If it’s change you’re seeking, on both a professional and personal level, you’ve found the degree that can empower you take the next step. The BA in Liberal Studies allows you to concentrate in the following academic areas: Addiction Studies, Business and Social Entrepreneurship, Child Studies, Creative Writing, Liberal Studies, Psychology, Queer Studies, and Urban Studies. The BA in Liberal Studies degree offers a strong learning foundation through experiential learning, close faculty relationships, and flexible coursework.
We offer flexible options for shaping your coursework and provide a faculty mentor to help you navigate the program. Your personal and professional pursuits are key components of the qualifications you bring with you, and they should be celebrated, not disrupted. Become part of a powerful community of engaged adult learners, and acquire the skills, knowledge, and hands-on experience to meet your goals.
As part of our dedication to returning students, we assign a faculty mentor who will help you navigate your program of choice and explain the flexible options available for shaping your coursework. After all, we know it’s unrealistic to put your life on hold while you complete your bachelor’s degree.
The personal and professional qualifications you bring with you are vital to your career goals and they should be celebrated, not discarded. Course credits for experience outside of the classroom is earned through documentation of prior learning, internships, and independent study, dramatically reducing both the tuition cost and degree completion time.
Through the AULA Fast Track Programs, eligible undergraduate students are able to take graduate courses that will apply toward both the student’s current bachelor’s degree as well as future credential program or master’s degree. Taking fast track classes shortens the time and investment required to complete a teaching credential or graduate degree at AULA. Depending on the program, these units typically can satisfy up to a quarter or semester graduate degree requirements. To learn more, please see below.
The length of time it will take a student to complete a degree depends upon (1) the number of credits transferred into the program and (2) the number of credit hours taken each term. Antioch University operates on the quarter system. There are ten weeks of classes each quarter followed by a three-week break while instructors review and evaluate students’ work.
- 180 total quarter units (earned at AULA or transferred in)
- 45 Antioch University units (earned at AULA)
- Successful completion of our gateway course, Educational Foundations, during the first quarter of enrollment.
- 36 units of General Studies courses (6 units in each of the following domains): Communications, Science, Humanities, Quantitative, Social Science, Fine Art
- 90 upper division units
- 6 units non-classroom learning
For those selecting a specialized degree concentration, a minimum of 40 units are required in the major area of concentration.
The bachelor’s programs offered at AULA provide students with a broad base of knowledge, skills, experience, and the intellectual flexibility to become critically informed participants in their professions and communities. The programs foster students’ critical awareness by examining the multiple contexts that shape knowledge and inspire courageous action. By linking knowledge to agency, the programs challenge students to demonstrate their commitment to personal responsibility, concern for the rights of others, and to the goal of achieving social justice in our communities and our world.
- Critical and analytical thinking
- The ability to understand issues from multiple perspectives
- The ability to connect learning to lived experience
- Social awareness, community engagement, and global citizenship
- Core competency in foundational skills including:
- Quantitative reasoning
- Information literacy
- Technological literacy
- Oral communication
How to Apply
Complete and submit the Online Application.
- Complete and submit the Admissions Dialogue.
- Submit the Application Fee $50. Note: The application fee is waived for anyone attending an information session. Interested in attending? Sign up now!
- Request official transcripts from every accredited institution from which you have received units of academic credit. You must provide evidence that you have successfully completed 36 quarter units (24 semester units) or more of college-level learning.
- All materials are submitted to the Admissions Office. All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
For students interested in receiving federal and state financial aid, high school graduation or an equivalency such as a GED is required. Students can also fulfill this requirement by completing six credit hours or equivalent course work toward a degree or certificate, or by receiving a passing score on an exam demonstrating an ability-to-benefit from a higher education. Students seeking governmental financial assistance may be asked to provide proof of high school completion or equivalency, as well as transcripts from previous college-level work.
|Quarter||International Application*||Priority Application**||Final Application***||Classes Begin|
|Spring 2018||January 22, 2018||January 22, 2018||Applications still being accepted||April 2, 2018|
|Summer 2018||April 23, 2018||April 23, 2018||May 18, 2018||July 2, 2018|
|Fall 2018||July 23, 2018||July 23, 2018||August 17, 2018||October 1, 2018|
|Units per quarter||Cost|
|Full time (12-15 units)||$6,790|
|Half time (6-8 units)||$4,074|
|Less than half time||$679 per unit|
A majority of AULA students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants—are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AULA. Returning to school is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful one.
Community College Scholarship
A special Scholarship exists for undergraduate students transferring from a community college with whom AULA has an articulation agreement. If granted a Community College Scholarship, Antioch will waive the tuition for your first 6 units, a savings of up to $4,000. You are eligible for this scholarship if you have earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and at least 24 transferable semester units at a qualifying community college.
- BA in Liberal Studies, Addiction Studies
- BA in Liberal Studies, Business and Social Entrepreneurship
- BA in Liberal Studies, Child Studies
- BA in Liberal Studies, Creative Writing
- BA in Liberal Studies, Liberal Studies
- BA in Liberal Studies, Psychology
- BA in Liberal Studies, Queer Studies
- BA in Liberal Studies, Urban Studies
Undergraduate New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation is scheduled every term. It’s a chance for students to visit campus, meet faculty, register for classes and get started on their educational journey. Upon acceptance into the program, students receive specific information for the New Student Orientation designed for them.
|BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAMS|
|Spring Quarter 2018|
|Wednesday, March 7th, 5:00pm-7:00pm||AULA Library, 4th floor|
|Thursday, March 22nd, 3:00pm-5:00pm||Teaching & Learning Center, 4th floor|
To RSVP for an orientation, admitted students should email:undergraduatestudies.aula@
One of the unique features of our program is an opportunity we call prior learning. We respect your life experience and recognize that college-level learning often takes place outside of academic settings. Many students bring a wealth of such prior learning to their studies, and we offer the option to convert this learning into academic credit through appropriate documentation, self-reflection, and evaluation by a qualified faculty member.
For example, a student who entered the program as an accomplished digital artist earned credit by compiling a portfolio of her digital art and writing an analysis of her learning in the field. Another student who had lost a brother to AIDS reviewed literature on the stages of grief and wrote a paper integrating the findings of academic studies with her personal experience of grief.
Students work with their faculty advisor to pursue the prior learning opportunities based on their specific experience. A student can earn up to 44 quarter units of credit through prior learning documentation.
In today’s economy, with its demand for educated workers with college and advanced degrees, many of our undergraduate students enter our program on an express train headed for graduate study and credentialing that will quickly equip them to compete successfully in the career of their choice. This is often especially true for our returning adult students who are in the process of changing careers or defining a new career path for which their previous education did not prepare them.
To help our students economize on the time and money they spend on completing their education, Undergraduate Studies collaborates with our graduate programs to offer fast track options that allow qualified undergraduate students to earn significant advanced standing in our teaching credential program and in our master’s programs. Taking fast track classes shortens the time and investment required to complete a teaching credential or graduate degree at AULA. Fast track classes or Advanced Standing are available into most of our graduate programs.