What is Liberal Studies
A Liberal Studies education trains students to think critically, creatively, and compassionately about the world and themselves. The most pressing issues of our time–climate change, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, social inequality, public health, urban growth, rural development, and challenges to democratic institutions–cannot be addressed by any one discipline alone. That is why a Liberal Studies programme aims to equip students with disciplinary training as well as a rigorous, interdisciplinary foundation that spans the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. This emphasis on depth and breadth prepares graduates to think creatively about real-world problems from multiple angles and to communicate their ideas effectively to diverse audiences. Technical skills and disciplinary knowledge are invaluable, but these alone will not prepare students for the material, social, and political realities of life after graduation.
The School of Liberal Studies
The School of Liberal Studies (SoLS) at BMU offers a four-year B.A. (Hons) degree with a third-year exit option. In our programme, students are expected to take charge of their own academic path, working with the support of faculty mentors and career counselors to choose a major that makes sense for their professional, personal, and civic goals. Successful applicants will be able to choose from any of the six majors we offer, and students will not be required to declare their major until the middle of the second year. During their first three semesters, students will complete required foundational courses while exploring their intellectual interests through electives. The second and third years will be devoted to major and minor coursework, while fourth and final year will focus on individual research, internships, and vocational training. All students, regardless of major, will have the option of pursuing electives through any of BMU’s other fours schools (Engineering and Technology, Commerce and Economics, Management, and Law).
BA Liberal Studies (Hons) program structure
- Intensive first-year writing curriculum with one-to-one faculty coaching
- Opportunities to explore diverse career paths through interdisciplinary foundation courses and a wide range of electives in arts and humanities, social sciences, STEM, Law, and Business
- Single Major or Double Major in Economics, Psychology, Political Science, History, Literature or Philosophy
- Optional Minors in all the Majors offered
- Ability to take courses in each of BMU’s professional schools