Bachelor of Liberal Arts Degree

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Available entirely online, on campus, or as a mix of both!

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree, offered through UMass Lowell's College of Arts & Sciences in collaboration with the Division of Online and Continuing Education, provides students with a well-balanced Liberal Arts curriculum. Students can customize their program by selecting two of the following concentration areas:  Art History, Economics, English, History, Legal Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Gender Studies.

The convenience and flexibility of the Liberal Arts program make it an ideal choice for working adults, transfer students, and for students whose education plans were previously interrupted. The program is also popular among students who plan to eventually attend graduate school, and those interested in multicultural studies, museum and archival studies, and positions within nonprofit organizations and government.

Concentration Areas

Choose two of the concentration areas below and take 8-10 courses from each of your two concentrations (48-60 credits total). Note: At least four of your courses from each concentration area must be taken at the 300/400 level (example: 58.3xx or 58.4xx). Need help choosing courses? Contact Cathy Hamilton in our Student Support Center at 978-934-3939 for assistance.

Art History Concentration

The primary focus of the Art History Concentration is to create visually-literate students with a fundamental understanding of the historical development of art in societies and cultures around the world. Students pursuing this concentration will further develop the ability to organize their perceptions and thoughts about artwork so that they can provide a well-informed analysis that honors the historical and cultural context of the artwork. They learn how to use professional skills and methods in their visual analysis and how to better articulate their personal interpretation of the artwork.

Some of the courses that may be included in the Art History concentration are:

  1. 58.101 Art Appreciation - Available Summer 2014!
  2. 58.203 History of Art I: Prehistoric to Medieval Art - Available Summer 2014!
  3. 58.204 History of Art II: Renaissance to Modern - Available Summer 2014!
  4. 58.221 Twentieth Century Art
  5. 58.300 Art History, Music and Culture - Available Summer 2014!
  6. 58.321 Italian Renaissance Art
  7. 58.330 Italian Mannerism
  8. 58.340 Women and Art
  9. 58.345 Pre-Raphaelite Art

A more comprehensive list of Art History electives is available in each semester's bulletin or on our website with the course prefix.

Economics Concentration

The Economics Concentration provides students with the conceptual tools and analytical skills necessary for success in a broad range of fields such as law, diplomacy, management, politics, government or financial services. The curriculum provides students with a deep understanding of economic principles and their relationship with commerce, production and the exchange of products and services. Students will learn how changes to business practices and international policy can affect the economy as businesses and countries struggle to remain agile in a competitive global marketplace.

Some of the courses that may be included in the Economics concentration are:

  1. 49.201 Economics I (Microeconomics) - Available Summer 2014!
  2. 49.202 Economics II (Macroeconomics) - Available Summer 2014!
  3. 49.211 Statistics for Business and Economics I - Available Summer 2014!
  4. 49.303 Microeconomic Theory - Available Summer 2014!
  5. 49.304 Macroeconomic Theory
  6. 49.316 Investments: Instruments and Strategies - Available Summer 2014!
  7. 49.318 Financial Markets and Monetary Policy - Available Summer 2014!
  8. 49.325 U.S. Economic History - Available Summer 2014!
  9. 49.403 International Trade Theory

A more comprehensive list of Economics electives is available in each semester's bulletin or on our website with the course prefix.

English Concentration

The English Concentration provides students with a comprehensive foundation in English - from learning how to write and present information in a factual and engaging manner, to studying classic and contemporary works of English and American literature. Graduates of the program pursue careers in fields that draw upon liberal arts training including journalism, marketing, publishing, communications, library science, museum management, theatre arts, documentary filmmaking, politics, government and the law. Whether creatively or technically inclined, students pursuing the English Concentration have the opportunity to develop a clear, professional writing style - a talent that is highly regarded in virtually every industry today.

Some of the courses that may be included in the English concentration are:

  1. 42.202 Great Books of the Modern Period
  2. 42.211 Poetry
  3. 42.212 The Short Story - Available Summer 2014!
  4. 42.216 Monsters, Apes & Nightmares - Available Summer 2014!
  5. 42.217 The Horror Story - Available Summer 2014!
  6. 42.225 Basic Technical Writing OR
  7. 42.226 Technical and Scientific Communication - Available Summer 2014!
  8. 42.243 Contemporary Women Writers
  9. 42.300 Journalism
  10. 42.303 Creative Writing: Poetry
  11. 42.314 Mystery Writing
  12. 42.325 The Rise of the Novel
  13. 42.376 African-American Literature

A more comprehensive list of English electives is available in each semester's bulletin or on our website with the course prefix.

