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Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (120 units)

This program is offered only through College of Continuing and Professional Education at a higher tuition rate.

The B.A. in Liberal Arts is a degree completion program designed to provide working adults who have accrued some college credits with an alternative delivery format that is more conducive to their personal and professional lives, providing a stronger possibility of graduation. The program is designed in a cohort format which provides students opportunities for networking as well as an environment where students' shared interests, knowledge, and skills enhance the learning experience for all. The degree will be in the Liberal Arts, an area that is general enough to support a wide variety of transferable units as well as support students with wide-ranging career interests.

This program is designed for the convenience and ease of access for the working adult. The majority of the classes will be taught face-to-face on the CSULB campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The basic core of courses will occasionally be coupled with a class being offered partially or entirely online. The online courses will be drawn exclusively from the list of those courses previously approved through the normal University curriculum review process.

Admission Requirements

  • Current transfer requirements for non-impacted majors (Minimum GPA of 2.0 in all transferable units attempted and good standing at last college attended.
  • Complete with a "C" or better by the end of the prior Spring term for Fall admission or by the end of the prior Summer term for Spring admission the CSU GE requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 semester units, or 45 quarter units, of C or better in courses approved to meet CSU General Education requirements, or be GE Certified for all Lower Division General Education requirements of the University
  • Minimum of 72 units and at least 2 units from a four-year school.
  • Essay of at least 1000 words on why the student wants to major in the Liberal Arts and what the student hopes to achieve by completing the degree. The essay should explicitly address what the student hopes to achieve in terms of the goals for student learning outcomes of the curriculum (as detailed in #3, below). This essay is the first element of the assessment plan for the degree program, and each essay will be reviewed by members of the Advisory Board and the Program Director.

Program Requirements

1. A minimum of 48 upper-division units, with at least four courses (12 units) in each of the Three Areas below.

2. Three units in CLA 499: Directed Studies: Professional Portfolio. (May be repeated for a maximum of 6 units.)

3. Remaining units (9) selected from any of the three areas below.

Area I: Oral and Written Communication

  • 1. COMM 334 Business & Professional Communication (3)
  • 2. COMM 335 Persuasive Speaking (3)
  • 3. COMM 411 Communication in Conflict Resolution (3)
  • 4. COMM 439 Communication and Popular Culture (3)
  • 5. ENGL 300 Advanced Composition (3)
  • 6. ENGL 317 Technical Communication (3)

Area II: Global Citizenship and Cross-Disciplinary Knowledge

  • ANTH 307 Modernization in Global Perspective (3)
  • ANTH 412 Culture and Communication (3)
  • ANTH 475/LING 470/WGSS 475 Language and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
  • CHLS 335/ASAM 335 Asian and Latino Immigration Since WWII (3)
  • CHLS 350/SOC 340 Latino Populations in the U.S. (3)
  • CWL 320 Comic Spirit (3)
  • CWL 350 Global Literature in American Culture (3)
  • CWL 415 Ethnic Literature and Culture in America (3)
  • ECON 300 Fundamentals of Economics (3)
  • ECON 341 Global Labor Issues (3)
  • GEOG/IST 319 International Development (3)
  • GEOG 470 Political Geography (3)
  • POSC 321 The Media and American Politics (3)
  • POSC 326 California Government in Comparative Perspective (3)
  • POSC 371 Introduction to International Politics (3)
  • PSY 381 Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3)
  • PSY 384 Workplace Diversity: Barriers and Strategies (3)
  • R/ST 362 Religion and Psychology (3)
  • R/ST 391 Religion and Science (3)
  • WGSS 401 Bodies and Borders: Feminism and Globalization (3)

Area III: Cultures, Values and Beliefs

  • AIS 308 California Indian History (3)
  • ANTH 353 Health and Healing (3)
  • ANTH 422 The Anthropology of Gender (3)
  • ASAM/CHLS 341 Asian American/Chicano and Latino Cinema (3)
  • CHLS 390 The U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: Historic and Literary Images (3)
  • CHLS 420 Chicano Heritage in the Arts of Mexico and the Southwest (3)
  • ECON 340 Economics in Movies (3)
  • PHIL 352 Philosophy of Law (3)
  • PHIL 381 Philosophy of Science (3)
  • R/ST 302 American Religious Diversity (3)
  • R/ST 308 Comparative Religious Ethics (3)
  • R/ST 331 Islamic Religion and Culture (3)
  • SOC 346 Race, Gender and Class (3)
  • WGSS 318 US Women of Color (3)

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