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Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts is designed for students who prefer a broad interdisciplinary program rather than a discipline-specific program of study. It can be completed online, regardless of geographic location, to provide 21st-century flexibility. The degree offers an optional Military and Global Issues Track, which may be of particular interest to military personnel but is open to all students. The Liberal Arts program includes offerings from the areas of communication, English, education, theatre, art, philosophy, foreign language, sociology, economics, and interdisciplinary studies

Career Opportunities

This degree program is not major or career specific; therefore, students should consult carefully with academic advisors and career counselors to identify areas of interest, aptitude, and opportunities for future employment

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts program will be able to:

  • Effectively use the tools of oral and written communication to express ideas, solve problems, and contribute/participate appropriately within a community of learners;
  • Use critical thinking skills to articulate and evaluate various views concerning the fundamental nature of reality, knowledge and value;
        -Capstone Portfolio

Additional Program Requirements

There are no program specific academic regulations

Program of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

MATH 1001
MATH 1101
MATH 1111
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 5
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

ITDS 1125
ITDS 1779
ITDS 2726
ITDS 2727
ITDS 2735
ITDS 2746
ITDS 2748
ITDS 2749
ITDS 2755
Select one of the following courses:
EURO 2105
INTS 2105
LEAD 1705
LIBR 1105
POLS 2401
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ITDS 1145*
ITDS 1155
ITDS 2125
PHIL 2010
Select one of the following fine arts courses:
ARTH 1100
ITDS 1145*
MUSC 1100
THEA 1100
*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

ANTH 1145 (no lab)
ASTR 1105/1305 (lab optional)
ASTR 1106/1305
ATSC 1112/1112L
BIOL 1215K (lab included)
BIOL 1125 (no lab)
BIOL 1225K (lab included)
CHEM 1151/1151L
CHEM 1152/1152L
CHEM 1211/1211L
CHEM 1212/1212L
ENVS 1105/1105L (lab optional)
ENVS 1205K
GEOL 1110 (no lab)
GEOL 1121/1121L
GEOL 1122/1322
GEOL 2225 (lab included)
PHYS 1111/1311
PHYS 1112/1312
PHYS 1125/1325 (lab optional)
PHYS 2211/2311
PHYS 2212/2312

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

CPSC 1105
CPSC 1301/1301L
GEOG 2215
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131
MATH 1132
MATH 1165
MATH 2125
PHIL 2500
STAT 1127

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112
Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

ECON 2105
ECON 2106
PHIL 2030
PSYC 1101
SOCI 1101

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

ANTH 1105
ANTH 1107
ANTH 2105
ANTH 2136
ENGL 2136
GEOG 1101
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
INTS 2105
ITDS 1156

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3

PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
(A grade of “C” or better is required in each course.)
Foreign Language 1002
Foreign Language 2001
PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy

Select three of the following:
ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics
ENGL 2111 World Literature 1
ENGL 2112 World Literature 2
ENGL 2158 Advanced Writing for the Non-English Major
ITDS 1145 Comparative Arts
ITDS 2125 Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics
PHIL 2020 Critical Thinking
PHIL 2030 Moral Philosophy
PHIL 2500 Formal Logic
POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science
SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology
Three hours at the 1000-2000 level as approved by advisor

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 12
(A grade of “C” or better is required in each course.)
ITDS 3115 Seven Revolutions in Global Change
ITDS 4999 Capstone
PHIL 2500 Formal Logic

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 24
(A grade of “C” or better is required in each course.)

Writing Group (3 hours) Select one of the following:
ENGL 3107. Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing
ENGL 3155 News Writing
ENGL 3158 Writing in the Workplace

Philosophy Group: (21 hours)
Any 7 Philosophy 3000 or above 

Area I General Electives Required Hours:24
(A grade of "C" or better is required in each course.)Electives must be approved by the academic advisor. The completion of a minor is strongly recommended.

Total Hours Required: 123

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