Liberal Studies

  • College

    College of Professional Advancement

  • Department

    Liberal Studies

  • Degree


  • Location

    Atlanta, Douglas County, Henry County, Macon


Develop essential skills with an integrative approach to learning

Mercer’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is a self-designed program. Students work with a faculty advisor to customize the degree to align with their career goals and previous college credit. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students develop the communication, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills required in today’s workplace. The in-depth curriculum enhances students’ ability to think constructively as they examine issues that shape our world. The degree concentrations include:

  • American Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Historical Studies
  • Humanities
  • Literary Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Studies
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Writing

Students are able to work directly with a faculty mentor to design their major from a variety of concentrations. The structure of our Liberal Studies program further enables students to accelerate their progress toward degree completion by applying transfer credits.

Designed for busy and working adults

Many students at Mercer work, take care of families, and attend classes. We offer convenient and flexible options to make it easier for students to pursue their higher education goals. There are two eight-week sessions during fall and spring, and one eight-week and one four-week session during summer. Students can attend classes at Mercer’s Atlanta, Douglas County, Henry County, or Macon locations, once a week for eight weeks. Some general education courses are also available online. The B.A. in Liberal Studies admits students in January, March, May, August, and October.

An interdisciplinary education offers many career options

According to the Association of American Colleges & Universities, “Employers want employees who can adapt over time, be self-directed, and continue to be relevant within the workplace as outcomes and products change.” Liberal studies majors can consider various occupations because of the range of topics covered throughout the course of study. Graduates can pursue roles that include:

  • Archivist
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Grant Writer
  • Journalist
  • Minister
  • Political Analyst
  • Speechwriter
  • State or Local Government Employee

A liberal studies degree also prepares students for graduate study in areas such as business, communication, elementary or middle school education, journalism, law, psychology, sociology, and theology.

Learn more about our Liberal Studies major

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Meet Our Professors

Dedicated and invested faculty lead students to think critically and creatively as they interpret texts, ideas, and issues associated with their program of study.

Mercer offers so much support to students. The faculty and staff really want to see you succeed. Mercer gave me the flexibility of taking classes online and on the weekends while keeping my full-time job. That’s a benefit to me and my family.

Tracie Tarpley, B.A. in Liberal Studies, ’18

Mercer helped me to hone my skills, to be more critical and decisive, and to be more confident in my ability to express myself. I was encouraged to try new paths, to explore new thoughts just to see where they may lead, and that carries over still in my work and in private life.

Stephanie Jackson, B.A. in Liberal Studies, ’17