Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Liberal Studies

Duration:4 years and 4 months (Open Distance Learning - ODL)

Intakes:Jan, May & Sept

Campus:Wawasan Open University, Penang

Level of Study:Degree

Faculty:School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Code:R2/210/6/0013(A9087)07/25

About this course

Programme Outline

More than just a regular degree, the Liberal Studies programme aims to provide life-enhancing and all-rounded education that will help you adapt to changing environments and prepare you for a wide variety of career opportunities.  This programme is designed to equip you with:

  • communication and interpersonal skills to help you convey convincing messages;

  • rational yet creative thinking to solve problem in various settings; and

  • a broad knowledge base that adds value to your ideas and practices.

Career Prospects

The following are examples of career possibilities that students can expect upon graduation.

>> Psychology

  • Pursue Postgraduate Courses

  • Social Worker

  • Rehabilitation Officer

  • Wellness Consultant

  • Tutor / Assistant Lecturer

  • Customer Service Officer

>> Social Sciences

  • Pursue Postgraduate Courses

  • Tutor / Assistant Lecturer

  • Administration Executive

  • Museum Assistant

  • Employment in Public Relations / Communications / Journalism

  • Public Administration Officer

>> Humanities

  • Pursue Postgraduate Courses

  • Tutor / Assistant Lecturer

  • Research Officer

  • Tourism Officer

  • Information Manager

  • Foreign Service Officer

  • Employment in Journalism / Radio / TV / Newspaper

  • Theatre Assistant

>> Business Administration

  • Pursue Postgraduate Courses

  • Tutor / Assistant Lecturer

  • Administration Officer

  • Bank Officer

  • Human Resource Officer

Total Course Fees

Estimated RM29,280– RM68,000

For more information on scholarship, please e-mail for more details or call Toll Free Careline at 1300-888-968.

Subject Listing

  • University Mathematics for General Studies
  • Computers in Networked Society
  • Learning Skills for University Studies
  • Workplace Communication Skills
  • Writing Skills for University Studies
  • Introduction to Humanities
  • Microeconomics
  • Principles and Practice of Management
  • Exploring Social Sciences
  • Discovering Science and Technology
  • Cross Cultural Intelligence
  • Psychology of Creativity
  • Entrepreneurship Development
  • Principles of Social Research

Social Science 

  • Sociology and Society
  • Exploring Political Science
  • Research Paper
  • Culture, Media and Identities
  • International Organisations
  • Introduction of Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Managing Stress at Work
  • Psychology of Adult Development
  • Counselling – Theory and Practice
  • Cognitive Management
  • Psychology and the Workplace
  • Macroeconomics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour


  • World Religions
  • World Civilisations
  • Southeast Asian History
  • Selections of Asian Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Tourism and Geography


** Choose any 9 courses, at least one must be from the Social Science cluster and another from the Humanities cluster

  • Hubungan Etnik (for Malaysian Students) OR
  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 (for Foreign Students Only)
  • Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia (for Malaysian Students only) OR
  • Malaysian Studies (for Foreign Students only)


  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A (for Students without SPM credit in BM) OR
  • Decision Making Skills (for Students with SPM credit in BM and Foreign Students)


  • Comparative Religions OR
  • Family and Society OR
  • Human Rights


  • Co-Curriculum

Entry RequirementsApplicants must have one of the following Entry requirements:

Candidates with the following criteria will be eligible to be considered for admission into the undergraduate programme:

(1) Regular Entry Candidates must possess a minimum of:

 Grade C (SGP 2.0) in at least two (2) subjects/ two (2) Principals in STPM / HSC / A-Level; or

 Five (5) grade Bs in UEC Senior Middle III, or

 Other equivalent qualifications recognised by the Malaysian Government

(2) Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) provides an opportunity for individuals with working experience but lack of formal academic qualifications to pursue their tertiary studies. APEL involves the identification, documentation and assessment of prior experiential learning to determine the extent to which an individual has achieved the desired learning outcomes, for access to a programme of study.

Applicants should comply with the following admission criteria stipulated by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA):

 The candidate should be at least 21 years of age in the year of application and possess relevant work experience

International Student Only

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