A Core Foundation in the Liberal Arts
The Liberal Arts Core (18 Credits) provides a common academic orientation in the Humanities for all BLA students, across their many fields of study.
Upon full admission to the BLA degree program, students enroll in HUM 200 Orientation to the Liberal Arts and HUM 210 Student Portfolio.
Orientation to the Liberal Arts introduces the students to classic themes and issues in the history and development of the Humanities in a seminar setting, a partcipatory approach to learning in which students lead the examination and discussion of the course readings.
The Student Portfolio is designed to assist students in planning their program of study, in consultation with their BLA faculty advisor, and is used for purposes of continuing self-assessment throughout the student's BLA program.
Students must complete the Orientation and Portfolio courses within the first three semesters upon full admission to the BLA degree; those who do not will be dropped from the program and must reapply for admission.
Additional courses in the Liberal Arts Core include:
• One upper-division course in Communications, Literature or Writing (3 credits).
• One course in Philosophy: Introduction to Philosophy, Logic, or Ethics (3 credits).
• One course in either Math, Natural Science, or Social Science.
The Liberal Arts Core also includes two courses in Cultural Diversity. At UAS, these courses include: Alaska Native languages and culture, world languages, world history, and other approved diversity courses in anthropology, art, communication, literature, and other humanities and social sciences. Students who have completed study abroad courses or have transfer credits from other universities should consult with their BLA faculty advisor about whether some of those courses might fulfill this cultural diversity requirement.