Liberal Arts, B.L.A.

Juneau, e-Learning

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree is designed for UAS students seeking a broad-based, multidisciplinary education. It is designed particularly for those students who have already completed a two-year Associates degree, transfer students from other universities, and non-traditional students who have previously completed university credits.

Students consult with faculty in their areas of interest to pursue interdisciplinary or individualized courses of study. This Liberal Arts degree can lead to graduate school or jobs in which critical thinking and communication skills are valued. BLA graduates who are interested in teaching may also apply to the one-year Master at Arts in Teaching programs at UAS. Program assessment plans and student learning outcomes are posted at the Program Assessment website.

Liberal Arts Emphasis Options

In each BLA degree program, students pursue one of the following Emphasis options: Designated Emphasis, Interdisciplinary Studies, or Independent Design. Courses used for GER credit cannot be used to fulfill Liberal Arts Emphasis courses or must be replaced by substitute disciplinary courses of equal credits.

BLA degrees must include:

  1. 120 credits minimum.
  2. 60 credits minimum in the Liberal Arts Major (18 credits Liberal Arts Core, 42 credits Liberal Arts Emphasis). Of this total, 45 credits minimum must be completed through UAS.
  3. 42 credits minimum upper-division.
  4. No more than 12 credits of independent study, practicum or internship in the Liberal Arts Major.
  5. 3 credits minimum upper-division capstone course completed through UAS.

Admission Requirements

Students need to complete a formal application process at Admissions on the local campus (Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka) or online at uaonline.alaska.edu.

Minimum eligibility requirements for admission to the BLA degree program:

Credits completed at the 100 level or above24
ENGL S111Methods of Written Communication (C (2.00) or better) 13
MATH S113Concepts and Contemporary Applications of Mathematics 1,23
MATH S151College Algebra for Calculus 1,24
STAT S107Survey of Statistics 1,24
1

Or transfer equivalency

2

Admission permitted with MATH S105 or equivalency and concurrent enrollment in MATH S113, MATH S151 or STAT S107.

Students are placed in “premajor” status and will be moved to major status pending advisor approval.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements35
Liberal Arts Major60
Electives/Minor25

The Liberal Arts Major combines Core and Emphasis courses. Of the 60 total credits required for the Major, 45 must be completed through UAS. Courses completed for the Liberal Arts Major must receive a grade of C (2.00) or better. Courses in a degree program may be counted only once: that is, courses used as Major requirements cannot be used in other parts of the degree program. Courses used for GER credit cannot be used to fulfill Liberal Arts Major courses or must be replaced by substitute courses of equal credits.

Liberal Arts Core

Minimum Liberal Arts Core18
HUM S200Orientation to the Liberal Arts2
HUM S210BLA Portfolio Review1
Alaska Native or other Language (not English) 16-8
Alaska Native Studies 23-4
Communications, Literature, or Writing (upper-division elective) 33
Philosophy, (Introduction, Logic, or Ethics) 43
Electives (if applicable, see footnotes) 1, 29
1

This requirement may be waived if the Liberal Arts major includes at least six credits of the same language (not English).  Note that, in this case, an additional 6 credits in the core electives will be needed.

2

This requirement may be waived if the Liberal Arts major includes an approved course focusing on Alaska Native Studies.  Note that, in this case, an additional 3 credits in the core electives will be needed. This is a list of approved courses: AKL SXXX, ANS SXXX, ANTH S200, ANTH S225, ANTH S428, ANTH S435, ANTH S475, ART S180, ART S183, ART S189, ART S263, ART S280, ART S281, ART S282, ART S284, ART S285, ART S286, ART S380, ART S381, ART S382, ART S385, ART S386, ART S480, ART S482, ART S485, ART S486, ENGL S365, ENGL S370, GEOG S302, HIST S341, PS S313. 

Only 400 level ART courses are repeatable for credit.

3

COMM S3XX, COMM S4XX, ENGL S3XX, ENGL S4XX

4

PHIL S101, PHIL S201, PHIL S206, PHIL S301

Upon admission into the BLA program, students are required to enroll in Orientation to the Liberal Arts and Student Portfolio courses. These courses are designed to assist students in planning their program of study with the approval of their BLA faculty advisor. The portfolio is used for purposes of continuing self-assessment during the student’s BLA program. Students must complete the Orientation and Portfolio courses within the first three semesters after matriculation; those who do not will be dropped from the BLA program and must officially reapply for admission.

Liberal Arts Emphasis

42 credits

General Requirements for all emphasis options:

  1. During the semester the student is admitted to the BLA, an Emphasis option (listed below) must be formally declared by the student and approved by the BLA coordinator or the student’s faculty advisor.
  2. 24 minimum upper-division in credits required in the Emphasis program (18 minimum credits completed through UAS).
  3. Includes a Capstone Course: HUM S499.

