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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, competance, and confidence in analytical and communication skills.

The BALA requires 120 semester hours of coursework, including 30 hours for the major in Liberal Arts. You may transfer up to 60 semester hours into the degree.

Course of Study
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

General Education

30 semester hours. Includes Common Seminar, Areas of Study and Language and Cultural Studies.

Common Seminar

6 semester hours

ADED 300U Knowledge Management: Seminar Across the Disciplines (Weekend College only, included in Interdisciplinary Studies major) or
ADED 301U Knowledge Management: Seminar Across the Disciplines I and
ADED 302U Knowledge Management: Seminar Across the Disciplines II

Areas of Study

18 semester hours. At least one 3-hour course from each of the following areas:

  • History
  • Literature
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Cultural Studies
  • MATH 103U Finite Mathematics (or higher)
  • The Arts

Language and Cultural Studies

6 semester hours

IDST 306U Understanding Culture and Language (Weekend College only, included in Interdisciplinary Studies major) or
IDST 304U Understanding Culture and Language I and
IDST 305U Understanding Culture and Language II

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).

General Distribution

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.

Foundation Coursework

The student’s placement test score, along with advising recommendations, will determine the pathway of foundation courses before other required coursework.

ENGL 101U Strategic Reading and Writing
ENGL 201U Critical Writing and Research I
ENGL 202U Critical Writing and Research II
MATH 103U Finite Mathematics

Major

30 semester hours (Liberal Arts) or 60 semester hours (Interdisciplinary Studies).

Select from Liberal Arts or Weekend College Interdisciplinary Studies

Major in Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Major in Liberal Arts

The undergraduate major in liberal arts is available for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA).

Required Core

12 semester hours

IDST 301U The Realm of Ideas I: Context and Chronology
IDST 302U The Realm of Ideas II: Self, Society and Science
IDST 303U The Realm of Ideas III: Human Expression
IDST 395U The Realm of Ideas IV: Capstone Seminar for Liberal Arts Majors


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).

Major in Interdisciplinary Studies (Weekend College)

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

ADED 300U Knowledge Management - Methods of Learning and Thinking
IDST 306U Understanding Culture and Language
HIST 345U The History of Ideas
HUM 346U The History of Human Expression
PLSC 301U The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship
GSCI 301U The Role of Science and Technology in Shaping the Modern Era
MGMT 345U Business Literacy
LDSP 310U Leadership and Ethical Decision Making
IDST 310U The Examined Life
IDST 495U Capstone Course: Senior Seminar

Contact Us

Liberal Arts Program
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133
spcs@richmond.edu