Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements for Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Students need 180‐200 quarter units to graduate from Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Bachelor of Arts Program. Students must complete a minimum of 120 quarter units in general studies (60‐66%) taking courses across several disciplines. Within these 120 units, students must complete the Breadth/General Education (GE) Requirement and the Core Courses.

Breadth/GE Requirement (minimum of 42 quarter or 28 semester units):
These courses may be completed with transfer work. This requirement is automatically satisfied with completion of CSU GE Breadth Requirement or IGETC:  Courses that satisfy Breath/GE requirements may also count as units for Core Course and also Concentration requirements – please consult an Academic Advisor when making selections.

  1. Oral & Written Communication (9 quarter or 6 semester units with at least one course in English Composition with a grade of “C” or better)
    Oral and written communication is the academic discipline that furthers the development and expression of ideas in the written form and verbal form.
  2. Arts & Humanities (9 quarter or 6 semester units: 1 course from each area)
    The arts are the academic disciplines that explore and represent human thought and behavior in creative works.  Creating works of art is a way of both coming to understand and expressing ideas and feelings.  Subject areas include:  Studio Art, Dramatic Art, Film Studies, Dance, Music.
    The humanities are the academic disciplines that study human thought and experience through the written record of what people have thought, felt, or experienced in a variety of cultures.  Subject areas include:  Languages, Literature, Philosophy, History, Religion.
  3. Physical & Biological Sciences (9 quarter or 6 semester units)
    The physical and biological sciences are the academic disciplines that study the physical world, its inhabitants, and the symbolic relationships within.  Subject areas include:  Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies/Ecology, Geology, Physics.
  4. Quantitative Reasoning (6 quarter or 4 semester units)
    Quantitative studies are the academic disciplines that create systems for describing the physical world or human behavior in abstract or mathematical terms.  Subject areas include:  Accounting, Economics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics (all AUSB BA students must complete a minimum of 3 units in statistics).
  5. Social Sciences (9 quarter or 6 semester units)
    The social sciences are the academic disciplines that study human beings and their behavior from a variety of perspectives including as individuals (psychology); within social groups (sociology, communication, ethnic studies); within cultures (anthropology, global studies); within social structures (education, business); within political entities (political science, government).

Note: all students must complete at least 3 quarter units in statistics as part of AUSB’s degree requirements; this can be completed with transfer work or while enrolled at AUSB.

Upper‐Division Requirement: Minimum of 60 upper‐division quarter units must be completed.

Residency Requirement: Minimum of 60 quarter units must be completed at AUSB

There are seven BA Required Core Courses that all students must take at AUSB (18‐21 quarter units not accepted as transfer work with exception of statistics):

  1. Educational Foundations (INT 302) to be taken first term
  2. Academic Writing (WRT 310) to be taken first term
  3. Service Learning in the Community (INT 303A)
  4. Ethics (list of approved courses is available from an Academic Advisor)
  5. Global & Intercultural Awareness (list of approved courses is available from an Academic Advisor)
  6. Research Methods & Statistics (QNT 389) – may be satisfied with transfer work
  7. Capstone Seminar (INT 308A) to be taken last term

Students can chose to go deeper in an area of study by completing a Concentration (options are:  Applied Psychology, Business & Entrepreneurship, Child Development & Education, Communication & Media, Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts, and Marketing.

- minimum of 30 quarter units in the chosen area of Concentration
- maximum of 60 quarter units in the chosen area of Concentration
- at least 24 quarter units must be upper‐division taken at AUSB in the chosen area of Concentration

Transferability of Units

  • A maximum of 120 quarter (80 semester) units may be
    accepted, with any combination of lower‐division and
    upper‐division level work, all with a grade of “C” or better.
  • A maximum of 57 quarter (38 semester) units may come
    from any one department.
  • All transfer units must be awarded prior to registration for
    the final quarter at AUSB.
  • Students can concurrently enroll in up to 12 semester units.
  • A maximum of 6 quarter (4 semester) units may be accepted
    in physical activities courses.
  • A maximum of 12 quarter or 8 semester units may be
    accepted in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.
  • A maximum of 30 quarter (20 semester) units may be
    accepted for any of the optional Concentrations.

Prior Experiential Learning

AUSB students have the option of earning college‐level credit for learning done outside of college. Prior Learning Assessment is the process of earning college credit for college-level learning acquired from other sources, such as work experience, professional training, military training, or open source learning from the web.  AUSB accepts credits awarded through Learning Counts.

  • Prior Learning Assessment units may be utilized if a student does not have the maximum of 120 quarter units upon transfer, and only to reach 120 quarter unit transfer total, and not to exceed 45 quarter units.

Refer to the AUSB Catalog and for details.