The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree is designed for adults who want to major in a traditional arts and science discipline and who have at least one of the following characteristics:
- graduated from high school six or more years ago
- are a veterans or active-duty members of the U.S. armed services
- are married
- have legal dependents other than a spouse
- are financially self-supporting
Unlike a traditional baccalaureate degree, the BLS offers greater flexibility in the timetable leading to graduation because it does not require full-time study, extended residence at the University, or foreign language requirements (unless you major in a foreign language). To be admitted to the BLS program, applicants must demonstrate the ability to succeed in college-level course work by accumulating at least 30 transferable credits with a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4-point scale. Students can enroll in the program as a part-time or full-time student.
The BLS degree requires a minimum of 120 semester hours, distributed in three categories: general education, electives, and major. A maximum of 90 semester hours of transfer credit may be used to fulfill the requirements for the degree. These credits may include a maximum of 30 credits earned through military service and a maximum of 30 credits earned through a life/work portfolio. The BLS degree program offers more than 30 majors in the liberal arts and sciences, including options to double major or to create a self-designed interdisciplinary major.
Students in the BLS program attend classes on the Fredericksburg campus and follow the college schedule. Most classes meet during the day, but a limited selection of evening classes also is offered.
Once accepted for admission, the applicant is asked to submit a $100 advance tuition deposit that is applied to the first semester of classes. After the tuition deposit is received, an official evaluation of credits will be forwarded to the student, usually within two weeks.
Priority Application Dates:
Fall Admission: February 1
Spring Admission: September 1
We will continue to admit students after these dates, but please be aware that your selection of courses will be limited for your first semester. All applications should be complete (application forms and all supporting documents) by the following dates:
Fall Admission: June 1
Spring Admission: October 15
Summer Admission: January 15
Late applications will be accepted on a space available basis. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 540/654-2000 for clarification.
A completed application packet consists of:
- A completed application and a $50 non-refundable application fee or fee waiver. APPLY ONLINE AND HAVE YOUR $50 APPLICATION FEE WAIVED!
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended, even if the credits were transferred to another school
- Official documentation of all nontraditional credit earned (e.g., CLEP or DANTES tests, military training, etc.)
- Verification of high school completion – transcript, copy of diploma, copy of GED award letter, unless an associate degree is achieved
- An essay (no more than two pages) introducing yourself to the Admissions Committee. The essay might include such things as your reasons for returning to college, previous life and work experience, and professional or life goals.
- An essay on the effects of studying under an honor system in a university setting
- Demonstration of competency on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, as necessary, if the student’s native language is not English.