Liberal Arts Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts-Liberal Arts Degree Program

A student choosing the Liberal Arts major (LART) will be interested in learning from three intellectually attractive areas of study that, in combination, enhance the student’s educational growth and serve to prepare the student for educational or vocational goals beyond his or her undergraduate degree.

Students admitted to the University of Cincinnati can declare Liberal Arts as their major as incoming first year students or declare this major as they pursue their academic career.

The first two years can be a useful time for students to learn more about a range of areas that could comprise their three components of their degree. While fulfilling their general education and A&S requirements, students can sample a wide variety of disciplines and even start working on a certificate or minor. Talking with faculty and advisors within areas of interest will be useful to learn more about the opportunities in and requirements of the various minors and certificates.

Students are encouraged to review the offerings of minors and certificates within the College of Arts & Sciences and throughout the UC system.

LART Core Curriculum Requirements

These tools assist students to identify course requirements and individual progress toward completion of academic programs. It is important for students to utilize these resources regularly with personalized guidance from the Academic Director and Program Director as well as their three program advisors to ensure timely graduation.

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Applicants should see the Admission Requirements page for more information.  Transfer students should see the Transfer, Transition, and Adult Services page.

For graduation in the Liberal Arts degree program, students will:

  • Choose and fulfill the requirements for three certificates or minors or a combination of both.  One of these may be in a UC college other than the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Earn at least 120 credit hours.  This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Complete the College Core requirements, including the A&S residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete a capstone within one of the student’s programs or, if one is not available, complete the interdisciplinary capstone, INTR5001.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati; this includes a 2.0 in each of their three liberal arts areas, as well as a 2.0 for their general education requirements.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.

LART Example Degree Plans

Sample #1: 

This student chooses a minor in English Literature, a certificate in Religious Studies, and a Psychology minor.  The student plans to take the Psychology Capstone and therefore the schedule reflects the necessary Psychology prerequisites for that capstone.

Fall Semester - Freshman Year

Spring Semester - Freshman Year

Freshman Seminar
ENGL1001 English Comp
Foreign Language
PSYCH1001 (SS) Intro Psychology
Elective
RELG2062* (HP) Hist & Tht: Buddhism
Natural Science (NS)
Foreign Language
ENGL2xxx Literature Course (HU)
Elective

Fall Semester - Sophomore Year

Spring Semester - Sophomore Year

PSYC2010* Human Sexuality
ANTH1001* (SS) Cultural Anthropology
HIST course (HP)
JUDC2031* Biblical Poetry
Elective
ENGL2089 Intermediate Comp
RELG1001* (HU) Intro Religious Stu
PSYC2XXX Psychology elective
ENGL2xxxx Literature course
Elective

Fall Semester - Junior Year

Spring Semester - Junior Year

ENGL2XXX Literature course
PSYCH2001C (QR) Res Meth & Stat
JUDC2028 Intro Biblical Studies
Natural Science (NS)
Elective
ENGL3000 Intro Lit and Cultural St
PSYCH2002C (QR) Res Meth & Stat
PHIL2030*  Philosophy and Religion
ENGL2XXX  Literature course
Elective

Fall Semester - Senior Year

Spring Semester - Senior Year

PSYCH3xxx   Psychology elective
ENGL3xxx Literature course
HIST or JUDC xxxx (Soc, Cult, Hist persp)
Interdisciplinary course (elective)
Elective
PSYCH50XX Capstone
ENGL3xxx Literature course
JUDC or RELG xxxx (Thought & Spirituality)
Elective
Elective

 

Sample #2:

The student chooses Africana Studies minor, a French certificate, and an Early Childhood Education minor (from the College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services, and Information Technology). This student’s high school French studies satisfied our language requirement and placed her into second year French. The student will take the Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Capstone. 

Fall Semester - Freshman Year

Spring Semester - Freshman Year

Freshman Seminar
ENGL1001 English comp
AFST1001 Intro to Africana Stu
Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
FREN2015 (HU) French Comp & Conv
HIST2014* (HP) African-Am History
CJ2055* American Violence (HP)
Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
FREN 2016 French Comp & Conv (HU)
Elective

Fall Semester - Sophomore Year

Spring Semester - Sophomore Year

FREN3001 French Grammar & Comp
AFST2XXX  AFST elective
CJ1001 (SS)  Intro Criminal Justice
Natural Sciences(NS)
Elective
ENGL2089 Intermediate Composition
CJ1002 Intro to Criminology
PSYC1001* (SS)  Intro Psychology
Natural Sciences (NS)
Elective

Fall Semester - Junior Year

Spring Semester - Junior Year

FREN4001*  Advanced French Conver
AFST2XXX  AFST elective
AFST3XXX  AFST elective
CJ2050 Policing in America
Elective
Study abroad* (12 credits –credits apply to FREN minor)
CJ4070* Psych of Criminal Behavior (online)

Fall Semester - Senior Year

Spring Semester - Senior Year

FREN3041 Intro to French Literature
AFSTXXXX  AFST elective
CJ2030 Corrections in America
Elective
Elective
INTR5001 Capstone
AFST3020 “It takes a Village”
CJ4020 Criminal Procedure
AFST3xxxx
Elective