Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (Hons)

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Far more than a regular degree, the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (Hons) programme aims to disseminate life-enhancing and all-rounded education that will help you adapt to changing environments and prepare you for a wide variety of career opportunities. It 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.

Flexible Structure For Integrated Learning

Courses from Various Disciplines in Social Sciences and Humanities

Quality of Student Experience

Critical Insight and Independent Thought Processes for Scholarly Excellence

Holistic and Lifelong Learning

Elevates Self-Understanding and Global Understanding of People

Focus on Soft Skills

Excellent Communication, Ability to Work with Others and Adapt to Work Environment

Flexible Distance Learning

Full Support and Guidance from Experienced and Qualified Instructors

“The expert in anything was once a beginner.”
Helen Hayes

Top Core Courses

Fundamentals that will build you up to stay relevant and excellent today, tomorrow and beyond.

Introduction to Humanities

This course introduces and explores the philosophic and artistic heritage of humanity expressed through a historical perspective in visual arts, music, and literature in the early, middle, and modern periods.

Exploring Social Sciences

This course discusses popular theories of personality development, as well as  evaluates functions of the family and variations in family patterns, religion and its role in society, class consciousness in society and political and socio-economic problems.

Discovering Science and Technology

This course examines an array of topics ranging from the sociological theories of science and technology, the transformation brought about by technology, as well as the consequences of science and technology on society.

Principles of Social Research

This course introduces students to the issues of conducting research, including good ethics and plagiarism, planning and conducting research and  the philosophical debates on research that relate to students' understanding of knowledge, paradigms, disciplines and ways of making sense of the surrounding world.

Psychology of Creativity

This course enables students to understand and apply the fundamentals of creative problem-solving in the face of social constraints and challenges. It aims to help students view creativity from a cross-cultural perspective and learn to be creative within and beyond the social constraints in society. 

Learning Path

Students will be acquainted with the skills and knowledge required to do well in  university. Students will develop core skills in academic study, plus skills in writing, communicating and learning.

Students will learn the foundation and gain competent knowledge in core academic disciplines of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Students can select various courses from different disciplines in the social sciences and humanities in the electives, including from psychology, business, history and sociology.

Students will be equipped with a myriad of skills that are required to apply knowledge, critical and creative thinking, judgment and independent thinking, in addition to analysing and problem-solving in academic work and daily life.

Students will continue to increase their aptitude in the disciplines and be able to apply what they have learned by  demonstrating competent quantitative and qualitative reasoning and knowledge of research methods to accomplish scholarly excellence.

Upon graduation, you can pursue postgraduate courses or work in various fields such as psychology (social worker, rehabilitation officer, wellness consultant, customer service officer), social sciences (administration executive, museum assistant, public administration officer, employment in PR / communications / journalism), humanities (research officer, tourism officer, information manager, theatre assistant, employment in journalism / radio / TV / newspaper) and business administration (administration officer, bank officer, human resource officer).


No.Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
1.MPU3183//03 MPU3143/03

Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban OR

Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 2 (for International students)

2.MPU3193/03Philosophy and Current Issues3
3.MPU3213/03 MPU3223/03

Bahasa Kebangsaan A (for students without SPM credit in BM)

Decision Making Skills (for students with SPM credit in BM)

Subtotal Credit Hours 11
1.WUC116/05University Mathematics for General Studies5
2.WUC118/03Computers in Networked Society3
3.WUC131/03Learning Skills for University Studies   (APEL.C)3
4.WUC203/03Writing Skills for University Studies   (APEL.C)3
Subtotal Credit Hours 14
1.LLS101/05Introduction to Humanities5
2.BBM102/05Microeconomics   (APEL.C)5
3.BBM103/05Principles and Practice of Management   (APEL.C)5
4.LLS201/05Exploring Social Sciences5
5.LLS202/05Discovering Science and Technology5
6.LLS203/05Cross Cultural Intelligence5
7.LLS204/05Psychology of Creativity5
8.LSS312/05Principles of Social Research5
9.BBM210/05Entrepreneurship Development5
10.LSS313/06Research Paper a6
Subtotal Credit Hours 51 
1.LSS211/05Sociology and Society5
2.LPS221/05Exploring Political Science5
3.LSS323/05Culture, Media and Identities5
4.LPS301/05International Organisations5
5.LSP101/05Introduction to Psychology   (APEL.C)5
6.LSP201/05Adolescent Psychology5
7.LSP202/05Child Development5
8.LSP205/05Managing Stress at Work   (APEL.C)5
9.LSP301/05Psychology of Adult Development   (APEL.C)5
10.LSP302/05Counseling – Theory and Practice   (APEL.C)5
11.LSP303/05Cognitive Psychology5
12.LSP304/05Conflict Management   (APEL.C)5
13.LSP305/05Psychology and the Workplace   (APEL.C)5
14.BBM202/05Macroeconomics   (APEL.C)5
15.BBM207/05Human Resource Management   (APEL.C)5
16.BMG302/05Organisational Behaviour5
17.BMK305/05Marketing Communications5
1.LHH201/05World Religions5
2.LHH301/05World Civilisations5
3.LHH311/05Southeast Asian History5
4.LHL221/05Selections of Asian Literature5
5.LHL331/05Creative Writing   (APEL.C)5
6.LHG341/05Tourism and Geography5
Subtotal Credit Hours45 
Total Credit Hours121

APEL.C Courses

The maximum credit transfer through APEL.C is 30% of the total graduating credits for a specific programme of study. This requirement shall be read together with MQA Policies on Credit Transfer, Guidelines on Credit Transfer for MOOC, Micro-credentials and other relevant conditions stipulated by the MQA and MOHE from time to time. The maximum credit transfer allowed for a Diploma-to-Bachelor’s Degree study (based on formal qualifications) is 50% of the total credits for the degree programme, while the existing 60% maximum credit transfer allowable for a combination of formal qualifications with Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL.C), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Micro-Credentials (MCs) remains the same.

For courses that you intend to apply for APEL.C but are not listed above, please contact Ms. Quah Phaik Luan at  plquah@wou.edu.my.

Kindly contact your nearest Regional Centre if you need further clarification.


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.

Fee Schedule (Effective May 2023 Semester)

Wawasan Open University uses a unique model of delivering education to both Open Distance Learning (ODL) and On-Campus Learning (OCL) students with tuition fees for the following level of programmes that can be worked out as follows:                                             





Number of Courses


Number of Credits


Tuition Fees






12,740- 14,050

Bachelor’s Degree



29,970– 43,850


Postgraduate Diploma




Master’s Programme




Doctor of Business Administration(DBA)





  • A one-off payment Processing and Administration fee is chargeable for new students and varies according to programme,
  • Open Distance Learning Study Resource and Services fee is chargeable every semester and varies according to programme.
  • On Campus Learning Study Resource and Services fee is chargeable every semester and varies according to programme.
  • All totals are merely indicative and fees are subject to change without notice.

All of the University’s courses are classified into three categories, i.e., lower level, middle level or higher level. Lower-level courses are basic, introductory or foundation courses designed for freshmen. Middle-level courses may require some knowledge of previous study or a certain amount of intellectual maturity. Higher level courses are specialised courses usually designed for those majoring in a particular discipline. The level of a course is indicated by the first digit of the course code, i.e., lower level courses are indicated by the code 1XX/XX, middle level courses by 2XX/XX and higher level courses by 3XX/XX or 4XX/XX. The 2 digits after the slash indicate the credit value of the course. i.e., WLA101/03 is a lower level course of 3 credits while BBM203/05 is a middle level course of 5 credits and TEC305/10 is a higher level course of 10 credits.

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