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Finish Your Degree in Traverse City

Our liberal studies bachelor’s degree not only fits your busy life, it helps you achieve your unique career goals. The flexible program lets you focus on topics most relevant to you, while giving you the critical knowledge and decision-making skills you need to succeed in any field. In addition, customized field experiences provide you with practical expertise in your area of interest. This unique degree integrates prior coursework from virtually any major, into one degree. 

Customize your degree to take courses that not only interest you, but that will also help you land your dream job. Many employers are looking for a bachelor's degree, not a specific major. The Liberal Studies degree is a great way to show employers that you have various skills, experience and a diverse background of knowledge.


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Are you interested in our Liberal Studies program? Click the "Let's Get Started" button to meet your advisor and schedule an appointment by phone or in person.

What is a Liberal Studies Degree?

Liberal studies comprises a broad exploration of social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and the arts. Liberal studies students receive a wide-ranging education in; communication, critical thinking, team building and innovative problem solving.  These skills uniquely prepare students to succeed in a variety of career fields.

A bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies at Grand Valley allows you to enter directly into a career by developing the advanced critical thinking skills, interdisciplinary approaches, social responsibility, and intercultural awareness employers value.  The Liberal Studies program also prepares students with the necessary skills and knowledge to enter into various graduate degree programs.

This flexible and convenient Traverse City program is perfect for the working adult.

The degree includes core courses on key topics and a selection of electives that  apply to one of the following concentration areas:

  • Humanities and Culture
  • Child Development and Society
  • Environmental Leadership Emphasis
  • Law and Society (Pre-Law)
  • Health and Human Development (Pre-med, Pre-PA, etc)
  • Social Entrepreneur Leadership
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Other concentrations available-see GVSU advisor

GVSU will combine coursework transferred from NMC, other community colleges, or four year institutions to complete the degree requirements.

What Can You Do With a Liberal Studies Degree?

A liberal studies degree doesn't prepare you for one specific career. The skills you learn can be beneficial in multiple professions. Solid writing and communication skills are crucial to any position and the critical-thinking skills you learn can be applied to any field that requires analytical thought, such as business or education. Other career areas include:

  • Education administration
  • Social work
  • Healthcare Professions
  • Law
  • Sales and marketing
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Colleges
  • Urban planner
  • City manager
  • And more....

An innovative degree that aligns with your career goals, right here in Traverse City. 







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Why Study Liberal Studies in Traverse City?

  • Flexible format. Classes are offered online and face-to-face at the NMC University Center in Traverse City.
  • Customized degree. With its many concentrations, liberal studies allows you to customize a study program that is both personally interesting and professionally relevant.
  • Individualized support. From start to finish, GVSU advisors are standing by to help you with whatever questions you may have.
  • Affordable. Low tuition rates, access to financial aid, and scholarship support make GVSU an affordable option to complete your degree.

Watch Liberal Studies major Nathan Burns talk about his experience at the Traverse City Regional Center.

We'll help you every step of the way!

Getting started, or coming back to college, is a big decision and can feel overwhelming. At the Traverse City Regional Center, we are ready to help you every step of the way. Working with an academic advisor is the best way to ensure that you get started on the right path.

Click the "Let's Get Started" button to schedule an appointment in person or over the phone with one of our fantastic GVSU advisors at the NMC University Center. They'll help you develop a personalized plan that fits your life and needs.

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