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Liberal Arts, B.L.A.

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 nontraditional 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 on the Provost website.

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. Minimum eligibility requirements for admission to the BLA degree program:

  1. 24 university credits completed at the 100 level or above.
  2. Completion of ENG S111 Methods of Written Communication or transfer course equivalency — Note: C (2.00) or better required
  3. Completion of MATH S113 Concepts and Contemporary Applications of Mathematics, MATH S151 College Algebra for Calculus, STAT S107 Survey of Statistics, or transfer course equivalency. Note: Admission permitted with MATH S105 Intermediate Algebra or equivalency and concurrent enrollment in MATH S113, S151, or STAT S107.

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

Degree Requirements (2015-2016 Catalog)

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.

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 (2.0) or better.

Liberal Arts Core

HUMS200Orientation to the Liberal Arts2
HUMS210Student Portfolio1
___S___Communications, Literature or Writing (upper-division elective)*3
___S___Philosophy (Introduction, Logic, or Ethics)**3
___S___Social Science, Math, or Natural Science (elective)3-4
___S___Cultural Diversity Courses***6-8

* COMM S3XX, COMM S4XX, ENGL S3XX, ENGL S4XX

** PHIL S101, PHIL S201, PHIL S206, PHIL S301

*** Cultural Diversity courses include: world languages, world history, Alaska Native languages, or BLA faculty advisor-approved courses in anthropology, art, communication, literature, and the humanities or social sciences, including transfer or study abroad courses, with an evident focus in cultural diversity.

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

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.

General Requirements for all emphasis options:

  1. During the semester the student is admitted the BLA, an Emphasis option 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 Humanities Capstone

Liberal Arts Electives/Minor

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.

Designated Emphasis

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.

The following Designated Emphasis areas are available:

Alaska Native Languages and Studies Designated Emphasis

Minimum Emphasis Credit Hours42
Designated Emphasis17
Electives25

Designated Emphasis Requirements

ANTHS200AK Native Cultures3
HUMS499Humanities Capstone3

Select both

AKLS105Elementary Tlingit I4
AKLS106Elementary Tlingit II4

or both

AKLS107Elementary Haida I4
AKLS108Elementary Haida II4

Select one from the following (3 credits):

ANTHS475AK Native Social Change3
ARTS263NW Coast Native Art, History, & Culture3

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).

Electives

Select from the following (25 credits):*

AKLS106Elementary Tlingit II4
AKLS108Elementary Haida II4
AKLS205Intermediate Tlingit I4
AKLS206Intermediate Tlingit II4
AKLS207Intermediate Haida I4
AKLS208Intermediate Haida II4
AKLS241Native Oratory1
AKLS305Advanced Tlingit I3
AKLS306Advanced Tlingit II3
AKLS307Advanced Haida I3
AKLS308Advanced Haida II3
AKLS401AK Native Apprentice/Mentor1-3
AKLS410Heritage Language Teaching Methods and Materials3
AKLS451Intro to Tlingit Linguistics I3
AKLS452Intro to Tlingit Linguistics II3
ANTHS225Artistic Expressions and Oral Narratives of Alaska Natives3
ANTHS335Native North Americans3
ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS428Tlingit Culture and History3
ANTHS435NW Coast Cultures3
ANTHS458Alaska Native Economic and Political Development3
ARTS180NW Coast Art: Selected Topics1-3
ARTS181Beginning NW Coast Design1-3
ARTS183Harvest and Preparation of Basket Materials0.5
ARTS189NW Coast Tool Making2
ARTS280NW Coast Art: Selected Topics1-3
ARTS281Intermediate NW Coast Design1-3
ARTS282Beginning NW Coast Basketry1-3
ARTS284NW Coast Basket Design1
ARTS285Beginning NW Coast Carving1-3
ARTS286Beg NW Coast Woolen Weaving1-3
ARTS380NW Coast Art: Selected Topics1-3
ARTS381Advanced NW Coast Design1-3
ARTS382Intermediate NW Coast Basketry1-3
ARTS385Intermediate NW Coast Carving1-3
ARTS386Intermediate NW Coast Woolen Weaving1-3
ARTS480NW Coast Art: Selected Topics1-3
ARTS482Advanced NW Coast Basketry1-3
ARTS485Advanced NW Coast Carving1-3
ARTS486Advanced NW Coast Woolen Weaving1-3
ENGLS365Literature of AK: Native and Non-Native Perspectives3
ENGLS370Native American Literature3
GEOGS302Geography of AK: People, Places, Potential3
HISTS115Alaska, Land and People3
HISTS341History of Alaska3
* 15 credits must be upper division

