle
ECCE: Music and Social Justice
Jazz in American Culture
ECCE: American Musics
ECCE: The Changing American Family and Public Policy
Classical Greek Wisdom
Ancient & Medieval Philosophy
History of Modern Philosophy
Europe in the 18th Century: the Enlightenment
ECCE: African Americans and American Politics
ECCE: Politics and Religion: Culture Wars
ECCE: Women and Politics
ECCE: American Political Thought
ECCE: Latina/o USA
Mexican Migration to the U. S.
ECCE: Latina/o USA
ECCE: Women and Work
Mexican Migration to the U. S.
North American Indians: Culture and Ecology
ECCE: US Women’s History
ECCE: History of the Family
Identity 3
ECCE: African American Studies
ECCE: Contemporary African Literature
ECCE: African American Popular Culture
ECCE: African American Popular Culture
Women’s Spirituality
Philosophy of Art
Business, Ethics, and Society
ECCE: Business Ethics
Persuasion
ECCE: Memoirs Across Cultures
Human Well Being
Introduction to Political Philosophy
Ideas, Ethics, and Public Policy
Feminist Theories
Cognitive Psychology
Life-span Developmental Psychology
Child Development
Adolescence
Psychology of Gender
Psychology of Learning and Memory
Psychology Of Motivation
Theories of Personality
Theories of Psychotherapy
ECCE: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
ECCE: Gay and Lesbian Studies
Feminist Theories
ECCE: Masculinities
ECCE: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
ECCE: Gay and Lesbian Studies
Feminist Theories
Queer Theory
Sociology of Gender
ECCE: Masculinities
Native American Women’s Literature and Culture
Women’s Spirituality
History of Sexuality in America
Childhood’s Past
Institutions 3
ECCE: African Americans and American Politics
ECCE: Civil Rights Movement of the Twentieth Century
ECCE: Regulation and the American Economy
Current Issues in Business: A Liberal Studies Perspective
Business, Ethics, and Society
Legal Environment of Business
Franchising
ECCE: Business and Developing Countries
Business Policy
Financial Institution Management
ECCE: Policing In America
Correctional Systems
Crime & Sentencing Policy
Physical Evidence Processing
Issues of Intervention: Law Enforcement and Human Services
Corrections and the Mass Media
ECCE: Women and Criminal Justice
ECCE: International Criminal Justice Systems
Alternatives to Incarceration
Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement
Community Policing
Critical Incident Resources and Response
Gangs, Crime, and Justice
ECCE: Communities, Fear, and Crime Control
Crime Myths and Moral Panic
Criminology of Sport
ECCE: Crime and Sentencing: Global Issues
Law Enforcement Challenges: Terrorism
Criminal Procedure
Substantive Criminal Law
Justice and Juveniles
Juvenile Law
Probation Supervision Programs
ECCE: Science and World Religions
ECCE: Energy and the Environment
Media Law And Ethics
ECCE: Children, Adolesents, and the Media
Communication Ethics
Political Communication in the United States
ECCE:Communicating About Race
RoboEthics
ECCE: Internet in American Life
Managerial Economics
Macroeconomics in a Global Economy
Analytical Decision Making for BUS and ECO
Economics for Administration
Money, Banking, and Financial Markets
Comparative Economic Systems
Economics for Managerial Decisions
Financial Economics
Securities Markets
Economic Development
International Trade and Finance
International Business
Public Finance
Industrial Organization
Business Cycles
ECCE: Interdisciplinary Study of Work
ECCE: Creative Writing, Publishing, and Community
ECCE: Global Change in Local Places
ECCE: Population and Public Policy
ECCE: Geopolitics: Geographical Aspects of International Affairs
ECCE: Environmental Ethics
ECCE: China’s Environment and the World
Introduction to Global Studies
Transition in Central and Eastern Europe
Introduction to Human Rights
Family Law
ECCE: Conflict in the Middle East
ECCE: Christian-Muslim Encounters
ECCE: Democracy and Democratic Theory
