Liberal Studies-Humanities

Program Type
Undergraduate Major (Online)
Bachelor of Art (BA)
Modes of Study

Full-time tuition

Online mode of study: $9,210 per year for in-state and $9,990 for out-of-state residents (based on 30 credit hours). Blended mode of study: tuition varies. See details and other costs

Financial aid

Average offer covers a large portion of tuition & fees.
In-state: nearly 100%;
Out-of-state: nearly 70%.
May include scholarships, grants, waiver, & work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Complete your degree in a program designed specifically for transfer and returning students.
  • Gain academic credit for skills and knowledge you’ve already acquired through prior coursework, jobs, community service, or life experience.
  • Choose a mode of study that is blended (a mix of online and in-person courses) or fully online.
  • Save money with reduced e-tuition for out-of-state students who choose to study fully online.
  • Learn from distinguished faculty that teach a large selection of courses on historical and contemporary themes.

Transition to a variety of fields

Prepare for a profession in history, anthropology, philosophy, language, and everything in between. Students routinely transition into the humanities field to pursue careers in education, journalism, and public policy.

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Program requirements

Explore the intersection between the human condition and its relationship to human cultures, social and political formations, and the natural world. Our curriculum focuses on philosophy, history, literature, religion, and the social sciences.

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Distinguished humanities faculty

Our faculty are accomplished and distinguished scholars with contributions to a wide range of fields of academic disciplines, such as history, philosophy, literature, anthropology, social sciences, education, and more.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Do you live in New England?

You may be eligible for a special reduced tuition rate, as part of the New England Regional Student Program (RSP).

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Considering transferring to USM?

We welcome students who are transferring from another four-year university or community college. Our knowledgeable Admissions Counselors will help you to navigate the admissions and credit-transfer process.

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Looking ahead to Law school?

Our Accelerated Graduate Pathway to the University of Maine School of Law can save you time and money in earning your JD.

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Online student support

Maintain a flexible schedule while earning your degree. Our online students receive the same superior support as those who study on campus, including one-on-one career advising, video meetings with tutors and writing assistants, and technology assistance.

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Next Steps

Our helpful admissions counselors are here to answer your questions about the admissions process, our academic programs, and student support services. We also invite you to explore the many ways to visit campus or to engage with us through online experiences.