Program Overview

The GSHC concentration in the Liberal Studies degree program at Union Institute & University (UIU) allows students to choose their own path. Along with faculty, students develop individualized study plans to ensure that they are learning content that is most relevant and applicable to them. Ensuring this relevance, of course, leads students to taking a deeper interest in their studies and fosters a deeper sense of exploration, creativity, commitment, and motivation.

Within their chosen topic, students will take a look from multiple perspectives and through a variety of lenses. Such lenses include women’s studies, religion, anthropology, economics, culture, and more. Students will learn to identify, sort, and search for resources that will give context to their particular area of study. Past student concentrations include History of the Internet, The History of Marketing, Apocalyptic and Utopian Movements and Literature, and Native American Studies.

Throughout the course of their studies, five main objectives will be emphasized: History/context, theories and concepts, methods, controversies, and application. Students will be expected to demonstrate competency in all of these areas to prove they have mastered their given concentration. All students will be required to complete 120 credits of class work. Of those credits, up to 78 may be transfers from an accredited institution. At the program’s culmination, students will have earned their Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree.

This degree may be used toward Teacher Certification and Credentialing. This process involves a few additional classes, certification testing, and GPA requirements. Persons interested in exploring this possibility, or interested in learning more about the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program in general, are encouraged to contact UIU faculty.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Union Institute & University’s Bachelor of Arts program is approved by the Vermont Department of Education

    School Overview

    Union Institute & University is a private non-profit institution that was founded in 1964. The main campus of UI&U is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and other campus locations are in Brattleboro, Vermont, Montpelier, Vermont, Sacramento, California, Los Angeles, California, and North Miami Beach, Florida. Union was founded when a group of liberal arts colleges joined to form a consortium of institutions that were experimenting with alternative education in the 1960s, known as The Union for Research and Experimentation in Higher Education. In 2001, The Union Institute became Union Institute and University after having added a graduate school and developed programs for non-traditional students.

    Union offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, and students have a choice to participate in these programs through online courses, hybrid programs, or face-to-face instruction.


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