Liberal Arts

Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts

Overview

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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Liberal Arts program at Argosy University, Online offers an integrative approach to learning which aims to develop competencies in the basic academic areas and disciplines in higher education. It incorporates courses that are designed to develop the individual and prepare them for the workplace and to participate constructively in a global society.

This Argosy University, Online bachelor’s degree program gives students the opportunity to integrate real-world experience with the critical acquisition of a variety of knowledge and skills that are not only meant to encourage sensitivity to the diversity of cultures, but also create a desire to achieve personal and professional excellence.

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Course List

General Education Curriculum Requirements (42 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the BA in Liberal Arts degree program are required to successfully complete fourteen general education courses (42 credit hours)4 distributed as follows:

  • 6 credit hours in academic and interpersonal skills5
  • 6 credit hours in communications, consisting of ENG101 - Composition I and ENG210 - Writing in the Social and Behavioral Sciences 
  • 6 credit hours in humanities, including HUM200 - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving6
  • 6 credit hours in social sciences, including PSY101 - General Psychology7
  • 6 credit hours in natural science
  • 6 credit hours in mathematics
  • 6 credit hours in elective courses (in any general education distribution area)8
 Notes

4 The General Education Requirements at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy, University, Tampa are 45 credit hours.

5 To satisfy the Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements, students are required to take ASP100 - Skills for Success and COM180 - Interpersonal Effectiveness during the first semester of attendance. The requirement to take ASP100 Skills for Success will be waived for students who are admitted with a CGPA of 2.0 and who have either 1) completed an associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution or 2) successfully completed at least 60 semester credit hours of college level coursework. Transfer credit is not accepted for either course. Exceptions to this policy may occur in the case of established course equivalencies with institutions that have a transfer or articulation agreement with Argosy University. Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements are 3 credit hours at Argosy University, Twin Cities and are fulfilled by successful completion of COM180 Interpersonal Effectiveness. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities who are required to take ASP100 Skills for Success apply this course towards the Open Electives requirements. Arkansas residents who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs offered through Argosy University Online Programs are not required to take ASP100 Skills for Success and COM180 Interpersonal Effectiveness.

6 Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the Humanities category.

7 Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the Social Sciences category.

8 Students at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are required to take 9 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 3 credit hours general education elective courses. Students who receive a waiver for ASP100 Skills for Success take an additional 3 credit hours of general education elective courses as follows. Students at all campuses except Argosy University, Sarasota, Argosy University, Tampa, and Argosy University, Twin Cities take 9 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa take 12 credit hours of general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities apply ASP100 Skills for Success towards the open elective requirements of their selected degree program, and therefore their general education elective requirements are not impacted by the course waiver.

Liberal Arts Core Requirements (39 credit hours)

Students enrolled in the BA in Liberal Arts degree program are required to complete thirteen core courses (39 credit hours). All students are required to take four prescribed core courses (12 credit hours). To complete the liberal arts core requirements, students also choose three courses or 9 credit hours from each interdisciplinary category (The Individual, The Workplace, and Society) as listed below (27 credit hours).

Liberal Arts Core Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following


Prescribed Core Courses

 

COM105 - Organizational Communication
(3)†

(3)†

HUM440 - Critical Thinking: Common Sense and Everyday Life
(3)†

(3)†

SOC416 - Sociological Perspectives on Class, Ethnicity, and Gender
(3)†

(3)†

SOC490 - Liberal Arts Capstone
(3)

(3)

The Individual — Students Choose Three of the Following

 

HUM401 - American Voices
(3)†

(3)†

PHI301 - Philosophy of Religion
(3)

(3)

PSY307 - Adulthood and Aging
(3)

(3)

PSY350 - Physiological Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY362 - Personality Theories
(3)

(3)

The Workplace — Students Choose Three of the Following

 

BUS212 - Business Law and Corporate Ethics
(3)

(3)

BUS320 - 21st Century Leadership and Beyond
(3)

(3)

BUS423 - Business Psychology
(3)

(3)

MGT411 - Human Resource Management
(3)

(3)

MGT416 - Management Operations
(3)

(3)

MGT450 - Cultural Diversity in the Workplace
(3)

(3)

PSY230 - Psychology in the Community
(3)

(3)

Society—Students Choose Three of the Following

 

CJA105 - Introduction to American Criminal Justice
(3)

(3)

CJA330 - Juvenile Delinquency
(3)

(3)

CJA426 -  Terrorism
(3)

(3)

COM450 - Communication, Gender, and Culture
(3)†

(3)†

PSY303 - Introduction to Crime and Causes
(3)

(3)

PSY310 - Social Psychology
(3)

(3)

PSY312 - Diversity
(3)

(3)

PSY370 - Introduction to Addiction and Addictive Behavior
(3)

(3)

PSY381 - Abnormal Psychology
(3)

(3)

Liberal Arts Core Requirements—39 Credit Hours

 † These courses can only be applied to core requirements in the BA in Liberal Arts degree program and cannot be taken to fulfill general education distribution requirements.

Additional Liberal Arts Requirements (18 credit hours)

Students enrolled in the BA in Liberal Arts degree program are required successfully complete  six courses (18 credit hours) selected from the three interdisciplinary categories that have not been taken to satisfy the liberal arts core requirements.

Open Electives Requirements (21 Credit Hours)

Students enrolled in the BA in Liberal Arts degree program are required to successfully complete seven courses (21 credit hours) selected from any area with the approval of the program chair.

In addition to courses listed above and in other degree programs, the BA in Liberal Arts offers the following elective course: SOC496 - Liberal Arts Field Placement.

Students may be eligible to complete select graduate courses to fulfill some of their undergraduate electives. To qualify to take graduate courses, the student must apply and be accepted in the Master's Accelerated Plan (MAP); application criteria include a CGPA of at least 3.0, successful completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours toward the bachelor's degree, and approval from the College Dean. If approved, students may take up to 18 graduate credit hours in an area of interest (see list below). Upon completion of the bachelor's degree, the student may apply to the master's program associated with the area of interest listed below. If accepted, the elective courses completed with a grade of B- or better as an undergraduate student may transfer into the graduate degree. 

  • Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology (up to 18 credit hours may apply)
  • Master of Science in Human Services (up to 18 credit hours may apply)
  • Master of Public Health (up to 18 credit hours may apply)
Note

Open Electives Requirements are 6 courses or 18 credit hours for students at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa

Note

Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities apply ASP100 - Skills for Success towards the Open Electives Requirements. Students who receive a waiver for ASP100 Skills for Success select a different course to apply towards the Open Electives requirements.

Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED documented by one of the following:
    • Official or unofficial high school transcript (except in Georgia and Tennessee)
    • High School Diploma (except in Georgia and Tennessee)
    • State issued high school equivalency (home school) (except California)
    • Official General Educational Development (GED) document
    • Official Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) document
    • Official High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) document
    • Official college transcript from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences that shows proof of high school graduation or an appropriately certified foreign institution that shows proof of high school graduation

-OR-

  • Official college transcript from a completed associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved by the College of Arts and Sciences
  • A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, English Language Proficiency Policy.

Other Admissions Requirements

All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative will help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Complete Application for Admission Form