Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts
A recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reveals that employers tend to focus on finding employees with the right skills rather than the right major. Employers recognize that a liberal arts education prepares students for a successful career.
Our Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA) balances the narrowness of specialization while teaching skills important to any career field — drawing connections among subjects within a discipline, expressing research discoveries clearly and persuasively in narrated and written presentations.
The program develops characteristics that employers value highly including flexibility, competence, and confidence in analytical and communication skills.
The BALA major in Liberal Arts offers flexible learning pathways and specializations. After completing the required 12-hour core, students are free to develop a custom concentration, selecting either from a list of pre-established concentrations or by building a specialization that meets the career or personal needs of the student.
The BALA major in Interdisciplinary Studies provides a ten-course sequence that addresses important topics in the humanities that also apply directly to the workplace, including ethics, culture, citizenship, business literacy and management.
The BALA requires 120 semester hours of coursework, including 30 hours for the major in Liberal Arts or 60 hours for the major in Interdiscplinary Studies. You may transfer up to 60 semester hours into the BALA degree.
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts
30 semester hours. Includes Common Seminar, Areas of Study and Language and Cultural Studies.
6 semester hours
Areas of Study
18 semester hours. At least one 3-hour course from each of the following areas:
- Natural Sciences
- Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
- MATH 103U Finite Mathematics (or higher)
- The Arts
Language and Cultural Studies
6 semester hours
Language and Cultural Studies Exemptions
Students majoring in Liberal Arts who have completed six (6) semester hours (or equivalent) in language coursework with a grade of “C” or better may earn waivers for IDST 304U and IDST 305U. Credits from a study abroad experience may also count toward the six-hour requirement (IDST 304U and IDST 305U).
Students majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies (Weekend College) must take IDST 306U as part of the course of study.
Students who wish to switch from the major in Interdisciplinary Studies to the major in Liberal Arts and who have passed IDST 306U with a grade of 'C' or better may earn waivers for IDST 304U and IDST 305U.
Students who pass IDST 304U, IDST 305U or IDST 306U may not take the courses again for repeated credit in the BALA program (to include both Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies majors).
60 semester hours. Coursework selected from across the curriculum. Undergraduate minors (combined with the major in Liberal Arts only) may be drawn from this area. Foundation Coursework, if required, counts toward General Distribution.
Weekend College Exceptions
Weekend College students combine General Education and General Distribution requirements. 60 semester hours total required, 45 hours prior to transfer to University of Richmond. Foundation Coursework requirements except MATH 103U are built in the 60-hour Interdisciplinary Studies major for Weekend College students.
The student’s placement test score, along with advising recommendations, will determine the pathway of foundation courses before other required coursework.
30 semester hours (Liberal Arts) or 60 semester hours (Interdisciplinary Studies).
Select from Liberal Arts or Weekend College Interdisciplinary Studies
Undergraduate Major in Liberal Arts
The undergraduate major in liberal arts is available for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA).
12 semester hours
Liberal Arts Concentration (or equivalent)
18 semester hours. An optional concentration may be selected from among those listed. 12 semester hours must be taken at or above the 300U level. Otherwise, select 18 hours of coursework from across the humanities and social sciences, 12 hours of which must be at or above the 300U level. 100U- and 200U-level courses may be taken prior to or concurrent with the Knowledge Management (ADED 301U and ADED 302U).
Undergraduate Major in Interdisciplinary Studies (Weekend College)
The undergraduate major in interdisciplinary studies is available only for the Weekend College Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA).
Major in Interdiscplinary Studies
60 semester hours