Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies | Online Degree | Queen's University

BA Liberal Studies (3 year)

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Explore how the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences have shaped much of our daily lives through online courses in 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. 

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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. Note: Courses may not be offered every term.

Core courses (9.0 units) offered online

Option courses (21.0 units) offered online

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

  • 6.0 units from Scientific Inquiry and Reasoning (e.g. Math, Biology, Computing, Psychology, etc.)
  • 6.0 units from Insights into Contemporary Society and Culture (e.g. Film, Sociology, Philosophy, etc.)
  • 6.0 units from Critical Perspectives on History (e.g. History, Religious Studies, Classics, etc.)
  • 3.0 units from Academic Writing (Writing courses)

Note: At least 6.0 units of option courses must be taken at the 200 level or above.

Please see these links for more information on the program and course options.

Electives (60.0 units)

60.0 additional units selected from all course offerings.

How do I apply?

Admission Requirements

Queen's Arts and Science Online has several admission categories for students with diverse educational backgrounds. View them all here

Submit an Application

To apply for a Queen's online program, simply submit an online application directly through our website here.

How Online Learning Works

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What can I do with my degree?

Can I apply to Grad School?

Admission requirements for graduate programs vary by institution and program. If your education goals include attending grad school, we recommend that you to speak to the receiving institution and compare our programs to their admission requirements. It is currently not possible to complete an Honours degree in Liberal Studies online at Queen's.

Possible Career Fields

Your BA in Liberal Studies can lead you to a wide variety of career fields, which may include:

  • Communications
  • Consumer services
  • Copywriting
  • Cultural affairs
  • Editing
  • Education 
  • Entrepreneur
  • Fundraising
  • Human rights
  • Human resources
  • Immigration services
  • International development
  • Journalism
  • Libraries
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Public service and administration
  • Publishing
  • Training, recruitment, and development

*Please note some careers may require additional experience and/or training.