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Bachelor's Degree in Contemporary Studies

Why Earn Your Contemporary Studies Degree at Saint Leo University?

Now is the time to earn your online contemporary studies degree from Saint Leo University. You’ve had rich life experiences, and your wealth of knowledge is proof. Now enhance your real world learning with interdisciplinary studies at Saint Leo University. As a Contemporary Studies student at Florida's oldest Catholic institution of higher education, you'll build skills in writing and critical thinking you can take with you on your next great adventure.

The bachelor of arts in contemporary studies provides a broad perspective on human behavior, ideas, and values through a multidisciplinary study of the social sciences and natural sciences, the humanities/fine arts, and business. This integrated approach allows students to make connections across fields of study, deepening their abilities for critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity while preparing them for effective participation in a global community.

Learning Experience:
Est. Time to Complete:
4 years
Credit Hours:
120 hours
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Undergraduate Contemporary Studies Program Details

Students enrolled in the major will take a common core of courses in quantitative reasoning, literature, humanities/fine arts, social science, natural science, and business. Explore the interdependence between humans and the ecosphere; the interrelationships among business, government and society; and cross-cultural perspectives on human behavior, including bio- and socio-ethical issues, and consciousness and spiritual growth. 

An Online Contemporary Studies Program That Helps You Reach Your Goals

Saint Leo’s flexible online curriculum lets you reach personal and career aspirations without sacrificing your full-time responsibilities at home or at work.

As an online Contemporary Studies student at a Saint Leo Education Center, you'll deepen your capacity for critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, and learn to participate effectively in the global community. Take a common core of courses—identical to University Campus courses—in the social and natural sciences, humanities, fine arts, religion and philosophy. Explore the interdependence between humans and the ecosphere; the interrelationships among business, government and society; and cross-cultural perspectives on human behavior, including bio- and socio-ethical issues, and consciousness and spiritual growth.

Rooted in the 1,500-year-old Benedictine tradition, Saint Leo University creates a student-centered environment in which love of learning is of prime importance. Begin your journey towards earning your online contemporary studies degree today.


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Online, On Campus, or Near You

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

    Contemporary studies students enjoy plenty of engaging learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as exciting departmental events.

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  • What are the benefits of earning your contemporary studies degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering contemporary studies degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes. 

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Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

What skills you will learn?

  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Quantitative reasoning

How will you gain real experience?

Integrate your cumulative knowledge into a senior research project. In this capstone course, you'll explore an issue or theme in a single text from the perspective of the social and natural sciences, humanities, fine arts or business. You’ll practice clear communication and critical thinking—skills essential to success in any profession.

What can you do with an undergraduate contemporary studies degree?

Online liberal studies graduates find careers in business, government, and social service agencies. The interdisciplinary program also provides a strong foundation for graduate studies in law and education.

What are the top contemporary studies degree jobs?

Career Growth Salary
Journalist 6% (As fast as average) $49,300 per year
Policy Analyst 25% (Much faster than average) $86,200 per year
K-12 Teacher 8% (As fast as average) $62,870 per year

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020.

College of Arts & Sciences

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  • The College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Leo University offers students a broad education that lays a durable foundation for critical and independent thinking. The essential spirit of the liberal arts is a cornerstone of the varied degree programs. From biology to English to sociology, students enjoy a nice selection of in-demand degree programs for all interests.

    Learning takes place both in and out of the classroom. Students travel to Europe through our cultural immersion courses, research unique plant species while trekking through the Peruvian Amazon, and attend film screenings and poetry readings. With highly experienced professors who bring a wealth of practical knowledge to the classroom, students are prepared to work in a variety of rewarding fields. The College supports more than 30 degree programs across University Campus, education centers in five states, and online.

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