History Concentration

The History Concentration provides students with a deep understanding of world history and the impact historical events have had on the world in which we live today. Courses in this concentration provide students with practical experiences in research, analysis, writing, presentation, theory and critical thinking. As a result, students graduate from the program better prepared for careers in areas such as documentary film-making, international business, library science, museum management, journalism, politics, government and the law.

Some of the courses that may be included in the History concentration are:

  1. 43.105 Western Civilization I - Available Summer 2014!
  2. 43.107 World Civilization I - Available Summer 2014!
  3. 43.108 World Civilization II - Available Summer 2014!
  4. 43.111 United States History to 1877 - Available Summer 2014!
  5. 43.112 United States History Since 1877 - Available Summer 2014!
  6. 43.225 Ancient Greek History
  7. 43.242 World War II - Available Summer 2014!
  8. 43.270 Women in American History - Available Summer 2014!
  9. 43.274 Native American History - Available Summer 2014!
  10. 43.275 African American History
  11. 43.298 Introduction to Historical Methods
  12. 43.304 European Economic & Social History - Available Summer 2014!
  13. 43.308 History of Crime and Social Control
  14. 43.321 The Holocaust
  15. 43.336 Problems of Modern Ireland
  16. 43.356 Civil War and Reconstruction
  17. 43.365 United States History Since 1960 - Available Summer 2014!
  18. 43.369 Russia in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
  19. 43.373 Nazi Germany - Available Summer 2014!
  20. 43.376 20th Century Irish History in Film
  21. 43.393 History of the Middle East and Islamic World - Available Summer 2014!

A more comprehensive list of History electives is available in each semester's bulletin or on our website with the course prefix.

The Legal Studies Concentration enables students to gain a broad-based understanding of legal practices while they work towards a solid foundation in Liberal Arts. Students have the opportunity to study a variety of legal topics including criminal and tort law, contract law, corporate law (partnerships, limited partnerships, joint ventures, and corporate structure), family law (marriage, custody, adoption, divorce, child support, juveniles, right to die, reproduction control, surrogate parenting and fetal tissue transfer), environmental law (federal and state legislation and public-interest litigation), racial discrimination, and real estate law (deeds, title examinations, methods of co-ownership, and landlord and tenant rights and liabilities). Many of the courses in this concentration provide students with a preview to classes offered in law school.

Some of the courses that may be included in the Legal Studies concentration are:

  1. 41.262 Introduction to Business Law - Available Summer 2014!
  2. 41.360 Legal Issues in Racism
  3. 41.363 Corporate and Property Law
  4. 41.367 Environmental Law
  5. 41.370 Real Estate Law - Available Summer 2014!
  6. 41.376 Family Law - Available Summer 2014!
  7. 41.381 Women and the Law - Available Summer 2014!
  8. 41.387 Legal Research Methods - Available Summer 2014!
  9. 41.490 Legal Aspects of Cyberspace - Available Summer 2014!

A more comprehensive list of Legal Studies electives is available in each semester's bulletin or on our website with the course prefix.

Political Science Concentration

The Political Science concentration is designed to provide students with in-depth insight into the nature of politics and government on the local, state, national, and international levels. Students develop a better understanding of the political process along with the ability to analyze political systems, relationships, and social issues affecting law, government, international policy, business and sports.

