Admission | Transfer Credit | Degree Requirements | Tuition
About the Liberal Studies Program
Arcadia University’s Liberal Studies degree is for students looking to complete their undergraduate degree and prepare for careers in a wide range of professions in industry, government, profit and non-profit organizations.
The curriculum joins together areas of study to develop your field of interest and increase your expertise. Employing an interdisciplinary course of study, integrating a liberal arts education across the social sciences, the arts and the humanities, provides students a broader awareness of the world around them and a better understanding of the human condition in contemporary society. Opportunities to choose a wide range of courses across disciplines allowing multiple modes of inquiry and approaches to knowledge engages your capacity for critical thinking skills and builds on work experiences.
Recognizing the importance of work-life balance for each student, courses can be offered accelerated, fully online or blended, evening accelerated King of Prussia campus or evenings at the Glenside campus. Dedicated program coaches work with you to develop a flexible schedule and program plan to help you meet your career goals.
All core courses in the Liberal Studies curriculum (LB) are offered in a 7 week accelerated format. Students take LB courses (LB 200, 330, 385 and 490) fully online.
Eligibility for admission is based on previous academic experience; an associate’s degree (or courses completed towards) with a minimum GPA of 2.5 is required (students with a 2.00-2.49 may be reviewed for admission). Students may apply for admission for any academic semester. Students will submit an:
- Arcadia University School of Continuing Studies application
- Official transcript from each college/university
- Official high school transcript may be required if fewer than 30 college credits were earned
Arcadia University will accept up to 75 credits from regionally accredited two- year institutions and up to 90 credits from regionally accredited four-year institutions.
Transfer credit is granted for college-level work completed at another accredited institution if the course content is comparable to that offered at Arcadia University or appropriate for the degree program.
Credit will not be granted for courses in which grades below "C-" are earned.
Students may be required to take a placement examination in Mathematics and/or Modern Language and/or the Arcadia University Writing Inventory for English composition. Assignment or exemption from these courses is determined by the exams or by transfer credit.
Community College Transfer
Arcadia has core-to-core agreements with Bucks County Community College, Burlington County College, Cecil County Community College, Delaware County Community College, Montgomery County Community College and Northampton Community College.
Undergraduate part-time tuition (11 credits or less per semester) is $580 per credit.