Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies

Explore how the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences have shaped much of our daily lives. Through online courses you will investigate four modes of critical thought: scientific inquiry and reasoning, insights into contemporary society and culture, critical perspectives on history, and academic writing. This general BA degree program will help you develop adaptable skills for any career path or life activity, or further education. 

Program Plan

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies program plan consists of 90.0 units. 60.0 of these units are electives which can be taken from any subject, at any level and in any order, as long you have (or obtain) the prerequisites for any 200 or 300-level courses. The other 30.0 units must be taken as described below.


  1. Courses may not be offered every term.
  2. A maximum of 6.00 units from courses offered by other Faculties and Schools may be counted toward the program and/or Plan requirements. This includes courses in BMED, COMM, GLPH, LAW, NURS and courses at Smith Engineering. 
  3. This online program plan has been adapted from the official Faculty of Arts and Science E-Calendar to help online students identify only courses that are being offered online.

1. Core courses (9.0 units) 

2. Option courses (21.0 units) 

Select option courses from each of four modes of critical thought:

  1. 6.0 units from LIBS_Scientific_Inquiry - e.g. Math, Biology, Computing, Psychology, etc. (see course list below)
  2. 6.0 units from LIBS_Insights - e.g. Film, Gender Studies, Philosophy, etc. (see course list below)
  3. 6.0 units from LIBS_Perspectives - e.g. History, Religious Studies, Classics, etc. (see course list below)
  4. 3.0 units from LIBS_Academic_Writing - Writing courses. (see course list below)

3. Electives (60.0 units)

Selected from all ASO Course offerings.

Additional Requirements

  • At least 12.0 units of option courses must be taken at the 200 level or above. 

Total Units Required for a LIBS General Degree: 90.0 Units

Arts and Science Online Program Maps:

Explore your academic journey with the Arts and Science Online (ASO) Program Maps, crafted with Queen's Career Services that cover academics, extracurriculars, networking, and career development, along with other flexible recommendations for your unique path at Queen's. Scroll down to the Arts and Science Online section to find the LIBS BA program map