College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Bachelor of Liberal Arts

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts program is sponsored by the Department of Cultural Studies and offers students in the humanities and social sciences the opportunity to center their studies on two disciplines based in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Resulting in the degree, Bachelor of Liberal Arts, the program addresses the needs of several sizeable student constituencies. It appeals to students who are undecided about a major but who know they want a broad-based liberal arts education. Offered only to students in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, it has become especially attractive to those who plan to attend graduate school in preparation for teaching at the elementary level, and to those interested in multicultural studies, museum and archival studies, environmental issues, and positions within nonprofit organizations.

The essential difference between the Bachelor of Liberal Arts program and other undergraduate programs is that students in the program may not complete a minor in addition to their two concentrations. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree take two disciplinary or interdisciplinary concentrations of 8 to 10 courses each. The degree offers students curricular flexibility and a broad background in the humanities and social sciences.

Specific degree requirements are:

  1. A total of 48 to 60 credit hours in the Humanities and Social Sciences, distributed as follows: two (2) concentrations of 8 to 10 courses (24-30 credit hours) each, with at least four of the courses at or above the 300 level.
  2. Students also must choose to fulfill one of the following: 
    • A foreign language and culture requirement (4 courses)
    • A practical and technical skills requirement (4 courses)
    • An intellectual diversity and cultural experience requirement (4 courses). 
  3. Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.500

Minors are not permitted in the BLA program. The following concentrations have been approved for the Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree:

Students must fulfill the General Education Requirement and meet with their BLA advisor for consultation in choosing their courses. The course "Values and Creative Thinking" is not accepted in the BLA program.  An overall GPA of 2.500 is required.