Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BLA) is a degree program alternative that may appeal to those with previous transferable college credit seeking to complete and earn their bachelor’s degree, as well as to those seeking a more broadly focused bachelor’s degree program with an individual plan of study. Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students earn the BLA degree.

Students in the BLA degree program are required to earn a minimum of 120 credits. Of these 120 credits, at least 60 must be earned at the 300-level or higher, and at least 30 of these 60 must be earned in the College of Arts & Sciences. No more than 40 credits at the 300-level or higher and no more than 52 credits at any level may be earned in any one department. A maximum of 30 credits towards the 120 credits needed for graduation may be earned in other colleges/schools at the University of Miami, except for those courses expressly excluded from recognition by the College. 

Students in the BLA degree program are required to complete the University of Miami's general education requirements by earning a cognate in each of the three areas of knowledge. Students must complete ENG 105 (if required) and 106, and MTH 108 or higher or an approved statistics course. Students must also complete the College of Arts and Sciences' second language proficiency requirement and the advanced writing and communication proficiency requirement (by completing four courses for writing credit). Students in the BLA degree program do not earn a major or minor. 

Curriculum Requirements

ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 108Precalculus Mathematics II (or higher or approved statistics class. )3
UMX 100The University of Miami Experience0
Area of Knowledge: Arts and Humanities9
Area of Knowledge: People and Society9
Area of Knowledge: STEM9
Second Language Proficiency Requirement (3-9 credit hours, depending on the student's initial placement in the language chosen)9
Classes at the 300-level or higher60
Electives15
Total Credit Hours120

Sample Plan of Study

This Sample Plan of Study represents one possible version of a new first-year student’s 8-semester plan.  The individual student's plan may vary depending upon the initial placement into English Composition, Mathematics, and modern language.  Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor(s) to determine their individual plan of study.  

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
Cognate Course 3
Language (first course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Cognate Courses (2) 6
Language (second course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
Cognate Courses (3) 9
Language (third course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Cognate Courses (3) 9
Electives (2) 6
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
Courses at the 300, 400 or 500-level (5) 15
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Courses at the 300, 400 or 500-level (5) 15
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
Courses at the 300, 400 or 500-level (5) 15
 Credit Hours15
Spring
Courses at the 300, 400 or 500-level (5) 15
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Mission

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BLA) degree program gives students broad knowledge on topics both familiar and foreign, strengthens their critical analysis skills, and sharpens their writing competence to develop insightful views of the past, present and future – on a local, national and international scale. 

Goals

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BLA) degree program develop competencies in the basic academic areas and disciplines in higher education. The program incorporates courses that develop the individual, preparing them for the workplace and to participate constructively in a global society. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication.
  • Students will be able to think critically and demonstrate problem-solving skills.

  • Students will demonstrate broad knowledge of the liberal arts.