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Degree Completion Programs


The College of Arts and Sciences offers degree completion Bachelor of Arts and Science programs designed for post-traditional students. These degree programs are designed to enable students to combine their demanding work/family schedules with the goal of attaining a college education grounded in the development of personal and professional skills and dispositions. The programs provide a blended instructional environment that includes traditional classroom learning, fully online courses and hybrid courses that include both classroom and web-facilitated learning. Advisors work with each student to develop individual academic plans that facilitate degree completion, professional advancement and personal development.

Admission to degree completion programs requires the completion of an Associate of Arts or Sciences degree or completion of the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum (IAI-GECC). In addition to the major requirements, all degree completion students must complete Philosophy 150: The Examined Life and at least one religious studies course at Saint Xavier University. These courses embody the commitment of the Catholic intellectual tradition to the development of the whole person through liberal education.

Degree completion students who do not hold an associate's degree may complete the Saint Xavier Degree Completion Core in conjunction with a major curriculum.

Additional information about evaluation of transfer college credit, ACE credit, CLEP and credit for prior learning is available in the Credit for Prior Learning section of the catalog.

Degree Completion Programs

  • B.A. Applied Communications
  • B.A. Applied Graphic Design
  • B.S. Gerontology Studies
  • B.A. Leadership and Public Administration
  • B.A. Liberal Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The liberal studies major offers a rich interdisciplinary program to those students who desire a broad curriculum. Students have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge, improve their critical analysis and communication skills and sharpen their awareness of the impact of liberal disciplines like art, history and philosophy on contemporary issues. The unique quality of this program is the flexibility of course options as the student reaches upper-division coursework. Liberal studies majors have the opportunity to organize part of their program around personal and professional goals.

Liberal Studies Major (30 credit hours)

Core Requirements (6 credit hours)

  • FOSEM 301: Research and Analytical Thinking (3) or an approved research course
  • FOSEM 350: Senior Seminar/Project (3) or an approved upper level course

One Area of Concentration (24 credit hours)

  • Social Sciences (one discipline or a combination of allied areas)
  • Humanities (one discipline or a combination of allied areas)
  • Customized concentrations, including thematic areas, with approval of advisor and dean.

General Note for Liberal Studies Major

At least 18 hours in the liberal studies major must be completed at Saint Xavier University. Completion of an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, IAI-GECC program or SXU general education program is required.

A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of 120 semester hours, of which the liberal studies major provides 30 hours. Additional electives may be required to reach 120 semester hours.

An academic advisor will assist each student in developing a program plan to meet personal and professional goals.