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Bachelor of Liberal Arts

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

Bachelor of Liberal Arts

To be a Liberal Arts major:
  1. Concentrations requirement: 6-8 courses in each concentration and at least 3 courses in each concentration must be taken at the 3000-4000 level. See concentrations.
  2. Interdisciplinary focus requirement: Foundations in Liberal Studies and a Capstone in Liberal Studies
  3. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.20
For more information, see the following in the academic catalog.

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.

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

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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Outside the Classroom

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.