BLS in General Studies Curriculum

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The online Bachelor of Liberal Studies in General Studies at Saint Joseph’s University combines a comprehensive, well-rounded liberal arts education with industry-focused courses to give you a bachelor’s degree designed to prepare you to achieve your career goals.

From professional writing to organizational leadership, the online courses below can help you develop skills that can be immediately used to enhance your professional experiences and build a fulfilling career.

The curriculum explores a wide range of topics to provide a basis for various career paths and future studies.

  • Gain a perspective of the breadth of liberal studies, from history to philosophy.
  • Ensure you have the skills required of professionals today with classes in writing and career development.
  • Apply what you learn to your career immediately with studies in topics like organization development and leadership.

To earn the online Bachelor of Liberal Studies in General Studies, you will need to complete 40 courses (minimum 120 credits), including up to 25 courses (maximum 75 credits) transferred from your previous college or university. A minimum of 15 courses (45 credit hours) must be completed at Saint Joseph’s University. Courses can be selected to align to your professional interests and career aspirations.

If you plan to pursue the Autism Studies concentration, Saint Joseph’s University offers three sixteen-week fieldwork courses to help you meet the Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s supervised fieldwork requirements. Each course requires a combination of online education, supervised 1:1 fieldwork and supervised group fieldwork, culminating in a total of 1000 hours of supervised time in the field. You will also complete seven theory-based courses, bringing your total credit hours for the concentration to 30. This coursework sequence has been verified to meet the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst Examination®. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify.*

The Professional Studies concentration consists of eight courses of three credits each, for a total of 24 credit hours. Six courses focus on organizational development topics, such as communication, organizational dynamics, and problem solving, while two concentration electives provide you with the opportunity to explore subjects of interest to you. These include courses offered in Management, English, Leadership & Organizational Sustainability, or Managing Human Capital.

General Education Signature Courses

  • PHL 154 Moral Foundations
  • THE 154 Faith Justice and the Catholic Tradition or THE 221 Intro to the New Testament
  • ENG 102 Texts and Contexts
  • HIS 154 Forging the Modern World
  • Faith and Reason course
  • Any Adult Seminar course

General Education Variable Courses

  • One approved course in Art, Literature, or Music, Theater, Film
  • One course in the Natural Sciences in biology, chemistry, environmental science, or physics
  • Two courses in Mathematics
  • Two courses in a Non-Native Language or alternative courses
  • One course that is designated as a Philosophical Anthropology course
  • One course from Religious Studies or Theology that is designated as a Religious Difference course
  • ENG 101 Craft of Language
  • One course that is approved as a Social/Behavioral Science course (the Professional Studies Concentration requires PSY 100 Introductory Psychology)

General Education Integrative Learning Courses

  • Two courses in Psychology, Sociology, Political Science or Economics (Professional Studies concentration only)
  • PSY 100 Introductory Psychology and one additional course including any psychology course (3-credit or more) or an approved course offered in education or special education (Autism Studies concentration only)


  • 14 electives for the Professional Studies concentration (42 credit hours)
  • 12 electives for the Autism Studies concentration (36 hours)

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Professional Studies Concentration Courses

Autism Studies Concentration Courses

*The Association for Behavior Analysis International has approved courses IHS 100 through IHS 406 as meeting the 5th Edition Task List’s coursework requirement for eligibility to take the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) examination. Applicants will have to meet additional requirements to qualify for the examination.  Students who enrolled in this program prior to Fall 2018 must register for IHS 465 through IHS 482, which meets the 4th Edition Task List’s coursework requirement for taking the BCaBA examination. For information on these courses, please see the SJU Catalog.

NOTE: Courses are in alpha-numeric order, not necessarily the order in which they are taken, and are subject to change. Please speak with an Program Manager for a course map.

To learn more and begin the credit evaluation process for the Liberal Studies degree completion program at Saint Joseph’s University, call (215) 473-2695 to speak with a Program Manager or request more information below.

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