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Columbus State University

Bachelor of Arts
Liberal Arts (Humanities and Social Science Track)

College of Letters and Sciences

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts is designed for students who prefer a broad interdisciplinary program rather than a discipline-specific program of study. It can be completed online, regardless of geographic location, to provide 21st-century flexibility. The degree offers an optional Military and Global Issues Track, which may be of particular interest to military personnel but is open to all students. The Liberal Arts program includes offerings from the areas of communication, English, education, theatre, art, philosophy, foreign language, sociology, economics, and interdisciplinary studies.

Career Opportunities

This degree program is not major or career specific; therefore, students should consult carefully with academic advisors and career counselors to identify areas of interest, aptitude, and opportunities for future employment.

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts program will be able to:

  • Effectively use the tools of oral and written communication to express ideas, solve problems, and contribute/participate appropriately within a community of learners
  • Integrate knowledge from the humanities and the social sciences to analyze problems, evaluate data, and draw informed conclusions. 

          -Capstone Portfolio

Additional Program Requirements

There are no program specific academic regulations.

Program Of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102
(with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 5
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

Select one of the following courses: Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

Select one of the following fine arts courses: *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
(A grade of “C” or better is required in each course.)
Foreign Language 1002
Foreign Language 2001
PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy

Select three of the following:
ECON 2106 Principles of Microeconomics
ENGL 2111 World Literature 1
ENGL 2112 World Literature 2
ENGL 2158 Advanced Writing for the Non-English Major
ITDS 1145 Comparative Arts
ITDS 2125 Historical Perspectives on the Philosophy of Science and Mathematics
PHIL 2020 Critical Thinking
PHIL 2030 Moral Philosophy
PHIL 2500 Formal Logic
POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science
SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology

Three hours at the 1000-2000 level as approved by advisor

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 9
(A grade of “C” or better is required in each course.)
ITDS 3115 Seven Revolutions in Global Change
ITDS 4999 Capstone

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 30

(A grade of “C” or better is required in each course.)

Writing Group (3 hours)
Select one of the following:
ENGL 3107 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing
ENGL 3126 Feature Writing
ENGL 3155 News Writing
ENGL 3158 Writing in the Workplace&nbsp

Humanities/ Fine Arts Group(15 hours)
Select five of the following in at least two different disciplines:
Any Philosophy 3000 or above
Any English Literature(3131,3132,3136,3137,3138,3139,3140,3145,3146,3147,3148,3149),
Theatre, History, Art or Music 3000 or above
ITDS 5555. Interdisciplinary Special Topic

Social Sciences Group (12 hours)
Select four of the following in at least two different disciplines:
Any ECON, SOCI, POLS 3000 or Above
ITDS 4698. Internship

Area I General Electives Required Hours: 21

Select 21 hours approved by advisor. Students are strongly encouraged to complete a minor.

Total Hours Required: 123

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule