A Bellarmine bachelor’s degree, now completely online

Bellarmine’s flexible Liberal Studies major is a 120-hour, fully online bachelor’s degree program that provides the opportunity for anyone to become a Knight, no matter their location or circumstances.

Why earn your online bachelor’s degree at Bellarmine?

Our degree can be completed in eight semesters or less with prior college credit. Courses are developed and taught by the same incredible Bellarmine faculty you’ll find on campus; we take special care to ensure that our brand of quality is baked into all that we do, even online.

Program Highlights

  • 100% online delivery
  • Earn your bachelor’s while working full-time
  • A transfer-friendly program
  • Full-time or part-time course load; your choice
  • Online courses offered year round so you can finish sooner
  • Begin the program in fall, spring, or summer
  • Courses do not require you to be online at pre-determined times; meet weekly deadlines on your own time and schedule, unless otherwise noted in the course description
  • Affordable, quality academic learning experience
  • Easily stackable with a number of master’s-level programs; complete a master’s in just two additional semesters!
  • $500 per credit hour (2019), inclusive of all tuition and fees

Transcript Review

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I get started?
A: Right now, you can submit the interest form on this page. Once the application is available, you can apply for admission online, in just a few quick and easy steps!

Q: What does the program look like?
A: A major in Liberal Studies provides students with a broad undergraduate education in the liberal arts tradition—the same that you can expect to find in a classroom on Bellarmine’s campus. The curriculum includes Bellarmine’s general education requirements in the Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Theology. You’ll find this is a highly flexible program, and the variety of course available are increasing on a regular basis. Take a look at the current program plan to see what your pathway can include. You may already have a substantial amount of this program complete if you have previous college credit, at Bellarmine or somewhere else.

Q: Do I have to have a certain amount of technology skills to be successful in this program?
A: This program is designed for anyone, especially for those who don’t consider themselves tech-savvy. If you know how to browse the Internet, you’ll be fine in this program! We’ll support you along the way.

Q: Will I have to be online at a certain time every day for class?
A: Typically, courses in this program do not require you to be online at pre-determined times; you’ll have the flexibility to meet weekly deadlines on your own time and schedule. If regular and consistent time commitments are required, those will be noted in the course description when you register.

Q: I have previous college credit. Can I transfer that in?
A: Yes! Contact our Admissions Office to get this ball rolling. It’s possible you’re already closer to a bachelor’s degree than you realize.

Career Prospects

Graduates of our Liberal Studies major go on to careers in a wide variety of occupations. In fact, the point of a Liberal Studies major is to prepare students in a well-rounded way—the Bellarmine way—to be successful and influential in virtually any path they choose.

Many graduates also choose to go on to complete a master’s degree, or additional higher education. We’ve designed this program so that it can fit well into your plans to further your education, whether you stop with this, or continue at the graduate level, perhaps with a Master’s in Communication or an MBA.

Faculty Profiles

Here is a quick snapshot of a few of our faculty members.


Donald "DJ" Mitchell Jr., Ph.D.
Donald "DJ" Mitchell Jr., Ph.D. is professor of higher education leadership and chair of the M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership and Social Justice Program at Bellarmine University. DJ's research and scholarship focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education contexts, primarily using qualitative methodology. More specifically, his work theoretically and empirically explores race, gender, identity intersections, and intersectionality within higher education contexts.

DJ earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Shaw University, the first historically Black institution in the South, a Master of Science in educational leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a Ph.D. in educational policy and administration with a concentration in higher education from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.

Conor Picken, Ph.D.

Conor Picken, Ph.D.
Conor Picken, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of English and the Faculty Director of the Compassio Learning Community. His teaching and research encompass 20th- and 21st-century American Literature, southern literature, modernism, and social change. Dr. Picken teaches courses on William Faulkner, southern literature on the margins, social inequality and The Wire, and the gateway criticism/theory course for English majors. He is currently co-editing a collection on alcohol and drinking in southern literature and culture.

Having attended a liberal arts college as an undergraduate, Dr. Picken believes strongly in the value that a Bellarmine University education provides for all of its students. His favorite part of being an English professor is mentoring students in and out of the classroom.

Winn Crenshaw Wheeler, Ph.D.

Winn Crenshaw Wheeler, Ph.D.
Winn Crenshaw Wheeler, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Literacy. She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on literacy and instructional coaching from the University of Louisville. Dr. Wheeler holds a Masters of Education in Elementary Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Elementary Education and History from Elon University. Additionally, she is a National Board Certified Teacher (Middle Childhood Generalist). Prior to her work at Bellarmine, Dr. Wheeler worked in public education for twenty years where she served as a classroom teacher and literacy coach. Her research interests include adolescent literacy, fluency development, writing assessment and instruction, professional collaboration, instructional coaching, and curriculum design. At Bellarmine, Dr. Wheeler teaches courses in literacy at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Admission Requirements

The best way to begin your admission process is to complete an application to Bellarmine and complete your FAFSA. We’ll quickly evaluate your academic and extracurricular accomplishments, and your financial need, and make a comprehensive scholarship award.


Bellarmine University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctorate degrees.

Contact Information

Adam Elias
Director of Innovative Learning Systems

David Kline
Associate Dean of Admission

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