ERIC Number: ED022978
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1965
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Bachelor of Liberal Studies: Development of a Curriculum at the University of Oklahoma.
Burkett, J. E., Ed.; Ruggiers, Paul G., Ed.
A program leading to the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) for adult, part-time students was conceived and implemented at the University of Oklahoma between 1957 and 1965. The program is designed to surmount difficulties posed by rigid course and residence requirements, scheduling, and undergraduate-oriented instruction. By giving special entrance examinations, holding brief, highly concentrated seminars, furnishing individual reading lists, consultations, and further examinations, and organizing content around "central learnings which bear on the central problems of the twentieth century," instructors can engage the interest of adults and satisfactorily evaluate their progress. Independent study in the three broad areas--humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences--is followed by interarea studies directed toward an interdisciplinary view of particular problems and questions. All BLS candidates must complete four independent study courses and four seminars, but each candidate can complete his total program at the pace that best suits his own previous education, academic capability, and time available for study. (Conclusions and implications are discussed. The document includes typical schedules and seminar topics, reading lists, enrollment statistics, five tables, and a bibliography.) (ly)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Area Studies, Bibliographies, Curriculum Development, Flexible Scheduling, General Education, Higher Education, Humanities, Independent Study, Natural Sciences, Part Time Students, Seminars, Social Sciences, Special Degree Programs, Statistical Data, Student Evaluation
Syracuse University Press, Box 8, University Station, Syracuse, N.Y. 13210 ($2.00).
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Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Liberal Education for Adults, Brookline, MA.