Liberal Studies, BA

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program provides the opportunity for a student to work with an advisor to design a curriculum that meets the student’s career and educational needs. This flexibility enables students to develop academic programs that meet the ever-changing requirements of the world of work. A Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies can also be designed to prepare students for graduate school in Clayton State University’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.

Admission and Readmission Requirements

Before beginning upper-division study in Liberal Studies, applicants must:

  1. Have completed 45 semester credit hours;
  2. Have completed ENGL 1101 English Composition I and ENGL 1102 English Composition II with a grade of A, B, C, or K.

Program Requirements

No more than two grades of D in upper-division courses are allowed in the Liberal Studies major. Upper-division courses are all courses other than those of Areas A through F. 1000- or 2000-level courses used in the upper division are included in this restriction. A grade of C or higher is required in all BALS courses.

Core Curriculum (Areas A-E)42
All Core Curriculum requirements for the Liberal Studies degree are shown under Core Curriculum in the Graduation Requirements section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F)18
Humanities
Choose any 1000- or 2000-level courses with the following prefixes: AFAM, ART, CMS, COMM, ENGL, FREN, HIST, MUSC, PHIL, SPAN, THEA, and WST.3
Social Sciences
Choose any 1000- or 2000-level courses with the following prefixes: AFAM, CRJU, ECON, EDUC, LGST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI, and WST.3
Area Major Courses
Courses from Area F of any major that have not been used to satisfy other Core Curriculum category requirements.12
Upper Division Required Courses6
BALS 3901Liberal Studies Internship 13
BALS 4500Liberal Studies Capstone 23
Upper Division Area Major Courses54
Choose a minor program and additional courses as necessary. 3
Total Credit Hours120

Other Program-Specific Graduation Requirements

  1. A minimum of 42 hours must be completed in upper-division courses.
  2. All BALS courses must be taken in residence at Clayton State.
  3. A grade of C or higher is required in all BALS courses.
  4. Up to 9 hours of Cross-Registration in the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education, study abroad, or distance learning may be counted as in-residence if the courses are approved in advance as part of the student’s Liberal Studies program of study.