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How could Liberal Studies be a B.S.?

Asked by Aesthetic_Mess (7858 points ) January 22nd, 2014

A college I’m looking at, Clarion University has a Bachelor’s of Science in Liberal Studies and I want a Concentration in English. But I’m curious as to how the approaches would be different if I would end up with a Bachelor’s of Science instead of a Bachelor’s of Art degree? I know that most colleges offer English degrees as Arts rather than science….

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livelaughlove21's avatar

That doesn’t make much sense to me, but I’d imagine it wouldn’t matter either way. BS or BA, an English degree is an English degree.

gailcalled's avatar

A straightforward English major gets a BA at Clarion.

http://www.clarion.edu/116368.pdf

Liberal Studies does fall under the BS., but that degree is offered in only education, music, women and gender studies, communications, theater, community services, and global understanding.

janbb's avatar

Have you looked at what the curriculum is for the BSc. in Liberal Studies? Maybe it is kind of a “rocks for jocks” or for people who want to go to grad school in the sciences but want a liberal arts background? The course requirements will give you a stronger idea. Do some more research.

pleiades's avatar

There’s no way it’s correctly posted. Liberal Studies will always be a B.A. because it’s a learning about many arts not a science. (To state the obvious)

Rarebear's avatar

I got a B.A. in biochemisty. It doesn’t really matter.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@Rarebear Agreed. I doubt an employer will look at a resume and says, “I’d love to hire this person, if only they had a BS instead of a BA.”

gailcalled's avatar

I got a B.A. in astronomy and got a wonderful job right out of college doing research at the Harvard College Observatory.

Aesthetic_Mess's avatar

@Rarebear @livelaughlove21 @gailcalled Interesting. I thought there would maybe be a distinction between how the concepts approached if you had an Arts degree instead of a Sciences one.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@Aesthetic_Mess Sure, there’s a difference in what classes you’ll take with a BA route versus a BS route, but none of that means much to most employers.

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