Designated Emphasis

A designated emphasis provides a focused course of study in the Liberal Arts not available through other baccalaureate degree programs offered through UAS.

Alaska Native Languages and Studies

Designated Emphasis Requirements 42 credits
ANTH S200Alaska Native Cultures3
HUM S499Humanities Capstone3
ANS S460ANCSA and Tribal Governance3
or ANTH S475 Alaska Native Social Change
or ART S263 Northwest Coast Native Art History and Culture
Select one of the following language sequences:8
Beginning Tlingit I
and Beginning Tlingit II
Beginning Haida I
and Beginning Haida II
Any Alaska Native Languages or Northwest Coast Art course, or any Alaska Native-Specific Humanities, Social Science, or Cross-disciplinary courses approved by the BLA Alaska Native Studies Faculty Advisor (these courses may be from different disciplines, but all must have Alaska Native themes or issues as an important component in their curriculum).
Electives25
Select 25 credits of electives, 15 of which must be upper-division.
Beginning Tlingit II
Beginning Haida II
Intermediate Tlingit I
Intermediate Tlingit II
Intermediate Haida II
Intermediate Haida II
Native Oratory
Advanced Tlingit I
Advanced Tlingit II
Advanced Haida I
Advanced Haida II
Alaska Language Apprenticeship/Mentorship
Heritage Language Teaching Methods and Materials
Introduction to Tlingit Linguistics I
Introduction to Tlingit Linguistics II
Artistic Expressions and Oral Narratives of Alaska Natives
Native North Americans
Arctic Anthropology
Tlingit Culture and History
Northwest Coast Cultures
Alaska Native Economic and Political Development
Northwest Coast Art: Selected Topics
Beginning Northwest Coast Design
Harvest and Preparation of Basket Materials
Northwest Coast Tool Making
Northwest Coast Art: Selected Topics
Intermediate Northwest Coast Design
Beginning Northwest Coast Basketry
Northwest Coast Basket Design
Beginning Northwest Coast Carving
Beginning Northwest Coast Woolen Weaving
Northwest Coast Art: Selected Topics
Advanced Northwest Coast Design
Intermediate Northwest Coast Basketry
Intermediate Northwest Coast Carving
Intermediate Northwest Coast Woolen Weaving
Northwest Coast Art: Selected Topics
Advanced Northwest Coast Basketry
Advanced Northwest Coast Carving
Advanced Northwest Coast Woolen Weaving
Literature of Alaska: Native and Non-Native Perspectives
Native American Literature
Geogrphay of Alaska: People/Places/Potential
History of Alaska
Alaska Politics and Government
Total Credits42

Outdoor and Adventure Studies

Minimum emphasis credit hours 52-56

Designated Emphasis Requirements
ENGL S303Literature and the Environment3
HUM S270Sport, Leisure and Culture3
HUM S499Humanities Capstone3
ODS S120Wilderness First Responder4
ODS S243Introduction to Outdoor Leadership3
ODS S244Outdoor Leadership2
ODS S245Outdoor Leadership Capstone1-4
ODS S372Mountain Adventure: Philosophy, Literature and Practice3
ODS S444Expedition Planning and Leadership2
ODS S445Outdoor Studies Emphasis Capstone2-4
PHIL S371Perspectives on the Natural World3
ODS Electives
Select 15 credits of the following:15
Backpacking in Southeast Alaska
Winter Backpacking in Southeast Alaska
Introduction to Rock Climbing
Introduction to Ice Climbing
Avalanche Evaluation and Theory I
Introduction to Fly Fishing, Tying, and Casting
Introduction to Sea Kayaking
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding
Backcountry Navigation
Rock Climbing Level II
Ice Climbing Level II
Avalanche Evaluation and Theory Level II
Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Fundamentals
Mountaineering I
Other approved ODS skills courses
Upper-Division Electives 1
Select two of the following:6
Archaeology of Southeast Alaska
Arctic Anthropology
Ethnobiology
Tlingit Culture and History
Alaska Native Economic and Political Development
Nature Writing
Literature of Alaska: Native and Non-Native Perspectives
Native American Literature
Ecocriticism
Glaciology
Snow Hydrology
Biogeography and Landscape Ecology
Earth's Climate System
Humans and the Environment
Geology of Alaska
Geomorphology
Hydrology
Alaska Politics and Government
Environmental Sociology
Total Credits50-55
1

Advisor-approved courses

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements35
Liberal Arts Major60
Electives/Minor25

The Liberal Arts Major combines Core and Emphasis courses. Of the 60 total credits required for the Major, 45 must be completed through UAS. Courses completed for the Liberal Arts Major must receive a grade of C (2.00) or better. Courses in a degree program may be counted only once: that is, courses used as Major requirements cannot be used in other parts of the degree program. Courses used for GER credit cannot be used to fulfill Liberal Arts Major courses or must be replaced by substitute courses of equal credits.

