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Special Programs in Liberal Studies Major—Humanities Concentration (SPLS)

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level.

AOS Code: U820


I General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

See complete GEC requirements and approved course listings for all categories.

Core Category


Students may select courses for:


Literature (GLT)


Fine Arts (GFA)


Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles


Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (GHP)


Mathematics (GMT)


Natural Sciences (GNS)
one must be a laboratory course; each must have a different departmental prefix


Reasoning and Discourse (GRD)
ENG 101 or FMS 115 or RCO 101, and one additional GRD course


Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)



II General Education Marker Requirements

See details and courses. It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/ concentration.

Students may select courses for:

Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)
four (4) courses carrying GL/GN markers, at least one of which must carry the GN marker

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course
In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive.


III College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements

See requirements and approved courses.



Historical Perspectives on Western Culture
one GPM (Premodern) or GMO (Modern) course, depending on category used to satisfy GHP requirement


Humanities and Fine Arts
one additional Literature (GLT) course


Natural Sciences
one additional GNS/GLS or GPS course


Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)
one additional GSB course


Foreign Language (GFL)
intermediate-level proficiency in one language, demonstrated by placement test, or completion of course work through course number 204


Writing Intensive Courses (WI)
a total of four WI courses



IV Major Requirements

Minimum of 30 semester hours above the 100 level including the following:

  1. Core Course (6 s.h.)
    BLS 300 Seminar in the Humanities
    Must be taken twice as topics vary.
  2. Distribution Requirement (12 s.h.)
    BLS 320 Selected Topics: Literature
    BLS 340 Selected Topics: Fine Arts
    BLS 360 Selected Topics: Philosophy/Religion/Ethics
    BLS 380 Selected Topics: Historical Perspectives
  3. Area of Emphasis (9 s.h.)
    Students are required to take three additional courses in one of the topic areas listed above in item B. Distribution Requirement (Literature or Fine Arts or Philosophy/ Religion/Ethics or Historical Perspectives).
  4. Capstone Seminar (3 s.h.)
    BLS 400 Senior Seminar

V Electives

Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for the degree.