BLS Humanities Concentration

Rationale and Program Objectives

The Special Programs in Liberal Studies, Humanities Concentration, is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary online degree program. The program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to earn their baccalaureate degree online by gaining a thorough understanding of the humanities, the interconnections among them, and their relevance to individuals and to modern society. The humanities are broadly defined to include those disciplines that study people—their ideas, their history, their literature, their artifacts, and their values. The program will investigate individual people in their solitude, life together in societies, and models of and for reality that constitute cultures. Individual courses will tackle the Big Questions that have been the traditional province of the humanities such as “What makes a life worth living?” The program is designed to enhance the student’s ability to:

    • Think critically and analytically.
    • Communicate clearly and effectively.
    • Understand and explain interconnections among the Humanities disciplines.
    • Appreciate the wide range of human experience.
  • Achieve increased depth of knowledge in one of the four categories of the Humanities: Literature, Fine Arts, Philosophy/Religion/Ethics, Historical Perspectives.

Minimum of 30 credits as listed below.

Degree Requirements

BLS Humanities Concentration: 30 Semester Hours (see catalog)

  • BLS Humanities Core Courses
    These courses should be taken in the first semester(s) of the program.

    • BLS 300: Seminar in Humanities: 1 course.
    • BLS 301: Pathways: Reading and Writing in the Humanities: 1 course.
  • BLS Humanities Distribution:
    At least one course from each area listed below.

    • BLS 320s: Topics in Literature: 1 course.
    • BLS 340s: Topics in Fine Arts: 1 course.
    • BLS 360s: Topics in Philosophy, Religion, & Ethics: 1 course.
    • BLS 380s: Topics in Historical Perspectives: 1 course.
  • BLS Humanities Area of Emphasis:
    At least three additional courses from one Area of Emphasis.

  • BLS Senior Seminar in the Humanities
    To be taken in the final semester of the BLS Humanities Concentration

    • BLS 400: Senior Seminar: 1 course; includes WI marker.
  • BLS Electives: as desired, to meet residency and upper-division requirements.

University Residency and GPA Minimum Requirements (see catalog)

  • 120 Total Semester Credits:
    Accepted transfer credit + courses completed at UNCG.
  • 31 Semester Credits from UNCG:
    Minimum 12 s.h. toward any major and 9 s.h. toward any minor.
  • 36 Semester Credits at 300 Level or Above.
    (All BLS courses are at 300- & 400-level.)
  • 2.0 Cumulative GPA: Minimum GPA for coursework attempted at UNCG.

General Education Core Requirements (GEC in catalog)

College of Arts & Sciences Liberal Education Commitment (LEC in catalog)

Summary of GEC + LEC

  • GFA: Fine Arts: 1 course.
  • GLT: Literature: 2 different courses.
  • GPR: Philosophical, Religious, & Ethical Perspectives: 1 course.
  • GMO: Modern History: 1 course.
  • GPM: Pre-Modern History: 1 course.
  • GMT: Mathematics: 1 course.
  • GLS: Life Science: 1 course.
  • GPS: Physical Science: 1 course.
  • NS: Additional Natural Science: 1 course. (GLS or GPS)
  • LAB: Natural Science Lab, to accompany GLS or GPS: 1 laboratory.
  • GRD1: Reasoning and Discourse: ENG 101 or Equivalent: 1 course.
  • GRD: Reasoning and Discourse: 1 course.
  • GSB: Social & Behavioral Sciences: 3 different courses from ≥ 2 departments.
  • GFL: Foreign Language Intermediate Proficiency204 level; requires 4 semesters for most students.

Markers (may be combined with courses above):

  • GLOB1: Global Nonwestern (GN): 1 course.
  • GLOB2: Global (GL or GN): 3 courses.
  • SI: Speaking Intensive: 2 courses (1 must be in BLS major).
  • WI: Writing Intensive: 4 courses (1 must be in BLS major).

Your Degree Evaluation will show which of these degree requirements you have met.

*Students enrolled at UNCG prior to 2001 may be under CLER, see advisor for details.