Liberal Studies, B.A. (Online)

Build a foundation for your career and purpose. CBU's online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree program prepares students for a wide range of callings.

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Program Intro

Providing a well-rounded and multi-disciplinary foundation, the online B.A. in Liberal Studies competitively positions students to transition into careers as multi-subject elementary school educators or in social services or human services.

48 Units

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16 Months to Completion

*Based on a full-time course load and prior completion of general education and elective requirements

$520 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn Your B.A. in Liberal Studies (Online) at CBU?

Gain a comprehensive education

The online liberal studies bachelor’s program combines multiple academic disciplines for a comprehensive education. The online course format provides flexibility for students with career and family responsibilities. For those seeking to become multiple-subject teachers, the interdisciplinary curriculum exposes students to a range of teaching styles and diversity issues prevalent in today’s multicultural classrooms. 

Become exempt from taking the CSET or CBEST

Students who have earned the liberal studies degree and are interested in obtaining a California multiple subject and/or special education teaching credential(s) would be exempt from taking the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET). Additionally, students could meet the credential's basic skills requirements through coursework and would be exempt from taking the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). 

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Program Details

Consistent with the university student outcomes, upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Communicate unique and alternative perspectives that appeal to a variety of senses and thought processes.
  2. Effectively convey ideas and concepts in an organized and inspiring fashion through oral and written mediums.
  3. Demonstrate command of the various subjects in relation to intended profession.
  4. Apply content and skills from a specialization to professional scenarios.
  5. Utilize various software programs for research, communication and instruction.
  6. Frame situations to provide constructive solutions.

EDU 302: Growth, Development and Learning

This course is a study of human growth and development during the first two decades of life.

EDU 300: American Public School

Exploring the educational paradigm historically and philosophically, students survey curriculum practices, teacher effectiveness, learner needs of the public schools, and classroom management to understand the challenges of teaching today.

HIS 311: Minorities in America

The role of minorities in the development of America. Principal areas of focus are immigration and the immigrant experience and the ethnic experiences of Blacks, Indians, and Hispanics.

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Is financial aid available to help pay for online programs?
Our online degrees offer a reputable and more affordable option for earning your bachelor’s, master's or doctorate degree. When pursuing an online degree, students are freed from the financial obligations that accompany some traditional degrees, such as room accommodations, gas and parking. Additionally, CBU has partnered with select employers to provide their employees with the opportunity to improve their career through their educational goals and receive a 20% tuition scholarship. Learn more about tuition and financial aid.

Are CBU's online programs accredited? 
California Baptist University (CBU), which includes all programs offered online, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Many prospective students are uncertain about which college degrees employers or universities will accept. This regional accreditation by WSCUC means you can be confident that your CBU degree is recognized and respected by schools and companies across the country.

CBU Online has received various awards and has been ranked in the top 50 in the nation - best online bachelor’s degree category by U.S. News & World Report for 7 consecutive years.

What resources do I need to complete my degree online?
To complete your online degree, you will need access to a computer, Wi-Fi and a word processor like Microsoft Word. These are necessary to access the student learning system and complete your assignments. Some programs may require different resources. Check with your enrollment counselor for specific expectations upon applying for your program, or you can view additional information here.

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When you complete and submit your application to CBU, a friendly and knowledgeable admissions counselor will guide you through the admissions process and all the necessary steps to become a Lancer.

CBU accepts applications for online enrollment throughout the year, and most online degree programs can start at 6 semester entry points per calendar year.

2024 Online Semester Classes Begin
Spring 2024 - Session 2 March 4
Summer 2024 - Session 1 May 6
Summer 2024 - Session 2 July 1
Fall 2024 - Session 1 September 2
Fall 2024 - Session 2 October 28

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Career Possibilities

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
  • Archivist
  • Curator

*Some career options may require further education.

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Next Steps

Join a growing group of accomplished alumni who earned their degree while balancing career and family goals. To begin your journey at California Baptist University and connect with your God-given calling, request more information or apply today!