Program Overview

About the Program

This program offers an alternative route to completing a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies for working adults who have finished their lower-division coursework and whose schedules do not permit them to attend regular campus classes.

  • Hybrid program combines one full Saturday seminar per month on campus, with weekly online seminars.
  • Thematic readings on current issues allow students to share their understandings and work toward solutions.
  • Integrated assignments can be completed in your home or work settings.
  • Cohort model builds a strong learning community to support students throughout the program.

It's Different

This two-year, 40-unit program is offered by SSU's Hutchins School of Liberal Studies in conjunction with the School of Extended and International Education. The Hutchins School does not believe that being educated consists of "knowing things." Rather, we believe that it consists of being able to think about the "things" that you know. And this involves being challenged, being confronted with other viewpoints, and being able to articulate your own changing understandings.

Most of the interesting questions do not stop short at disciplinary boundaries. By arranging our courses around major themes, we are able to juxtapose a variety of readings that illuminate one another, and jostle around in the mind. That jostling is what we call learning.

It's Marketable

A B.A. in Liberal Studies provides excellent preparation for students interested in careers in teaching, counseling, social work, public service, law, or business, as well as graduate work in the social sciences and humanities. For more information about the many things you can do with a Liberal Studies degree, see our Career Opportunities page.


The fee as of Fall 2017 for each 10-unit course is $425 per unit for a total of $4,250 per semester, which comes to $17,000 for the entire 40 units. Students who need additional coursework to complete degree requirements will be responsible for those fees.

The fee rate you started at is locked in for the duration of the program so long as you are continuously enrolled. If you interrupt your studies for one or more semesters, you will be subject to any applicable fee increases.

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. Meetings are held twice per semester on the Sonoma State campus, and provide a comprehensive overview of the philosophy, requirements, and organization of the program.

Other SSU Liberal Studies Degrees

B.A. Liberal Studies Napa Valley and Solano offers liberal studies programs at Napa Valley College and Solano Community College in partnership with the School of Social Sciences. There are no residency requirements for these programs.

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 also be interested in the Liberal Studies B.A. program based at the Mendocino College campus in Ukiah. This is offered stateside for regularly matriculated students.