ECCE: Politics and Religion: Culture Wars
ECCE: Ancient Sport and Spectacle
ECCE: Civil Rights Movement of the Twentieth Century
ECCE: Nationalism and Imperialism
ECCE: Working for Women: Service-Learning and Gender Inequality
ECCE: Charity to Change
Social Responsibility and Leadership Development Capstone
ECCE: Social Change and Leadership
American Law in Comparative Perspective
Law and Society
ECCE: Sexual Orientation and Public Policy
ECCE: Sexuality, Law, and Politics
The American Jury
Philosophy of Law
American Constitution: Government Powers and Institutions
The Supreme Court and Judicial Politics
The American Constitution and Civil Liberties
Environmental Law
National Security Issues and the U.S. Constitution
ECCE: Politics and Religion: Culture Wars
Family Law
Women in American Law
Juvenile Law
Employment Discrimination Law
Law, Film and Popular Culture
The Politics of Reproduction
The Politics of Prosecution
International Law and Organizations
Labor Law
The Law of Military Conflict
Law of Evidence
Government Regulations and Administrative Law
Criminal Procedure
Substantive Criminal Law
ECCE: Conviction of the Innocent
ECCE: Serving up Art
ECCE: Interdisciplinary Study of Work
ECCE: European Cinema
Liberty Struggles
Free Market Philosophies
ECCE: Ancient Sport and Spectacle
ECCE: Symbolist Movement in Europe: 1850 – 1920
Managing Organizational Behavior
Social Responsibility and Ethics: Corporate and Public
Organization Development
ECCE: Work, Family and Community: A U. S. Perspective
Organization Theory
ECCE: Global Evironmental Health
ECCE: Food, Health, and Public Policy
Environmental Law
ECCE: Chemicals and the Citizen
ECCE: Crisis in Environmental Health
Food Safety Practice and Policy
ECCE: Environmental Policies: Air Quality
ECCE: Solid and Hazardous Wastes Policy
ECCE: Music and Social Justice
ECCE: American Musics
ECCE: The Changing American Family and Public Policy
Employment Discrimination Law
Government Regulations and Administrative Law
Media Law And Ethics
Comparative Philosophy of Religion
Globalization and the Future of Democracy
Marxist Philosophy: Past, Present, Future
Moral Values in Political Philosophy
Social Philosophy
ECCE: Sexual Orientation and Public Policy
ECCE: Sexuality, Law, and Politics
The American Jury
Philosophy of Law
ECCE: Introduction to Comparative Politics
ECCE: Introduction to International Relations
Legislative Politics
Public Opinion
Illinois Government and Politics
The American Presidency
American Political Behavior
Political Parties and Interest Groups
Policy Analysis and Implementation
Appellate Advocacy: Moot Court
The Supreme Court and Judicial Politics
The American Constitution and Civil Liberties
Environmental Law
National Security Issues and the U.S. Constitution
Law and Inequality
ECCE: Democracy and Democratic Theory
Globalization and the Future of Democracy
Marxist Philosophy: Past, Present, Future
Postmodern Theory: Politics and Possibility
Empirical Political Analysis
The Politics of Reproduction
The Politics of Prosecution
ECCE: Global Social Change and Transnational Movements
International Law and Organizations
International Political Economy
ECCE: Latin American Politics
Terrorism and Public Policy
The Law of Military Conflict
American Foreign Policy
International Politics of the Middle East
Russian Politics
National Model United Nations
Model United Nations
ECCE: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
Understanding Cultures
Human Evolution: Biological and Cultural
ECCE: Women and Work in India and the US
ECCE: Music and Social Justice
ECCE:Introduction to the Barrio
ECCE: Sexual Orientation and Public Policy
ECCE: Sexuality, Law, and Politics
Sociocultural Theories
Law and Inequality
ECCE: Culture, Health, and Power
Sociology of Organizations
ECCE: Culture and Education
ECCE: Immigrants, Public Opinion, and Public Policy
ECCE: Global Social Stratification