Liberal Arts Core

Minimum Liberal Arts Core18
HUM S200Orientation to the Liberal Arts2
HUM S210BLA Portfolio Review1
Alaska Native or other Language (not English) 16-8
Alaska Native Studies 23-4
Communications, Literature, or Writing (upper-division elective) 33
Philosophy, (Introduction, Logic, or Ethics) 43
Electives (if applicable, see footnotes) 1, 29
1

This requirement may be waived if the Liberal Arts major includes at least six credits of the same language (not English).  Note that, in this case, an additional 6 credits in the core electives will be needed.

2

This requirement may be waived if the Liberal Arts major includes an approved course focusing on Alaska Native Studies.  Note that, in this case, an additional 3 credits in the core electives will be needed. This is a list of approved courses: AKL SXXX, ANS SXXX, ANTH S200, ANTH S225, ANTH S428, ANTH S435, ANTH S475, ART S180, ART S183, ART S189, ART S263, ART S280, ART S281, ART S282, ART S284, ART S285, ART S286, ART S380, ART S381, ART S382, ART S385, ART S386, ART S480, ART S482, ART S485, ART S486, ENGL S365, ENGL S370, GEOG S302, HIST S341, PS S313. 

Only 400 level ART courses are repeatable for credit.

3

COMM S3XX, COMM S4XX, ENGL S3XX, ENGL S4XX

4

PHIL S101, PHIL S201, PHIL S206, PHIL S301

Upon admission into the BLA program, students are required to enroll in Orientation to the Liberal Arts and Student Portfolio courses. These courses are designed to assist students in planning their program of study with the approval of their BLA faculty advisor. The portfolio is used for purposes of continuing self-assessment during the student’s BLA program. Students must complete the Orientation and Portfolio courses within the first three semesters after matriculation; those who do not will be dropped from the BLA program and must officially reapply for admission.

Liberal Arts Emphasis

42 credits

General Requirements for all emphasis options:

  1. During the semester the student is admitted to the BLA, an Emphasis option (listed below) must be formally declared by the student and approved by the BLA coordinator or the student’s faculty advisor.
  2. 24 minimum upper-division in credits required in the Emphasis program (18 minimum credits completed through UAS).
  3. Includes a Capstone Course: HUM S499.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies provides academic depth to a general course of Liberal Arts study by combining cross-disciplinary primary and secondary fields. Primary and secondary fields must be from different disciplines. The Interdisciplinary Studies program must be approved by the student’s BLA faculty advisor.

Primary Field
Minimum 15 credits upper-division24
Secondary Field
Minimum 6 credits upper-division15
Capstone
HUM S499Humanities Capstone3

Primary Field

The primary field consists of BLA faculty advisor approved course electives (24 credits, minimum of 15 credits upper division) under one the following categories. In some instances, minimal course requirements are designated.

Alaska Native Languages and Studies 1
Select one of the following language sequences:8
Beginning Tlingit I
and Beginning Tlingit II
Beginning Haida I
and Beginning Haida II
Anthropology
ANTH S202Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH S205Biological Anthropology3
Art
ART S261History of World Art I3
ART S262History of World Art II3
English
Government/Politcal Science
SSCI S300Research Methods in Social Science3
History
HIST S131History of the U.S. I3
HIST S132History of the U.S. II3
Humanities
Any two of the following Humanities disciplines: Art, English, History, Alaska Native Languages (including Tlingit, Haida), Modern Languages, (including Spanish), Philosophy, Theatre, or BLA faculty advisor approved Humanities discipline.12
Discipline 1
Minimum 9 credits upper-division
Discipline 2
Minimum 6 credits upper-division
Social Sciences
Any two of the following Social Science disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or BLA faculty advisor approved Social Science discipline.
Sociology
SOC S101Introduction to Sociology3
Select one of the following:3-4
Statistics
Survey of Statistics (or higher)
Research Methods
Research Methods in Social Science (or other BLA faculty advisor approved methods course)
1

The remaining courses may be selected from any Alaska Native Languages or Northwest Coast Art course, or any Alaska Native-specific Humanities, Social Science, or Cross-Disciplinary courses approved by the BLA Alaska Native Studies Faculty Advisor (these courses may be from different disciplines, but all must have Alaska Native themes or issues as an important component in their curriculum.  A student completing a primary field in Alaska Native Languages and Studies may not choose a secondary field in Tlingit Language.

