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University Catalog 2024-2025 
University Catalog 2024-2025

Liberal Studies, BA - General Overview

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BA in Liberal Studies with academic Concentrations
AU Los Angeles
Credits for Degree: 180 quarter credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Classroom
Standard time to completion: 36 months

*Actual time to completion ranges from 9 to 36 months, depending on the number of transfer credits.

BA in Liberal Studies - General Overview

General Liberal Studies is a Major Area of Concentration within the BA in Liberal Studies degree program. See the School of Undergraduate Studies: General Degree Requirements page for a listing of core requirements for the BA in Liberal Studies.

Liberal Studies Major Area of Concentration

The Liberal Studies concentration allows students considerable freedom in designing their educational program and encourages students to be active agents in defining the parameters of their concentration. To this end, there are no set core courses for the Liberal Studies concentration. Liberal Studies students have maximum flexibility in shaping their course of study and meeting individual learning objectives. After transfer units and Antioch’s general education requirements, the undergraduate studies faculty recommends that students earn the remainder of their 180-200 quarter units across a broad array of disciplines with 9-15 quarter units in each of the six Domains of Knowledge, but no more than 39 units in any single Domain. Domains include: arts, communications, humanities, quantitative methods, sciences, and social sciences. The faculty also recommends that students strive for a balance of upper and lower division learning in establishing their degree plans.

Students choosing the Liberal Studies concentration should work closely with their faculty advisors to develop a degree plan characterized by:

  • Breadth across all domains of knowledge
  • Depth of study in specific areas of interest
  • Development of critical thinking, writing, and oral presentation skills
  • Integration of theory and practice
  • Independent study
  • Cross-disciplinary approaches to issues of power relations, race, class, sex, gender, and diversity issues

Community-based Learning

The faculty recommends that students supplement their course work with one or more  internships in a setting that acquaints students with the work of community organizations or professional fields in which they are thinking of focusing their careers. The prior learning activity is another option that affords students the opportunity to reflect on the knowledge, values, and commitments gained in the course of lived experience outside of the formal classroom.

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