Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies

Because each Antioch BA student’s educational plan is individualized, it is helpful for the student to become familiar in detail with the following degree requirements. The Educational Foundations class (first quarter requirement) also helps students understand and plan how to fulfill these requirements. In this section, requirements are first listed, then explained in more detail. Courses and requirements listed below are subject to change.

  1. Total Unit Requirement: 180-200 quarter units overall.
  2. Residency Requirement: The residency requirement specifies that a minimum of 45 quarter units must be earned at Antioch University. Units earned from documentation of Prior Experiential Learning do not count toward residency and are not calculated in determining full or part-time enrollment.
  3. Upper Division Requirement: At least 45 upper-division units must be completed at Antioch University.
  4. Breadth/General Education Requirement: Students must complete a minimum of 24 quarter or 16 semester units divided over four areas (see below). Each course only counts toward one area of the Breadth/General Education requirements. May be satisfied with transfer work (this requirement is automatically satisfied with completion of CSU GE Breadth Requirement or IGETC).

(6 quarter or 4 semester units with at least one lower-division course in English Composition with a grade of “C” or better)

Communication is an interdisciplinary field that integrates aspects of both social sciences and the humanities in the analysis of human communications and in the expression of ideas in writing, in discussion, and in live or recorded presentation. The study of communications ranges from interpersonal communication and small group communication to mediated personal communication and mass communications. Communication studies also examines how messages are produced and for what purposes and how they are interpreted through the political, cultural, legal, historical and social dimensions of their contexts. Communication studies prepares students for future work and study in any number of diverse fields, such as law, political organizing and public affairs, marketing, advertising, public relations, consulting and many others.

  • All English writing or compositions regardless of prefix
  • Communication or Media Studies
  • Foreign Languages
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Speech

Some AUSB Communication courses are:

COM 3320 Digital Storytelling: Online Magazine Publication  WRT 3110  Creative Writing
COM 3340 Writing for Broadcast Media  WRT 3131 Creative Writing: Fiction
COM 3520 Public Speaking WRT 3190 Creative Writing: Nonfiction
COM 3530  Organizational & Interpersonal Communication WRT 3390 The Personal Journal: Literature & Self Discovery
WRT 3100   Academic Writing WRT 3941 Special Topics in Writing (1 unit)

Arts & Humanities
(6 quarter or 4 semester units with a grade “C” or better)

Courses in the arts and humanities connect us to the efforts of cultures to find meaning in the human condition reaching back to the beginning of recorded history. The many disciplines that make up the arts and humanities open up horizons of understanding about who we are and where we have come from, while also exercising our imaginations and creative engagement with our human destiny. The arts and humanities cultivate critical thinking, self-reflection, imagination, and a sense of play.

Dance Anthropology (cultural)
Design Ethnic Studies
Film and Video Foreign Language Literature
Music Gender Studies
Painting and Sculpture History
Photography Humanities
Theater arts Literature

Some AUSB Arts courses are:

COM 3221 Environmental Documentary Filmmaking COM 3360 Photojournalism
COM 3300 Social Justice Documentary Filmmaking COM 3941 Special Topics in Film (1 unit)

Some AUSB Humanities courses are:

ECO 3010 Environmental Justice & Advocacy PSY 3020  Mindfulness
GBL 3000 History of Globalization RLG 3010 Buddhism
MGT 3750 Business Ethics & Social Responsibility RLG 3941 Special Topics in Religion (1 unit)
PHL 3670 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Society WRT 3390 The Personal Journal: Literature & Self Discovery
PHL 3690 Ethical & Legal Issues in Human Services    

Science & Quantitative
(6 quarter or 4 semester units with a grade “C” or better)

The science and quantitative reasoning requirement seeks to enrich students’ understanding of the physical and natural world and the scientific and mathematical concepts, theories, and principles that explain that world. Accordingly, students broaden and deepen their understanding of the diversity and interrelatedness of human knowledge through the sciences and quantitative reasoning and are better able to navigate quantitative reasoning and scientific information and frameworks.

