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Liberal Arts, BA

This major gives students the opportunity to design an individualized, interdisciplinary major centered around a focus, theme, or issue area of the student’s choosing. It is ideal for students planning to pursue graduate work in disciplines that require a broad-based bachelor’s degree.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements

Code Course Title Units
LA 200 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies 4
LA 390 Research Methods Across the Disciplines 1
LA 499 Senior Seminar/Project 2-4


A minimum of 22 semester hours selected from a list of approved upper division courses available from the program coordinator. At least one course in each of the following four areas, and no more than two courses in any one area:

  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences


The concentration consists of a minimum of 20 semester hours, focusing on the student’s theme or issue area, chosen by the student in consultation with an academic advisor. A concentration is defined as a social/political/cultural issue or theme that can be studied from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students must have at least three areas represented in their concentration, and must include at least 12 units of upper division course work.

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