Bachelor of Liberal Arts
The Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BLA) degree offers students the opportunity to design a personalized program of study in two disciplines based in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The degree appeals to students who value a broad-based liberal arts education, and it is well-suited for students who are considering graduate school or careers in a wide range of fields including education, law, business, journalism, museum sciences, etc.
Students pursuing a BLA degree select 2 concentrations from a list of disciplinary or interdisciplinary concentrations including history, psychology, gender studies, etc., and take a minimum of 8 courses in each concentration. Students must also satisfy a competency requirement by completing 4 courses designated by the student in consultation with the BLA advisor. There is no language requirement for the BLA degree.
The specific degree requirements are:
- 2 concentrations (48 credits)
- 8 courses in 2 concentrations for a total of 16 courses
- At least 4 of the courses (12 credits) in each concentration must be taken at the 300-400 level
- Competency requirement (12 credits)
- 4 courses designated by the student in consultation with the BLA advisor
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.20
Students must also fulfill the University’s general education requirements.
It is important that students meet regularly with their BLA advisor for consultation in choosing their courses, since each concentration has specific requirements. Each concentration is described in greater detail below.
Social Sciences Concentrations
The BLA competency requirement is designed to provide students with the breadth of knowledge and critical thinking skills that define a contemporary liberal arts education. Students must choose 4 courses in consultation with the BLA advisor to fulfill this requirement.