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:

  1. English Language Communication (e.g., English composition, writing, communication) – 9 quarter (6 semester) units with at least one lower‐division course in English composition or writing with a grade of “C” or better
  2. Arts (e.g., studio art, drama, music, film, dance) and Humanities (e.g., literature, languages, philosophy, history, religion) – 9 quarter (6 semester) units, with at least one course from Arts and one course from Humanities
  3. Physical and Biological Sciences (e.g., chemistry, environmental studies, biology) – 9 quarter (6 semester) units
  4. Social Sciences (e.g., education, psychology, sociology, economics, global studies) – 9 quarter (6 semester) units
  5. Quantitative studies (e.g., math, statistics, computer science) – 6 quarter (4 semester) units.

Note: all students must complete at least 3 quarter units in statistics as part of the AUSB.

Core Courses, and 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

Complete seven BA Required Core Courses 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 (choice from approved list)
  5. Global & Intercultural Awareness (choice from approved list)
  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, and Liberal Arts .

- 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.
  • Lower‐division pre‐requisites for Concentrations
    must be completed with transfer work.
  • 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 through documenting Prior Experiential Learning. Students must attend the AUSB Priors workshop, write a proposal, and if approved, work with a faculty evaluator to provide evidence of college‐level learning.

  • AUSB adheres to the standards recommended by the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL).
  • Prior Experiential Learning 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.
  • Prior Experiential Learning is limited to a maximum of 45 quarter units.
  • A maximum of 3 quarter units may be awarded to any one
    Prior Experiential Learning activity.