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Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts

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113 Credits
A median of 79 credits accepted
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The Online BS in Liberal Arts Opens Doors

If you are working toward a promotion at work, are curious about your own capabilities, or want to change your profession altogether, a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts is one of the best ways to open those new doors. Comprehensive and foundational, a liberal arts degree prepares you to move forward in your current field or find a completely new path.

This fully online liberal arts program emphasizes critical analysis, effective communication skills, ethical decision-making, and collaboration with diverse thinkers. Students define their own programs by combining their past experience with new coursework. This general liberal arts degree is a flexible and effective way to integrate past learning with new educational goals and emerge prepared for the myriad of job opportunities. Within the requirements, two depths are required, giving you two opportunities to focus 15 credits on discipline-specific areas.

If you have a background or career ambitions in the military, allied health, or business and industry, you might consider a concentration in population health, logistics operations management, or professional and technical writing to boost your career.

Concentrations

No Concentration, Logistics Operations Management, Population Health, Professional and Technical Writing

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120

credit hours

Online BS in Liberal Arts Program Details

Of the 120 credits for the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts, students must complete 60 credits in the arts and sciences. The remaining credits may be a combination of applied professional and additional arts and sciences. At least 30 of the degree credits must be at the upper level, 21 of which must be in the Arts and Sciences. Degree depths in two different disciplines are required. Students may complete an optional Area of Focus by taking 21 or more credits in a single discipline. Structured concentrations in Population Health, Logistics Operations Management, or Professional and Technical Writing are also options.

    • Information Literacy: 1 credit
    • Written English Requirement: 6 credits
    • Humanities: 9 credits
      • One ethics course
      • Two elective courses
    • Social Sciences and History: 9 credits
      • Any combination of three social sciences and/or history courses
    • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 9 credits
      • One mathematics course (minimum of 2 credits)
      • On natural sciences course (minimum of 2 credits)
      • Additional courses to reach 9 credits
    • Arts and Sciences Electives: 24 credits
    • Additional Collegiate-level Study
      • Two depths required
    • Capstone Requirement: 3 credits
    • Applied Professional Credits
    • Additional Arts and Sciences Courses

Depth Requirement Courses

Students in the bachelor of Liberal Arts degree programs demonstrate their expertise and depth of knowledge in at least two different disciplines or areas of study. The depth requirement ensures that students are not only exposed to a variety of ideas, but that they can connect disparate disciplines in a meaningful way.

Logistics Operations Management

The logistics operations management concentration prepares you to understand the complex strategic and analytic processes of procurement and inventory control, as well as the managing, coordinating, transporting, and distributing both goods and services. It’s especially well-suited to military students with career goals related to product acquisition, allocation, and delivery management within government and military agencies.
Graduates learn to solve inventory control, facilities, planning, warehousing, and distribution problems; prioritize cost reduction and maximize profits; mitigate risk; and evaluate the design and implementation of supply chain systems.

Core Logistics Operations Management Courses

Transportation, Warehousing, and Distribution

This course provides a fundamental understanding of transportation, warehousing, and distribution operations within the logistics industry and offers examples of how to incorporate transportation, warehousing, and distribution strategies. Students learn about inventory control decision-making, supply chain requirements, intermodal operations, and distribution efficiencies through coursework and case studies.

Supply Chain Management

An examination of logistics and supply chain systems, this course focuses on analyzing, designing, and implementing systems. Topics include supply chain management strategy, planning, and operations; the role of e-commerce; and financial factors that influence decisions. Students discuss the trade-offs between cost and service and between the purchase and supply of raw materials; the warehousing and control of inventory; industrial packaging; materials handling within warehouses; and the distribution of finished goods to customers required to minimize costs, maximize profits, or increase customer service levels.

Lean Logistics

This course provides a fundamental understanding of lean applications toward inbound and outbound logistics networks, and the role of leadership to develop a corporate logistics strategy. Students learn professional lean logistics methods and techniques, including identification of areas of waste, ability to decrease inventory, and increase logistics throughput. The course offers examples of how to apply lean logistics thinking; total logistics cost; logistics demand patterns; and logistics planning-operational bridging techniques.

Logistics Operations Management Electives

Operations Management

Overview of the systematic planning, designing, operating, controlling, and improving processes that transform inputs into finished goods and services. This course develops students’ abilities to recognize, model, and solve problems inherent in production and service environments. Specific topics include product and process design, queuing, facility layout and location, linear programming, decision analysis, forecasting, and inventory models.

Risk Control

This course prepares students to identify, quantify, and qualify the regulatory, legal, financial, and contractual aspects of enterprise risk; the control and minimization of such risks; and the application of risk financing techniques to control risk exposures in organizations. Students also learn the principles and risks underlying complex business contracts.

Product Planning, Process, and Control

Students explore the connections between various business activities and processes which affect production. Some of these areas include the organization’s ability to meet product specifications, adhere to contractual requirements, schedule deliverables, and effectively use available resources to be profitable. Students study the influences on production outcomes, with an emphasis on facilities layout, capacity management, process analysis, quantitative work measurement, and production control.

