BA in Arts and Letters

Units required for Major: 36


Christina Bellon, Philosophy
Brad Nystrom, Humanities and Religious Studies
Aaron Cohen, History

Eligibility Requirements

This multidisciplinary major is designed for students who have stopped-out in good standing from the pursuit of any major at Sacramento State.

At the time of application, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Must not have been enrolled at the university for a minimum of one year and have left in good academic standing.
  2. Completed at least 84 units of coursework (may be upper or lower division units).
  3. Completed all lower division General Education and Graduation Requirements.  A condition of admission to the program is that students have completed all GE Area B requirements.  If the GE Area B and other lower division GE/GR requirements are not completed at the time of application, they must be completed prior to beginning the program.
  4. Have a minimum cumulative GPA not lower than 2.0.

Program Requirements

Required Upper Division Core Courses (12 Units)
ALS 101Texts Over Time3
ALS 102Individual, Community, and Citizenship3
ALS 103Creativity, Meaning, and Criticism3
ALS 104Happiness, Well-Being and the Good Life3
Select an additional 24 units from the following: (24 Units) 1
Language - Communication and Expression6
Interpersonal Communication Skills
Critical Analysis of Messages
Intercultural Communication
History of the English Language
Popular Culture
Multicultural America
Elementary Spanish
Elementary Spanish
Literature - Texts, Ideas and Ideals6
Media Communication and Society
ENGL 140
ENGL 180 Series Course
Survey of French Literature
Survey of Early Western Civilization
World Civilizations, Beginnings-1600
Arts and Ideas of the West: Ancient to Medieval
Arts and Ideas of Asia: Ancient to Medieval
Survey of Music Literature I
History of the Theatre: Ancient to Renaissance
Arts and Music - The Creative Process6
Introduction to Art and Visual Culture
Form, Space Vision
Introduction to Creative Writing
Introduction to Digital Design
The Film
Music In World Cultures
Music Appreciation
Philosophy Of Art
Dance Cultures Of America
Appreciation Of Acting
Multicultural Puppetry
Philosophy - Meaning and Critique6
Mass Media Law and Regulation
History Of Ethics
Philosophy Of Religion
Major Problems in U.S. History
Mass Media and Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking
Deductive Logic I
Approaches to the Humanities
HRS 140
Total Units36

At least 12 additional units must be upper division for a total of at least 24 upper division units. 

NOTE: Students will work closely with the program advisors to ensure satisfactory completion of all University wide General Education and Graduation Requirements.  Where possible, these can be overlapped with courses taken to satisfy the Required Upper Division core courses and Literature -Texts, Ideas and Ideals courses.