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Liberal Arts

The term "liberal arts" can simply refer to the disciplines of the humanities, social sciences and sciences, but in this case, it refers more generally to a curriculum designed to provide a foundation of knowledge of culture (humanities), society (social sciences) and science (sciences) while developing intellectual and practical skills (critical thinking, ethical thinking, analytical thinking, problem solving and effective communication) that can be applied in real-world settings. This kind of education is highly regarded because it fosters the development of valuable skills that are applicable to a wide range of activities, including the ability to learn and apply knowledge, deal with complexity and adapt to change.


Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s), Research


4 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus with Distance Learning Options

Freshman Class Profile for this Major

3.044 - 3.660 (4 pt. scale)
21.0 - 26.0
980 - 1180


Interdisciplinary Studies
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


French Hall West, 2nd Floor
PO Box 210037
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0037
Craig Schmitt
Phone: 513-556-5860

Student Success Factors

The program is well-suited for students whose needs and interests are not being met by existing A&S majors, such as those


  • who have several areas of interest or wish to pursue a course of study that spans several disciplines.
  • who are preparing for graduate study in an interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary area not incorporated in any existing programs at the university (e.g., linguistics, forensics, urban studies, religious studies).
  • who are aiming for a career where multidisciplinary education could be appropriate or even advantageous (law, diplomacy, public service, mediation, environmental advocacy, etc).
  • whose engagement in campus or community groups inspires multidisciplinary interests.
  • who are transferring in from a branch campus or elsewhere with an associate of arts or science degree.
  • who are non-traditional and seeking further education to complement life/job experiences.

Career Possibilities

Liberal arts majors with strong training in multiple disciplines are prepared to undertake a wide variety leadership positions that stress teamwork and visionary thinking. Each individualized degree plan supports and enhances career potential within the identified degree goals.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The liberal arts major is constructed by combining three minors or certificates, at least two of which must chosen from those offered by A&S departments (not including business French or business Spanish). Although there is no requirement that the three components of this program be linked thematically, students would be expected to use the capstone to tie their studies to their academic goals.


There is a minimum number of credits of each minor/certificate that must be applied only to that minor or certificate and may not be used to fulfill the requirements of another minor or certificate in the program. The same rules on double-counting of courses for college distribution requirements will apply to this program as to other majors in the college. GPA and residency requirements specified by the individual minors/certificates will apply (but in any case, the GPA in each certificate/minor must be at least 2.0).


Each minor or certificate must include at least one upper-level course. In order to fulfill general education requirements, students pursuing this degree must include at least one mid-collegiate "methodology" course in one of the minor/certificate areas they choose, as identified by that discipline.


The student must complete a capstone project/experience that has been approved by the A&S Interdisciplinary Council as part of the student’s overall course of study. The capstone project/experience/course requirement may be met by completing it under the auspices of one of the A&S programs in the degree (with the cooperation and engagement of the other programs as appropriate), or this may be an interdisciplinary capstone if the corresponding program directors agree to cooperate and this makes academic sense.


Students will be required to meet all relevant prerequisites (coursework, GPA minimum credit hours) prior to embarking upon a capstone.


Students interested in this major should contact the A&S Student Affairs and Advising Office (French West, 2nd Floor, 513-556-5860) for information and for instructions on how to set up a course of study within the program. Students should work closely with their college advisor and with departmental faculty advisors when choosing courses to meet degree requirements as well as their educational and career goals.

Minor Details

A minor in liberal arts is not available.


These tools assist students to identify course requirements and individual progress toward completion of academic programs. It is important to utilize these resources with personalized guidance from a UC academic advisor regularly to ensure timely graduation..

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UC Schedule of Classes - search course availability and descriptions

Curriculum Guide Versions:

Liberal Arts (BA) Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    A&S College Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (if admitted freshman year), 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, DC, 10 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Courses (two different disciplines), SS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) Course, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspectives (HP) Course, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, HIST Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course (may double count), 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    Liberal Arts Major Requirements
    • INTR5001, Interdisciplinary Capstone, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Three minors and/or certificates (a limited number of courses may be used for more than one of the three). Each certificate and/or minor must include at least one course at the 3XXX level or higher., 60 - 80
    • XXXXxxxx, One Methodology Course is Required - check with your advisor for more information., 0 - 3
    Free Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives (estimate), 0 - 30
    minor/certificate #1
    • XXXX1xxx, 1000 level course(s) or above, 12
    minor/certificate #2
    • XXXX1xxx, 1000 level course(s) or above, 12
    minor/certificate #3
    • XXXX1xxx, 1000 level course(s) or above, 12

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:


  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).


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