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BA in Liberal Arts

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Online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

If you are working toward a promotion at work, are curious about your own capabilities, or want to change your profession altogether, a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts is one of the best ways to open those new doors. Comprehensive and foundational, a liberal arts degree prepares you to move forward in your current field or find a completely new path.

What can I do with a liberal arts degree?

This fully online liberal arts program emphasizes critical analysis, effective communication skills, ethical decision-making, and collaboration with diverse thinkers. Students define their own programs by combining past experience with new coursework. This general liberal arts degree is a flexible and effective way to integrate past learning with new educational goals, and emerge prepared for a variety of job opportunities. Within the requirements, two depths are required, giving you two opportunities to focus 15 credits on discipline-specific areas.

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credit hours

Online BA in Liberal Arts Program Details

120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. Degree depths in two different disciplines are required, and students may complete an optional Area of Focus by taking 21 or more credits in a single discipline.

  • Cornerstone Course
  • Information Literacy
  • Written English Requirement
  • Humanities
    • One ethics course
    • Two elective courses
  • Social Sciences and History
    • Any combination of three social sciences and/or history courses
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    • One mathematics course (minimum 2 credits)
    • One natural sciences course (minimum 2 credits)
    • Additional courses
  • Arts and Sciences Electives
  • Additional Collegiate-level Study
    • Two depths required
  • Capstone Requirement

Depth Requirement Courses

Students in the liberal arts bachelor’s degree programs demonstrate their expertise and depth of knowledge in at least two different disciplines or areas of study. The depth requirement ensures that students are exposed to a variety of ideas and can connect disparate disciplines in a meaningful way.

Capstone Requirement

Liberal Arts Capstone

The capstone course centers upon the four liberal arts degree outcomes: critical thinking, communication, diversity, and ethics. Students broaden and refine their understanding of these outcomes and competencies, apply them in assignments, and reflect on how these concepts have shaped their college learning. All original writing and research will focus on a global issue related to at least one of the student’s degree depths/area(s) of focus.

If you enjoy studying independently, you may find Excelsior’s UExcel exams an efficient and effective way to earn credit toward your Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. You can prepare at your own pace and schedule your exam when you’re ready, saving both time and money. Many liberal arts course requirements, including those in the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, history, and humanities, can be satisfied using exams.

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Common Careers with an
Online BA in Liberal Arts




Library/Information Science

Public Affairs

Social/Human Services

Caleen Oliver
Bachelor of Science, 2015

“Excelsior gave me the opportunity to follow my dreams … there’s no time frame on getting your education.”

Recognitions & Accreditations

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Phase: Accredited
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Accreditation Granted: 1977
Last Reaffirmation: 2017
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022

All of Excelsior College’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.