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Online Degree Program Overview

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Ranked as One of the Best in the Nation for Online Bachelor's Programs

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Quick Facts

  • Ranked as one of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Reports.
  • Customize your degree to tailor fit your specific interests and career goals.
  • Apply previously earned college credit to fast-track your progress.
  • Design your curriculum by choosing three fully online minors and a General Studies capstone course.

Understanding the Online Liberal Studies Degree

You make your own choices in life; let those experiences drive your pursuit of a Liberal Studies (BS) degree.

The Liberal Studies degree allows you to forge your own path by designing a curriculum through your choice of three academic minors, one General Studies capstone course, and supporting coursework. Each minor must contain 18 hours unique only to that major, but the rest is up to you.

The online Liberal Studies degree offers the same benefits as the on campus program, but with the added convenience of fitting into your already busy life.

Learn more about this degree program in the degree overview. Additionally, there are several online and on-campus available minors.

About Your Degree

At SHSU Online, we understand that your degree needs to work for you. Your degree isn’t just a piece of paper — it signifies your accomplishment and expertise to the world.

Accumulating Credit
You earn a degree from SHSU by accumulating course credit hours.
All Credits Are Equal
You earn course credit hours by completing in-person courses and/or online courses, or through transferred credits from another institution.
Your Degree Will Not Say “Online
Neither will your transcript— even if you earn all of your course credit hours online. Your degree will be the same regardless of how you earn your credit hours.
All SHSU Degree Programs Are Fully Accredited
Sam Houston State University is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Some programs are also accredited by a governing professional body. Read more about our accreditation.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 15

Core curriculum course credits can be earned face-to-face or online. To complete a degree entirely online, students must choose the online options for core curriculum courses.