If you’re creative and independent and you’re interested in an interdisciplinary approach to your studies and future career, Carlow’s Liberal Studies major is an ideal option for you. In this program, you will work with an advisor and engage with guided studies to create your own major, adapting your learning experience to your academic and professional goals. You will choose three minors in separate programs to cultivate in-depth knowledge in those areas of study.

The Liberal Studies major is also an excellent choice if you are interested in studying at the graduate level, especially if you have aspirations that require in-depth knowledge of more than one area.

Natalie Mukankusi (Class of ’20, biology), left, and Fadila Yumouh (Class of ’21, biology) work together to solve an equation during a Physics II class taught by Bill Kowallis in Curran Hall, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University) during a Physics II class taught by Bill Kowallis in Curran Hall, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)

Bachelor of Arts


On campus, some online



Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

Two of your chosen minors must be in liberal arts programs, such as humanities, art or women’s studies; one may be in a professional studies program such as accounting, business management or human resources. You may also choose three liberal arts areas of study. At the end of the program, you will complete a thesis that reflects your program outcomes.

Quick facts

  • Adapt your learning experience to suit your academic and professional interests
  • Prepare yourself for graduate-level studies with an interdisciplinary education
  • Cultivate analytical and critical thinking skills, which are highly sought after by employers
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Career opportunities for Liberal Studies majors 

Career opportunities with a Liberal Studies degree include marketing and communications and sales. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for advertising, promotions and marketing managers is slated to increase 6% over the next 10 years, largely driven by organizations’ need to expand their market footholds.

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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