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Humanities and Liberal Arts Majors

A major (also known as a major concentration or concentration) is a term for the specific group of courses that give you a basic knowledge of a field of study, which is in addition to your core curriculum. A major is a term most commonly applied to a program of study leading to a bachelor's degree. The humanities and liberal arts College or School will define a framework for this specialized portion of your studies, including a certain number of required courses and a certain number of "elective" courses relevant to the major. The school will also define your general education or foundation education requirements. Some majors effectively define your full course of study while others allow you considerable latitude, both within your field of study and in their other courses.

Although many students know what they want to take as their major before entering a university or college, most institutions do not allow you to officially declare your major until your sophmore year so that you experience a broad range of courses that will help you choose the most appropriate major.

Some universities and colleges in the US ask you to list a major choice on your application for admission. If you are interested in a major that requires a lot of classes, or classes that are limited to students in that major you may have to declare earlier than usual. As well, for some majors you will need to take specific courses (pre-requisites) during your first year before you can even be considered eligible for upper level courses. Some humanities and liberal arts majors have limited enrollment so in fact you may even be required to apply to get the major you want, including attending an interview or writing an essay.

Associate degree programs can also have majors, for example Associate in Arts (AA) in English. Diploma and certificate programs don't have majors as such; they carry a designation (for instance certificate in Justice Studies) which is more specific than a general degree title. Usually, the field of study at the community college level is career-focused to the point where students do not take "elective" courses as they do for bachelor's degrees. Hence the designation of the diploma or certificate effectively stands in for the "major."

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Grand Canyon University
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Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Social Work
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Kaplan University
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
Programs Offered:
  • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
  • BS in Liberal Studies

 
Regent University
Regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Law and National Security
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - English
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Ashford University
You've found Ashford University, where school comes to you. Earn your bachelor's or master's degree online.
Programs Offered:
  • BA/Journalism and Mass Communication
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Southern New Hampshire University
Find your program today and see yourself succeed at Southern New Hampshire University.
Programs Offered:
  • Liberal Arts Certificate
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Judson University

Judson University School of Leadership and Business Adult and Graduate Programs

Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Arts

 
Argosy University

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

Programs Offered:
  • Liberal Arts (BA)

 
Villanova University College of Professional Studies

The College of Professional Studies (CPS) is where adults can find their home at Villanova University.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) in General Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in History

 
Saint Marys University of Minnesota

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Arts in Special Education
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South College

At South College we welcome students from all different stages of life and career. 

Programs Offered:
  • CERT Public Admin for CMJ Professionals

 
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