USM Online

Online B.A. in Liberal Studies, Humanities Track

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


General Overview:

Explore history, philosophy, art, literature, language and more with the distinguished Humanities faculty at USM. This major provides the opportunity to combine existing liberal arts credits from other institutions with USM Humanities courses to create an efficient and coherent path to degree completion.

The Humanities offer the framework and skills for meeting the challenges of our complex and constantly changing world:

  • knowledge of cultural, intellectual, artistic, and literary traditions
  • appreciation of the cultural and historical contours of diversity
  • skills of close reading, analysis, synthesis, persuasion/rhetoric, and communication
  • intellectual curiosity
  • global, historical, and ethical awareness

To complete this degree in Liberal Studies, students must complete 36 credits, 15 in a particular concentration. In consultation with the humanities track coordinator, students may craft a sequence of classes that addresses a particular problem, question, region, or time period and investigate it from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Return to top


Career Options: 

We understand that it is important for you to know what possible career opportunities and acquired skills are attained as a result of completing a degree in a particular program. The Major2Career worksheet for Liberal Studies, Humanities track provides information to consider as you choose the degree path that makes the most sense for you, your career, and your educational goals.

Return to top


Flexible Formats:

Take courses on your time.
Online courses give you the flexibility to work and take a course. Whether you work during the day, evening, or in-between, USM online courses allow you to make steady progress each semester or session.  USM offers hundreds of online courses year-round- Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer in 4-week, 7-week, and 15-week time frames. If life interrupts, then the next semester or session is right around the corner.

Return to top


Admission & Transfer Information:

If you are interested in completing your bachelor’s degree through one of our online programs, simply complete the Pre-Enrollment Form or call us at 207-780-5670, and we will assist you through the application process.

A transfer student is an applicant who has attempted twelve semester hours of credit or more since graduating from high school or earning a GED. Students should have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 unless otherwise indicated by the desired program. For more information about how your courses might transfer to USM, contact Enrollment Counselor Joe Pagano for an unofficial transfer credit evaluation.

Ready to apply? Review the Transfer Student Checklist and submit your online application today!

Return to top


Degree Requirements:

To complete this degree in Liberal Studies, students must complete 36 major credits, 15 in a particular sequence. In consultation with the major advising coordinator, students may craft a sequence of classes that addresses a particular problem, question, region, or time period and investigate it from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Students must have a minimum of 120 credits to earn a bachelor’s degree.

USM Core Curriculum Requirements

  • Entry Year Experience (waived for students who transfer in 24 or more credits)
  • College Writing
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Creative Expression
  • Socio-Cultural Analysis
  • Science Exploration - with Lab
  • Cultural Interpretation
  • Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship
  • Diversity
  • International
  • Cluster course 1 (See Note)
  • Cluster course 2 (See Note)
  • Cluster course 3 (See Note)
  • Capstone (taken as part of the major – LSH 440)

USM students must complete either a Thematic Cluster OR a minor OR a double major. Students may overlap one cluster course with their major.

Liberal Studies, Humanities Major Requirements (36 credit hours)

Courses to be taken for major credit at other institutions must be approved in advance. Grades of C or better must be achieved in all courses for major credit. Courses taken pass/fail are not acceptable.

Intro Course (3 credits)

  • LSH 240 Introducing the Humanities

Foundation Courses (12 credits)
A. History of Western Civilization
(3 credits)
One of the following:

  • HTY 101 Western Civilization I
  • HTY 102 Western Civilization II

B. Language, Literature, and the Arts (6 credits)
One of the following:

  • ENG 245 Introduction to Literary Studies
  • PHI 220 Philosophy of Art
  • PHI 230 Philosophy of Religion
  • MUS 100 Music Appreciation and History

AND One of the following:

  • LAT 101 Beginning Latin, LAT 102 Beginning Latin II, or LAT 251 Introduction to Latin Literature I
  • CLA171 Etymology for Everyone
  • ENG 305 Rhetoric, Syntax, and Style
  • ENG 330 History of the English Language
  • LIN 185 Language, Mind, and Society
  • PHI 205 Symbolic Logic

C. Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)
One of the following:

  • PHI 102 Introduction to Philosophy: The Quest for Certainty
  • PHI 103 Introduction to Philosophy: Human Alienation
  • PHI 105 Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy Through Its History
  • PHI 106 Introduction to Philosophy: Why Philosophize?
  • PHI 107 Introduction to Philosophy: World Philosophy
  • PHI 109 Introduction to Philosophy: Law, Politics, and Society
  • PHI 110 Introduction to Philosophy: Gender and Society
  • PHI 112 Introduction to Philosophy: Feminist Perspectives

Sequence Courses (15 credits)
In consultation with the major advising coordinator, students will complete one of the following sequences:

  1. Media, Art, and Literature
  2. Religion and Ethics
  3. Gender, Race, and Identity
  4. Students may also complete a period, region or theme-based concentration of their own design in consultation with the program coordinator.

In the USM undergraduate catalog you will find course options to complete the required upper-level sequences. With the permission of the program coordinator, students may substitute relevant courses. At least three courses must be at the 300-level or higher. The remaining two courses must be at the 200-level or higher. 

Topics Course (3 credits)

  • LSH 340 Topics in Humanities

Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • LSH 440 Capstone Experience in the Humanities

To learn more about the degree requirements for this program, please view the official 2014-2015 catalogYou can also use this degree check sheet to track your progress. 

Return to top


Scheduled Courses:

For course descriptions and up-to date details, please visit the USM MaineStreet Class Search.

Return to top