Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

371 Varner Hall
Varner Hall Room 217
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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(248) 370-2154


Dr. Amy Banes-Berceli

Interim Director, BALS Program

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BALS) is a program for creative, motivated individuals interested in exploring the intersections between disciplines or in a combination of disciplines.

This program provides students with a firm understanding of how broad categories of disciplines (e.g., humanities, social sciences, hard sciences, performing and visual arts) ask and answer questions about the world. It also teaches students how to identify connections between disciplines.

A commitment to developing critical thinking, creative thinking and communication skills means that students in the program learn how to combine discipline-specific approaches to pursue cross-discipline connections and communicate that knowledge both within and between disciplines.

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REGISTER NOW!  Summer 1:  May - June 2021, Fully Online

LBS 1000  CRN 31104 "Exploration Arts and Sciences"

Jennifer Coon, Instructor,

  • Fulfillment of Western Civilization Gen Ed
  • Examination of the Theme of Kindness and its weaving through many disciplines: history, literature, politics, film, corporations, cultures and OU
  • Thought-provoking authors and thinkers:  Malcolm Gladwell, Ira Glass, Barbara Ehrenreich, MLK, Jr., and more
  • Volunteerism:  (Virtually) commit yourself to an organization for a semester or for life
  • Visual presentation as final exam
  • The chance to explore an issue of concern in your community
  • Ways to be philanthropic and altruistic at OU and elsewhere
  • Involvement with the Grizz Orgs student group, Mission: Kindness
  • Fulfillment of Service/Volunteer hours
  • Fulfillment of Writing Intensive