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  • classes combined from a variety of departments into a major program individualized to the student’s interests
A Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from Belmont Abbey College offers the opportunity for adult students at Belmont Abbey to pursue an interdisciplinary major. Students frequently take courses in Business, Education, Psychology, Sociology, Theology, and/or Criminal Justice, combining them into a unique program that suits their needs and future plans.

You’ll enjoy studying Liberal Studies at the Abbey if you

  • like working independently and creatively
  • are disciplined and self-motivated in your studies
  • a well-rounded approach that will prepare you to communicate effectively and work knowledgeably in any career environment
  • an intentionally open-ended program so that you can best prepare yourself for your chosen career

Whatever discipline or combination of disciplines you choose to follow, your studies will be immersed in a liberal arts atmosphere promoting excellence and virtue in all things.

  • a career in any field you choose to pursue
  • graduate study in your area of interest

Largely a self-designed major, Belmont Abbey College’s Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies is designed to give students a solid liberal grounding to launch a career in any field.

The Abbey Difference:

The Liberal Studies major fosters students’ interests in a variety of disciplines, promotes a cross-disciplinary approach to their course of study, and reveals the ways in which such integration is fundamental to the Catholic, Benedictine liberal arts tradition. As we see in Ex Corde Ecclesiae, interdisciplinary studies, grounded in philosophy and theology, enable students to “develop a continuing desire for intellectual progress,” to grow in faith, and to become more aware of the dignity of human life, motivating them to work for God’s glory and for the benefit of their neighbor.

Highlights of your experience:

This course is dedicated to preparing each student to write his or her senior thesis. The course focuses on academic research, and students begin to pursue their own research projects under the guidance of faculty supervisors. The course culminates in the presentation of each student’s thesis proposal, and students are poised to begin writing their senior thesis papers.
This is the capstone course in the Liberal Studies major. It consists of independent work carried out under the guidance of faculty members with credentials appropriate to the topic. The research will be fashioned into a thesis paper that should reflect both the student’s own interests and the level of academic maturity that each student has achieved.

Liberal Studies Resources:

Many students who major in Liberal Studies pursue an internship to enrich their educational experience. Students often arrange internships through the business department, but they are not limited to the business department. Students who wish to find an internship in their area of interest may contact Stephannie Miles:

Program Requirements:

(This option is available for Adult Degree Program students only.) Any ADP student who has not previously attended college or has not been enrolled full-time during the past three (3) years must enroll in AD101 Adult to College Transition.

Major requirements

Every student majoring in Liberal Studies must maintain at least a “C” average (2.00) in his or her major courses. Any course counted toward a major requirement cannot also be counted towards a minor requirement.

  • BU 315 – Business Communications
  • CS elective
  • 300/400 Level Course
  • 300/400 Level Course
  • 300/400 Level Course
  • 300/400 Level Course
  • 300/400 Level Course
  • 300/400 Level Course
  • 300/400 Level Course
  • 300/400 Level Course
  • LS 308 – Research Methods and Writing
  • LS 408 – Liberal Studies Thesis*

*This is the capstone course for the Liberal Studies major. It consists of independent work carried out under the guidance of a faculty member with credentials in a discipline appropriate to the topic. The work will culminate in a thesis that will be graded by the faculty supervisor and the Director of Liberal Studies. The grade is subject to the approval of the Academic Dean’s office.

Other Courses

  • General Electives

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.


Program Director: 


Dr. Beth Kreitzer –
In a program like Liberal Studies, students can read ancient Greek plays, investigate psychological theories, test out marketing techniques, and interpret the Bible—bringing all these elements into one course of study. As director, my job is to lead students on the path, help them up when they stumble, and celebrate their triumphs and achievements. You will see me at graduation—I’ll be the one cheering the loudest.

Dr. Beth Kreitzer – Director of Liberal Studies
B.A., Stanford University
M.A., Duke University
Ph.D., Duke University