College of Professional & International Education

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts
Degree Completion Program

The application period for Fall 2019 is now open.

Have you ever wondered why should you finish your bachelor’s degree? According to a recent study, job seekers who had a bachelor’s degree were hired for nearly 50% more of the jobs that were available in the post-recession economy than those who only had some college education.* In addition, 4 out of 5 employers agree that all students should acquire broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences.**

So, why should you specifically earn a liberal arts degree? One reason is that the wide-ranging subject matter can prepare you for careers in a wide variety of industries. In fact, Forbes magazine reports that one-third of Fortune 500 CEOs have liberal arts degrees.

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA) Degree Completion Program at CSULB assists students who want to acquire the skills most sought-after by employers, including communication, critical thinking, language and literature, analytical and scientific reasoning, quantitative analysis, and philosophical foundations. The two-year BALA program is designed to serve the needs of working professionals who are re-entering education with some college credits already completed, and are ready to finally earn their degree. Students receive personalized attention from staff and expert instructors, while gaining access to networking opportunities with fellow professionals.

The BALA program is offered in a small cohort format and draws on a mix of both online and in-person courses, so that students can find a balance between their personal and professional lives while accomplishing their academic goals. The BALA program’s past success is evidenced by a nearly perfect graduation rate.The program is broad enough to support a wide variety of transferable units, as well as students with many different career interests. The convenient BALA schedule includes classes one evening per week and every other Saturday, in order to meet the demands of busy work and family lifestyles.

Please note: Applicants should have already completed 72 baccalaureate-level course units.

Email Mark Smith for more information or to start the application process.

*Source: Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce

**Source: “Liberal Arts Graduates and Employment: Setting the Record Straight” by the Association of American Colleges and Universities