Secondary Field

The secondary field, which must be from a different discipline than the primary field, consists of 15 credits (minimum 6 credits upper-division).

Liberal Arts secondary fields available at UAS include: Alaska Native Languages and Studies (See primary field description for minimal requirements), Anthropology, Art, Biology, Communication, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Government, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Tlingit Language.

Liberal Arts Electives/Minor

25 credits

Courses from AA degrees, transfer credits from accredited universities or colleges, or other University of Alaska credits at the 100 level or higher may be counted for elective credit. A Minor field must differ from disciplinary coursework completed for the Liberal Arts Emphasis. Any overlap in specific courses between GER, the Liberal Arts Major, and a Minor requires course substitutions.

Minimum Credit Hours120
General Education Requirements35
Liberal Arts Major60
Electives/Minor25

The Liberal Arts Major combines Core and Emphasis courses. Of the 60 total credits required for the Major, 45 must be completed through UAS. Courses completed for the Liberal Arts Major must receive a grade of C (2.00) or better. Courses in a degree program may be counted only once: that is, courses used as Major requirements cannot be used in other parts of the degree program. Courses used for GER credit cannot be used to fulfill Liberal Arts Major courses or must be replaced by substitute courses of equal credits.

Liberal Arts Core

Minimum Liberal Arts Core18
HUM S200Orientation to the Liberal Arts2
HUM S210BLA Portfolio Review1
Alaska Native or other Language (not English) 16-8
Alaska Native Studies 23-4
Communications, Literature, or Writing (upper-division elective) 33
Philosophy, (Introduction, Logic, or Ethics) 43
Electives (if applicable, see footnotes) 1, 29
1

This requirement may be waived if the Liberal Arts major includes at least six credits of the same language (not English).  Note that, in this case, an additional 6 credits in the core electives will be needed.

2

This requirement may be waived if the Liberal Arts major includes an approved course focusing on Alaska Native Studies.  Note that, in this case, an additional 3 credits in the core electives will be needed. This is a list of approved courses: AKL SXXX, ANS SXXX, ANTH S200, ANTH S225, ANTH S428, ANTH S435, ANTH S475, ART S180, ART S183, ART S189, ART S263, ART S280, ART S281, ART S282, ART S284, ART S285, ART S286, ART S380, ART S381, ART S382, ART S385, ART S386, ART S480, ART S482, ART S485, ART S486, ENGL S365, ENGL S370, GEOG S302, HIST S341, PS S313. 

Only 400 level ART courses are repeatable for credit.

3

COMM S3XX, COMM S4XX, ENGL S3XX, ENGL S4XX

4

PHIL S101, PHIL S201, PHIL S206, PHIL S301

Upon admission into the BLA program, students are required to enroll in Orientation to the Liberal Arts and Student Portfolio courses. These courses are designed to assist students in planning their program of study with the approval of their BLA faculty advisor. The portfolio is used for purposes of continuing self-assessment during the student’s BLA program. Students must complete the Orientation and Portfolio courses within the first three semesters after matriculation; those who do not will be dropped from the BLA program and must officially reapply for admission.

Liberal Arts Emphasis

42 credits

General Requirements for all emphasis options:

  1. During the semester the student is admitted to the BLA, an Emphasis option (listed below) must be formally declared by the student and approved by the BLA coordinator or the student’s faculty advisor.
  2. 24 minimum upper-division in credits required in the Emphasis program (18 minimum credits completed through UAS).
  3. Includes a Capstone Course: HUM S499.

Independent Design

This option is designed for highly motivated students who are interested in completing a BLA program that does not fall under any Designated Emphasis or Interdisciplinary Studies option.

Independently designed BLA programs are available only to students who have a tenure-track faculty member who agrees to supervise their degree program. The student and supervisor will work together to design a degree proposal that provides a coherent body of knowledge at the baccalaureate level. The Independent Design must be approved by the supervising faculty member, the supervising faculty member’s department chair, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

As the program is independently designed, there are no formal limitations on the structure of each student’s program beyond the required Liberal Arts Core. However, the Independent Design has rigorous emphasis requirements:

  1. 45 total credits for the BLA Liberal Arts Major must be completed while enrolled at UAS.
  2. 24 emphasis credits minimum must be upper division.
  3. 30 emphasis credits minimum must be completed after the Independent Design program is approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

Any changes to a program in progress must be approved by the supervising faculty member, the supervising faculty member’s department chair, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences.