Liberal Arts Bachelor of Arts

The Liberal Arts major involves the study of human conflict and struggle, triumph and achievement. It studies human societies, culture, and history from the multiple perspectives of the humanities and the social sciences. By means of this exciting interdisciplinary major, a student can explore and combine the varied insights into human art and activity that are revealed by the disciplines and methodology of psychology, literature, art, history, philosophy, religious studies, music, sociology, economics, and anthropology.

Building on the base of the General Studies curriculum, students select courses for their major from at least two disciplines in humanities and two in social sciences. This broad focus of perspectives allows the student to reflect critically on human nature and society and to explore chosen themes such as the character of American culture or women's issues from a variety of intellectual angles, and to do so in depth and with rigor.

The Liberal Arts major provides a solid background for graduate work in Law, Public Administration, and most fields in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Students who wish to develop a strong professional specialization are encouraged to combine the major with a minor, such as Business Administration.


LIB 101Introduction to the Liberal Arts Introduction to the Liberal Arts


LIB 110Senior Seminar


A minimum of thirty units in Liberal Arts offerings, of which twenty-four must be upper division.

A minimum of four of the upper-division courses must be in the humanities, representing at least two of the following disciplines:






Religious Studies

A minimum of four upper-division courses must be in the social sciences, representing at least two of the following disciplines:


Political Science





Plus General Studies requirements and electives totaling 124 semester units, including Modern Language requirement of two courses in Modern Language or Cultural Studies.