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The College of General Studies, formely the Division of Continuing Education, or Extra-Mural Division, was established in 1964 by The Advisory Council of the University of Liberia. From 1967 to 1974, the College conducted on-campus and off-campus part-time evening credit and non-credit courses. As of 1975, the Division's primary function was the coordination of the University's Vacation School and Remedial Programs. It is now developing its strategic plan to include lifelong learning, non-formal educational opportunities, and short courses.

On March 4, 1982, the Senate of the University of Liberia approved the Policies and Procedures of the Division. Its credit and non-credit Programs were activated and expanded. Additionally, on March 6, 1982, the Senate authorized the Division to offer "The General Requirement Courses Towards the Bachelor of Arts or Science Degrees" and to award the Associate of Arts Degree in Library Science. Plans are underway to offer courses leading to certificates and degrees, including curricula for life long learners and the physically challenged.


The principal functions of the Division of Continuing Education

1. Organizing and providing meaningful University level programs for interested.adults in order to improve their job efficiency and effectiveness wherever they are;

2. Offering support to the undergraduate and in-service training programs of the University of Liberia;

3. Investigating community needs and conducting seminars, workshops and conferences on all levels for individual and national development;

4. Coordinating the Vacation School and all Continuing Education Programs of the University.

Admission Criteria

Students who meet the below listed criteria can enroll in the Division's Credit Program:

1. Be 28 years of age or above;

2. Have three consecutive years of experience preferably in ones area of interest;

3. Take a high school equivalency examination;

4. Be interviewed by a special University Committee;

The admissions requirement for the non-credit programs will be indicated in each program proposal. Most programs shall be on a first come first serve basis.

Academic Regulations

The General Academic Requirement Regulations in this catalogue will apply to the students of this Division. The residence requirement for graduation will not apply. The University's grading system and rules for credit programs will apply. The grades of "Fail" and "Pass" will be given for non-credit courses.


The Monrovia Campus of the University is utilized by the Division for the implementation of most of its programs. The off-campus programs such as course offerings, seminars, workshop and conferences may be arranged in specific areas depending on the need.

Smoking and drinking are prohibited in the classrooms.


The Division shall operate its evening part-time credit programs from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. The non-credit programs can be arranged at a time and place convenient to the participants.


The core Staff of the Division shall consist of regular University Faculty Members. Part-time staff will be contracted when necessary.

Inquiries and Information

Tile Office of the Division of Continuing Education is located in TH-46 in the left wing of Tubman Hall. The office is open from 8:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. You may also write to: The Division of Continuing Education, University of Liberia, P. O. Box 9020 or call 222515 Ext. 233 for additional information.

Program of Study

General Requirement Courses Towards a Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree.

The General Requirement Courses Towards a Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree are listed and described under each of the five undergraduate Colleges; Liberia, Science & Technology, Teachers', Agricultural and Business. After the completion of the general requirement courses in the Division of Continuing Education, the student will transfer to one of the five undergraduate colleges listed above to commence their professional courses and obtain degrees.

Associate of Arts Degree in Library Science

The part-time evening credit courses of study for the Associate of Arts Degree in Library Science requires four years of study for average students and three years for above average students. A total of 64 semester hours of study is needed to obtain the Associate of Arts Degree in Library Science. The Specific course requirements are listed below.

The General Requirement Courses are described under Teachers College. Below are the descriptions for the Library Science Courses;

Library Science

Course Descriptions

LISC - 100 Introduction to Librarianship

A core course to introduce the students to the library profession and to help them acquire a foundation of historical background and understanding of library objectives, services and needs.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

LISC - 101 Introduction to Cataloging

A core course designed to introduce students to the principles underlying the organization of knowledge as applied to library materials and their presentation.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

LISC - 102 Problems in Classification and Cataloging
Pre-requisite: LlSC 100 and 101

Attention is given to problems of cataloging and classification with emphasis on the Library of Congress classification and the theories involved.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

LISC - 103 Principles of Library Administration and Automation

A core course in the basic functions of Library administration and automation and their application to library operations.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

LISC - 104 Introduction to Reference and Bibliography

A core course to prepare students for reference and bibliographic work in public, college, school and special libraries; the selection, evaluation and use of the more scholarly reference materials in the various subject fields.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

LISC - 106 Selection of Library Materials

A core course in the principles of selection of library materials and procedures involved in the building of collection for all types of libraries.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

LISC - 201 Audio-Visual Education
Pre-requisite: LlSC 100, 104 and 106

It deals-with the types, description and treatment of the classroom uses of audio-visual media. It also emphasizes the significance of effective audio-visual program in schools.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

LISC - 203 Resources in Humanities
Pre-requisites: LlSC 104, 106 and 201
or the consent of Instructor

The literature in major divisions of the humanities, including bibliographical and audio-visual materials. Fields: history, geography, education, art, political science.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

LISC - 202 Government Publication
Pre-requisite: LlSC 104 and 106 courses

Study of Liberian Government, United Nations and foreign Government publications as sources of information for libraries; administration of document collection.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

LISC - 205 School Library Administration
Pre-requisite: LlSC 100

The philosophy and objectives of school library services, evolving trends influencing the development of school library and its increased responsibilities.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

LISC - 206 Practicum

Supervised practice in an organized school library under the supervision of .professional librarians is required. It is structured as a practice teaching experience for librarians.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

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