Online Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts

Teachers & artists - prepare yourself for a career in education or a wide variety of other fields with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in the Liberal Arts from Concordia University Irvine. This online degree program is designed to make sure that you emerge with a professional set of communication skills, concise writing and polished oral speaking abilities, and a refined set of critical thinking skills. Learning & life fit together here at Concordia.

A broad-based foundation.

  • Pathway to teaching. Many students use the Liberal Arts degree to prepare themselves for a teaching credential program because of the foundation it provides for future teachers.

  • Desirable skills for the workplace. A degree in the Liberal Arts is very attractive to many employers. While you can often be trained for specialized skills on the job, this program will provide you with the critical thinking skills, problem solving abilities, and the capacity for lifelong learning that today's organizations require.

  • Fully online. This program allows you to earn your bachelor’s degree 100% online. While there are no face-to-face or on-campus requirements, you will still have the opportunity to engage with your professors and peers in real-time sessions scheduled throughout each course.

  • Lifetime of meaningful work. As a Lutheran Christian university, our faculty are committed to helping you develop the gifts that God has given you for your professional callings. No matter where your career leads you, an educational foundation in the Liberal Arts will equip you with skills for a lifetime of meaningful work.
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Concordia University Irvine
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1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

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Online community of learners.

Most degree programs require a local site or campus through which you earn your degree, but that is not the case with online bachelor's degrees offered through Concordia University Irvine. With our flexible online delivery format, you can live and work anywhere and take all of your courses to earn your bachelor’s degree online.

The design of our online curriculum makes use of some of the most innovative techniques in distance learning today. But we also recognize that students in online programs benefit from periodic real-time sessions. That’s why each of your courses will include regularly scheduled class times with your professors and peers. In these two-hour online sessions, which are scheduled once during the first, third, and fifth weeks of each course, you and your classmates will participate in live lectures and discussions. This blended delivery system provides the opportunity to engage with our excellent faculty and network with other students in your cohort, while still offering the flexibility of a fully online degree program.

Without Concordia University, going back to school with a family and a full-time job would have been nearly impossible. The program is designed for student success, and the instructors and administrators do everything in their power to make sure the students are able to earn their degrees in a feasible manner....I couldn’t be prouder of the choice I made to attend Concordia University, and the lessons I learned go far beyond the academic textbooks. I learned that my dreams are attainable; doors that I once thought were closed are now opened because of the help of the staff and students at Concordia."

Erica Randall

Learning & life: there's room for both.

  • We fit learning into life.

    We fit learning into life.

    Billy '11 (Business) & Lisa '09 (Liberal Arts) Berger

  • Overcoming life's challenges.

    Overcoming life's challenges.

    Simone Sisco '14 (Liberal Arts)

Don't wait to get started.

Courses in the online bachelor's degree program are seven weeks long and taken sequentially one at a time. The accelerated format of the program means that new courses are starting almost every month, so you don't have to lose any time waiting to get started on continuing your education.

Upcoming Start Dates
May 6, 2018
August 19, 2018
January 6, 2019

A personal academic plan.

As a part of completing 120 total units and earning your bachelor's degree, you will take the following 42 core units listed below. Elective courses in other CUI adult education program majors are options for acquiring your total required units to graduate. Feel free to contact an admissions specialist regarding transfer units or to develop a personal academic plan for your coursework.

