Academic programme

The Diploma in Liberal Studies

From the inception of its learning programme in 2010, JWL has offered an academic Diploma in Liberal Studies. The Diploma of 45 semester credits is awarded by Regis University in Denver, Colorado (USA), which is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in the United States.  The JWL curriculum is global in its focus and scope.  All credits earned are Regis University credits; they are recorded on an official transcript from the University, and official transcripts are available to all JWL students.



Among those students who completed the Diploma programme, over 25% transferred with these credits to other universities in different countries.  JWL negotiated articulation agreements with several universities; these agreements provide students the opportunity to transfer their semester credits and carry on their studies towards earning a Bachelor's degree. JWL is committed to expanding the academic opportunities and is exploring the prospect of an Associate's Degree (AA).

Today, Diploma students who successfully complete the concentration in social work, have the possibility to apply to Salt Lake City Community College and enroll in courses earning another 18 credits for an AA.  With the Associate in Arts degree (AA), students may then apply for admission to the University of Utah's online Bachelor's programme in Social Work.  Students must apply directly to be accepted into these programmes.  JWL does not take part in the admissions process and acceptance into these programs is not guaranteed.

The Diploma program begins with a no-credit Bridge to Learning Course, followed by ten courses (30 credits) in core liberal studies and five courses (15 credits) in a concentration area, as detailed below.


Preparatory Courses

Bridge to Learning – 0 Credit
Ten Foundational Courses – 3 Credits each during the first two years

  • Academic Writing
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Dynamic Algebra
  • Introduction to Physical Science
  • Ethics and the Human Person
  • Interdisciplinary Arts
  • Religions of the World
  • Introduction to Political Thought
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Elective (select by the student)

30 Credits Total


Three Concentration Areas

15 Credits per concentration over five courses.

  • Business Concentration
  • Education Concentration
  • Social Work Concentration


The definition of a credit hour is based on time spent in mentored learning activities that are directed toward student learning outcomes. All JWL Diploma courses have designated learning outcomes. Three-credit hour courses require a minimum of 30 hours of mentored learning activities during an 8-week session. All diploma courses require learners to complete individual studying, reading, and writing in addition to mentored learning activities, but these activities are not counted toward credit hours. For each course, a student is evaluated and graded by an academic professor to ensure our academic standard are upheld.

For more information please download our Diploma Program Course Catalog PDF

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Academic Integrity

Our collective academic honesty is a simple prerequisite for the pursuit of knowledge.  In particular, the Jesuit principles that underlie the JWL mission statement and core philosophy demand that students commit to academic integrity in their pursuit of education through the JWL programme.  Students and teachers are expected to adhere to standards of good academic conduct: being responsible for one's own academic work, participating with good faith in academic discussions, and acknowledging the work of others.


JWL and Regis University describes plagiarism as a form of dishonesty by which the person misrepresents someone else's words, ideas, phrases, sentences or data as his or her own or otherwise fails to properly acknowledge the source of such material through complete and accurate citations and reference lists. Both the intentional and unintentional use of another's work constitutes plagiarism. Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Directly quoting another person's words without the use of quotation marks and/or acknowledging the source;
  • Paraphrasing, or restating, another person's ideas, opinions or theories without acknowledging the source;
  • Using facts, statistics, or other material taken from a source without acknowledging the source; and
  • Failing to properly cite an original source when using it.