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Liberal Arts Degree Completion Program, B.A. (Continuing & Global Education)

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The B.A. in Liberal Arts Degree Completion Program facilitates undergraduate degree completion for upper division students with a previous history of Fresno State academic success. The program is most suitable for working adults or those who otherwise would not return to Fresno State to complete a traditional degree program. The program offers significant flexibility through a choice of online courses to satisfy degree requirements within a one- to two-year program.

Through an innovative, online program of interactive and project-based learning, students gain depth of knowledge and make connections across disciplines. They learn to draw on rich and varied liberal arts to address current challenges in careers, local communities, and the world. Graduates leave with critical thinking, oral and written communication, and leadership skills fundamental to successful, resilient careers. The major also prepares students for graduate study in a range of fields.

Past Fresno State students with at least 70 units in good standing, who have completed at least 12 units in previous enrollment at the Fresno State campus, and who have not been enrolled at Fresno State for at least three years prior to enrollment in this program are eligible to apply. All lower division General Education (G.E.) requirements must be satisfied prior to enrollment. Students will work with an advisor to design a course of study to complete the required 25 units in the major, as well as any missing upper division G.E. requirements and electives. 120 units are required to complete the degree.

Program Mission Statement: This online degree completion program leading to a B.A. in Liberal Arts creates a pathway to degree completion for former Fresno State students who left the university in good academic standing without having earned an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Interdisciplinary studies in this program foster connections among disciplines and draw upon multiple areas of knowledge to develop student competence in analysis, communication, creativity, human diversity, ethics, and leadership in order to engage challenges in a variety of career and community contexts.

Coursework supports an interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach to issues of particular significance to residents of the Central Valley region. Critical thinking, communication, creativity, and problem solving based courses place regional questions in a global context and bridge liberal arts learning with career development and civic engagement.

Major Requirements (25-50 units)

Other Degree Requirements

In addition to the major program requirements, every student must also complete the University’s baccalaureate degree requirements such as:

  • American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2 )
  • General Education Requirements (48 units)
  • Multicultural and International (MI)
  • Upper-division Writing
  • Sufficient Elective Units to Meet Required Total Units (varies); it is recommended that units in this area be utilized to complete a second major or minor.

A full description of the University’s graduation requirements can be found in the Baccalaureate Degree Requirements .

Total Units: 120*

*The total of 120 units requires a minimum 25 units completed within the Liberal Arts degree program. General Education, MI, and Upper-division Writing courses can be double counted with major requirements. These courses include ENGL 160W , and Program Course Offerings that fulfill all upper-division GE Requirements. See advisor for details.

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