Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts with a Business Minor

Campus Locations Boston, Online
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Credits Required for Graduation 160
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter (excl F1 visa applicants)
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We have suspended new enrollments to the Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts with a Business Minor and are no longer accepting applications for admission.

If you are a student enrolled in this program, our advising staff will work with you to complete all coursework.


Experience the Best of Both Worlds

Underscoring the concept that liberal arts and business are complementary, the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts with a Business Minor provides you with the benefits of a traditional liberal arts education along with practical business skills and knowledge. As a result of your comprehensive learning experience, you will enhance your ability to think creatively and analytically while garnering the business perspectives that will help you in your professional life.

This undergraduate program’s liberal arts courses encompass history, writing, politics, psychology and sociology. Business courses focus on economics, math, and finance, and include electives in accounting, leadership, organizational and consumer behavior, and marketing.

Career Outlook

Because this degree offers you significant flexibility in your career path, job prospects will be largely determined by the industry that you choose to pursue. However, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), employment rates of liberal arts graduates look promising and rising salaries are part of a long-term trend.

Core Curriculum

College of Professional Studies degrees* integrate a core set of course requirements that ensure all of our graduates possess a well-rounded educational background and understanding of the world. The core courses allow students to gain insights into disciplines other than their field of study, as well as develop expertise in written and oral communication and critical thinking.


Written Communication (12 q.h.)

Effective with the Fall 2013 term, all three English course requirements in the Written Communication area of the core curriculum will have a 1-credit writing lab co-requisite. This applies to all new and returning students.

Complete the following three courses and labs:

ENG 1004/1014 College English 1/ Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 1005/1015 College English 2/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 3006/3007 College English Workshop/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.

Diversity (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.
MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World* 3 q.h.
SOC 1110 Diversity 3 q.h.
SOC 1635 Race and Ethnicity 3 q.h.

Information Literacy (3 q.h.)

ITC Information Technology Elective 3 q.h.

Suggested courses:


ITC 1001 Intro to PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 2003 Advanced PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 1255 Human-Computer Interaction 3 q.h.
ITC 2020 Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management 3 q.h.

Mathematics (6 q.h.)

Complete a minimum of six quarter hours from the following courses:

MTH 1001 College Algebra 1 3 q.h.
MTH 2002 College Algebra 2 3 q.h.
MTH 2512 Finite Mathematics 3 q.h.
ECN 2001 Statistics 1 3 q.h.
ECN 2002 Statistics 2 3 q.h.

Ethical & Political Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

LDR 3230 Ethical Decision Making 3 q.h.
PHL 1001 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics 3 q.h.
PHL 2180 Business Ethics 3 q.h.

Science Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Choose one course with any one of the following prefixes: BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, PHY


Suggested courses:


BIO 1010 Biology 1 3 q.h.
BIO 1825 Biology Today: An issues Approach 3 q.h.
CHM 2105 Chemistry and the Environment 3 q.h.
ESC 1525 Energy for Today and Tomorrow 3 q.h.

Historical Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Strongly Recommended:


HST 3131 The World: 1945-Present 3 q.h.

Other choices:


HST 1003 Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 3213 Contemporary America 3 q.h.
HST 2205 Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience
3 q.h.


Total Core Curriculum: 33 q.h.

*Degree requirements vary. Some degrees require specific core choices.
See curriculum pages for more information.


Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.

Core Curriculum (33 q.h.)

We require all bachelor's degree students to complete required core curriculum, allowing you to gain insight into disciplines other than your field of study.

Foundation Courses (6 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

HST 1001 The Civilization of the Ancient & Medieval World 3 q.h.
HST 1002 The Civilization of the Early Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 1003 The Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.

Complete the following course:

INT 2305 Introduction to Liberal Studies 3 q.h.

Major Courses (73-74 q.h.)

Complete two of the following courses:

ECN 1001 Principles of Macroeconomics 4 q.h.
ECN 1002 Principles of Microeconomics 4 q.h.
ECN 3100 Economic Growth and Development 3 q.h.

