Liberal Arts

The Shortest Route to an Online Bachelor's Degree, from an Accredited Leader in Adult Education

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There are no shortcuts to a bachelor's degree. But there are solutions. And you won't find a more efficient one than the bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Excelsior College.

Designed for working adults who seek to earn a bachelor's degree quickly and conveniently, the liberal arts program maximizes the value of your prior education and speeds you toward graduation.

There is no simpler, more direct path to a bachelor's degree.

Under Excelsior's flexible transfer policies, you can earn academic credit for many forms of applied education and real-world experience, including military training and job-related courses. Add in the prior college credits you've earned from accredited institutions, and you may already be within a few courses of a liberal arts bachelor's degree.

Control Your Own Schedule With an Online Liberal Arts Degree

A national leader in distance education since 1971, Excelsior College offers online liberal arts classes that you can take at your convenience, making it easy to balance a bachelor's degree program with work and family obligations.

In our liberal arts program, you'll also enjoy:

  • Affordable tuition and low fees, with flexible payment options that help you stick to your budget.
  • Personalized academic support from Excelsior's award-winning team of advisors.
  • Experienced professors who teach at some of America's leading institutions.
  • Interaction with other students and faculty through Excelsior's online learning communities.

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. (Learn more about the MSCHE accreditation and programs specialized accreditations on our accreditation page.)

A Bachelor's Degree Makes an Impact in the Job Market

Excelsior's liberal arts program lets you explore the full range of liberal arts subjects without specializing in a single discipline. You'll gain a wide array of skills that improve your performance in the workplace and help you compete for better jobs.

Liberal arts graduates are able to:

  • Think critically and analytically.
  • Communicate effectively.
  • Make ethical decisions.
  • Work well with people from diverse backgrounds.

The liberal arts program may lead toward either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, depending on the precise mix of elective credits you choose. Requirements do not change. Excelsior's advisors can provide guidance on which option works best for you.

Bachelor of Arts option: Minimum of 120 semester hours. Within that total, at least 90 semester hours must be earned in the arts and sciences with at least 30 of those 90 semester hours earned at the upper or advanced level. The remaining 30 semester hours may be earned in applied professional courses, additional arts and sciences courses, or a combination of both. See the credit requirements in chart form.

Use Excelsior College Exams toward your BA in Liberal Arts degree

Bachelor of Science option: Minimum of 120 semester hours. Within that total, at least 60 semester hours must be earned in the arts and sciences with at least 21 of those 60 semester hours earned at the upper or advanced level. The remaining 60 semester hours, of which at least 9 must be earned at the upper or advanced level, may be earned in applied professional courses, additional arts and science courses, or a combination of both. See the credit requirements in chart form.

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