College of Liberal Arts Requirements
Students pursuing a degree in the College of Liberal Arts must complete the Liberal Arts Core and either the B.A. or B.S. requirements outlined below. A student may not use courses within her or his major field to satisfy requirements in the Liberal Arts Core.
|LIBERAL ARTS CORE: REQUIRED FOR ALL MAJORS WITHIN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS|
|Humanities||Critical examination of influential traditions and ideas as defined by major scholarly works (includes English literature; ethnic studies; film studies; foreign language and literatures, including culture; history; and philosophy).||3 credits/1 course|
|Fine Arts||Participation in or appreciation of different forms (includes art, music, theater, and creative writing in poetry, fiction, or drama).||3 credits/1 course|
|Social Science||Scientific investigation and theory pertaining to human individuals, social groups, institutions, and ideologies (includes anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology, women, gender and sexuality studies, and selected geography courses).||3 credits/1 course|
|Nonwestern Culture||Study in any of the following areas focusing outside of Western culture—Africa, Asia, Russia, South America, Central America, Caribbean, Middle East, the Pacific, or Native North Americans.||3 credits/1 course|
|Additional Course||From one of the preceding four areas.||3 credits/1 course|
|TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED:||15 credits|
What's the difference between a B.A. and a B.S.?
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) requirements provide a breadth of preparation in the humanities, arts, social sciences and sciences beyond what is required in the baccalaureate core.
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.) requirements provide a depth of preparation in scientific and quantitative approaches to understanding in the sciences and social sciences beyond what is required in the baccalaureate core.
- Both degree options require comparable demands of time and effort by students. See specific curriculum differences in the table below.
- Student should confirm with their appropriate college for any modifications to the requirements.
|COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS B.A./B.S. REQUIREMENTS|
(Most CLA majors may choose one or the other. Students majoring in a foreign language are required to complete B.A. requirements with a second language.)
|B.A. Requirement||Second-year proficiency in a second language, including ASL, at the college level with at least a C–.|
|B.S. Requirement||A minimum 15-credit block of science, computer science, and quantitative studies as follows:
|TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED:||15-24 Credits|