College of Professional Advancement
Atlanta, Douglas County, Henry County, Macon
Develop essential skills with an interdisciplinary approach to learning
Mercer’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is a self-designed degree program that prepares working adults for career change, professional advancement, graduate school admissions, and professional education such as law school, while providing personal enrichment. Students engage in interdisciplinary learning through a combination of Liberal Studies core courses and study in multiple disciplines.
Interdisciplinary studies involves the combination of two or more academic disciplines to cross traditional boundaries and think for new and emerging needs.
Students work one-on-one with a faculty advisor to customize their degree to align with their educational and professional goals. By designing their major from a variety of concentrations, students learn across multiple disciplines and develop the communication, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills required in today’s workplace. The in-depth curriculum enhances students’ ability to think constructively about themselves, their society, and the world. The structure of our Liberal Studies program further enables students to accelerate their progress toward degree completion by applying transfer credits.
The degree concentrations include but are not limited to:
- American Studies
- Communication Studies
- Historical Studies
- Literary Studies
- Religious Studies
- Social Science
- Women’s and Gender Studies
As a unique feature of the B.A. in Liberal Studies, students may work with a faculty advisor to develop individualized concentrations.
Designed for busy and working adults
Many students at Mercer earn their degrees while balancing work, family, personal, and academic responsibilities. We offer the B.A. in Liberal Studies in convenient and flexible formats to make it easier for students to pursue their higher education goals.
- Blended: Students may earn their degree through a blended combination of online and in-person meetings at Mercer’s Atlanta, Douglas County, Henry County, or Macon location.
- On Campus: Students may take courses in person at Mercer’s Atlanta, Douglas County, Henry County, or Macon location.
There are two eight-week sessions during fall and spring, and one eight-week and one four-week session during summer. Students attend classes once a week for eight weeks, enabling them to comfortably maintain a work-life balance. The B.A. in Liberal Studies admits students in January, March, May, August, and October.
Showcase your knowledge through an ePortfolio
During the program, each student has the opportunity to create an ePortfolio to narrate their learning experience. The ePortfolio provides a digital space to compile learning experiences and make connections between courses and the larger goals of interdisciplinary inquiry. Upon completion of their ePortfolio, students may use it as a career portfolio to showcase their skills and work samples in future professional settings.
View ePortfolios from Liberal Studies students
April Cantrell, Concentration in Writing and Minor in Literary Studies
Brooke Adams, Concentrations in Literary Studies and Historical Studies
Donna Johnson, Concentration in Historical Studies
Kerry-Ann, Concentrations in Human Resources and Communication Studies
Paris Hunt, Concentrations in Education Studies and Literary Studies
Zachary Williams, Concentrations in Communication Studies and Writing
An interdisciplinary education offers many career options
According to research findings by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, employers want employees who demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills, show a capacity for new learning, demonstrate oral and written communication abilities, and can work in diverse and intercultural environments. Liberal Studies majors gain these competencies and can consider various occupations because of the range of topics covered throughout program.
Graduates of Mercer’s B.A. in Liberal Studies can pursue roles in fields such as:
- Government and Public Service
- Journalism and Broadcasting
- Ministry and Non-Profit
- Writing and Editing
Students are also prepared for graduate and professional study in areas such as:
- Elementary or Middle School Education
- Religious Studies
Learn more about our Liberal Studies major
- Program Requirements
- Course Descriptions
- Tuition and Aid
- Transferring Credits
- Meet the Faculty
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