Jan 20, 2022
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
College of Liberal Arts Requirements for Bachelor of Arts
Students must fulfill the course requirements for all declared programs. Courses may be reused between programs with the following restrictions:
- For students who elect a double major where the majors are both in the College of Liberal Arts, no more than two courses may be used toward the fulfillment of both majors.
- For students who elect a minor where the major and minor are both in the College of Liberal Arts, no more than one course may be used toward the fulfillment of both the major and the minor.
- For students who elect a double major where the majors are in different schools/colleges, no more than two courses at the 300-level or above may be used toward the fulfillment of both majors.
- For students who elect a minor where the major and minor are in different schools/colleges, no more than one course at the 300-level or above may be used toward the fulfillment of both the major and the minor.
See General Education for an overview for the curriculum including how to search for courses that meet general education categories .
Verbal Reasoning and Expression
Composition I is waived if a student transfers in Composition II.
Both courses are waived for students transferring in 90 or more credits.
Students in the Honors College will fulfill this requirement with Honors English 101 or 102.
Students must complete either a portfolio or a timed written exam. This requirement should be completed when a student has earned between 60 and 75 credits.
See Writing Proficiency for more information.
Complete one of the following:
QR may be waived by:
- One Arts (AR)
- One Humanities (HU)
- One Arts (AR) or Humanities (HU)
- Three Social and Behavioral Science (SB)
- One Natural Sciences (NS)
- Two Natural Sciences (NS) or Math/Technology (MT)
- Two World Languages (WL) or World Cultures (WC)
Elementary Language Proficiency
The elementary language proficiency requirement can be fulfilled by meeting one of the following:
- Completing or transferring in a college foreign language course at the 102 level or higher. If a student completes or transfers in two semesters of the same language (such as 101 and 102), the student will also meet the two-course World Culture (WC)/World Language (WL) requirement.
- Completing up to level three of the same foreign language in high school.
- Completing at least one year of secondary or post-secondary education in a non-English-speaking school or university.
- Scoring three or higher on an AP exam in a foreign language, or scoring 50 or higher on a CLEP exam in a foreign language.
- Demonstrating proficiency to the appropriate language department or, if the language is not taught at UMass Boston, to the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies.
- One United States Diversity
- One International Diversity
Students transferring in 60 or more credits may complete this requirement with one diversity course in either area.