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Liberal Arts Core Curriculum

The world and its people are at the core of our BA degree. So are the analytical and communication skills that you need for your career.

A Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at Nichols College provides a broadly-based education where you'll gain a wide knowledge of subjects as you study the world and its people from various perspectives. You'll develop a deep knowledge of your chosen major, and you'll build a solid intellectual foundation for a lifetime of learning. And you'll strengthen your communication skills and your ability to think analytically, critically and creatively -- all skills that employers highly value.

As a BA student, you’ll complete a total of 120 credit hours for your degree, including our Liberal Arts Core courses for 15 credit hours, about 30 credit hours in your chosen major as well as 53 credit hours in our General Education Core Curriculum. You also have the option of adding a minor  into your academic program to complement your chosen concentration.

Our Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, which every BA student completes, allows you the flexibility to choose from a wide range of courses to fulfill the categories. This curriculum includes a Liberal Arts Capstone, which is an interdisciplinary course that emphasizes leadership skills, critical thinking, research, writing and presenting.

Liberal Arts Core Courses

Interpreting Our Stories: Origins

Select 1 course (3 credits) from:

  • ENGL 235 - The Classics: World Literature I
  • ENGL 236 - Shakespeare and His World: World Literature II
  • ENGL 314 - The Pursuit of Happiness: American Literature I
  • HIST 110 - United States from Colony to Republic
  • HIST 111 - The Making of Modern America
  • HIST 113 - Ancient Societies
  • HIST 114 - The Medieval World
  • HIST 211 - From Leeches to Listerine: Medicine & Disease in 19th Century America
  • HIST 315 - Age of the American Revolution
  • HIST 355 - Civil War

Interpreting Our Stories: Modern to Contemporary

Select 1 course (3 credits) from:

  • ENGL 237 - The 18th and 19th Centuries: World Literature III
  • ENGL 238 - The Modern World Through Literature: World Literature IV
  • ENGL 315 - Creating the Modern American: American Literature II
  • HIST 112 - The American Century
  • HIST 115 - The Modern Age
  • HIST 210 - War on Terror
  • HIST 213 - Civil Rights in America
  • HIST 214 - Sport in American History
  • HIST 215 - World War II
  • HIST 322 - Women in American Society
  • HIST 339 - Modern Europe since 1815
  • HIST 340 - Political and Historical Leaders
  • HIST 352 - American Economic History
  • HIST 369 - The World since 1945

Examining the Human Condition

Select 2 courses (6 credits) from HUM 244, special topics in INTD, and any course, 200 or above, in PHIL, PSCI, PSY, REL, and SOC. 

Making Connections

  • LA 400: Liberal Arts Capstone
    As part of the Liberal Arts Core, all BA students will also complete the Liberal Arts Capstone. This is a theme-based interdisciplinary seminar course that emphasizes leadership skills, critical thinking, effective research and reading, interviewing, writing and ultimately, presenting.

For descriptions of these courses, see the Nichols College Catalog.