Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

Academic Program Mission Statement:
The Liberal Arts program provides an interdisciplinary approach to academic learning that has grown in popularity and influence over the last hundred years as the Academy has matured to embrace a view of human knowledge as integrated, as related to experience and inseparable into fundamentally different spheres. Pursuit of the B.A. in Liberal Arts provides students with the opportunity to attain skills and knowledge at the intersection of different academic disciplines in an integrated, coherent program of study. Liberal Arts students develop well-trained minds while honing critical thinking and writing skills. Liberal Arts students also enjoy the flexibility to choose focal areas according to their interests and experience. An undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts prepares students for many post-degree paths, including employment in the helping professions, human resources, public relations, public policy, and government related fields as well as post graduate degrees in these areas or in Liberal Arts, law or business. 

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Communicate ideas effectively, with words, images, audio, video, web and other modalities, appropriate for a specific audience.
  2. Evaluate diverse literary and aesthetic principles which have contributed to an understanding of the human experience.
  3. Identify and evaluate arguments to critically interpret information in our global and technological society.
  4. Identify and evaluate patterns over time that have shaped our global environment.
  5. Synthesize and evaluate information from diverse disciplines to support logically and effectively- reasoned conclusions.
  6. Identify how data is collected and analyzed to evaluate the ethical and logical interpretations of data.
  7. Identify, analyze and evaluate the influence of cognitive, social, historical and cultural processes on behavior.
  8. Evaluate the relevance of personal, cultural, ethical and social factors in shaping professional and personal development in our increasingly global and diverse world.

Recommended Course Sequencing

FIRST YEAR 

CO110 Public Speaking
CO114 Media & Modern Society
EN105 Advanced English Composition *
HU100 Foundations of Liberal Arts **
HU103 World History: 1500 to Present
MH204 Pre-Calculus *
MH215 Statistics
PS101 Introduction to Psychology
SS107 Introduction to Sociology
Ways of Knowing Requirement ***

SECOND YEAR 

EN206 Introduction to Literature
GD115 Digital Bootcamp
SC103 Principles of Biology (4 credits)
SC232 Environmental Science  (4 credits)
200-level (or higher) Humanities, Psychology, or Social Science Elective
History Course ****
Professional Development Elective
Historical & Global Awareness Requirement ***
Electives (2)

THIRD YEAR 

HU305 Ethics
MN208 Business Communications
300-level (or higher) Humanities Elective
300-level (or higher) Psychology or Social Science Electives (2)
Diveristy & Identity Requirement ***
Electives (4)

FOURTH YEAR 

HU400 Synthesis of Liberal Arts
LA495 Capstone I: Liberal Arts Seminar 
LA496 Capstone II: Senior Thesis/Project 
300-level (or higher) Humanities Elective
300-level (or higher) Literature Elective
Aesthetic Appreciation Requirement ***
Electives (4)

Total Credits Required For Graduation: 122

* by placement
** If you have 15 or more accepted transfer credits, you may replace HU100 with an Arts and Sciences elective.
*** See course catalog or this page for listing of courses. 
**** Take one of the following courses: HU212 History of Modern China, HU232 US History to 1865, HU233 US History from 1865, HU240 Emergence of Latin America, HU303 American History Since 1945, HU320 Special Topics in History

Please see course descriptions for prerequisites. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

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