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Programs of Study

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree at UMass Lowell offers students the opportunity to design a personalized program of two concentrations.

Why Study Bachelor of Liberal Arts at UMass Lowell?

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Vast Career Options

A Bachelor of Liberal Arts prepares students for graduate school or careers in a wide range of fields, including education, law, international business, international governance and humanitarian assistance, journalism, human services, museum sciences and more.
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Preparation for Real World

Most students complete a capstone project to synthesize their knowledge by choosing a particular topic or problem to examine under the supervision of the instructor. In the past students have explored the social and political consequences of global warming and the legal response to genocide in the 20th century.
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BeyondU

Being part of a large research institution, students have access to many experiences outside the classroom such as research projects, the DifferenceMaker program and study abroad.

Program Overview

Bachelor of Liberal Arts

Read about the 3-year option - High Density (HD) Liberal Arts Degree  HD

The specific degree requirements are: 

1. Concentrations requirement 

  • 6-8 courses in each concentration
  • At least 3 courses in each concentration must be taken at the 3000-4000 level

2. Interdisciplinary focus requirement

  • FAHS.2130 Foundations in Liberal Studies
  • FAHS.4130 Capstone in Liberal Studies

3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.20

Note: Students must also fulfill the university’s Core Curriculum requirements and the FAHSS Language requirement.

It is important that students meet regularly with their BLA adviser, since each concentration has specific requirements.

For more information, see the Undergraduate Catalog