University Studies - BS, Liberal Arts Concentration

The University Studies Degree format provides students flexibility to create individualized degree plans at Texas A&M. The format also provides additional opportunities for study in the College of Liberal Arts when there is restricted admission to specific departments. The University Studies in Liberal Arts (USLA) is a unique degree plan that consists of a foundational knowledge of Liberal Arts as a discipline, advanced work in social sciences and humanities, and two minors uniquely chosen by each student.

The 21-credit-hour concentration is uniquely administered by the college, rather than by a department, and includes coursework drawn from all twelve college departments and five interdisciplinary programs. The degree, although B.S., requires a year of college-level foreign language and an additional 12 hours of communication, literature, and social science.

Students of USLA will be able to form their own program of study to acquire a broad interdisciplinary knowledge of the field of Liberal Arts. They will take courses in both the social sciences and the humanities, and receive the skills sets of a Liberal Arts degree: appreciation of different lifestyles and points of view; balanced knowledge of the social sciences and humanities; analytical, problem-solving skills; independent thinking but the ability to work in groups on collaborative projects; flexibility and adaptability; effective oral and written communication; the ability to interact with people at different levels.

A University Studies concentration in Liberal Arts is the ideal curricular model for allowing students to focus on the complexities of national and global problems, acquisition of skills needed for lifelong learning, such as critical thinking, communication, and the value of teamwork in problem solving. The core courses (upper-level courses in social science and humanities) and the additional requirements of foreign language, writing, and critical thinking, along with individualized minors, will position students on the many different career paths available in today’s job markets for Liberal Arts graduates with their enhanced skills sets.

A student enrolled in the University Studies concentration of Liberal Arts may not pursue a double major or a double degree.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 1 3
LBAR 203 Foundations of the Liberal Arts: Humanities 3
American history 3
Foreign language 2 4
Mathematics 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
LBAR 204 Foundations of the Liberal Arts: Social Sciences 3
American history 3
Communication 3
Foreign language 2 4
Mathematics 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Minor 3 3
Minor 3 3
Humanities directed elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Government/Political science 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Minor 3 3
Minor 3 3
Social science directed elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Minor 3 3
Minor 3 3
Humanities directed elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Creative arts 3
Literature directed elective 3
Minor 3 3
Minor 3 3
Social science directed elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Minor 3 3
Minor 3 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
LBAR 491 Research 3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 3
Minor 3 3
Minor 3 3
General elective 3,6 1
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program.  See your academic advisor for further information.