SCIENCE                                                    QUANTITATIVE REASONING
Anatomy                                                     Accounting
Anthropology (physical)                          Computer Science (intermediate and advanced)
Astronomy                                                 Finance
Biology                                                       Mathematics
Chemistry                                                  Research Methods
Environmental Studies                            Statistics
Geography (physical)
Health Science

Some AUSB Science & Quantitative Courses are:

ECO 3020 Marine Ecology ECO 3450 Global Environmental Studies
ECO 3040 Conservation Biology ECO 3500 Anthrozoology: Human-Animal Relations
ECO 3050 Natural History of Santa Barbara ECO 3941 Special Topics in Environmental Studies
MKT 3020 Web Analytics MGT 3200 Business Finance
QNT 3600 Macroeconomics QNT 3890 Research Methods & Statistics

Social Sciences
(6 quarter or 4 semester units with a grade “C” or better)

The social sciences involve studying the rapid emergence of the human sciences in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which earlier were modeled on the physical sciences, and have since attained their own internal forms of verification and confirmation of evidence. The contemporary social sciences involve the description and analysis of peoples and cultures, ethnic groups, and social classes from the perspectives of anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics, political science, linguistics, and hybrid sciences, such as political economy, that emerged from them. Students learn the theoretical and methodological developments that have advanced our understanding of human beings, various social formations, behavioral patterns and structures, and dynamics of conflict and collaboration.

Addiction Studies Law
Administration Library Science
Anthropology Management
Business Organizational Management
Communication or Media Studies Political Science
Economics Education
Geography (cultural) Gerentology
Human Development Human Services
Psychology Public Administration
Social Services Administration Social Work
Sociology Teacher Education

Some AUSB Social Sciences Courses are:

CDE 3030 Child Psychology MGT 3750 Business Ethics & Social Responsibility
CDE 3040 Emerging Models of Early Childhood Education MGT 3850.SB Human Resources & Legal Issues
CDE 3050 Integrating Curriculum: Best Practices MGT 3941 Special Topics in Business Management & Leadership
CDE 3060 Media, Technology & Children MKT 3000 Market Analysis & Research
CDE 3070 Child Advocacy MKT 3010 Integrated Marketing Communication
CDE 3080 Special Education: Response to Intervention MKT 3030 Consumer Behavior
CDE 3200 The Parent/Child Relationship MKT 3050 Strategic Marketing
CDE 3320 Adolescent Development MKT 3060 Advanced Public Relations
CDE 3430 Theories of Learning & Cognition MKT 3070 Brand Development
CDE 3941 Special Topics in Child Development & Education MKT 3080 Consultative & Relationship Selling
COM 3210.SB Interpersonal Communication in a Media World POL 3470 Public Policy
COM 3230 Social Media POL 3920  Engaged Citizenship
COM 3270.SB Contemporary Issues in Media PSY 3100 Global Perspectives on Stress
COM 3300 Social Justice Documentary Filmmaking PSY 3201 Counseling Theory & Coaching Techniques
COM 3501 Media, Communication & Culture PSY 3230 Personal Relationships: The Making & Breaking of Affectional Bonds
COM 3550 Intercultural Communication PSY 3281 Psychology of Gender & Sexuality
  Group Dynamics PSY 3330 Culture & Emotions
COM 3740 Advertising & Culture PSY 3340.SB Issues in Substance-based & Process Addictions
COM 3941 Films on Social Justice Topics PSY 3350 Psychopathology: The Nature of Mental Illness in Contemporary Society
ECO 3000 Ecopsychology PSY 3391 Positive Psychology
ECO 3010 Environmental Justice & Advocacy PSY 3400 Theories of Personality
ECO 3500 Anthrozoology: Human- Animal Relations PSY 3410 Transformation of Consciousness
ECO 3760 Sustainable Business Practices PSY 3440 Social Psychology
ENT 3000 Entrepreneurship PSY 3450 Community Psychology & Social Change
ENT 3770 E-business & E-commerce PSY 3550 Healing from Trauma
ENT 3790 Business Planning & Development PSY 3640 Principles of Group Counseling
GBL 3010 Human Rights PSY 3681 Family Systems: Global Perspectives
GBL 3140 Conflict Management I: Nature & Cause PSY 3690 Adult Development & Aging
HDV 4550.SB Child Development PSY 3801 Issues in Chemical Dependency
HDV 4581 Language Acquisition PSY 3941 Special Topics in Psychology
INT 3031 Service Learning in the Community SOC 3020 Social Justice Movements, Their Leaders & People
INT 3910 Career Planning SOC 3050.SB Pacific Rim Cultures & Communities
INT 3941 Readings on Social Justice Topics SOC 3510.SB Diversity & Cultural Awareness
MGT 3200 Business Finance SOC 3770 The Latino Community in American Society
MGT 3220 Leadership & Project Management MGT 3741 Organizational Strategy & Culture
  1. Core Course Requirements: The Undergraduate degree requires the completion of six 3 quarter unit competencies. These 18 quarter units must be taken at Antioch University.
    • Educational Foundations
    • Academic Writing
    • Ethics and Leadership (choose 1 from a slate of courses)
    • Global (choose 1 from a slate of courses)
    • Research (choose 1 from a slate of courses)
    • Environmental (choose 1 from a slate of courses)

