Liberal Arts Studies B.A. Adult

The Liberal Arts Studies major at Avila

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Liberal Arts Studies degree from Avila maximizes your already-earned college credits, military service, and prior-learning certificate hours, letting you turn them into an undergraduate degree at the speed of life. In this general studies program, you’ll be able to tailor your degree and complete it in the shortest amount of time.

  • 120 credit hour Bachelor of Arts degree program
  • 100% online and asynchronous so you can work, study, and progress on your schedule
  • New sessions start every eight weeks
  • Financial aid is available
  • Transfer credit friendly
  • Military-friendly
  • Work-friendly

The perfect choice for completing your degree.

At Avila University, your liberal arts studies degree can give you a strong foundation in general education courses, including writing, humanities, history, and science. You’ll also develop the in-demand career skills of critical thinking, communication, and personal connections which gives you an edge in this competitive job market.

You can do this: A fully online Bachelor of Arts degree

With the help of your academic advisor, your Liberal Arts degree aligns with your interests and goals. Concentrations for a bachelor of general studies include humanities, natural sciences, and behavioral sciences.

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At Avila we understand that learning takes place outside the classroom. Through the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) you can earn college credit through transfer, prior learning portfolio, correspondence, military service, and standardized tests. To get credit for what you already know, see our page on Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

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BOOST YOUR LIFETIME EARNINGS. Finishing your undergraduate degree could increase your median weekly earnings by about 67%, compared to working with only a high school diploma. 
Estimated 2022-2023 costs before financial aid
Adult Student Undergraduate Tuition =  $410 / credit hour
(Books and class materials are your responsibility in all Adult undergraduate programs.)

Find your support at Avila:

  • Dedicated academic advisor
  • Full library and research access
  • Free tutoring
  • Free counseling, career, and other student success services
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Are you interested in liberal arts studies?
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Be Prepared for Your Career

Your liberal arts degree provides the “soft skills” — communications, problem-solving, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills — that employers look for in candidates. Internships and research opportunities also provide Avila students with hands-on learning experiences at: 

  • Cerner
  • Blue Springs School District
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Many, many others in all industries and fields
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Avila Liberal Arts Studies students are pursuing careers in a wide range of industries as:

  • Technical writer
  • Events director
  • Financial analyst
  • Human resources specialist
  • Marketing specialist
  • Public relations specialist
  • Project manager
  • Social worker
  • Teacher

Avila Liberal Arts Studies gives you a framework for creativity, problem-solving, communication, and other skills that can be applied to an endless range of career fields and jobs.

The Behavioral & Social Sciences Concentration

Behavioral & Social Sciences
Emphasizing communications, psychology and sociology, the Behavioral & Social Sciences concentration is for students who want to address societal questions from an interdisciplinary lens.

Transferring to Avila?

We work with you to make the most of your transfer credits so you’re on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

An Environment to Enhance your Education

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Center for Student Excellence

If you need help in the classroom, help with your schedule, finding a counselor, or career services help, the Slepitza Center for Student Excellence (SCSE) is here. Your success is what makes Avila special. The SCSE makes your move into college smoother and can assist you throughout your college journey.

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“I had no idea how much I would appreciate Avila before I came, but I really do.”

Alexis Delgado / ’21


Avila University Advantage Institute for Professional Studies, Foyle Hall
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City, MO 64145 / 816-501-2400

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