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Program Overview - Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Liberal Studies

The Arts, Writing & Literature concentration, within the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree program, focuses on your personal vision and passion while opening numerous opportunities for the future. Whether earning your bachelor's degree is the first step toward beginning your career, preparing for graduate school, or simply taking personal development to a new level, this concentration balances individualized study with structure and guidance so that you are able to develop and meet your personal goals.

Within this bachelor's degree concentration, established artists and writers are able to refine their creative work and develop portfolios and manuscripts, while novice artists and writers can reclaim their creativity and learn basic techniques in a chosen medium or genre. All creative studies, whether in the written or visual arts, are combined with research and writing so that students’ creative work is explored in the context of art history, visual culture, literature, or criticism. Whatever your goals, you will leave with a deep understanding of the creative process and expansive knowledge of the worlds of art and/or literature.

Teacher Licensure

Union Institute & University’s Bachelor of Arts program is approved by the Vermont Department of Education to prepare teachers for licensure in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary English, secondary social studies, and K-12 art education. Adult students who have already met their math or science major may prepare for secondary math or science licensure. Learn more about Teacher Licensure.

Recent Student Studies

These are examples of independent studies, which combine creative work with research and writing. Independent studies include one-on-one dialogue with faculty mentors as well as group dialogue with faculty and peers.

The Visual Arts

  • Green Architecture
  • Oil Painting
  • The Art of Women from the Middle East
  • Mindfulness and the Art of the Landscape
  • Art and Politics
  • Film Studies
  • Photography and the Study of Silence and Stillness

Literature & Writing

  • Writing the Short Story
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Vampires: History and Literature
  • Women’s Autobiography and the Heroine’s Journey
  • Russian Literature
  • Classic Literature and Creative Writing
  • Exploration of the Horror Genre

Degree: B.A. - Liberal Studies
Credits: 120
Transfer up to 78 credits
Min Time: 42 credits (3.5 terms)
Start Dates: Jan, May, Sept

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