Family Law
Women in Political Movements: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
ECCE: Global Social Change and Transnational Movements
Sociology of Mental Health/Illness
Religion, Society, and the Individual
ECCE: Women and Work in India and the US
Working Class and Poor Women
ECCE: Sexual Orientation and Public Policy
ECCE: Sexuality, Law, and Politics
ECCE: Sex, Gender, and Popular Culture
ECCE: Women & Criminal Justice
ECCE: Black Women in Film History
Culture, Diversity, and Social Work
Law and Inequality
Family Law
Women in American Law
Employment Discrimination Law
ECCE: History of the Family
The Politics of Reproduction
Language 3
ECCE: Multicultural American Novels
ECCE: African American Popular Fiction
Visual Storytelling and Reporting
Marketing Communications
Introduction to Interpersonal/Organizational Communication
Introduction to Mass Media
Computer-Mediated Interpersonal Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Dating and Relating
Organizational Communication
Introduction to Linguistics
Non-Fiction Writing
Literary Study and Research
Rhetoric and Composing Theories
Creative Writing Poetry
Writing Essays and Reviews
The Theory and Practice of Composition and Rhetoric in the American University
Rhetoric and Composition in Digital Media
Topics in Composition or Linguistics
European Literature: Ancient Greek and Biblical Motives, 1880-Present
Chaucer and His Era
Milton
Modern British Literature
Contemporary British Literature
Creative Writing: Nonfiction
Writing and the Environment
Spanish for Public Affairs
Spanish for Business
Spanish for Healthcare
Spanish for Communication
Spanish for Educators
Managerial Communication Skills
Negotiation
Report Writing For Managers
Critical and Persuasive Writing for Journalists
Critical Thinking
Logic
Philosophy of Language
Nature 3
Any 300 or 400 level ASP, BIO, CHE, or CLS course
ECCE: Global Change in Local Places
ECCE: Evolution and Creationism
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
World Environmental Thought
American Environmental History
Environmental Law
Environmental Economics
ECCE: Environmental Sociology
Ecological Issues
Aquatic Ecology
Biology Of Water Pollution
Environmental Chemistry
Sustainable Food Systems
Our Changing Climate
Paleoecology
Water Resources and Society
Environmental Geology
ECCE: Global Evironmental Health
ECCE: Addiction
ECCE: Monsters, Medicine, and Myths
Environmental Toxicology
ECCE: Chemicals and the Citizen
ECCE: Emerging Diseases
ECCE: Crisis in Environmental Health
Philosophy and Animals
Animals and Human Civilization
Perspectives on Human Nature
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology
Work 3
Any 300 or 400 level ACC, BUS, CSC, MGT, or MKT course
Law and Legal Processes
ECCE: Policing In America
Correctional Systems
Physical Evidence Processing
Statistics for Criminal Justice
Critical Incident Resources and Response
Forensic Evidence in Crim Law
Organizational Crime
Investigative Concepts and Analysis
Multimedia Reporting
Introduction to Radio
Introduction to Public Relations
Feature Writing
Editing
Electronic Media Management
Advanced Media Writing
Advertising
Advanced Visual Field Reporting
Writing For Public Relations
Interviewing
Communication Ethics
ECCE: Interdisciplinary Study of Work
ECCE: Creative Writing, Publishing, and Community
ECCE: Internship Applied Learning
ECCE: Undergraduate Prior Learning Portfolio Development
ECCE: Working for Women: Service-Learning and Gender Inequality
ECCE: Charity to Change
Social Responsibility and Leadership Development Capstone
ECCE: Social Change and Leadership
Occupational Safety and Health Policy
Total Hours 28-40
1

This requirement may be satisfied using 300 and 400 level subject area courses the student has taken.

2

There are no classroom meetings for these courses. Students sign independent study contracts with faculty sponsors.