Areas of Concentration and Subjects/Disciplines
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Mathematics and Science
Students begin the BLS program with a minimum of 18 previously earned college credits. Students can transfer up to 75 credits of previously completed college work. Of the total 120 credits required to earn your Fairfield University degree, a minimum 45 credits must be earned at Fairfield University.
Transfer credits OUTSIDE of the major—in core and elective courses-- may be over 10 years old. All credits IN your major must be less than ten years old and must have been taken at Fairfield University. Note that major courses should be upper level (200 and 300 level) rather than 100 level introductory courses. As long as they are not “intro” courses, however, it is possible to count 100-level courses in your major.
All students major in Liberal Studies, and they are also able to fulfill elective and major course requirements by taking courses in the Dolan School of Business related to marketing, management, accounting and more, as well as courses from the other professional fields of education, nursing and engineering.
Full-Time and Part-Time Status:
Students may enroll in our program part-time or full-time, and may stop out and re-enter at their leisure provided all the credits IN THE MAJOR are less than 10 years old at the time of degree completion.
As noted above, BLS students who transfer in a minimum of eight (8) three (3) or four (4) credit courses complete a different CORE from full-time undergraduates in other majors. In this core for students with a large number of transfer credits, there are no foreign language requirements, though foreign language courses can be used to fulfill course requirements in core, elective, and major. Also distinct from the core for other majors, BLS students complete a total of four math/science courses with flexibility in that they need at least one from each area. (ex., a student could take 3 science classes and 1 math class, or 3 math classes and 1 science class). Students who transfer in fewer than eight (8) courses follow Fairfield’s Magis Core.
Clep and Portfolio/Life Experience Credit:
BLS students may attempt to receive CLEP (Exam credits and Credit request) and portfolio credit (work experience), but the seeking and awarding of these credits should take place BEFORE the student’s final 30 credits. As with all Fairfield students, the final 30 credits should be taken at Fairfield University.
Upper level classes: The 9 MAJOR classes (note the 10th major class is GS 399) should be upper level rather than introductory courses. While “Intro to Sociology,” for example, can be used to fulfill elective and core credit (as a social science), it will not count towards your major coursework. Upper-level classes are typically courses at the 200 and 300 level, though another 100 level sociology such as “Criminology” could count as an upper level major course, and ideally students will take 200 and 300 level courses to fulfill the BLS major. ALL CLASSES COUNTING FOR MAJOR MUST BE TAKEN AT FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY WITHIN A TEN-YEAR PERIOD. (Exception: If a BLS student has been unable to take enough upper level classes to fulfill the major due to limited evening or online offerings, we can substitute introductory courses as needed.)
Concentrations and Subjects:
Concentrations: The nine (9) MAJOR classes must be taken in at least two concentrations (The Humanities; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Mathematics and Science; Professional Programs).
Subjects: The nine (9) MAJOR classes must include at least four different subjects (examples include courses in subjects such as Religious Studies and Communication) from at least two areas. NO MORE THAN 4 COURSES can be taken in any ONE subject.
Note: Psychology is listed twice as Psychology courses can be taken in completing a BS or BA degree. In most cases, students will take Psychology courses in fulfillment of the social and behavioral sciences, though Psych 261 is in fact a course that counts as fulfilling a Natural Science core class. Consult with your advisor to clarify your interests and relevant courses.
BLS students can complete internships for credit. An internship can be used to fulfill one of your required major or elective classes in the BLS program. Your regular full-time or part-time employment will not fulfill the requirements of an internship, but seeking placement in a business, corporate, lab, law firm, nonprofit organizational and other settings can be used to fulfill a for-credit internship experience. You will typically work 10 – 15 hours per week on site while Fairfield faculty in your major/department of interest will serve as coordinators.
Eligibility for an internship requires good academic standing as well as the prerequisites prescribed in the major department, such as a specific GPA and prior coursework. If you’re interested, your BLS advisor will work with you and the internship coordinator in the department/program where your interest lies to determine how you can qualify for earning internship credit and invaluable experience.
Example of a Student Major that meets the above requirements:
If a BLS student comes to the major primarily interested in Studio Art, they could take one Studio Art class to satisfy one of their classes required in their “Concentration IV” core Visual and Performing Arts requirements, use one or more introductory Studio Art classes to fulfill their “Concentration V” core Humanities electives (and to fulfill required intro level classes needed for entry to upper level Studio Art classes), and take Studio Art classes to count toward their 8+ required elective classes. As far as the major, as per the above guidelines on “Concentrations and Subjects” in the major, they could take up to 4 Studio Art classes in the major, take one Social Science course (an area different from Studio Art, which is in the Humanities area) such as a Communication, Sociology, Psychology or Economics course, or courses in Math, Science, or the Professional Programs such as Marketing (which are also all areas different from the Humanities area), and then take their remaining major courses in at least two other subjects/disciplines (to have a total of at least four different subjects/disciplines in all). As an example, the Studio Art focused BLS student might have a major completion that looks like this, with three different “Concentrations” (at least two different concentrations are required) and 5 different subjects/disciplines (at least 4 different subjects/disciplines are required).
Sample Major Classes for Student with Studio Art Focus
Please work with your advisor to determine a plan of study that makes the most sense for your life and career goals.
Attributing Courses in the online degree evaluation system as Elective, Core, or Major Courses:
Earning a BA or BS Degree
Students who take the majority of their major classes in Mathematics and Science and/or Professional Programs earn a BS degree. Students who take the majority of their major classes in The Humanities and/or Social and Behavioral Sciences earn a BA degree. Students are welcome to pursue a particular degree in consultation with their advisor who will then work with the registrar to ensure the student’s plan of study aligns with their preferred degree.
Core Class Recommendations in Math/Science:
Some classes which fulfill core requirements and may be of special interest and particularly well-suited to our majors:
Math and Natural Science
For math, most BLS students are advised to take:
For science, the following courses are suggested (Note: This is not an exhaustive listing):
Other Core class requirements can be suggested in consultation with your advisor.