Some of the courses that may be included in the Political Science concentration are:

  1. 46.101 Introduction to American Politics - Available Summer 2014!
  2. 46.121 Introduction to International Relations - Available Summer 2014!
  3. 46.210 Media and Politics - Available Summer 2014!
  4. 46.218 Introduction to Politics and Sports - Available Summer 2014!
  5. 46.220 Introduction to Gender Studies
  6. 46.222 Politics of the Internet
  7. 46.230 Law and the Legal System - Available Summer 2014!
  8. 46.265 State and Local Politics
  9. 46.316 Politics and Film - Available Summer 2014!
  10. 46.321 Soccer and Politics
  11. 46.323 Baseball and Politics
  12. 46.324 The Politics of Football - Available Summer 2014!
  13. 46.332 The Politics of Food
  14. 46.343 The Congress
  15. 46.344 The American Presidency
  16. 46.348 Literature, Politics and Genocide in Cambodia

A more comprehensive list of Political Science electives is available in each semester's bulletin or on our website with the course prefix.

Psychology Concentration

Courses in the Psychology Concentration cover such topics as human development, the learning process, sexuality, the relationship between physiological and psychological processes, sensation and perception, cognitive processes, motivation and emotion, personality, behavioral disorders, and social behavior. Graduates of the program can pursue careers in psychology-related fields such as social work, mental health care, human services, counseling, marketing research, labor relations, management and productivity improvement. For those who wish to become a licensed psychologists, an advanced degree is typically required, however the Psychology Concentration is designed to provide an academic foundation that is conducive to further pursuit of an advanced degree in this field.

Some of the courses that may be included in the Psychology concentration are:

  1. 46.353 Introduction to Administration and Public Policy
  2. 46.370 Latin American Politics
  3. 47.101 General Psychology - Available Summer 2014!
  4. 47.260 Child and Adolescent Development (Formerly Human Development I) - Available Summer 2014!
  5. 47.232 Psychology of Personality - Available Summer 2014!
  6. 47.255 Community Psychology - Available Summer 2014!
  7. 47.272 Abnormal Psychology - Available Summer 2014!
  8. 47.312 Learning and Behavior
  9. 47.335 Psychology and Women - Available Summer 2014!
  10. 47.351 Human Sexuality - Available Summer 2014!
  11. 47.360 Adult Development and Aging (Formerly Human Development II) - Available Summer 2014!

A more comprehensive list of Psychology electives is available in each semester's bulletin or on our website with the course prefix.

Gender Studies Concentration

The Gender Studies Concentration explores the history of women in societies throughout the world - providing students with an understanding of how social and cultural influences have shaped the lives and roles of women throughout history. For graduates, there is a growing demand in the workforce for experts on gender issues. In fact, gender studies specialists are increasingly being used as consultants in both the public and private sector. Graduates of this concentration receive all the benefits of a well-rounded liberal arts education, plus advanced knowledge of issues particularly affecting women in the workplace today.

Note: The following list includes courses from some of the other concentration areas, but they may only be counted once towards one of the two concentration areas.

  1. 47.363 Introduction to Disability Studies - Available Summer 2014!
  2. 47.477 Seminar: Contemporary Trends in Psychology - Available Summer 2014!
  3. 41.376 Family Law - Available Summer 2014!
  4. 41.381 Women and the Law - Available Summer 2014!
  5. 42.241 Women in Film
  6. 42.243 Contemporary Women Writers
  7. 43.270 Women in American History - Available Summer 2014!
  8. 43.380 Work and Society
  9. 44.360 Gender, Race and Crime - Available Summer 2014!
  10. 44.477 Intimate Partner Violence - Available Summer 2014!
  11. 47.335 Psychology and Women - Available Summer 2014!
  12. 47.351 Human Sexuality - Available Summer 2014!
  13. 48.231 Sociology of the Family
  14. 48.370 Women in Society
  15. 48.305 Sociology of Family Law

Bachelor of Liberal Arts Curriculum Outline

The following Liberal Arts curriculum outline is a suggested part-time course load consisting of two courses per semester. We generally recommend that first-year students take only 1 or 2 courses their first semester. Subsequent course loads may be determined by the student's own personal time constraints.

I. Foreign Languages: Four Courses in Language and Civilization (12 credits or intermediate level proficiency)

II. Practical and Technical Literacy: Four courses in areas such as Computer Literacy, Studio Art, Community Service, Health Care, Marketing and Management Skills, or Music Performance.

III. Diversity of Cultural Experience: Four courses in Art History, Music History, Philosophy or History.


Note: For students entering the Bachelor's of Liberal Arts program in or after September 2006, the minimum required GPA for the student graduating from the BLA degree program is 2.5

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