Language Arts Designated Emphasis

Language Arts Fields
English (ENGL), Communication (COMM), Theatre (THR)
Primary Field
24 credits (minimum 15 credits upper division)
Secondary Field
15 credits (minimum 6 credits upper-division)
Capstone (3 credits)
HUM S499 Humanities Capstone

Outdoor and Adventure Studies Designated Emphasis

Minimum Emphasis Credit Hours52-56
Designated Emphasis31-35
ODS Electives15
Upper Division Electives6

Designated Emphasis Requirements

ENGLS303Literature and the Environment3
HUMS270Sport, Leisure, and Culture3
HUMS499Humanities Capstone3
ODSS120Wilderness First Responder4
ODS S243Introduction to Outdoor Leadership3
ODSS244Outdoor Leadership3
ODSS245Outdoor Leadership Capstone2-4
ODSS372Mountain Adv: Phil, Lit & Pract3
ODSS444Expedition Planning/Leadership2
ODSS445Outdoor Studies Emphasis Capstone2-4
PHILS371Perspectives on the Natural World3

ODS Electives

Select from the following (15 credits):

ODSS114Backpacking in SE Alaska1-2
ODSS115Winter Backpacking in SE Alaska1
ODSS116Introduction to Rock Climbing1-2
ODSS117Introduction to Ice Climbing1-2
ODSS118Avalanche Eval and Theory I2
ODSS119Intro to Fly Fishing, Tying & Casting2
ODSS133Introduction to Sea Kayaking1
ODSS148Backcountry Skiing/Snowboarding1
ODSS205Backcountry Navigation and Travel2
ODSS216Rock Climbing Level II1-3
ODSS217Ice Climbing Level II1-3
ODSS218Avalanche Eval/Theory Level II2
ODSS221Glacier Travel/Crevasse Rescue Fundamentals2
ODSS222Mountaineering I2
ODSS___  

Upper Division Electives

Select two from the following (6 credits):*

ANTHS314Archaeology of SE Alaska3
ANTHS342Arctic Ethnology3
ANTHS408Ethnobiology3
ANTHS428Tlingit Culture and History3
ANTHS458Alaska Native Economic and Political Development3
ENGLS363Nature Writing3
ENGLS365Literature of AK: Native and Non-Native Perspectives3
ENGLS370Native American Literature3
ENGLS423Ecocriticism3
ENVSS407Snow Hydrology4
ENVSS415Biogeography & Landscape Ecology3
ENVSS422Earth’s Climate System3
GEOGS312Humans and the Environment3
GEOLS300Geology of Alaska3
GEOLS301Geomorphology4
GEOLS302Hydrology4
GEOLS310Glaciation and Climate Change3
GOVTS313Alaska Politics and Government3
SOCS404Environmental Sociology3
*Advisor-approved courses

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
24 credits (minimum 15 credits upper division)
Secondary Field
15 credits (minimum 15 credits upper-division)
Capstone (3 credits)
HUM S499 Capstone

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.

Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology (ANCH S202), Biological Anthropology (ANTH S205)
Art
Two-semester History or World Art survey (ART S261/S262)
English
History
Two-semester History survey: History of the U.S. (HIST S131/S132) or World History (HIST S105/106) and Seminar in History: Selected Topics (HIST S492).
Humanities
Any two of the following Humanities disciplines: Art, Communications, English, History, Alaska Native Languages (including Tlingit, Haida), Modern Languages (including Spanish), Philosophy, Theatre, or BLA faculty advisor approved Humanities discipline.
Discipline 1
12 credits (min. 9 credits upper division)
Discipline 2
12 credits (min. 6 credits upper division)
Psychology
Introduction to Psychology (PSY S101), Research Methods and Statistics (STAT S107 or higher), Social Science Research Methods (SSCI S300), or BLA faculty advisor approved course.
Social Science
Any two of the following Social Science disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, Government (Political Science), History, Psychology, Sociology, or BLA faculty advisor approved Social Science discipline.
Discipline 1
12 credits (min. 9 credits upper division)
Discipline 2
12 credits (min. 6 credits upper division)
Sociology
Introduction to Sociology (SOC S101) and either a statistics course (STAT S107 or higher) or a research methods course (SSCI S300 or other BLA faculty advisor approved methods course).
Theatre

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: Anthropology, Art, Biology, Communication, Creative Writing, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Government, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Tlingit Language.

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.

Internship Opportunities

The UAS Career Services office provides a current listing of internship opportunities available to UAS students. Internships can be paid/unpaid, and are offered by local, regional, and national organizations and businesses. Internship oftentimes turn into full time job offers following graduation which make them both advantageous and lucrative. If you have an interest in internships please contact Career Services for assistance. If admitted to a degree program you can also speak with a faculty member if you are interested in an internship for academic credit.

 
 

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