    AUSB Core Course Categories

    AUSB Core Courses that Count for Requirement    


    Educational Foundations Educational Foundations Arts and Humanities
    Academic Writing Academic Writing Communication
    Ethics and Leadership PHL 3670 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Society


    MGT 3750 Business Ethics & Social Responsibility

    PHL3690 Ethical Issues in Human Services

    POL 3920 Engaged Citizenship

    Social Science

    SOC 3780 Class, Race, Gender and Sexuality

    GBL3000 History of Globalization

    GBL 3610 Global Economics

    PSY 3330 Culture and Emotion

    COM 3550 Intercultural Communication

    SOC 3510 Diversity and Cultural Awareness

    MGT 3230 Managing in a Global Environment

    Social Science
    Research QNT 3890 Research Methods & Statistics

    MGT 3200 Business Finance

    MKT 3020 Web Analytics

    QNT 3600 Macroeconomics

    Science and Quantitative Reasoning
    Environmental ECO3020 Marine Ecology

    ECO 3050 Natural History of Santa Barbara

    ECO 3040 Conservation Biology

    ECO 3450 Global Environmental Studies

    Science and Quantitative Reasoning

    The core courses may also count as units for the concentration—please consult your Academic Advisor when making selections.

    1. Area of Concentration Requirements: The Area of Concentration is the student’s specialized field of learning. The student may include a Concentration in their program of study. The following stipulations apply:
    • A Concentration must have a minimum of 36 units and may not exceed 60 units.
    • At least 24 quarter units must be upper-division taken at AUSB in the chosen Concentration
    • Concentration requirements may include transferred courses

Other Stipulations for BA Planning: Several other stipulations apply for BA Program planning:

  • No more than 24 units may be evaluated by a single instructor/evaluator.
  • No more than 20 units may be earned in any single outside setting such as an internship site.
  • 45 upper division units must be taken at AU.
  • No more than 3 units may be included in any one Prior Experiential Learning activity.
  • Prior Experiential Learning units may be earned if the student does not have 135 quarter units at time of transfer, and only to reach 135 total units.
  • Prior Experiential Learning is limited to a total of 45 units. There can be no exceptions to this regulation.

Upper-Division Learning
Because Antioch University Santa Barbara offers a degree completion program, courses in the Undergraduate Program are upper-division level only. All lower-division coursework must be completed at another institution prior to transfer. Upper-division classes are numbered in the 3000s and 4000s. For internships and for all self-designed learning activities (Outside Learning Activities, Independent Studies), Antioch uses certain 3000 numbers. This numbering system is summarized as follows:

Upper Division Type of Learning Activity
3000s Antioch Classes
3960 Independent Studies
3980 Internships and Practica

The Undergraduate program requirements must include:

  • 45 or more quarter units of upper-division learning.
  • No more than 135 units of lower-division learning.
  • No more than 24 units that are successfully completed can be taken with any one instructor/evaluator.
  • Educational Foundations course and Academic Writing course to establish context and familiarize you with the skills you’ll use as you progress academically.
  • One Ethics and Leadership course, one Global Course, one Research course, and one Environmental course taken at Antioch.

The Undergraduate program requirements may include:

  • Any number of extra units of upper-division learning beyond 45 as long as the total number of units does not exceed 200.
  • 135 quarter units or fewer than 135 quarter units of lower-division learning.
  • No more than 45 units of Prior Experiential Learning and only until the student reaches the 135 quarter unit maximum for transferable work.

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