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If you’re seeking personal and professional change, you’ve found the degree program that will help you take the next step. Our BA in Liberal Studies degree program enables you to concentrate in the following academic areas: Addiction Studies, Business and Management Studies, Child Studies, Creative Writing, Liberal Studies (general), Psychology, Queer Studies, and Urban Studies. Our program offers a strong foundation through flexible coursework, experiential learning, and hands-on faculty advising. Join our community of engaged adult learners and acquire the skills, knowledge, and real-world experience to meet your personal and professional goals.
This degree is offered by AU Los Angeles.
Our liberal studies courses inspire our students to become independent lifelong learners with the ability to think critically about the social issues that influence their lives. By linking knowledge to agency and action, our program will support your commitment to social justice and personal responsibility in our communities and the world at large. An advisor will be assigned to work with you personally in order to tailor a degree plan that realizes your specific academic goals and passions.
All Antioch courses and other learning activities are assessed through narrative evaluations written by the instructor at the end of the term. However, you have the option of requesting a grade equivalent as part of a narrative evaluation in order to be reimbursed for tuition by your employer, to apply for certain grants or scholarships, or for admission to graduate programs that require letter grades.
The BA in Liberal Studies degree offers the option of Major and Minor Areas of Concentration. Students must successfully complete 40 units toward a Major Concentration and 20 units toward a Minor Concentration in order for the concentration to be included on the official transcript.
- Addiction Studies
- Business and Management Studies
- Child Studies (minor only)
- Creative Writing
- Liberal Studies (general)
- Queer Studies (minor only)
- Urban Studies
- 180 total quarter units (earned at AULA and transferred in).
- Minimum of 36 transferable quarter units (24-semester units) from previous institutions. Minimum of 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.
- 75 upper division units.
- 6 units non-classroom learning (prior learnings, internships, independent studies).
- For those selecting a concentration, a minimum of 40 units are required for a major area of concentration, and/or 20 units for a minor area of concentration.
The length of time a student takes to complete the degree depends upon (1) the number of credits transferred into the program and (2) the number of credit hours taken each term. For example, a student who transfers in 90 quarter units (60 semester units) can complete the degree in 6 to 7 quarters of full-time enrollment, or 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 years.
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
Antioch’s academic year is comprised of four quarters: fall (October), winter (January), spring (April), and summer (July). Quarters are ten weeks long with a three-week break in between, during which instructors review and evaluate students’ work.
Bachelor’s degree classes have anywhere from 8 to 18 students in each class, and are offered in three formats:
- Three- and four-unit regular classes that meet face-to-face for one 2 hours and 50-minute session per week for 10 weeks. This is the most common format.
- Three- and four-unit online and hybrid classes that alternate face-to-face or video-conference meetings with online activity.
- One- and two-unit workshops that meet for just one or two full days during the quarter and occur on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays.
Additionally, students have a variety of options for earning credit through non-classroom learning activities: internships, prior learning, and independent study projects.
Undergraduate students can earn up to forty-four university credits for learning gained outside of school, for example in a professional setting, or through personal experience. Demonstration of prior learning can take many forms but typically involves showing evidence of the student’s knowledge of the topic and situating that knowledge in an academic context. Unlike our formal classes, prior learning projects are not tied to the quarterly schedule. Earning academic credit for prior learning activities may accelerate a student’s time to degree completion and significantly reduces tuition costs. Students wanting to explore this option must take the Prior Learning workshop before earning this type of credit.
The internship office maintains partnerships with over 200 organizations in Los Angeles and supports students who wish to earn academic credit for hands-on, workplace experience. As interns, students expand their social networks, apply new skills, and actively contribute to community life. As part of the internship process, they also reflect upon the relationship between academic studies and real-world activities.
The following are just a few examples of the many exciting internships our students pursue:
- Promoting resilience through empathy and community building at the Relational Center;
- Mentoring youth artists at Venice Arts to develop skills in photography and other creative media;
- Learning and applying anti-bullying principles at The AnonymoUS Initiative;
- Literary editing and web publishing for Antioch’s online literary journal Two Hawks Quarterly;
- Assistant-Teaching for Bridge, Antioch’s free community humanities program for non-traditional adult students;
- Learning at their own jobs.
Internships represent one way for students to satisfy the non-classroom learning degree requirement.
Antioch offers “Fast Track” options into many of our graduate programs, as well as the teacher credentialing program. Once accepted, undergraduate students complete their remaining bachelor’s degree units by taking first-term graduate courses. Units earned in Fast Track apply toward both the student’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees, saving significant time and money in the process.
Prior to applying for the graduate program, undergraduate students must consult with their Academic Advisors to determine their eligibility to become a Fast Track candidate and gain approval from the Undergraduate Studies Chair. Our Fast Track option is available for the following graduate programs:
- Fast Track for Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP)
- Fast Track for Teacher Credentialing (MAE/TC)
- Fast Track for Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability (USMA)
- Fast Track for Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management (MANM)
- Fast Track for Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA)
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 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*/Priority** Application||Final Application***||Classes Begin|
|Fall 2019||Jul 22, 2019||Aug 16, 2019||Sep 30, 2019|
|Winter 2020||Oct 21, 2019||Nov 15, 2019||Jan 6, 2020|
|Spring 2020||Jan 21, 2020||Feb 14, 2020||Mar 30, 2020|
|Summer 2020||Apr 24, 2020||May 15, 2020||Jul 6, 2020|
|Fall 2020||Jul 24, 2020||Aug 15, 2020||Oct 5, 2020|
|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, students receive 3 units worth of free tuition in the first term, and 3 units in the second term, a savings of $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 Management 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
|NSRO #1: Wednesday, Dec 4, 5-7 pm||AULA Library (w/ registration in the computer lab)|
|Individually as needed.|
|Late-admitted bachelor’s students should contact the Undergraduate Department Program Coordinator about orientation options at (310) 578-1080 ext. 201.|
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.