The Bachelor of Science in Liberal and Applied Studies from SOSU is a flexible degree program that can be customized to fit your individual educational and career goals. Designed for students with previous college credits, this online degree program offers a broad-based curriculum that lets you choose courses related to many professional disciplines—including behavioral sciences, the fine arts, communication, health and wellness, and more. Taught by the same supportive faculty who teach on campus, you will formulate your degree plan by working with an advisor.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University offers its students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition that includes fees.
International Student Application: $55
Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). SOSU's Federal School Code is 003179. If you plan to use federal financial aid, it is recommended that you apply for and have your financial aid awards finalized before enrolling. To expedite this, it is important that you file your FAFSA as soon as possible after applying.
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At SOSU, we offer multiple start dates throughout the year so you never have to wait long to get started on your online degree program. The chart below shows upcoming start dates, along with important deadlines, such as when your application should be submitted and when payments are due.
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Let's start boosting your career! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for this online program, along with information on required documentation.
To meet the admission requirements for the B.S. in Liberal & Applied Studies, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Transfer Students: Students who have attempted seven or more semester hours of college credit. Remedial and activity courses are not counted.
- Students are accepted as long as their cumulative GPA is a 2.0 or higher. If the student’s cumulative GPA is less than a 2.0 but it does not indicate a suspension, they can enroll at SOSU for the upcoming semester; however, they would be placed on probation until that cumulative GPA reaches at least a 2.0. If their last semester does indicate a suspension, they would be required to sit out a semester before enrolling at SOSU. If a student has two suspensions, they must attend another school and raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher before being accepted to SOSU.
- College placement testing: Students will be required to take a test in each of the three areas (English, Math and Reading) unless they have successfully completed a college course in that area or have provided ACT scores of at least a 19. Students who have not scored high enough in the Science area automatically have a deficiency until they clear the Math & Reading deficiencies. If they do not pass the placement test, they will be required to either complete a remedial course or will have an additional lab component. These deficiencies should be completed within the first 12 credit hours (typically one semester). Our Learning Center can provide more information if you have further questions.
Adult Freshmen: 21 or older and has earned no more than six hours of college credit after high school graduation. Concurrent work is excluded.
- Provide a completed high school transcript or GED
- College placement testing is required if the student does not provide ACT or SAT scores. See testing information above.
New Freshmen: A student who has earned no more than six hours of college credit after high school graduation. Concurrent work is excluded.
- Minimum ACT of 20 (or SAT equivalent) or 2.7 overall high school GPA and top 50% of graduating class OR 2.7 GPA in the 15-unit core curriculum (four English, three Math, three History, three Science and two Electives)
- College placement testing: There are three tests (English, Math and Reading) that are given to students who do not score at least a 19 on the ACT or equivalent SAT scores in that area. Students who have not scored high enough in the Science area automatically have a deficiency until they clear the Math & Reading deficiency.
If the student does not pass the placement test, they will be required to either complete a remedial course or will have an additional lab component. These deficiencies are required to be completed within the first 24 credit hours (typically two semesters). Our Learning Center can provide more information if you have further questions.
Returning Students: Students who have not attended any other school since leaving SOSU are accepted under the following circumstances:
- The student has a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0; or
- If the student’s cumulative GPA is under a 2.0 and their final semester with SOSU was on academic probation, they can return on probation. This status will stay in effect until the student raises their cumulative GPA to at least a 2.0.
- For students who have been suspended, university policy states that for the first suspension, a student must sit out at least one semester before returning. If a student has two suspensions, they must attend another school and raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher before being accepted to SOSU.
Note: There would not be any placement testing required for these students since they should have already participated in testing; however, they may have some deficiencies that need to be completed.
For the B.S. in Liberal & Applied Studies online, students must complete a minimum of 124 credit hours. The curriculum is comprised of 72 Liberal and Applied Studies credit hours including one capstone course, 44 General Education credit hours, and Electives selected with an advisor as needed to meet university graduation requirements.
Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework in three groups, and one major concentration group of 36 credit hours, for a total of 72 hours in the liberal studies component.
Group 1 Arts: Art, Music, and Theater
Group 2 Humanities: English, History, Languages, and Philosophy
Group 3 Natural Sciences: Biological Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Physical Science
Group 4 Applied Sciences: Aviation, Computer Science, Education Tech, Nursing, Safety, and Wildlife/Conservation
Group 5 Behavioral Sciences: Geography, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology
Group 6 Applied Behavioral Sciences: Communication, Criminal Justice, Education, Kinesiology, and Leadership
The Capstone course provides a structure for students to knit together diverse strands of knowledge into a coherent whole; allowing for diversity in perspectives and approaches. This pursuit will help students to find and understand an underlying coherence to their university education without a traditionally-defined major.
Students must complete 44 credit hours of General Education courses from the following categories.
Communications (9 hours)
- English (ENG 1113 and ENG 1213)
- Speech Communication (COMM 1233 or COMM 2213)
Social Behavioral Sciences (12 hours)
- Political Science (POSC 1513)
- American History (HIST 1513 or 1523)
- Social Science (ECON 2113, SOC 1113, or GEOG 2723)
- Mental and Physical Health (KIN 1113 or PSY 1113)
Science and Mathematics (14 hours)
- Biological Sciences (BIOL 1114)
- Physical Sciences (PSCI 1114 or 1414)
- Mathematics (MATH 1303 or 1513)
- Computer Proficiency Requirement (BIM 1553 or CIS 1003)
Humanities (9 hours)
- Humanities, Philosophy, and Lit (ENG 2313, 3893; HUM 2113; or PHIL 2113)
- Fine Arts (ART 1103, 3013, 3083; MUS 1113, 3133; or THTR 1183, 3183)
- Foreign Language (SPAN 1113 or NS 1213)