Complete all of the following courses:

ENG 3003 Writing for the Professions 1 3 q.h.
ENG 3004 Writing for the Professions 2 3 q.h.

Complete six credits of English electives:

ENG 6 q.h.

Complete the following course:

PHL 3010 Logic 3 q.h.

Complete one of the following courses:

POL 1001 Introduction to Politics    3 q.h.
POL 1370 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3 q.h.

Complete six credits of Math-Statistics electives:

MTH, ECN 2001, ECN 2002 6 q.h.

Complete six credits of Political Science electives:    

POL 6 q.h.

Complete all of the following courses:

PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology: Fundamental Issues 3 q.h.
SOC 1001 Sociology 1    3 q.h.

Complete six credits of Psychology electives:

PSY 6 q.h.

Complete six credits of Sociology electives:    

SOC 6 q.h.

Complete five of the following courses:

HST 1201 American History 1763-1848 3 q.h.
HST 1202 American History 1848-1917 3 q.h.
HST 1203 American History Since 1917 3 q.h.
HST 3130 The World: 1900-1945 3 q.h.
HST 3131 The World: 1945-Present 3 q.h.
HST Any History course numbered HST 3100 or above 3 q.h.

Complete the following course:

INT 4891 Senior Project in Liberal Studies 3 q.h.

Business Minor Courses (24 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

MGT 1001 Dynamics of Business 1 3 q.h.
MGT 1002 Dynamics of Business 2 3 q.h.

Complete six of the following courses:

ACC 1001 Financial Accounting 1 3 q.h.
ACC 2202 Financial Accounting 2 3 q.h.
ACC 1403 Managerial Accounting 3 q.h.
BLW 1001 Business Law 1 3 q.h.
FIN 2110 Finance Basics for Managers 3 q.h.
HRM 2101 Organizational Behavior 3 q.h.
LDR 1202 Establishing the Framework: What Is Leadership? 3 q.h.
MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World 3 q.h.
MKT 1001 Principles of Marketing 3 q.h.
MKT 2325 Consumer Behavior 3 q.h.

Non-Business Electives (23-24 q.h.)


Total Quarter Hours: 160

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $60,480.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of semester hours. Most courses are 3-4 semester hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts with a Business Minor program is designed for students who want the best of both worlds—a well-rounded liberal arts education that covers important business concepts.

Candidates for this program may be interested in pursuing a career as a:

  • Administrative service manager
  • Project manager
  • Operations manager
  • Human resources representative

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Design and implement a curriculum plan that identifies courses appropriate for a business minor and liberal arts studymapping degree completion requirements; define, construct, and conduct anin-depth senior capstone project requiring synthesis of undergraduate business knowledge and application of writing skills, analytic thinking, and research methodologies; differentiate between the varieties of liberal studies disciplines and establish connections with essential business information and skills.

  2. Essential Business Skills and Practices
    Acquire and integrate both fundamental and complex levels of knowledge and skills germane to the business disciplines of economics, mathematics, statistics, finance, management, leadership, and organizational behavior.

  3. Broad Diversity of Integrated Knowledge
    Assimilate and synthesize disciplinary methods; organize broad and complex areas of knowledge; demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of economic and other contemporary issues through an understanding of methodologies and content of the humanities, social sciences and sciences expressed through the use of multiple written formats.

  4. Flexible Intellectual Skills
    Question, analyze, evaluate, and recognize precedent in theoretical and empirical studies, including primary and secondary sources and case studies; demonstrate deduction and evidence-based critical thinking in essays, tests, class presentations, and research projects; develop personal insight and professional standards.

  5. Applied Learning
    Design an in-depth senior capstone project, based on a topic related to the student’s business concentration; conduct primary and secondary source research; analyze and evaluate complex and competing source materials, according to best evidence and academic standards; write and present research findings. This project serves as experiential education as it is the culmination and practice of undergraduate student learning.

  6. Civic Learning
    Assess, develop and evaluate a position on a significant public policy question in the student’s business concentration, taking into account scholarly and community perspectives.

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