Liberal Studies

liberal-studies

Mercer University's Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with its individualized major is designed for students who want a bachelor's degree based upon a strong liberal arts foundation for their personal and professional development. It is for students who want to make the best use of previous course work and for those who may have been passed over for professional advancement because of lack of a degree. The Liberal Studies program provides an individualized program of study in a select range of courses and fosters students' ability to think critically and constructively in relation to their personal academic goals. Candidates will work with a faculty advisor to plan their degree track as they become self-directed learners. 

The B.A. in Liberal Studies program is offered at Mercer's Atlanta, Douglas County, Henry County and Macon locations.


LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  • Think critically and creatively, interpret texts and ideas associated with their program of study 
  • Analyze real world problems, construct arguments based on evidence and relate across cultures
  • Engage in research and critical analysis within and across disciplines

Individuals who successfully complete the program can go on to work as professionals in positions including archivist, editor, minister, educator, legislative assistant, non-profit organization manager, urban planner or writer.

Students have the opportunity to map their program of study* based on their career track and personal interest. Degree concentrations include:

  • American Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Education Studies
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Literature
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Science
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Writing

*Individualized study options are available in math, science and informatics concentrations, offered through the Mathematics, Science and Informatics department.

Students may also propose a program of study in a concentration not included above.

 

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies requires a total of 120 semester hours to complete including general education studies. Many students transfer in credits. If you have an associate degree or course credits from a regionally-accredited community or technical college, you may transfer qualifying credits toward a degree at Mercer University where we offer a comprehensive credit transfer policy.

View the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Program Plan >

Applicants for the B.A. Liberal Studies program should have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale and must be in good standing with the most recent regionally accredited college or university attended.

Application Checklist

Submit all of the following items to complete your application to the program:

  • Application for Admission. Begin application now>
  • $25 Non-refundable Application Fee ($100 for International Applicants)
    Submit the required fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Do not sent cash. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot apply toward tuition.
  • College Transcripts 

    Applicants must submit one official transcript from every postsecondary institution previously attended, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to enroll@mercer.edu.

    If you are transferring from another institution, you may use the Transfer Equivalency Estimator to measure how your coursework will be credited towards your degree. Mercer will accept 64 credits from a two-year institution and 96 credits from a four-year institution. This tool provides an unofficial report of transferable courses. Upon submission of official college transcripts and acceptance, an official report will be completed by the University Registrar.

  • High School or General Educational Development (GED) Transcript
    An official high school or GED transcript for applicants who have not attempted or have earned less than 30 hours of college credit.

  • Joint Services Transcrip

    An official Joint Services Transcript is suggested, but not required, for individuals who have military experience.  Additional information regarding how to request a transcript is available at https://jst.doded.mil/official.html.

 

Submit all application supporting materials to:

Mercer University
Henry County Regional Academic Center
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 2140
McDonough, GA 30253
 
Admission decisions cannot be made until all application materials have been received.
 
Priority Deadlines
Submit your application with all supporting materials by the following deadlines:

Fall Session I (August): July 15
Fall Session II (October): October 1
Spring Session I (January): November 15
Spring Session II (March): March 1
Summer (May): April 15

 

Instructions for Undergraduate Transient Applicants

To enroll as an undergraduate transient student, applicants need only submit the following as a complete application packet:

  • Application
  • $25 non-refundable application fee
  • Letter of authorization completed by the home institution that certifies good standing, grants permission to take Mercer University courses, and specifies which course(s) may be taken.

The Preferred Provider Partnership Program provides affordable opportunities for employees of partner companies to attend an approved degree program of study at Mercer University. This unique program allows Mercer to establish relationships with corporations, government agencies, and organizations that are committed to supporting their employees' educational goals and ongoing professional development. Incentives include tuition benefits, military benefits, waived application fees, convenient credit transfer policy, and a streamlined process to learn more about an employee’s program of interest.

Employees of the following Mercer partners are able to use these benefits when enrolled in the B.A. Liberal Studies program:

 

AT&T The Kroger Company 
City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Robins Air Force Base
Georgia Department of Corrections  WellStar Health System

 

Learn more about Mercer’s Preferred Provider Partnership Program > 

 

We understand that you may have questions about your educational journey with Mercer University. Browse our FAQs and get answers to some of our commonly asked questions.

PROGRAM NAME 1 credit  3 credits  6 credits  9 credits 
B.A. Liberal Studies $448 $1,344 $2,688 $4,032

Facilities/Tech Fees: 

Undergraduate Students

1-11 Hours - $12.50/hr

12-99 Hours – $150/semester

 

Graduate & Professional Students

1-8 Hours - $17.00/hr 

9-99 Hours - $150/semester

Student Insurance: 

$863/Semester

Facilities/Tech Fees
Undergraduate Students:
1-11 Hours - $12.50/hour
12-99 Hours - $150/semester
 
Graduate & Professional Students:
1-8 Hours - $17.00/hour
9-99 Hours - $150/semester
 
Miscellaneous Fees (subject to change based on individual course requirements)
Internship/Practica - $200
Fieldwork - $150
Leadership Academy - $60
Lab Fee - $100 - 150/per course
Transcript Fee - $25
Transcript Fax Fee - $5
 
Student Insurance
$822/semester
                                                                       
For tuition and fee information for Macon undergraduate traditional, day programs, click here >
A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for undergraduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed copy with your application.

B. Official Translations Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.
 
C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
 
Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.
 
D. Financial Guarantee International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US $25,000.
 
E. Visa Status International Applicants Who are Currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)