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With the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, you can create your own customized degree program and pave your own path. Working with an academic advisor, you will select specific academic courses to compose a degree program that meets your intellectual, personal, and professional goals.

Choosing from an array of options, you will have the unique opportunity to build a program that is finely tuned to your strengths and interests.  Unlike traditional undergraduate degree programs in which you major in a specific academic area, this program allows you to pursue an area of interest that is not pre-defined as a major concentration.


General Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies General Requirements

University-Wide Requirement

Minimum 120 total semester hours required

Minimum 2.000 GPA required

Students must earn a minimum of 60 Northeastern University semester hours in order to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Note: Individual program requirements may exceed the above minima.

NUpath Requirements 

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Foundation Courses

48 semester hours required


Complete one of the following two courses with corresponding labs:

ENG 1105 - College Writing 1 
ENG 1106 - Lab for ENG 1105 
ENG 1103 - College Writing 1 for Nonnative Speakers 
ENG 1104 - Lab for ENG 1103 

Complete the following two courses with corresponding labs:

ENG 1107 - College Writing 2 
ENG 1108 - Lab for ENG 1107 
ENG 3107 - Writing for the Professions: Business and the Social Sciences 
ENG 3108 - Lab for ENG 3107 

Mathematics Required Courses

MTH 1100 - College Algebra 
MTH 2310 - Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 

Information Technology

Choose one of the following:

ITC 1000 - Computer Applications 
ITC 2016 - End-User Data Analysis Tools 


PHL 1100 - Social and Political Philosophy 

Mathematics and Science Electives

Complete 6 semester hours from the following subject areas:


Arts and Humanities Electives

Complete 9 semester hours from the following subject areas:

ART, CMN, ENG, PHL, TCC or a modern foreign language

Social Science Electives 

Complete 9 semester hours from the following subject areas:


Major Required Courses

33 semester hours required

Note: No more than 27 total credits of business courses (ACC, FIN, MGT, MKT) are permitted.


Self-designed program created by the student with faculty guidance and approved by the associate dean. 


LST 4850 - Capstone Project in Liberal Studies 

Minor Required Courses

15 semester hours required

All students must complete a minor as part of their self-designed program.


Complete a minimum of 24 semester hours to reach 120 semester hours.

Experiential Learning

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace. This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.


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Career Outcomes

Your career prospects will be largely dependent upon your course of study and the industry that you choose to pursue. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in occupations that require at least a bachelor's degree is expected to grow faster than employment in other sectors of the American labor market.

What can you do with your degree?

With the guidance of a Northeastern University faculty member, you will create a program that integrates liberal arts with a special concentration.

Candidates for this program may be interested in pursuing a career as a:

  • Top- or mid-level manager
  • Insurance, securities, real estate, or business service professional

Industry-Aligned Faculty

Our industry-aligned faculty bring relevant real-world experience, knowledge, expertise, and connections that will help you achieve your career goals.


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Financial Info

The university's financial aid policies are designed to enrich our campus community by ensuring that Northeastern is affordable for all admitted students.

  • $1.6K Cost Per Course
  • $10.2K Avg Institutional Aid
  • 45% % Receiving Aid