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College of General Studies

Online liberal arts bachelor's degrees

Learn to adapt with a liberal arts degree 

With our online liberal arts bachelor’s degrees, you can sharpen your soft skills and prepare to be an asset in your career. Explore a broad curriculum in the humanities and sciences. Immerse yourself in literature, writing and rhetoric. Or investigate how to build a more sustainable future. All these exciting courses are available 100% online, giving you the flexibility to get a well-rounded education anytime, anywhere. 

The best part? Your instructors know what works in the real world. What they teach you today can be directly applied to your career tomorrow – bridging the gap between academics and industry knowledge.

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Develop diverse skills with core courses in liberal arts 


You’ll learn how to:

  • Develop knowledge related to foundations in literature, writing, research and rhetoric
  • Apply relevant theory and research to the analysis and critique of written works
  • Create original written work that responds to a specific purpose and audience
  • Integrate feedback to revise and enhance written works


You’ll learn how to:

  • Develop knowledge that is foundational to the physical and biological sciences 
  • Evaluate environmental phenomena using social, environmental and financial principles 
  • Construct scientific arguments to accurately assess environmental risk
  • Utilize environmental regulation to examine human activity 
  • Apply environmental policy in the management of the environment

Earn career-relevant skills in weeks – not years

Get value from your education before you even graduate. Update your resumé and LinkedIn profile with learned skills when you complete every 5- or 6-week course in our associate, bachelor's and master's programs.

Build skills on your way to your degree

Career outlooks for liberal arts bachelor’s degree holders

BLS CATEGORY: Media and Communication Occupations


Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for media and communication careers is projected to be as fast as average between 2022 and 2032.


  • Copy Editor
  • Digital Content Coordinator
  • Technical Writer

BLS CATEGORY: Environmental Scientists and Specialists


Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for environmental scientists and specialists is projected to be as fast as average between 2022 and 2032.


  • Environmental Analyst
  • Environmental Programs Specialist
  • Environmental Specialist 

Course requirements for liberal arts bachelor’s degrees 

Bachelor of Arts in English

You’ll take 16 core courses with program-specific knowledge and 5 focus courses of your choosing to supplement your studies. Your coursework can help you gain a solid foundation in writing, rhetoric and literature. The program’s core courses include topics like literary interpretation and analysis, classical literature, rhetoric and critical thinking, research and writing for professions and how to create a professional writing portfolio. 

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

You’ll take 18 core courses with program-specific knowledge and 5 focus courses of your choosing to supplement your studies. Your coursework can help you develop a comprehensive understanding of scientific principles and the environment. The program’s core courses include topics like biology, chemistry, environmental science, sustainability, toxicology, risk assessment, hydrology, public policy and environmental law. 

Tuition and financial aid

Affordable, locked-in tuition

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Ways to pay — and save. Explore your options.

From scholarships to transfer credits and federal financial aid for those who qualify, there are a variety of ways to pay for school and save on tuition. 

Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid is money from the U.S. Department of Education to help you pay for your college tuition and expenses.

Financial Aid

Transfer Credits

Your prior eligible credits could help you graduate from your bachelor's degree faster and for less.

Transfer Credits

Military or Veteran Benefits

See if you qualify to use veterans’ education benefits or tuition assistance to help pay for school.

Military or Veteran Benefits


Starting with your first course, every new qualifying student will be awarded one of our scholarships.


Employer Tuition Discounts

Check if your employer provides tuition assistance, benefits, or reimbursement programs toward your degree.

Employer Tuition Discounts

Credit for Prior Learning

Explore over 200 savings opportunities to earn college credit for skills you’ve gained through work and life experiences.

Credit for Prior Learning

Student experience

Sierra M.

“University of Phoenix gave me the opportunity I needed to realize that I have what it takes to rise to the challenge and excel at whatever I set my eyes on.” 

—Sierra M. | BS in Environmental Science, 2020


Over 1 million alumni have earned their degrees while balancing work, school and life. So can you. 

Manage Time with Flexible Courses

Manage Time with Flexible Courses

Use Robust Student Resources

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Learn Online

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Steps to apply for your liberal arts bachelor’s degree program

Once you’ve selected your degree program, choose your start date from our calendar, apply for free and register before the deadline (usually one week before the program starts). Then you’ll speak to an enrollment representative to begin class.

  • No application fee
  • No SAT, GMAT or essay required
  • Our risk-free trial lets eligible students try out University of Phoenix for three weeks with no financial obligation
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Meet your college deans

Our college deans focus on developing a career-relevant curriculum. They bring industry experience to the classroom and lead a faculty of academic professionals with one goal in mind—to help you earn the skills you need to pursue your career.

Briana Houlihan, Dean

Briana Houlihan, MBA

Dean, College of General Studies

Jacquelyn Kelly, Associate Dean

Jacquelyn Kelly, PhD

Associate Dean, College of General Studies

Susan Hadley, Associate Dean

Susan Hadley, PhD

Associate Dean, College of General Studies


University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), since 1978.

Liberal arts bachelor's degree FAQs

If you’re interested in learning how to think critically, creatively and analytically, a degree in liberal arts can establish a great foundation of knowledge for many career paths. Our liberal arts bachelor’s degree programs promote collaboration, communication and critical thinking – all of which are essential skills in today’s workplaces. Other benefits of a liberal arts education include gaining interdisciplinary knowledge, preparing for professions in diverse industries and developing a strong sense of social responsibility. 

Yes. University of Phoenix is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Plus, all our courses are available 100% online. Where most colleges expect you to take several courses at once, here you take one course at a time over five weeks in an innovative, virtual, asynchronous learning environment. What’s more? Throughout the course of your learning experience, our academic counselors and finance advisors are always there to support and guide your decisions from your first day to your last.

Yes, our liberal arts bachelor’s degree programs accept eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Speak with an enrollment representative to start the process of evaluation by the University to see if your prior college credits can apply to your program and to request your transcripts.

The published program length to complete a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts is four years. Your time to completion could differ based on various factors, including any breaks from your coursework. There’s not a set timeframe to complete your degree, so you can work at your own flexible pace to graduate by satisfying the 120-credit requirement. You may be able to save time and money on your degree if you have eligible transfer credits from an institutionally accredited university or college.

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