Liberal Arts BA

College of Liberal Arts
Undergraduate major / Bachelor of Arts

About this program

The Liberal Arts Major (LAM) provides an opportunity for students to pursue an individualized major within the College of Liberal Arts. Through this interdisciplinary, liberal arts program, students customize their degree based on individual interests and educational goals.

The liberal arts major consists of at least 33 upper-division credits for which the student can articulate a rationale of coherence in writing. With the support of an advisor, students will select 32 credits of interdisciplinary work for the core of their LAM program. In addition, students in their final semester will complete a LAM Mentorship, a 1-credit Student Designed Independent Study (SDIS) with a member of the CLA faculty.

Successful LAM majors propose a coherent program with significant advanced-level work that demonstrates mastery of the chosen subject. LAM proposals should not closely resemble an existing degree program within the college. Usually, all LAM credits are in courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts; however, with approval, as many as 8 credits in disciplines outside the college may be included. At least half of the LAM credits must be earned at Metropolitan State University.

Student outcomes

  • Research Skills: students will be able to effectively locate scholarly and/or creative materials and evaluate, critically and comparatively, their relevance, scope, and credibility.
  • Analytical Skills: students will be able to synthesize ideas derived from research with creative and original insights to produce coherent and persuasive treatments of liberal arts issues.
  • Communication Skills: students will be able to present a coherent and persuasive argument or expression with clearly organized development and significant conclusions according to the rhetoric of the disciplines involved.
  • Individual Goals: students will be able to develop and articulate an individualized, interdisciplinary liberal arts theme.

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Program eligibility requirements

To be admitted to the Liberal Arts Major, students must first work with an advisor to customize a major within the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) by selecting a liberal arts theme and creating a unified course list of at least 33 upper-division credits, including a 1 credit SDIS LAM Mentorship.

The student must then submit the proposal to a faculty panel that will review the proposal and either approve it or return it to the student with suggestions for revision. LAM proposals consist of three parts:

  1. LAM Rationale of Coherence
    • explain interest in a particular liberal arts theme and justify how the proposed courses contribute to an in-depth understanding of the theme
    • should be 500-1000 words in length and must answer the following questions:
      • What is the central theme of your individualized LAM?
      • How do the courses you’ve selected advance an in-depth understanding of this theme?
      • How do these courses reflect your academic interests? - What skills and knowledge do you expect to gain from your LAM?
      • How do you anticipate being able to apply your major after graduation?
  2. LAM Course List 
    • proposed courses for the LAM; key rules are: 
      • at least 32 upper-division semester credits (3xx-, 4xx-, or 5xx-level courses).
      • at least half of LAM program credits must be earned at Metropolitan State.
      • no more than 8 LAM semester credits can be in non-CLA courses or disciplines.
      • no D grades are acceptable in any LAM.
  3. LAM Checklist


LAM Documents and Forms

Program requirements

Students admitted to the LAM program must adhere to the LAM course list approved by the LAM committee. 

With advisor permission, up to 8 credits in an approved LAM plan may be amended; changing more than 8 credits decertifies the LAM, which must then be resubmitted. 

Course requirements

Requirements (33 credits)

Approved upper-division credits (32 credits)

Selected with support of an advisor after articulating a rationale of coherence in writing. With approval, as many as 8 credits in disciplines outside the College of Liberal Arts may be included. At least half of the LAM credits must be earned at Metropolitan State.

Student designed independent study Liberal Arts major mentorship (1 credit)