Bachelor of Liberal Studies

For adult students more than six years out of high school who seek a degree that offers considerable flexibility.

Students’ major requirements in liberal studies are fulfilled when they complete two concentrations according to requirements outlined below. All other graduation requirements from Elmhurst College remain unchanged. A wide variety of concentrations are available for selection by the student wishing to complete a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree.

Program Requirements

  • Complete all Integrated Curriculum requirements
  • Complete two concentrations
  • Complete electives as needed
  • Complete at least 10 courses at the 300/400 level

Courses that meet requirements for some concentrations are available in the evening.

Experiential Learning Credit

The flexibility of the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree will have special appeal to adult students who may wish to apply experiential learning credits so that a bachelor’s degree can be completed in a timely manner. Generally, experiential learning credit will count only as elective credit. Policies regarding the application of experiential learning credit to satisfy the concentrations vary among departments.

Transfer Students

Students who desire to transfer more than two credits (eight semester hours) into any concentration should verify with the appropriate department chairs that their transfer work satisfies the Elmhurst College concentration requirements. Department chairs will identify specific courses for students to take at Elmhurst College in order to complete the requirements for a concentration.

Concentrations

The following concentrations have been designed by the academic departments to offer liberal studies students the opportunity to study in a variety of fields. Students are encouraged to talk with departmental advisors or the Office of Advising about their concentrations to make sure that they choose courses that match their personal and professional objectives.

Students must complete at least two 300/400-level courses at a four-year institution for each concentration, and students may only select one concentration per department for the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree.

Art

A concentration in art consists of:

  • Five art courses:
    • Minimum of one lecture course
    • Two courses at the 300/400 level
  • no more than two courses from outside Elmhurst College

Biology

Five courses are required for a concentration in biology.

  • One 100-level course may be applied
    (This would be BIO 100 for students who have no previous college biology.
  • Two 300/400-level biology courses are required. (BIO 200 and BIO 201 may be substituted for this requirement.)

With the help of a biology advisor, the five-course sequence will be planned based upon individual interests. Emphasis on botany, zoology, molecular biology or ecology is possible for a concentration.

For example, an ecology track might include:

  • BIO 200 General Biology I
  • BIO 201 General Biology II
  • BIO 355 Evolution of Vertebrates
  • BIO 350 General Ecology

Business Administration

  • BUS 230 Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 250 Management Theory and Practice
  • BUS 263 Accounting and Financial Management for Non-Business Majors
  • Two additional 300/400-level courses selected in consultation with the chair of the Department of Business and Economics
  • BUS 354 Human Resource Management
  • BUS 453 Organization Behavior

And one of the following courses:

  • BUS 355 Negotiations: Theory and Practice 
  • BUS 454 Leadership

Chemistry

  • CHM 101 General Chemistry or
    CHM 211 Chemical Principles I
  • CHM 212 Chemical Principles II
  • CHM 311 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 312 Organic Chemistry II

Two chemistry electives at the 200, 300 or 400 level (2.0 credits)

Communication

  • COM 114 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 316 Communication Theory

Plus three of the following:

  • COM 213 Public Speaking
  • COM 312 Small Group Communication
  • COM 315 Intercultural Communication
  • COM 317 Persuasive Communication
  • COM 319 Business and Professional Communication
  • COM 320 Organizational Communication

Students are advised to select courses that provide a
balance between the conceptual and performance aspects
of communication.

Database Programming

  • CS 220 Computer Science I
  • CS 255 Computer Science II
  • IS 224 Visual BASIC Programming Language
  • IS 423 Database Management Systems

Hardware Programming

  • CS 220 Computer Science I
  • CS 310 Computer Organization and Programming in Assembly
  • CS 360 Computer Network Systems
  • CS 440 Web-Based Applications

Management Information Systems

  • BUS 230 Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 263 Accounting and Financial Management for Non-Business Majors
  • IS 425 Management Information Systems
  • MTH 345 Elementary Statistics

Software Engineering

  • CS 220 Computer Science I
  • CS 255 Computer Science II
  • CS 318 Object-Oriented Design and Programming Using C++
  • CS 320 Data Structures and Algorithmic Analysis
  • CS 420 Operating Systems
  • CS 475 Software Engineering

System Analysis and Design

  • BUS 263 Accounting and Financial Management for Non-Business Majors
  • IS 424 Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design
  • IS 425 Management Information Systems
  • MTH 126 Analysis for the Business and Social Sciences

Technical/Scientific Programming

  • CS 220 Computer Science I
  • CS 255 Computer Science II
  • CS 315 Web Design and Programming
  • CS 460 Computer Graphics
  • MTH 151 Calculus I
  • MTH 152 Calculus II

Web Development

  • CS 220 Computer Science I
  • CS 315 Web Design and Programming
  • CS 419 Java Programming and Web Development
  • CS 440 Web-Based Applications

Criminal Justice

Six courses to include:

  • CJ 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 210 Police and Society
  • CJ 215 Corrections
  • CJ 319 Juvenile Delinquency and the Justice System
  • CJ 408 Criminology
  • CJ 409 Criminology Procedures or
    CJ 410 Criminal Law

Literature

This concentration includes five courses in English above the 100 level, at least four of which must be in literature. All but one of the literature courses must be completed at the 300/400 level. At least three of the courses need to be completed at Elmhurst College.

