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Bachelor of Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree is designed for mature students seeking a broad-based education as a part-time or full-time student with a direct route to graduation. Students are able to shape their degree plan around their interests, career goals and previous work/academic background. There are many reasons why students choose the BLS degree. The most common reasons include:

  • Highly flexible curriculum for working adults
  • Acceptance of many previously earned college credits in a variety of disciplines
  • Career advancement
  • Interest in a true liberal arts learning experience

Students enrolling in the BLS degree either select a specialization or they combine two areas of study for an interdisciplinary program. In addition to a specialization or two areas of study, students must satisfy the general curriculum core and any necessary general electives. Students may test out of some course requirements or apply for credit for work experience. Courses are offered in the day, evening, and throughout the summer.

New students to The University of Tampa should apply online or contact admissions at (813) 253-6211. Current UT students should contact their academic advisor if they wish to change to the BLS degree.

BLS General Curriculum Core

BLS general core consists of 35 credit hours that develop academic, critical thinking and public speaking skills. Students are asked to go beyond the scope of their specialization or areas of study and complete course work in disciplines that reflect a true liberal arts experience. Transfer courses can satisfy the BLS general curriculum core, specializations, areas of study and general electives.

Option 1: Specialized BLS
Humanities Allows students to combine a variety of humanities courses with the potential for graduates to be employed throughout numerous industries.
Social Science   Offers a variety of social sciences courses, permitting students to thrive off of the potential to enter a wide array of work places.
Community Wellness Designed for students who work in or wish to transition to a career as a support person in a community health setting and desires to combine select courses from a unique set of disciplines.
Instructional Support Those students who wish to work in the educational support capacity should consider this specialization.
Public Information Primarily designed for those who wish to work as a communication specialist in a public or nonprofit agency, this specialization will prepare graduates to advance in the workplace.
Community Safety Students who aspire to work in or transition to a role in a public safety agency should consider this specialization.
Option 2: Interdisciplinary BLS (must select two from the list below)
Applied Arts Students who pursue this area of study focus on the arts disciplines as a complement to another area of study. This provides for a well-blended interdisciplinary program with a strong arts component.
Communication Practices  With a focus on practical communication tools and methods, students will find this is a good complement with all areas of study.
Commercial Operations  Those students who are interested in pursuing general business studies should consider this area of study.
Community Affairs This area of study focuses on social disciplines and the local community affairs.
Safety and Security  Local community safety and security is the primary focus of this area of study and gives graduates a better understanding of the community.
Personal Fitness  Students who choose personal fitness study health and fitness-related coursework and graduate with a basic foundation in human fitness.
Sustainability   Students with an interest in management and resource productivity typically pursue this area of study.

Prior Learning Credit

A special component of the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree is the provision for earning prior learning credit. Students can earn a maximum of 10 semester hours of credit for verifiable expertise gained from current or previous work-related experiences. In addition, students are able to earn credits through testing programs such as CLEP and DANTES. College credits can also be applied to some military training or course work.

Contact Information

Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies
The University of Tampa
401 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33606

Phone: (813) 253-6249
Toll free: 888-MINARET (646-2738)
Fax: (813) 258-7451