CSUN’s bachelor’s degree-completion program in Liberal Studies is designed for busy professionals like you who have completed some college, but have never finished a bachelor’s degree. If you’ve already earned 60 or more college units*, this program is the ideal choice for you to finish your degree.

Designed for working adults, this fully-online program features

  • Cohort format – move from course to course with the same professional peers
  • Flexibility – continue working as you earn your bachelor’s degree
  • Quality instruction – all classes are taught by members of  CSUN’s distinguished faculty
  • One-on-one assistance – exceptional support services, including a dedicated support team and a faculty advisor, help students achieve graduation rates of 85% or higher

*Applicants must meet all CSUN lower-division General Education requirements.

A modern degree for the modern professional

The reason Apple is able to create products like the iPad is because we've always tried to be at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts.Steve Jobs

Traditional specializations – such as the hard sciences or engineering – can no longer singlehandedly address the rapid global changes facing today’s professional workforce. That’s especially true in urban contexts, where industries and individuals fuse into dense, creative clusters.

What’s needed in these fiercely competitive spaces is a degree that lies at the intersection – not only of technology and the liberal arts, but of fields, disciplines and industries. This is that degree.

From the internet and social media to artificial intelligence and automation, it’s clear that the modern professional will need a set of skills based on critical thinking and a versatile, business-minded approach to the shifting, global world.

With that in mind, CSUN’s distinguished faculty came together to craft this program, which prepares you for the work, ideas and changes you’ll face as you advance in your career in the 21st century. 

What can this degree do for me?

Whether it’s mathematics or the social sciences, business or the humanities, you’ll possess the skills to make sense of today’s many challenges. You’ll learn to think critically about emerging global trends, and to apply a fresh, forward-looking mindset to new social, cultural and technological paradigms.

You’ll also know how to

  • Join and lead innovative teams
  • Tackle diverse challenges
  • Work in changing contexts
  • Create solutions and respond to new opportunities

And the best part is, you’ll have your degree.

The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that an individual with “some college” can expect to earn an average of $36,800 per year while an individual with a bachelor’s degree can expect an average of $52,000. That’s more than $15,000 in additional annual income for completing your bachelor’s degree.

Is this program for me?

This program contains quality content on business, communications, humanities, global perspective, digital content management, linguistics, multicultural relations, philosophy, problem solving, leadership and more.

By design, the degree focuses on the most relevant skills for today’s workforce, as well as those for the emerging economic and multicultural contexts of tomorrow. The benefits of this carefully planned structure are two-fold:

  1. you will have the degree and skills needed to move into roles that satisfy you professionally and personally  
  2. you will possess the knowledge, abilities and highly adaptive nature to thrive in any position or profession you choose.

As such, this degree is largely resistant to the winds of change. Critical thinking, sound communication, global understanding, insights into organizational and community life, and good professional strategies don’t go out of style.

How will this degree advance my career?

A liberal studies degree opens up many professional opportunities, including those in organizational leadership, global business, public sector agencies, media and entertainment, communications, marketing and sales, health care, education and much more. This degree can also significantly increase your earning potential and help you develop the advanced skills and thinking to move into senior roles and positions in your chosen field.

With this degree, you’ll know how to make the hard, executive decisions; to think creatively and understand abstract ideas; to anticipate the needs and challenges of diverse teams, organizations and industries; and to make a positive difference in the world around you.

In short, you’ll have everything you need for a long and successful career in the contemporary world of work as well as in your community life.  

Whether you stay in your current field or enter a new one, this liberal education program helps you advance to the next level. The following few examples illustrate the many career paths possible with this degree:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology
  • Management
  • Education
  • Law
  • Health Care
  • Banking/Finance
  • Sustainability
  • Government
  • Intelligence
  • Entertainment
  • Visual & Performing Arts
  • Communications
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Consulting
  • Urban Planning
  • Community Development
  • Journalism
  • Sales
  • Consulting
  • Insurance

The program features professionally-focused courses, such as:

  • Cultural Literacies in a Career Context
  • Research in the Digital Age for Professionals
  • Rhetoric in Business
  • Business Ethics and Public Policy
  • American National, State and Local Government
  • Intercultural Communication

What are the benefits of a CSUN online degree?

CSUN’s flexible online format lets you complete coursework at times and in places that fit your busy schedule. Furthermore, all CSUN online programs are crafted by the same distinguished faculty and leading practitioners as CSUN's on-campus programs. The university holds these degrees to the same high standards of academic excellence and student achievement. Every online program is taught by CSUN faculty, whose digital engagement with online students is qualitatively equivalent to their engagement with students on campus.

With more than 85 post-baccalaureate programs, including doctoral degrees and professional certificates, CSUN is now the fourth largest graduate-serving university in California.

Regardless of what degree you choose to start, the essential issue is finishing – earning the degree that can change your future. Due to careful design and ongoing student support, CSUN online degree programs are nationally recognized and have exceptionally high on-time graduation rates – currently averaging 85%. Additionally, through the online format, you have access to a cohort of students from across the country, giving you many incredible opportunities to build a powerful professional network.