This structure allows for a general approach to literature. However, through advising and subject to availability of courses, students may also pursue a more specialized concentration in an area such as American, British or modern literature.

Writing

This concentration includes five courses in English above the 100 level, at least four of which must be writing courses at the intermediate or advanced level. The writing concentration must include English 201 or equivalent. At least three of the courses need to be completed at Elmhurst College.

This structure allows for a general approach to writing. However, through advising and subject to availability of courses, students may also pursue a more specialized concentration in an area such as journalism, professional
writing or creative writing.

History

Four courses in consultation with the history department chair. Two of the four courses must be at the 300/400 level.

Health

  • KIN 200 Lifestyles for Health and Wellness (.50 credit)
  • KIN 240 Community Health (.50 credit)
  • KIN 250 Substance Use and Abuse in Society (.50 credit)
  • KIN 306 Nutrition
  • KIN 346 Human Sexuality
  • KIN 360 Concepts in Health

Philosophy

  • PHL 106 Critical Reasoning
  • PHL 210 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHL 303 Ancient Philosophy
  • PHL 304 Modern Philosophy

Recommended:

  • PHL 306 Ethics
    or PHL 405 Contemporary Philosophy

Political Science

Five courses are required for a concentration in political science. Students must take POL 201 American Federal Government and an additional four courses at the 300/400 level, including one each from American politics, world politics and political thought.

All tracks require a minimum of five credits, excluding PSY 268/368.

Developmental Psychology

For students interested in working with children or adolescents in child care, residential facilities or other education-related settings that do not require teacher licensure. Elmhurst College offers an education major for students intending to teach psychology in secondary schools.

  • PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
  • PSY 311 Educational Psychology
    or PSY 422 Psychological Testing
  • PSY 313 Mind, Brain and Behavior

Two courses from:

  • PSY 317 Child Development
  • PSY 318 Adolescent Development
  • PSY 319 Adult Development and Aging
  • PSY 268/368 Field Experience is highly recommended.

Human Services

For students interested in applying their skills in social service
settings, in positions such as mental health technicians, career
counseling assistants, support group facilitators and community service workers.

  • PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
  • PSY 312 Personality Theory and Research
  • PSY 317 Child Development
    or PSY 318 Adolescent Development
    or PSY 319 Adult Development and Aging

Recommended for students who have not taken PSY 329:

  • PSY 327 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 328 Clinical and Counseling Psychology

PSY 268/368 Field Experience is highly recommended.

Industrial Psychology

For students intending to pursue positions in business settings in areas such as personnel supervision or assessment or human resource management.

  • PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
  • PSY 355 Statistics for Scientific Research
    or MTH 345 Elementary Statistics
  • PSY 303 Social Psychology
  • PSY 326 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 422 Psychological Testing

PSY 268/368 Field Experience is highly recommended.

Psychology for Research and Preparation for Graduate Study

For students intending to pursue a graduate degree or employment in a research setting.

  • PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
  • PSY 355 Statistics for Scientific Research
    or MTH 345 Elementary Statistics
  • PSY 356 Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSY 411 Theories of Learning
    or PSY 423 Sensation and Perception
    or PSY 430 Cognitive Processes
  • PSY 422 Psychological Testing

PSY 349/449 Research Mentorship and PSY 492 and 493 are highly recommended.

Sociology

  • SOC 211 Society and the Individual–Introductory Sociology

Any four of the following (at least two at the 300/400 level):

  • SOC 212 Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 216/316 Society, Health and Illness
  • SOC 217/317 Marriage and the Family
  • SOC 301 Social Problems
  • SOC 304 Majority-Minority Relations
  • SOC 305 Sex and Gender in Society
  • SOC 310 Social Inequality
  • SOC 319 Juvenile Delinquency and the Justice System
  • SOC 408 Criminology

SOC 211 is a prerequisite to all of the courses listed above except SOC 212, SOC 216 and SOC 217. Students are strongly encouraged to take courses at the 300 level where there is an option.

Urban Studies

Students who select the concentration in urban studies take five credits including at least two at the 300/400 level.

Choose three from:

  • URB 201/401 Cities of the World
  • URB 210 Cities
  • URB 291 Suburbia: People, Problems and Policies
  • URB 420 Principles and Practices of Urban Planning
  • URB 430 Seminar in Urban Studies

Choose two from:

  • EDU 331 Race and Equity in Education
  • GEO 411 Urban Geography
  • ICS 270 & 271 Introduction to Intercultural Studies and Intermediate Intercultural Studies
  • POL 202 American State and Local Government
  • POL 300 Urban Politics
  • POL 360 Public Policy and Administration

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