Bachelor of Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Liberal Arts Major

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 in the humanities and social sciences. Resulting in the degree, Bachelor of Liberal Arts, the program addresses the needs of several sizable 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 students 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 studies, and positions within nonprofit organizations.

The essential difference between the Bachelor of Liberal Arts program and other programs is the requirement that students take two disciplinary concentrations of 8 to 10 courses each, and a competency of four courses in an area of skill or cultural interest. Thus, the degree offers students curricular flexibility and a broad background in the humanities and social sciences. Students must, of course, fulfill the General Education Requirement and must meet with their BLA advisor for consultation in choosing their courses.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts is a baccalaureate degree program offered only to humanities and social sciences students in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The degree consists of the following general requirements:

  • A first concentration of 24 to 30 credits is selected according to the student's interests, at least 12 of which must be earned at the 300 level or above;
  • A second  concentration  of 24 to 30 credits is selected according to the student's interest, at least 12 of which must be earned at the 300 level or above;
  • A completion of the competency requirement (12 credits);
  • An overall GPA of 2.2 is required;
  • The course "Values and Creative Thinking" is not accepted in the BLA program.

In selecting course work for the two concentrations in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree program, students are limited to ten courses from any one disciplinary field.  Students should keep this in mind when planning their program of study.

The Competency Requirement:

Students may choose to fulfill either of the following: 

a. A foreign language and culture requirement (4 semesters).
b. A practical and technical skills requirement (4 semesters).
c. An intellectual diversity of cultural experience requirement (4 semesters).

View the complete Course of Study (pdf)

For General Education requirements, please visit General Education. For additional information visit Liberal Arts.