The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Things to Know


Academic Integrity

Practice Academic Integrity

All students must adhere to the UNCG Academic Integrity Policy, which governs cheating, plagiarism, falsification, and misuse of academic resources. Sanctions for academic integrity violations range from redoing an assignment or an F in the course to a recommendation for expulsion from the university.


Online Participation

Make Sure Your Computer is Adequate

Online classes are completely dependent upon your computer. Make sure it meets the Computer Requirements for Online Classes.

Activate Your Online Accounts

You must set up Your Computer Accounts before you begin classes. You should have access to iSpartan, Blackboard, and UNCGenie.

Check Your iSpartan Email Frequently

You are responsible for information that will only be sent to this account, including:

  • University business, including billing, financial aid, and registration problems.
  • Departmental business, including advising emails and announcements.
  • Emails sent to you through Blackboard by your instructors and classmates.

Log On to Your Blackboard Classes Frequently

You are responsible for meeting all deadlines in your classes. You may be dropped from your class if you have not participated in discussions or contacted your instructor in the first week.

  • Log on the first scheduled day of the class.
  • Be sure you know all assignments and deadlines.
  • When in doubt, contact your instructor.


Course Load

Register Sensibly and Leave Time for Success

Despite their flexibility, online classes are usually more time consuming than normal face-to-face classes. Online discussion boards just take more time than in-class discussions, and half-semester classes throw their matierial at you twice as fast.

  • Plan to spend 20 hours per week on each BLS class.
  • Plan to spend 12 hours per week on each full-semester class.
  • Pay attention to meeting dates:
    • Balance your load between the first and second sessions.
    • Remember that full-semester classes get busier during the second session.
    • The registration system will let you sign up for all your classes in the same half-semester — even if you're taking 18 credits. Don't do it!


BLS Student Portfolio

Keep a File of Major Assignments

Your BLS Senior Seminar will require you to submit a portfolio of works created for your BLS classes, so be sure to keep electronic copies of your BLS papers and projects.

You can establish a Content Collection in your Blackboard account, which will allow you to keep your files on a secure UNCG server. Once your Blackboard account is active, simply contact the Help Desk at 336-256-8324 ("6-TECH") and ask to have the Content Collection activated in your Blackboard account.

We recommend that you keep copies in more than one place (computers crash!) — whether you keep them on CDs at home or in a web-based archive. Google offers free document storage at


Degree Requirements

Know Your Degree Requirements

It is your responsibility meet all BLS Degree Requirements before you can graduate from UNCG. The best thing you can do to graduate on time is to know your degree requirements, which ones you have met, and — most importantly — which ones you have yet to meet.

  • Learn to generate and interpret your Degree Evaluation.
  • Read your advising email prior to semester registration (March and October).
  • Contact your advisor with any curriculum questions.

Know Your Registration and Tuition Deadlines

Failure to register, pay tuition, or drop classes on time can cost you a significant amount of money in fees and lost tuition.

  • Registration Windows: You will have an early registration window, a schedule adjustment window, and a rolling registration window. Failure to enroll in your classes during the early registration window will result in late-registration fees.
  • Tuition Deadlines: If you do not pay your tuition bill by the payment deadline, you will be dropped from your classes for non-payment. Your seats will go up for grabs, and you will be charged a late-registration fee when you re-register.
  • Add/Drop & Withdrawal Deadlines: The add/drop period is shorter for half-semester classes, and you will not receive a tuition refund if you withdraw from a class after the end of the add/drop period. The withdrawal deadlines for half-semester classes are not published in the Registrar's calendar.
    • Spring and Fall BLS classes generally follow the Nursing Program's Part of Term schedule.
    • Summer BLS classes generally follow the MBA Program's Part of Term schedule.

Start Your Foreign Language Early

The Foreign Language requirement for BLS students is intermediate proficiency (204 level). If you have had no college-level foreign language recently, it will take you four semesters to meet that requirement. Many BLS students have completed all major requirements and still needed foreign language classes to graduate.

  • Plan ahead: The availability of online foreign language classes at UNCG is limited.
  • Study locally: Community colleges offer inexpensive foreign language classes. Some students who have taken self-paced foreign language classes have commented that it's a difficult way to learn a language.
  • Know your options: You can meet the foreign language requirement with a CLEP test in Spanish, French or German.
  • If you are already bilingual, you have already met the foreign language requirement. Contact your advisor for details.


UNCG Continuous-Residency Policy

Stay Current at UNCG

You must complete at least one class per semester at UNCG to stay current (Spring & Fall). If you do not enroll for a semester, or if you withdraw from all of your classes for a semester, you will be considered an inactive student.

  • You will not receive regular advising emails.
  • You will be last in line to register for classes.
  • You must fill out a Former Student Application to resume enrollment at UNCG.
  • Your Blackboard Content Collection may be purged.


Change of Address, Email, or Name

Keep Your Student Information Accurate

Be sure to keep your contact information up to date. Out-of-date mailing addresses or emails can cause you to miss out on important information.

  • Access UNCGenie.
  • Click Enter Secure Area and log on with your Student ID number and PIN.
  • Click Personal Information.
  • Follow the appropriate links to update your address, telephone, email, and marital status, and to select what is displayed in your UNCG directory profile.

Name Changes

If you change your name, avoid confusion and let the university know.

  • Process name changes through the University Registrar's Office.
    • Name changes can be processed by mail with a notarized signature and photocopies of the required documents.
  • Change the name that appears in your iSpartan email:
    • Email from your UNCG email account.
    • Request to change the name that appears in your email account.
    • Include your old name, and your new name as it should appear.
  • You can request to have your UNCG username changed with this form (this is a big job that requires shutting down your accounts for a day).

BLS Program Notes

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• 09 Dec: Exams End
BLS Session 1 (POT A)
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• 19 Aug: Add/Drop Ends
• 09 Sep: W Deadline !!!
• 02 Oct: Session Ends
BLS Session 2 (POT B)
• 06 Oct: Session Begins
• 08 Oct: Add/Drop Ends
• 02 Nov: W Deadline !!!
• 30 Nov: Session Ends
• 09 Dec: Exams End

BLS Student Portfolio
Keep copies of your major BLS assignments. You can keep them in your iSpartan drive as long as you are active at UNCG, but also keep them in at least one more location (e.g., your own Google drive, your own computer, or on a thumb drive). You will use them when you compile your Senior Portfolio for the BLS Program.

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