The Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in Liberal Arts are based on the same New School for Public Engagement (NSPE) curriculum. Both require completion of 120 credits, including a minimum of 60 credits for courses designated by NSPE as Liberal Arts courses. Students who take 90 or more credits in designated Liberal Arts courses receive the BA degree. Students who take fewer than 90 credits in Liberal Arts courses receive the BS degree.
Each students works out an individualized program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor. There are no required courses, although anyone admitted with fewer than 30 transfer credits may be required to take academic writing and some other designated "first-year" courses. Students should consult with their academic advisors at least once a semester to be certain they are taking the right balance of courses. They are responsible for keeping track of the number of liberal arts and non-liberal arts credits they need to meet their BA or BS degree requirements. Consult our list to identify liberal arts and non-liberal arts courses in the School of Undergraduate Studies curriculum.
The liberal arts/non-liberal arts distribution described above applies
to transfer credits. For example, if a student seeking the BA degree
transfers 9 performing arts credits from another school, those credits
will be counted toward the 30-credit maximum of non-liberal arts
permitted for the bachelor of arts degree. The student would be limited
to taking 21 additional non-liberal arts credits at NSPE.
Apart from the liberal arts requirements, the following policies apply to all students in NSPE undergraduate degree programs:
Questions about NSPE courses, study options, and degree requirements can be answered by an admission counselor or by a faculty advisor in the School of Undergraduate Studies.
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