Sample Degree Plans

To help you understand what a Liberal Studies degree might entail, consider these sample degree plans, which were made using actual UIS course schedules. (Course offerings are subject to change.)  For these examples, we are presenting 12 credit hours for each semester, but students may complete the degree one course at a time or take as many as 18 credit hours each semester.

All Liberal Studies degrees must include at least 48 hours of upper-division credit and must include the following requirements:

  • LIS 301 Self-directed Learning
  • LIS 451 Senior Seminar
  • 3  Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) courses
  • UNI 301 Speaker Series
  • 12 hours of LIS, WGS, AAS or other interdisciplinary course options)
  • 1 upper-division course in each of 7 Boyer categories: Art, Heritage, Identity, Institutions, Language, Nature, and Work

Example one: a diverse application of the Boyer model using only online courses.

Example two: a thematic application of the Boyer model focused on diversity studies using both online and campus courses.

(Classes are linked to the UIS catalog for your convenience.)


Degree plan example one

A diverse application of the Boyer model using only online courses.

Semester One

LIS 301 – Self-Directed Learning
COM 303 – Introduction to Mass Media
HIS 440 – Topics In U.S. History

Semester Two

MPH 450 – Chemicals and the Citizen
IPL 305 – ECCE: Undergraduate Prior Learning Portfolio Development
LIS 411 – Liberty Struggles

Semester Three

AAS 375 – ECCE: African American Popular Culture
PSY 326 – Family Psychology
CCJ 363 – Gangs, Crime, and Justice

Semester Four

LIS 451 – Senior Seminar
LIS 431 – The Beatles: Popular Music and Society
HIS 479 – ECCE: From Vikings to Hackers: A Pirate’s World History
UNI 301 – ECCE: Speakers Series

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Degree plan example two

A thematic application of the Boyer model focused on diversity studies using both online and campus courses.

Semester One

LIS 301 – Self-Directed Learning
AAS 375 – ECCE: African American Popular Culture
HIS 453 – ECCE: Women of Color and Minority Women

Semester Two

ENG 481 – Memoirs Across Cultures
CCJ 343 – ECCE: Women and Criminal Justice
WGS 356 – ECCE: Coffee, Chocolate and Justice

Semester Three

SOA 357 – ECCE: LGBTQ and Allies Peer Education
GBL 331 – ECCE: Cultural Geography
AAS 364 – Dance and American Culture

Semester Four

LIS 451 – Senior Seminar
AAS 423 – ECCE: Culture and Education
PSY 310 – Special Topics in Psychology
UNI 301 – ECCE: Speakers Series

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