B.A. in Liberal Studies

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree provides students with flexible, customizable curriculum options. Courses from the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences are used to fulfill the major requirements. They include the following:

  • Humanities: art, communication studies, English, foreign languages, literature, music, philosophy and theatre
  • Natural Sciences: biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, environmental science, mathematics, physical science and physics
  • Social Sciences: anthropology, criminal justice, economics, geography, history, political sciences, psychology, sociology, social work, leadership and women's studies 

Delivery Modes

  • Traditional (on campus)
  • Global Online (100% online)

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Free Electives 6
General Education Course 3
Required Lower Division Course 3
   
Second Semester 15
ENG 102  Composition II 3
Free Electives 6
Required Lower Division Courses 6
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
Any COM Public Speaking Gen Ed Course 3
Free Elective 3
General Education Course 3
Required Lower Division Courses 6
   
Fourth Semester 15
Any Math and Quantitative Literacy Course 3
Free Electives 6
Required Lower Division Course 3
Required Upper Division Course 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
Any Health and Wellness Course 3
Any Technological Literacy Course 3
Free Elective 3
Required Upper Division Courses 6
   
Sixth Semester 15
Any Fine Arts Course 3
Any Humanities Course 3
Free Elective 3
Required Upper Division Courses 6
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
Any Natural Science Course 3
Free Electives 9
Required Upper Division Course 3
   
Eighth Semester 14
LST 490  Seminar in Liberal Studies 3
Any Social Science Course 3
Free Electives 8
Total 120

Program Notes

  • Required Major Courses must be selected from the following Disciplines: ANT, ARB, ART, BIO, CHE, COM, CSC, EAS, ECO, ELC, ENG, ENS, FRE, GEO, HIS, JUS, LEA, MAT, MUS, PHI, PHS, PHY, POS, PSY, SOC, SOW, SPN, THE, WFD, WST.
  • 42 credits (or 14 courses) of upper-division (any course numbered 200 or above with at least one prerequisite course) courses are REQUIRED.
  • No more than 30 credits may be earned via PLA.
  • Advisers are located in the Department of History, Politics and Society.
  • Developmental courses do not count toward graduation, but are calculated in the overall GPA.

Program Webpages

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/liberal-studies/index.aspx

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/liberal-studies/online.aspx