Liberal Arts Bachelor's Degree Programs
Learn about the different types of bachelor's degree programs in the liberal arts. Continue reading for more information on course topics, opportunities for specialization and program formats.
What Types of Liberal Arts Bachelor's Degrees Can I Earn?
There are many well-rounded degree programs that allow you to earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Liberal Arts, a Bachelor of Liberal Arts (B.L.A. or A.L.B.) or a B.A. in Letters, Arts and Sciences. In general, these interdisciplinary degree programs may be suitable if you're a transfer student because the broad scope of the curriculum may allow you to transfer the bulk of your prior college credits.
Some bachelor's degree completion programs may also encourage you to concentrate your studies on an optional major or minor, or earn a supplemental professional certificate, in addition to gaining a general education. For example, if you're interested in pursuing a career in business you may choose to earn an A.L.B. with a major in economics and a minor in marketing.
|Degrees Offered||Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts and Sciences|
|Common Courses||Literature, geography, natural sciences, psychology, history|
|Learning Environments||Traditional classroom, fully online, and hybrid programs are available|
|Median Salary (2018)||$104,340 (for all economists)|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)||6% growth (for all economists)|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Will I Study?
You can take advantage of the wide range of liberal arts courses by acquiring training that may be useful regardless of your chosen profession. For instance, you might hone your computer, writing, public speaking and other communication skills. Due to the cross-disciplinary nature of liberal arts programs, you may tailor your coursework to meet your professional goals. Some possible specialization tracks offered by liberal arts programs include entrepreneurship, ethics, law and leadership. Depending on your interests, you may take courses in:
- Fine arts
- Natural sciences
- Foreign language
- Philosophy and ethics
What Program Formats Are Available To Me?
You can enroll in an online or on-campus degree program, or a blended program that offers a combination of both. Additionally, you may have the option to take some on-campus courses in the evening or on the weekends. Typically, degree completion programs are designed to accommodate working students, so you can fit your studies into your professional schedule. While there may not be a firm time frame within which you are required to complete the degree, it might be possible for you to complete a bachelor's degree in 2-4 years of part-time study, depending on how many transfer credits you have.