Which Colleges Offer a Bachelor's Degree Program in Liberal Arts?

Liberal arts is a field of study that consists of several other disciplines. Rather than prepare the student in a particular subject area, a liberal arts curriculum takes from art, literature, philosophy, politics, languages and science. Two well-known schools that offer undergraduate degree programs in liberal arts include the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Massachusetts. More information about them immediately follows. Schools offering Liberal Arts degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

About Liberal Arts Education

The goal of a liberal arts degree program is to enhance a student's intellectual thought and critical-thinking abilities. It is hoped that such education will help prepare students for a wide range of careers. Below are some universities that offer a bachelor's degree program in liberal arts.

Important Facts About Liberal Arts Programs

Mean Starting Salary (2014)* $42,400
Possible Careers Primary/Secondary School Teacher, Lawyer, Chief Executive and Legislator, Education Administrator, Social Worker, Clergy, Retail Sales Supervisor, Accountant and Auditor, Marketing and Sales Managers
Common Courses Economics, Mass Communications, Mathematics, Medieval Studies, Biology, Computer Science
Degree Fields Anthropology, Art History, English, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre

*Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers

The University of California at Berkeley

The College of Letters & Science at the University of California at Berkeley offers an undergraduate-degree program in liberal arts. The goal of such programs is to create independent thinkers who are able to come to their own conclusions. The degree program is not tightly structured and students determine their own courses of study. However, the College of Arts & Letters' liberal arts program does offer discovery courses that aim to broaden the horizons of students. Some of these courses include human happiness, introduction to general astronomy, physics and music and wealth and poverty.

The University of Massachusetts

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts at the University of Massachusetts is offered through the distance-learning department of the university. The degree program allows students to select one of two majors. Areas of concentration include English, legal studies, gender studies, psychology and art history. The stated goal of the program is to develop each student's understanding of issues regarding contemporary society on a sociological, historical and psychological level. Some of the topics of study are:

• Art appreciation

• History of art

• Introduction to poetry

• The short story

• World civilization

• History of crime and social control

• Real estate law

• Family law

• General psychology

• Abnormal psychology

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