Population Health

As the American health care industry continues to grow—and grow more complex—the opportunities in population health expand, with a need for care managers, care coordinators, program coordinators, and health program managers.

Students in the population health concentration explore the social, behavioral, and biological elements of health and how those elements contribute to the health risks that medical professionals see in a clinical setting. Population health connects clinical care and public health practices to prevent and cure human disease. Students learn about the socioeconomic and cultural factors that may affect particular populations, and the healthcare delivery modes and methods that contribute to a healthier community and society.

The Bachelor of Science in Population Health is designed for students who have earned college-level credit and have experience in health care, such as those with military training and experience in a medical-related field, but who have not yet earned a degree.

Core Population Health Courses

Psychosocial Impact of Chronic Illness on Person and Environment

Students will learn how to critically examine the complex interactions between chronic illness and the individuals and communities affected from both a theoretical and practical perspective. This course explores the psychological and social aspects of chronic illnesses, with an emphasis on empowerment of people living with chronic illness. Students also develop an understanding of the stigma of chronic illness and learn how to connect people with resources to successfully manage chronic conditions.

Substance Abuse: Impact on Individual, Family, Community

This course introduces students to the effect of alcohol and substance abuse on the individual, family, and society. Students learn to differentiate between abuse and dependence, identify negative consequences, and discuss treatment issues. Students evaluate various treatment models and settings and develop an awareness of which models are appropriate given the readiness of an individual to engage in treatment. They experience the progression of the consequences of substance abuse in a real family from the perspective of the individual, the family and society.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Gathering Storm

This course examines the effects of trauma on human health and relationships; specifically focusing on the effects of PTSD on individuals, families, communities, and global society. Students explore the history and prevalence of PTSD, root causes, physical and psychological symptoms, and the influences of culture and resilience. Students also study PTSD as it relates to different forms of trauma, including accidents and unexpected life-threatening events, interpersonal violence and sexual assault, natural disasters, and military combat.

Violence and the American Family: Public Health and Social Issues

Students examine violence as it effects families across the lifespan and includes topics such as child abuse, incest, bullying, dating violence, intimate partner violence, and elder abuse. Students confront these various types of violence and their effect on family dynamics and the physical psychosocial and mental health of individuals and families. Students will also investigate community response to family violence and effective strategies for prevention and treatment.

Professional and Technical Writing

Skilled writers, editors, and researchers find career paths in virtually every industry—government, technology, creative services, health care, research and development, nonprofit organizations, education, and more. A bachelor of science in liberal arts with a concentration in professional and technical writing prepares you write convincing copy for a marketing firm, document complex software or hardware products, create content for the web, or develop grants or proposals for both public and private sector organizations.

The program emphasizes individual study as well as collaborative skills, providing students with a well-rounded experience that prepares them to work alone, as part of a team, or to manage others. Courses address writing and editing proficiency and explore digital communication and literacy, including the intersection of multimedia, electronic publishing, and the role of usability to advocate for various audiences.

Core Professional and Technical Writing Courses

Business Writing

This course prepares students to be confident, efficient business writers. Students learn and apply strategies for writing effective memos, letters, e-mails, reports, and proposals. Using scenario-based assignments, students analyze audience needs, define outcomes for their writing, and plan strategies for successfully achieving those outcomes.

Professional and Technical Writing Electives

Legal Research and Writing

Students gain in-depth exposure to online legal research, including research using Internet tools like Lexis-Nexis and E-filing. Students learn to create and submit a comprehensive memorandum and/or appellate brief and gain expertise in the interpretation and drafting of legal documents.

Scientific and Technical Writing

This course focuses on the development and application of rhetorical strategies used in writing about science and technology, including ways for writers to stay current in their fields. Students analyze writing for the professional engineering, technology, and science workplaces and develop strategies for addressing audiences, organizing information, using appropriate style, and presenting the work using effective document design for both technical and non-technical readers. Students learn to problem solve through a variety of communication projects in chosen scientific and technical communication fields and learn how to make complex topics accessible to a general audience.

Writing and Communication in the Health Sciences Professions

Designed to help students master the art of professional communication in health care organizations, this course features a broad range of topics, including professional presentations, meeting management and various forms of written communication.

If you enjoy studying independently, you may find Excelsior’s UExcel exams an efficient and effective way to earn credit toward your Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts. You can prepare at your own pace and schedule your exam when you’re ready, saving both time and money. Many liberal arts course requirements, including those in the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, history, and humanities, can be earned by exam.

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Common Careers with an
Online BS in Liberal Arts

Allied Health

Education

Law

Manufacturing

Public Affairs

Social/Human Services

“I evaluated multiple learning institutions and found Excelsior valued and encouraged un-traditional learning for credit toward its accredited degree programs."
Mark Welling
BS in Liberal Arts, 2018

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