Liberal Studies

Truly customize your bachelor’s degree with an education 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. You can target your dream job by pairing areas of study offered throughout the university, giving yourself a unique skill set as well as problem-solving, critical-thinking, teamwork, collaboration, creative development of original ideas, and oral presentation skills. 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.

This tool should only be used as a guide — remember to meet with your academic adviser, Career Services and/or faculty to determine appropriate career options.

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    Art Therapist

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  • My future career:

    Forensic Anthropologist

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    Forensic Scientist

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    Graphic Designer

    • Career & Salary Information
    • Possible Career Options
    • Median Salary*
    • Education Needed
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    * Median salary for the state of Michigan

    ** These professional organizations provide an excellent starting point for your research. There are many more resources available online.

    Possible Career Options

    • Biopsychologist
    • Computational Biologist
    • Forensic Anthropologist
    • Medical Illustrator