BA in Liberal Studies with Tracks in History, Geography, Psychology and Sociology

Designed for adult returning students and transfer students seeking an online degree completion program, the BA in liberal studies includes tracks in history, geography, psychology and sociology.

The BA in liberal studies offers students an opportunity to complete a William Paterson University degree fully online. Students may also choose to complete some courses on campus if that is better suited to their personal and educational needs. This degree has specific tracks in history, geography, psychology and sociology, and will meet the needs of adult returning students who may have completed a partial college education and now desire to complete the degree.  For Liberal Studies majors, students must choose two out of the four tracks that are offered.  This program can also meet the needs of transfer students with a completed AA/AS/AFA degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Students interested in this degree program should contact

Dr. Patrick Noonan
Director of Transfer Programs and Special Sessions
Raubinger Hall

The advantages of earning a liberal studies degree

The liberal studies major is ideal for those who seek a broad-based education. It combines interdisciplinary training in the arts, humanities and social sciences, allowing students to design a flexible yet rigorous program, and is an excellent program for a returning or non-traditional student. A liberal studies degree opens a wide range of careers. In today's information-driven economy, you will need critical thinking skills for continuous learning on the job. Many employers prefer versatile, interdisciplinary thinkers with broad knowledge about the world over narrow specialists with expertise in a single discipline.

The liberal studies program gives you a strong background in two or more academic disciplines, and trains you to think critically about the practical and intellectual connections between them. Our internship program challenges you to apply what you are learning to your professional future, or to do a research project in collaboration with our faculty. Our senior capstone experience helps you contextualize your learning and prepares for your next step after college. A degree in liberal studies trains you to understand complex information, and to communicate it to diverse audiences with different perspectives. It gives you the skills needed to identify the information you need to make good decisions in a fluid and ever-changing world.

For more information about whether this program is right for you, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Victor, Liberal Studies Program Director, 973-720-2702,