College of Liberal Arts Requirements

Liberal Arts students are required to satisfy four sets of requirements:

  • Oregon State University Baccalaureate Core
  • College of Liberal Arts Core
  • B.A. or B.S. requirements
  • Major program requirements

A single course cannot count towards all three of the bacc core, CLA core, and major requirements. However, a single course can count towards two of them (e.g., both bacc core and major). Courses taken to satisfy the bacc core requirements or the liberal arts core may also be used to satisfy requirements for a minor.

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.?

Both degree options require comparable demands of time and effort by students. Students should confirm with their appropriate college for any modifications to the requirements. See specific curriculum differences in the table below.

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:
  1. Any computer science (CS) course approved by the student's major school or department (3–4), and
  2. Any course from the College of Science approved by the student's major school or department except math (MTH) or statistics (ST) courses (3–4), and
  3. One of the following (8–12):
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 15-24 Credits


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