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Degree Requirements for the Online BA in Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts major is an interdisciplinary degree designed to deliver the University’s signature knowledge of an integrated view of the modern disciplines in light of the knowledge and experience of consciousness. This view is introduced in the first course in the major, “The Science and Technology of Consciousness,” and then further elaborated throughout the major.

Two courses specifically look at the integration of human physiology with consciousness and the integration of physics with consciousness. Students are also required to take courses in mathematics, health, as well as the humanities and social sciences. In a final senior project, they demonstrate their ability to integrate two or more fields on the basis of their deepening knowledge and experience of consciousness.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Display improvements in perception, thinking, feeling, and overall growth of consciousness.
  2. Display a healthy and optimal quality of life that allows them to get through their daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress.
  3. Apply unifying principles within and across disciplines to synthesize ideas, integrate divergent perspectives, and understand what they have learned in light of their own consciousness.
  4. Evaluate their confidence in a thesis or judgment on the basis of logic, reliable evidence, ethical values, and openness to alternative assumptions and points of view.
  5. Respond to and express ideas, feelings, and information in speech, text, and other media.

Program Requirements

To graduate with a degree in the liberal arts students must successfully complete 41 credits of coursework to include:

  • STC 108 – The Science and Technology of Consciousness (5 credits)
  • PH 101 – Physiology is Consciousness (4 credits)
  • PHYS 301 – Foundations of Physics and Cosmology (4 credits)
  • MATH 130 – Quantitative Reasoning (4 credits)*
  • WTG 192 – College Composition 2 or WTG 195 Writing for Professional Development (4 credits)*
  • FOR 431 – Higher States of Consciousness (2 credits)
  • LA 400 – Senior Project (4-8 credits)
  • FOR 103 – Health-Related Fitness (2 credits)*
  • One CCTS Critical and Creative Thinking Seminar course from the following list (4 credits):
    • FA204 CCTS: Quest for Self Knowledge
    • MC-W250 CCTS: Power of the Word
    • PHYS 297 CCTS: Philosophy of Science

And eight (8) additional upper-division credits from at least two separate academic fields (e.g., humanities and social sciences):

* May be met through transfer credit

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