Bachelor of Liberal Arts

Programs of Study

Students pursuing a BLA degree select 2 concentrations from the list below of disciplinary or interdisciplinary concentrations 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. 

Competency Requirement 

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. 

For more information, see the Undergraduate Catalog

Approved Concentrations


Humanities Concentrations

Art History Music
English/Literature Philosophy
History Theater Arts
Languages Writing


Social Sciences Concentrations

Economics Psychology
Political Science Sociology


Interdisciplinary Concentrations

Cultural Studies Gender Studies
Education Legal Studies
Environment Studies