The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Liberal Arts degree program offers an integrative approach to learning which aims to develop competencies in the basic academic areas and disciplines in higher education. It is designed to extend the capacity for intellectual inquiry through the incorporation of courses that are designed to develop the individual, to prepare them for the workplace, and to participate constructively in a global society. The BA in Liberal Arts degree program is designed to give students the opportunity to integrate real world experience with the critical acquisition of a variety of human knowledge and skills that not only encourages sensitivity to the diversity of human cultures, but also creates a desire to achieve personal and professional excellence. All students admitted to the BA in Liberal Arts degree program are expected to possess the following basic skills: the ability to use standard written and spoken English effectively; basic calculation skills (pre-algebra) and the ability to use a calculator to perform basic operations.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the BA in Liberal Arts degree program will have developed the following knowledge, skills and abilities as they pertain to personal, workplace and social development.
Communications Ð Students will develop enhanced abilities to listen, read, comprehend, speak, write and engage effectively in personal, workplace or social interaction.
Research Ð Students will learn to identify and access a variety of sources of information from which to become optimally informed regarding all available aspects of personal, workplace and social issues to be analyzed, evaluated, and resolved.
Analysis Ð Students will learn to methodically examine issues, particularly involving human behavior, by identifying pertinent individual, group and societal dynamics, their causal factors, and their interrelationships.
Evaluation Ð Students will learn to identify and ascertain the relative value of potential solutions to interpersonal, workplace and social problems and to prioritize such solutions.
Critical Thinking Ð Students will be able to integrate analytical, evaluation, inductive and deductive reasoning skills to formulate conclusions and make decisions that effectively address interpersonal and workplace issues in the context of societal perspective.
Sensitivity to Diversity Ð Students will be able to analyze and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a diverse society and manage social problems and interpersonal conflict with due respect for race, ethnicity, gender, religion, culture, economic status, and lifestyle.
Interpersonal Effectiveness Ð Students will be able to apply interpersonal effectiveness theories and skills to everyday interaction, explore how interpersonal effectiveness can help them achieve personal and professional goals, and prepare for further development of interpersonal effectiveness skills during their academic program.
Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED and meet one of the following conditions:
ACT Composite score of 18 or above, or
Combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 870, or
Minimum High School or College GPA as follows:
For students with 12 or fewer college credits, cumulative High School GPA of 2.0 or above
For students with 13 or more college credits, cumulative College GPA of 2.0 or above
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, ÒEnglish Language Proficiency Policy.Ó
Applicants with lower grade point averages and scores on ACT or SAT will be admitted and assigned ÒAcademic/Financial Aid WarningÓ in accordance with Argosy UniversityÕs Standards for Satisfactory Progress.
Other Admissions Requirements
Proof of high school graduation documented by one of the following:
Official high school transcript
State issued high school equivalency (home school)
Official General Educational Development (GED) document
Official college transcript from a regionally accredited institution, or nationally accredited institution approved by the Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, or an appropriately certified foreign institution that shows proof of high school graduation
Proof of high school graduation or earned college degree
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
Application fee (Non-refundable, except in California and Arizona. In the state of Arizona, the application fee is refundable if the application is canceled within three business days of the applicant signing the Enrollment Agreement.)
Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended*
Proof of high school graduation or GED or college degree from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, or an appropriately certified foreign institution
* Students admitted on the basis of their high school GPA need only submit official transcripts for coursework they wish to have considered for transfer credit.
Satisfactory completion of all required courses within the core coursework with a grade of ÒC-Ó or better
Completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours as follows
42 credit hours General Education Curriculum Requirements1
39 credit hours Liberal Arts Core Requirements
18 credit hours Additional Liberal Arts Requirements
21 credit hours Open Elective Requirements2
Completion of a minimum of 42 credit hours of upper division courses3
An Argosy University grade point average of 2.0 or higher
A minimum of 30 credit hours completed at Argosy University
A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration
The BA in Liberal Arts degree program requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours distributed as follows.
General Education Curriculum Requirements (42 credit hours)4
6 credit hours in academic and interpersonal skills5
6 credit hours in communications
6 credit hours in humanities6
6 credit hours in social sciences7
6 credit hours in natural science
6 credit hours in mathematics
6 credit hours in elective courses (in any general education distribution area)8
1 The General Education Requirements at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are 45 credit hours. To satisfy these requirements, students choose an additional general education elective. Elective Requirements are 6 courses or 18 credit hours. The total credit hours required to complete the program remains the same at 120 credit hours.
2 The Open Electives Requirements are 18 credit hours at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa.
3 All students must take a minimum of four courses at the 300 and 400 level within General Education, and a minimum of ten 300 and 400 level courses within the program electives.
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 PSY 180 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 associateÕs degree from a regionally accredited institution or 2) successfully completed 60 semester credit hours of college level course work. Transfer credit is not accepted for PSY180 Interpersonal Effectiveness. Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements are 3 credit hours at Argosy University, Twin Cities and are fulfilled by successful completion of PSY180 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.
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 are required to complete thirteen core courses or 39 credit hours. All students are required to take four Prescribed Core Courses (12 credit hours). To complete the Liberal Arts Core Requirements, students 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 Ñ Students Are Required to Take the Following
Prescribed Core Courses
COM105 - Organizational Communication (3)
HUM440 - Critical Thinking: Common Sense and Everyday Life (3)
SOC416 - Sociological Perspectives on Class, Ethnicity, and Gender (3)
SOC490 - Liberal Arts Capstone (3)
The Individual Ñ Students Choose Three of the Following
ENG401 - Shakespeare Today (3)
HUM401 - American Voices (3)
PSY260 - Child and Adolescent Development (3)
PSY307 - Adulthood and Aging (3)
PSY350 - Physiological Psychology (3)
PSY362 - Personality Theories (3)
PSY363 - Cognitive Psychology (3)
The Workplace Ñ Students Choose Three of the Following
BUS212 - Business Law and Corporate Ethics (3)
BUS381 - Solutions-Focused Leadership (3)
BUS423 - Business Psychology (3)
MGT301 - Business Negotiation and Conflict Management (3)
MGT400 - Managing People for Performance (3)
MGT411 - Human Resource Management (3)
MGT450 - Cultural Diversity in the Workplace (3)
PSY405 - Interviewing Techniques (3)
SocietyÑStudents Choose Three of the Following
CJA105 - Introduction to American Criminal Justice (3)
CJA330 - Juvenile Delinquency (3)
CJA426 - Terrorism (3)
COM104 - Persuasion (3)
COM450 - Communication, Gender, and Culture (3)
PSY312 - Diversity (3)
PSY310 - Social Psychology (3)
PSY481 - Substance Abuse and the Family (3)
PSY381 - Abnormal Psychology (3)
PSY370 - Introduction to Addiction and Addictive Behavior (3)
PSY303 - Introduction to Crime and Causes (3)
Liberal Arts Core RequirementsÑ39 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 are required to choose six courses from three interdisciplinary categories that have not been taken to satisfy the Liberal Arts Core Requirements.
Open Electives Requirements (21 Credit Hours)
Students choose seven courses or 21 credit hours from any area with the approval of the program chair.
Open Electives Requirements are 6 courses or 18 credit hours for students at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa
Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities apply ASP 100 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.