As a liberal arts major, you will design a personalized program of study in two disciplines, choosing from over 25 concentrations.

What courses will you take?

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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.

Visit the Academic Catalog for a complete course listing. Learn about our online Bachelor's in Liberal Arts degree

Visit the Academic Catalog for all degree pathways, including those from prior enrollment years.

Why study liberal arts at UMass Lowell?

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Experiential Learning

Build career-ready skills through experiences outside the classroom, including:

  • Research in a faculty laboratory 
  • Co-ops and internships 
  • Paid work on campus 
  • Service learning 
  • Study abroad
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Prepare for Future Success

"Not only do [liberal arts majors] get really good jobs coming out of their degree, but they are poised very well for an array of graduate programs because they can think broadly and critically."

Discover the benefits of a BLA major from Program Director Kevin Petersen, Ph.D.

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Bachelor’s-to-Master's Program

Get on the fast track to an advanced degree with our combined bachelor's-to-master's program.

  • Available to juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Offers a continuous, coordinated sequence of courses
  • Reduced credit-hour requirements can save you time and money

What can you do with a bachelor in liberal arts degree?

Graduates of UMass Lowell's liberal arts program are prepared for graduate school or careers in a wide range of fields.

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Our versatile graduates can work in diverse industries, including:

  • Education
  • Government
  • Human services
  • International business
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Museum sciences

Meet Our Students and Alumni

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Karina Alves '23
Bachelor of Liberal Arts: Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

Karina “K45” Alves wants to combine music with criminal justice reform.

I was always drawn to do what I can about inequality
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Chummeng Soun performs with Flying Orb, a group of younger Cambodian-American dancers in Lowell
Chummeng Soun '19
Asian Studies, Digital Media

Chummeng Soun is documenting the traditional dances of his native Cambodia with support from the Center for Asian American Studies and the Southeast Asian Digital Archive.

That's where my passion lies - in filmmaking and storytelling about my heritage.
Read More About Chummeng Soun 
Laura Cabrera sings jazzy rhythm and blues and original compositions as "Queen Laura" at El Taller, a literary café in Lawrence
Laura Cabrera '18
Bachelor of Liberal Arts

Laura Cabrera's studies in philosophy and psychology have given her great personal insight - and the confidence to pursue a creative career in music, art and dance.

If you're good at it, dedicate time to it and feel inspired, then anything is possible.
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Lana Bashir '23
Liberal Arts

Lana Bashir fell in love with UMass Lowell when she toured the campus.

I liked the homey feel, and I talked to a couple of different students and they really liked it here.
Read More About Lana Bashir 
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James Wilson Joutras '19
Liberal Arts – Digital Media and Theatre Arts

James Joutras came to UMass Lowell to discover himself. His experiences instilled confidence – and took him to Japan, where he plans to work after graduation.

I discovered I was good at editing – taking a bunch of different elements that don’t necessarily make sense and putting them together in a way that creates a coherent story.
Read More About James Wilson Joutras