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Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts


Requirements to Graduate

A minimum of 120 credits are required to complete this degree. This includes:

  • 42 upper-division (300 and 400-level) credits
  • 30 upper-division credits completed through Colorado State University

The number of courses needed for completion of the program depends on:

CSU's composition requirement should be met in your first semester after admission. Students must satisfy CSU's admission requirement in mathematics.


This online Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts brings together courses in the humanities, the arts, social sciences, and languages and literature. Such a broad curriculum helps you develop personally while you build core professional skills and improve your understanding of the complex world in which we live.

Courses can be taken in any order as long as prerequisites are met. Prerequisite courses do apply to the total credits required to complete the program, though some prerequisites may not be offered through Colorado State University Online and may require consent of the instructor prior to registration.

The curriculum listed below is intended to inform prospective students about the overall theme of the program and should not be used as an example program of study. Students need to consult their advisor to develop a degree completion plan based on the credits transferred into this program. You have the option to use the TransferologyTM website to conduct a self-review of your potential transfer courses. This tool will assist you in seeing how your previous college coursework may transfer to CSU.

Major Requirements


Arts & Humanities or Social Sciences – Upper Division (18 credits)

Choose upper-division (300 and 400-level) courses from at least 2 of the liberal arts disciplines (cannot double count credits from minor). (ANTH, ART, CO, D, E, ECON, ETST, GR, HIST, JTC, LSPA, LB, PHIL, POLS, PSY (only 6 credits allowed from PSY), SOC, SPCM, TH.)

Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences (12 credits)

Choose, in consultation with your advisor from any liberal arts disciplines (cannot double count credits from AUCC I, II, or III).

Degree Minor (21 to 24 credits)

Must choose an approved minor.

Depth & Integration (3 credits)

Select at least one class (3 credits) from the following: ECON 306, POLS 302, POLS 420, SOC 311, SPCM 341, ANTH 400, or SPCM 350.

Depth & Integration courses are courses that the department has deemed to build upon the foundations of knowledge and intellectual perspectives of AUCC Category 3 in an integrative and complementary way.

The Learning Experience

Without a strict timeline or schedule of completing the curriculum, you can get the degree you want, the courses you want, all in a time frame that fits your schedule.

While this degree offers flexibility, it still requires a commitment of time and attention. It is recommended that you plan to spend nine to twelve hours per week on a three-credit course, though the time required will vary depending on your learning style. You should expect to be challenged by the analytical and communication requirements of this program, so you gain the skills that make this degree so valuable to your current and future employers.

This program strives to be interactive and requires you to be an active participant in class. The format and extent of your interactions with faculty and fellow students depend on the course, but each course generally has online or telephone office hours, email contact, discussions, and weekly assignments. With an average class size of just 25 students, you receive personalized attention from experienced university faculty.

This self-paced online program allows you to earn your degree while maintaining your busy work and family schedules. Is online learning right for you?