This is a degree map for Thomas Edison State University's Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies built primarily by user sanantone. Please check your specific TESU catalog to ensure the degree requirements match those listed here.

Please note that this degree map only includes the area of study requirements, and you should combine these courses with a general education requirement map (such as Sanantone's General Education Options).

Unique Requirements

  1. Students complete 30 credits in the liberal studies concentration
  2. At least two or more different subjects must be included to provide breadth of knowledge in the liberal studies concentration.
  3. A maximum of two college-level courses equating to the 100 level can be applied toward the liberal studies area of study
  4. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 Thomas Edison State University are required.

Social Science Options

DSST Fundamentals of Counseling (transcribed as PSY 331), DSST Lifespan Developmental Psychology, DSST Organizational Behavior (UL), CLEP Introductory Psychology, CLEP Educational Psychology, CLEP Human Growth and Development, UExcel Lifespan Developmental Psychology, UExcel Abnormal Psychology (UL), UExcel Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (UL), UExcel Social Psychology (UL), UExcel Research Methods in Psychology (UL), UExcel Introduction to Psychology, Straighterline Organizational Behavior (UL), TECEP Abormal Psychology (UL), Straighterline Introduction to Psychology, and TECEP Psychology of Women.

DSST Money and Banking, CLEP Principles of Microeconomics, CLEP Principles of Macroeconomics, UExcel Introduction to Microeconomics, UExcel Introduction to Macroeconomics, TECEP Microeconomics, Straighterline Microeconomics, and Straighterline Macroeconomics

CLEP American Government, UExcel Political Science, Saylor Introduction to Western Political Thought, TECEP Introduction to Comparative Politics, and TECEP Introduction to Political Science

DSST Human/Cultural Geography

DSST General Anthropology

DSST Substance Abuse (UL), CLEP Social Sciences and History (6 credits)

DSST The Civil War and Reconstruction, DSST A History of the Vietnam War (UL), DSST Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union (UL), CLEP Western Civilization I, CLEP Western Civilization II, CLEP History of the United States I, CLEP History of the United States II, UExcel World Conflicts Since 1900 (UL), Straighterline Western Civilization I, and Straighterline US History I

DSST Introduction to Law Enforcement, DSST Criminal Justice, and Straighterline Introduction to Criminal Justice (TESC will no longer allow the use of both Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice)

CLEP Introduction Sociology, TECEP Marriage and the Family, UExcel Introduction to Sociology, UExcel Cultural Diversity (UL), UExcel Foundations of Gerontology, UExcel Juvenile Delinquency (UL), UExcel World Population (UL), and Straighterline Introduction to Sociology

Humanities Options


TECEP Introduction to News Reporting, DSST Art of the Western World, CLEP French Level I or II (6 credits), CLEP German Level I or II (6 credits), CLEP Humanities (6 credits), CLEP American Literature, CLEP Spanish Level I or II (6 credits), UExcel Introduction to Philosophy, Uexcel Spanish Language (6 credits), Straighterline Introduction to Communications, TECEP Introduction to Critical Reasoning, and Straighterline Introduction to Philosophy.


DSST Principals of Public Speaking, DSST Technical Writing, DSST Ethics in America, CLEP English Literature (6 credits), Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (6 credits), CLEP Spanish Level II (requires a minimum score of 63, six 200-level credits), CLEP French Level II (requires a minimum score of 59, six 200-level credits), CLEP German Level II (requires minimum score of 60, six 200-level credits), TECEP Technical Writing, TECEP Environmental Ethics, TECEP Music History II, and TECEP Public Relations Thought & Practice.


DSST Introduction to World Religions, Straighterline Business Communications, Straighterline Introduction to Religion (would probably duplicate DSST), UExcel Interpersonal Communication (should transcribe as COM-330), UExcel Bioethics: Philosophical Issues, UExcel Ethics: Theory and Practice?, UExcel Workplace Communication with Computers? (might duplicate Straighterline Business Communications), TECEP Marketing Communications, Straighterline Business Ethics, Saylor Corporate Communication, and DSST Business Ethics and Society?

Natural Science/Mathematics Options


DSST Astronomy, DSST Introduction to Computing, DSST Fundamentals of College Algebra?, DSST Principals of Physical Science, CLEP Biology (6 credits), CLEP Chemistry (6 credits), CLEP College Mathematics (6 credits)?, CLEP College Algebra, CLEP Pre-Calculus, CLEP Natural Sciences (6 credits), CLEP Information Systems and Computer Applications (duplicates DSST Introduction to Computer), Straighterline Intro to Biology, Straighterline Intro to Biology Lab (1 credit), Straighterline General Chemistry, Straighterline General Chemistry Lab (1 credit), Straighterline College Algebra, Straighterline Precalculus, Straighterline General Physics I, Straighterline General Physics I Lab (1 credit), TECEP Applied Liberal Arts Mathematics, Uexcel Quantitative Analysis?, UExcel Earth Science, ALEKS Intermediate Algebra, ALEKS College Algebra, ALEKS College Algebra with Trigonometry (duplicates college algebra), ALEKS Precalculus, Saylor Intro to Molecular and Cellular Biology, Saylor General Chemistry I, and ALEKS Trigonometry (duplicates precalculus).

200-Level courses

TECEP The Science of Nutrition, TECEP Principles of Statistics, DSST Environment and Humanity: Race to Save the Planet, DSST Principles of Statistics, CLEP Calculus, Straighterline Environmental Science, Straighterline Calculus I, Straighterline Calculus II, Straighterline Principles of Statistics, Straighterline Anatomy & Physiology I, Straighterline Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (1 credit), Straighterline Anatomy and Physiology II, Straighterline Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1 credit), Straighterline Introduction to Nutrition, UExcel Anatomy & Physiology (6 credits), Uexcel Statistics, Uexcel Physics (6 credits), Uexcel Science of Nutrition, Uexcel Calculus, ALEKS (Business, Behavioral Science, and Introduction to Statistics all duplicate), Saylor Calculus I, Straighterline C++ Programming, and Uexcel Basic Genetics.

300/400-level courses

Need 15 credits plus capstone for 18 total

CSU Global CBE Information Systems Analysis and Design, DSST Management Information Systems, Straighterline Microbiology, Straighterline Microbiology Lab (1 credit), Uexcel Microbiology, and Uexcel Pathophysiology.


  • TESU's LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone course is required and can not be transferred in.


  • All Business Ethics and Business Ethics and Society tests and courses duplicate at TESC.

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