What courses will you take?
UMass Lowell's Bachelor in Liberal Arts (BLA) program uses an interdisciplinary approach to learning to equip you to examine complex topics dealing with the environment, poverty, governance, peace and conflict, education and more.
You will select two concentrations (from humanities, social sciences and interdisciplinary disciplines) and take a minimum of six courses in each concentration. Sample concentrations include theatre arts, legal studies and economics (see Approved Concentrations below for a complete list).
You will also choose courses to meet the Interdisciplinary Focus requirement, which ties everything together. Most students take Foundations in Liberal Studies in their sophomore year and Capstone in Liberal Studies in their senior year.
- The Foundations course uses a case study approach to teach students how to examine complex topics using interdisciplinary methodologies.
- The Capstone project can be an original research project, creative artwork or community service project. Sample projects include examining the social and political consequences of global warming and exploring the legal responses to genocide in the 20th century.
- Sample courses for BLA Program
All students in the BLA program must also satisfy the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS) language requirement.
BLA advisers work closely with each student throughout the program leading to the successful completion of the degree.