New Liberal Arts Degree Ideal for Professionals, Military

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University will offer a new bachelor’s degree that is versatile in both curricular options and accessibility.

Starting January, CSU will offer a 123-credit-hour Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts degree among its baccalaureate programs now spanning 43 majors. Early registration (online at is underway for spring 2010.

The program, focused on the liberal arts, will be available in an online format and provide the 21st-century student with the flexibility to pursue and complete a baccalaureate degree at CSU regardless of his or her geographic location. Students also may take some of the courses in a traditional, classroom setting.

“The online accessibility of the program makes it convenient for individuals in the military, mid-career professionals, or anyone with the need for geographic flexibility,” said CSU Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Tina Butcher.

The courses in the program will include the standard requirements in the core curriculum complemented by an array of offerings from the areas of communication, English, education, philosophy, theatre, art, philosophy, foreign language, sociology, economics, interdisciplinary studies and leadership.

Students in the program will be advised to select a minor from 35 areas ranging from anthropology to women’s studies. The program will include an internship through which students can gain firsthand experiences in the area of their minor.

“Students can use the minor and internship opportunities to specialize in a field, such as criminal justice, while taking advantage of the well-rounded and versatile curriculum to prepare for situations that require a deeper perspective of psychological, historical, and sociological issues affecting our society,” Butcher said.

“The curriculum is ideal for students who wish to complete a broad, interdisciplinary program at the university level rather than a discipline-specific program of study,” she added. “This program also will be appropriate for students who wish to develop a broad knowledge base and plan to attend graduate school in a discipline that does not prescribe completion of a specific type of degree at the bachelor’s level.”

For more information, call Jay Kimbrough in the CSU Academic Center for Excellence at 706-562-1751.