BA in Liberal Studies: Liberal Arts
Location: AU Santa Barbara
Credits for Degree: 180 quarter credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Classroom
Standard time to completion: 36 months
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies provides students with a modern liberal arts education to broaden their understanding of self, world and contemporary issues. The AUSB BA Program has the most flexible scheduling options and is designed to help students explore and develop their own interests and to enhance or enrich a direction in life that is meaningful to self, to others and to society. There are several concentration options for students to choose from.
Students may choose from the full range of courses offered in the BA Program. However, students in this concentration may not take more than 24 credits from any one course code (e.g., CDE, PSY and ECO).
Liberal Arts (LBA) Concentration
A degree in Liberal Arts is considered to be one of the best foundations for a diverse range of careers and preparation for many graduate schools. In this concentration students gain an understanding of a broad range of subject areas and acquire the skills of critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, communication, and an appreciation for diversity.
AUSB adheres to the principles of a modern liberal arts education as outlined by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). In particular, the BA Program is aligned with the following Essential Learning Outcomes of (found at www.aacu.org):
● knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world
● intellectual and practical skills, including: inquiry and analysis, critical and creative
thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative literacy, information literacy,
teamwork and problem solving
● civic knowledge and engagement, both local and global
● intercultural knowledge and competence
● ethical reasoning and action
● foundations and skills for lifelong learning
● integrative and applied learning through synthesis and advanced accomplishment across
general and specialized studies
The Liberal Arts concentration is the most flexible with no prerequisites and ample courses every day and evening for easy scheduling. To assist in planning a well-rounded liberal arts program, it is recommended that the student strive to complete courses from a wide range of academic disciplines. Students may choose from the full range of courses offered in the BA Program. However, students in this concentration may not take more than 24 credits from any one course code (e.g., CDE, PSY and ECO).
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