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
Rhetoric and Social Influence
Intercultural Communication
History of the English Language
Popular Culture 2
Multicultural America 2
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 2
World Civilizations, Beginnings-1600 2
Arts and Ideas of the West: Ancient to Medieval 2
Arts and Ideas of Asia: Ancient to Medieval 2
Survey of Music Literature I 2
History of the Theatre: Ancient to Renaissance 2
Arts and Music - The Creative Process6
Introduction to Art and Visual Culture 2
Form, Space Vision 2
Introduction to Creative Writing
Introduction to Digital Design
The Film 2
Music In World Cultures 2
Music Appreciation 2
Philosophy Of Art 2
Dance Cultures Of America 2
Appreciation Of Acting 2
Multicultural Puppetry 2
Philosophy - Meaning and Critique6
Journalism Law and Ethics
History Of Ethics 2
Existentialism 2
Philosophy Of Religion 2
Argumentation 2
Major Problems in U.S. History 2
Media Literacy and Critical Thinking 2
Critical Thinking 2
Deductive Logic I 2
Approaches to the Humanities 2
HRS 140
Total Units36

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects
A1 - Oral Communication 2
A2 - Written Communication 20
A3 - Critical Thinking 20
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms
B1 - Physical Science 20
B2 - Life Forms 20
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5) 20
B4 - Math Concepts 20
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 20
Area C: Arts and Humanities (0-3 Units)
C1 - Arts 20
C2 - Humanities 20
C1/C2 - Area C Course 20
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 30 - 3
Area D: The Individual and Society (3 Units)
Area D Course 20
Area D Course 20
Area D Course 20
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development
Area E Course 20
Total Units3-6

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI) 23
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (12 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE) 23
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 36