Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Curriculum

Open your mind to new ideas.
Open doors to new opportunities.

You’re looking to grow your education and your career. Doing both at the same time can be a challenge, but you understand the value of a college degree and how it can help you achieve your goals.

Rider’s online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is designed for working professionals who seek advanced credentials. Enhance your critical thinking, communication and writing skills as you expand your knowledge base and prepare for the next stage in your career.

Rider University Online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Curriculum

Rider’s online curriculum can equip you with the skills to help you grow professionally. Courses are spread among four different areas of knowledge—including historical perspective, artistic and intellectual perspective, contemporary perspective and natural world. You can even take up to 30 credits outside of liberal arts, giving you the opportunity to explore new interests. Students are able to choose from two concentrations: Social Science or Applied Social Science.

Your online liberal studies courses are taught by a distinguished faculty and industry practitioners who can bring a practical and multidisciplinary approach to your studies. Our professors are available for you and are committed to your academic success.

Liberal Studies Core (6 Credit Hours):

LIB 200 Introduction to Liberal Studies 3 Credits
LIB 400 Seminar in Liberal Studies 3 Credits

Basic Core (15 Credit Hours):

CMP 120 Expository Writing 3 Credits
CMP 125 Research Writing 3 Credits
Quantitative Skills 3 Credits
COM 104 Speech Communication 3 Credits
CIS 185 Information Technology 3 Credits

Concentration Area (36 Credit Hours):

Students may choose a concentration in either Social ScienceApplied Social Science or Applied Social Science with Business Emphasis.

Elective Courses (28-30 Credit Hours)

Free elective credit hours may be taken in any department within the university, subject to the program limit of 30 credits from outside the liberal arts and sciences. Students are encouraged to pursue minors.

*Foreign Language Assessment available to earn credits toward the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

Areas of Knowledge (33-35 Credit Hours)

Historical Perspective - choose 3 courses: 9 Credits
Artistic and Intellectual Perspective - choose 3 courses: 9 Credits
Contemporary Perspective - choose 3 courses: 9 Credits
Natural World Perspective - choose 2 courses:

Benefits of Your Online BA in Liberal Studies Degree

You’re ready to pursue your goals. We’re here to help you do it. At Rider, we’re committed to your growth, transformation and leadership. We connect you with rigorous academic, artistic and professional programs of study through a flexible online platform.

Prepare to thrive professionally and become a lifelong independent learner. Our people, programs and opportunities focus on helping you build a successful career and rewarding life where you can truly make a difference. That’s the promise of a Rider education.

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Study 100% online

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Choose from 6 start dates

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Transfer up to 90 credits from a combination of 2 year and 4 year institutions

Gain one-on-one access to faculty

The Value of Your Online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

When you graduate with your Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Rider University, you gain the opportunity to advance further in your career. College graduates ages 25-32 who are working full time earn about $17,500 more annually than employed young adults holding only a high school diploma, according to a Pew Research Center study.

Do more than prove your knowledge — prove your value. Earning your BA in Liberal Studies degree can help give you a competitive advantage to qualify for a variety of roles and open doors to new opportunities.