Nov 29, 2023  
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-24 Undergraduate Bulletin

Bachelor of Arts for Liberal and Applied Arts, BA

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All students completing a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies, criminal justice, English, geography, history, liberal studies, mass communication, modern languages, philosophy, political science, public administration, psychology, sociology or sustainable community development must complete the following requirements:

1. University Core Curriculum Requirements

A. Communication

B. Mathematics

C. Life and Physical Sciences

D. Language, Philosophy and Culture

E. Creative Arts

F. American History

G. Government/Political Science

H. Social and Behavioral Sciences

I. Component Area Option


  • Only students receiving a grade of “A” in ENGL 1303  get credit for both ENGL 1301  and ENGL 1302 ; if they receive a grade of “B” or “C”, they must take ENGL 1302 ; if they receive a grade lower than “C”, they must take ENGL 1301  and ENGL 1302 .
  • Only three hours for MATH 2313  can be counted in the Core Curriculum.  The fourth hour, MATH 2113 , will be counted elsewhere in the degree.
  • Lab hours for Life and Physical Sciences courses are counted elsewhere in the degree.

2. Foundation of Knowledge

Language Proficiency

Complete foreign language proficiency through the SFA 2132 level or sign language through the SFA 2302 level.

Additional Humanities

3. Major

A departmental major of at least 30 semester hours, but not more than 36 hours, with at least 18 hours advanced and at least 12 hours advanced at SFA.

4. Minor

An academic minor of at least 18 semester hours, but not more than 24 semester hours, with at least nine advance hours and at least six advanced at SFA.  This requirement does not apply to the B.A. in Mass Communication with additional MCM courses.

5. Advanced, Residence and Grade Requirements

  • Thirty-three or more semester hours of advanced (3000 and/or 4000 level) course work.
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours of advanced coursework work in residence at SFA.
  • A grade of at least “C” in each freshman English (ENGL 1301  and ENGL 1302 ) course.
  • A “C” average at SFA; a “C” average in major courses taken at SFA; and a “C” average in minor courses taken at SFA.  These required averages are based on those courses in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan.

6. Hours to total 120

Enough additional semester hours to make a total of at least 120 semester hours.  To be discussed with advisor.

7. Writing Requirement

All students completing a degree program in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts  must meet the standards for writing in the discipline set by their major.  Students should see their departmental advisor for those standards.

8. Double-dipping Rule

Double-dipping is using the same course to fulfill two different requirements in a degree plan.  Normally, students may not double-dip more than six to seven hours across their degree plan.  Anything beyond that must be approved by the dean.

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