  • Liberal Arts Core Courses
  • 42 Units
  • LA 302: The Human Dimension
  • 3
Examining the human experience from the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and anthropology, you will explore how humans interact individually and within social structures. Skills will be gained in understanding human motivation and behavior.
  • LA 303: Problem Solving in Today's World
  • 3
Refining the skills of thinking and processing information in a way that demonstrates a greater understanding of logical and rhetorical strategies will be taught. Application will be made to conceptual and practical experiences.
  • LA 304: Your World in Context
  • 3
The historical and political contexts of contemporary culture will be examined. Students will learn how events in the past influence the present and will apply this knowledge to their careers and lives.
  • LA 305: Christianity & Contemporary Culture
  • 3
Evaluating sources of information for culture and theology within the context of this course will better enable you to answer questions concerning life issues (e.g., sexuality, marriage, family, suffering, evil, death, creation, after life) and life choices in the Christian context. You will examine your own beliefs and compare these to what Scripture teaches.
  • LA 306: Issues in Literary Criticism
  • 3
Developing skills in critically analyzing American, English, and world literature will be emphasized in this course. You will be exposed to a variety of issues in literary criticism. You will discover how literature influences and has been influenced by culture, history, and the author’s experiences.
  • LA 307: Cultural Influences
  • 3
Through the exploration of the arts (music, drama, and theatre) you will examine how the arts shape and reflect contemporary culture. You will identify artistic themes, while exploring the influence the arts have had on your life and the life of others.
  • LA 309: The Physical World
  • 3
The physical sciences affect your lives in a multitude of ways. You will explore astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography to enhance your understanding of the relationship between your life and the physical sciences.
  • LA 310: The Making of Our Reality
  • 3
Twentieth century philosophy—modernism and post-modernism—impacts daily our lives. You will demonstrate an understanding of how modern philosophy impacts the various disciplines—natural science, the arts, social science, and theology/philosophy. You will have the opportunity to explore how modern philosophy affects every aspect of your life and the lives of others.
  • LA 311: Writing for the Workplace
  • 3
In every profession, writing is an important aspect of effective communication. This course explores the basics of good writing, including the proper application of grammar and APA style rules. The use of technology to access and share information is also examined.
  • LA 312: Communication in the Workplace
  • 3
The process of effective non-verbal communication is discussed in this course, as well as the opportunity to explore in depth, both in written format and oral format, a student selected aspect of non-verbal communication.
  • LA 411: Digital Literacy and Research Skills for the Workplace
  • 3
Jobs of the twenty-first century are more complex than ever before. In order to be literate in today’s media-rich environments, people need to develop knowledge, values and a whole range of critical thinking, communication and information management skills for the digital age. As increasing numbers of businesses, services and even democratic processes migrate online, citizens who lack digital literacy skills risk being disadvantaged when it comes to accessing healthcare and government services and opportunities for employment, education and civic participation.
  • LA 412: Quantitative Skills for the Workplace
  • 3
The notion of knowing and using quantitative skills in our everyday lives and workplaces promises to offer a mechanism for helping us to make sense of this world. Those who are not quantitatively literate may find themselves in a new underclass. To be effective, education today must be based on relevant, real-world situations. To be successful citizens, students must be as comfortable with numbers as they are with words. Every college graduate should be able to apply simple mathematical methods to the solution of real-world problems.
  • LA 413: Psychology in the Workplace
  • 3
Many fields of psychology permeate our daily lives and experiences. Our interactions with family, friends, work groups, school groups as well as media coverage highlight this fascinating subject.
  • LA 414: Learning Styles and Career Development
  • 3
This course will explore decision making, goal setting, values clarification and investigate potential life and career options based upon each student’s unique gifts and talents. Focus on self-assessment and decision-making in relation to life and career development will be part of this unique course. Conditions that affect life and career development (social, economic, family, and organizational changes) will be examined based upon current research.

Subject area experts.

Our faculty at Concordia University are experts in their subject areas who care about your success. You can be confident that all online courses are skillfully designed by full-time faculty members who understand the dynamic learning needs of real students. Their experience and insight into educational service areas have built a reputation for excellence in the local community. Whatever your next steps may entail, you have a rich resource in Concordia faculty to help you grow professionally and prepare for your vocation in education.

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Tuition and fees.

When you maintain continuous enrollment the tuition will remain the same throughout the program. Tuition does not include the price of textbooks.

Tuition/Fee Cost
Application Fee $50
Graduation Fee $184
Tuition $520/unit

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  1. Online Application or download the Paper Application.
  2. Official transcripts sent from all colleges and universities attended.
  3. Statement of Intent.
  4. AA degree preferred or Official high school transcript(s) (proof of graduation).
  5. 2.4 GPA required

Admissions Eligibility

  • Option 1: Associate Degree, IGETC, or CSU certification
  • Option 2: You have 45 transferable credits or more and are able to take general education classes concurrently with your major.
  • Option 3: If you have 0-44 units, you are eligible for candidate status and can begin taking GE courses. Once 45 credits total are obtained, you can begin taking courses concurrently.

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