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Bachelor of Arts

B.A. in Liberal Studies, Professional Option | Degree Completion Program

Program Description

Offered at Cal State LA Downtown, the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Professional Option degree completion program allows students to develop their skills in writing and communicating across disciplines, contexts, and forms of media.
The coursework tackles issues and subject matter that are particularly pressing for the work force of the 21st century. Courses include cross-cultural examinations of aging, disability, race, ethics, globalization, and the environment. In addition, students also take courses focused on the literature, film, arts movements, and art institutions of Los Angeles, a global city where traditions from around the world intersect in unique ways.
Students will develop their writing, research, and communication skills through courses focused on civic communication, professional writing, and public relations. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have received a broad interdisciplinary training enabling them to apply concepts from the social sciences and liberal arts to workplace settings. They will emerge with strengthened research, problem solving, and communications skills.
Note: Courses are generally offered once per week in the evenings, Monday-Thursday. Students are able to take between three and 12 units each semester.
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Who Should Enroll?

This program is ideal for:
  • Students with upper division standing who have an interest in completing or earning their degree in liberal studies
  • Working professionals who previously started a college program, but were unable to finish the requirements for a bachelor's degree

Tuition & Fees

Cost per Unit $425
Total Program Cost $25,500

Financial Assistance

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To be considered for admission into the Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs, applicants must be considered an “upper-division transfer student.”
Applicants who have completed 60 transferable semester (90 quarter) units of college coursework are considered upper-division transfer students. Transferable courses are those designated for baccalaureate credit by the college or university offering the courses and accepted as such by the campus to which the applicant seeks admission. Most commonly, college level credits earned from an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting agency are accepted for transfer to campuses of the CSU.
Generally, applicants will qualify for consideration for upper-division transfer admission if they meet the following requirements. Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be denied admission:
  • Complete at least 60 transferrable semester (90 quarter) units, including the necessary coursework to fulfill Cal State LA’s lower-division General Education requirements
  • Earn grades of “C” or better in college-level English Composition, Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, and college-level Mathematics courses:
  • Have an overall minimum transferrable college grade point average of at least 2.00
  • Be in good standing and eligible to re-enroll at your last college or university attended; and
  • Regardless of residency, if you have not attended a high school/secondary level education institution where English was the principal language of instruction for at least three years full-time, or have not completed a transferable college-level English Composition course from a United States postsecondary institution, with a grade of 'C' or better, you must obtain a minimum English Language Proficiency Exam score
  • F-1 student visas are not available to study in this program
Transferring courses from a California Community College:
Applicants who completed coursework at California community colleges are strongly urged to complete a GE Certification Plan and/or consult with their college transfer counselor regarding meeting the California State University (CSU) admission requirements for upper-division transfer admission. “Certification” is the official notification from a California community college or another CSU campus that a transfer student has completed courses fulfilling lower-division General Education requirements.
Students may transfer a maximum of 70 semester units. If you have additional units, you may not receive unit credit, but course credit may still be offered.
To view how your California community college courses can be articulated at Cal State LA, please visit
For Students Who Are Not GE Certified or Do Not Possess an AA-T or AS-T Degree:
Verification that prior coursework fulfills Cal State LA’s lower-division General Education requirements will not officially be made until the conclusion of students’ first semester. Please note that students who are found to be missing General Education requirements during this verification process must complete all missing GE coursework at a Community College or other institution before they can earn the baccalaureate degree. Please contact us at if you’d like to speak to someone for an unofficial evaluation of your prior college coursework.
Important Note: Students pursuing their degree on Cal State LA’s Main Campus may not take courses at Cal State LA Downtown as part of their degree program. Only students admitted to programs offered in Downtown may attend courses at Cal State LA Downtown after paying all required fees. Current Cal State LA students are welcome to pursue a program at Cal State LA Downtown in addition to their degree, but additional fees will apply. Programs offered at Cal State LA Downtown are not transferable to Cal State LA's Main Campus. Students admitted to a program at Cal State LA Downtown are welcome to pursue a program at Cal State LA's Main Campus, but an additional application is required.

Program Curriculum

(NOTE: In order to successfully earn your B.A. in Liberal Studies, students are required to complete all of the courses listed in the link below.)

To Apply/Application Deadline

Fall 2017 Application Deadline: May 31, 2017


Please submit all official transcripts to:
Cal State LA – B.A. Liberal Studies
5151 State University Drive
Golden Eagle Room 215
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8619