B.A. Liberal Studies Napa Valley / Solano

Current Application Periods

Fall 2020: Late applications by petition on a space-available basis

Spring 2021 August 1-September 30, 2020

General Program Information and Academic Advising

Katie O'Brien
Phone: 707-664-2738

Program Overview

Sonoma State University offers an upper-division program at Napa Valley College and Solano Community College, Vallejo Center leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. The program offers a wide variety of courses from the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. Courses taught by SSU faculty are scheduled evenings, weekends, and online for the working student.

The major consists of 50 units of coursework in a variety of disciplines, organized into three broad areas.

For students beginning the program in Fall 2020, this is how the courses fit into the Core Areas:

  • Arts/Humanities: 15 units
  • Social Sciences: 15 units
  • Natural Sciences: 6 units
  • Culminating Portfolio: 4 units
  • Electives: 10 units

Up to 6 units of Internship can be included as Electives. Upper-division work at other colleges can be considered for electives in the Major.

Classes are held at:
Solano Community College, Vallejo Center
545 Columbus Parkway
Vallejo, CA  94591

Napa Valley College Campus
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway
Napa, CA  94558


The fee as of Fall 2020 is $400 per unit for a total of $20,000 for the full 50 units of the program. The per-unit fee is subject to change yearly, so the total for the degree may differ. Students who need additional coursework to complete degree requirements will be responsible for those fees.

Fees can be paid by check, money order, credit card, or through financial aid. Vocational Rehabilitation or Veteran's funding may also be applied, depending on eligibility.

Information Sessions

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to attend an information session. This is the best way to get in-depth information about the program. Sessions are conducted several times per semester and provide a comprehensive overview of the philosophy, requirements, and organization of the program.

Other SSU Liberal Studies Degrees

Saturday Hybrid BA Program - Designed for working adults, students come to campus one Saturday per month and participate in weekly online discussion forums. The program offers a trans-disciplinary, seminar-based approach to learning. This program is offered in partnership with the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies.

The Hutchins School of Liberal Studies - The Hutchins School of Liberal Studies is a unique school within the larger institution of Sonoma State University. Hutchins students complete all lower-division general education requirements, with the exception of mathematics--through an interdisciplinary, theme-oriented focus. "Learning to learn," small seminar classes, close cooperation and a feeling of community among students and faculty are highlights of this program. This is offered stateside for regularly matriculated students.

Liberal Studies Ukiah - Residents of Mendocino and Lake Counties may be interested in the Liberal Studies B.A. program based at the Mendocino College campus in Ukiah. This is a Stateside program with the same structure, but not administered by SEIE.