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Bachelor of Arts in Humanities at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

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The Bachelor of Arts in Humanities (BAH), offered by The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) as part of the Finish@UT program, is designed for self-motivated students wanting a broad, interdisciplinary liberal arts and fine arts degree. Working with your advisor, you will be able to tailor your degree with flexible options and the convenience of studying online so you can pursue your career interests and academic goals.

Degree Plan

The BAH degree plan requires 120 total credits for completion. Consult with your advisor regarding how many credits must be taken from UTPB. Courses may be used only once in the degree plan and a 2.0 GPA is required for graduation.

The degree plan consists of:

  • General Education Core Curriculum (42 credits)
  • Humanities Core (30 credits)
  • Humanities Concentration (24 credits + 3 credit capstone course)
  • Electives (19 credits)

Please refer to the downloadable sample degree plan for reference.

General Education Core Curriculum (42 total credits)

The State of Texas requires students to complete a core curriculum that encompasses a variety of disciplines. The list included here notes the areas that are required for completion of the UTPB core curriculum. Your transcript will be evaluated to determine which areas have already been fulfilled.

For more information, please contact your advisor.

  • English Composition - 6 credits
  • American History - 6 credits
  • Political Science - 6 credits
  • Language, Philosophy and Culture - 3 credits
  • Mathematics - 3 or 4 credits
  • Communication - 3 or 4 credits
  • Life and Physical Sciences - 8 credits
  • Creative Arts - 3 credits
  • Social Science - 3 credits

Should you need to complete some areas listed, you may do so by:

  1. 1. taking online courses through the UT Online Consortium in either accelerated sessions or traditional semesters;
  2. 2. completing courses on site at UTPB's campus; or
  3. 3. completing courses at another college or university and having them transferred into UTPB.

Humanities Core (30 total credits)

No courses chosen to meet the general education requirements above can also be used for the humanities core. Up to six credits of a foreign language may substitute for communication courses. The online humanities core coursework is offered via the UT Online Consortium in accelerated 8-week sessions or traditional 15-week semesters.

Humanities Concentration (24 total credits)

A total of 24 credits distributed across at least two of the following areas with at least two courses in each chosen area are required. No courses chosen to meet the general education or humanities core requirements above can also be used as part of a concentration.

Courses listed below are suggested for each discipline based on the available accelerated format online courses from UTPB. Other appropriate courses not listed here, either accelerated format or face-to-face or online courses in semester-length format, may be used to fulfill requirements for each area.

I. Art

II. Communication

III. History

IV. Music

Capstone Senior Project (3 total credits)

The Capstone Senior Project is a three-credit senior thesis to be fulfilled with a “senior project” or contract-study with a faculty member in a Humanities-related field such as HUMA 4301 Virtual Reality.

Electives (19 total credits)

Sufficient semester credits to make a total of 120 credits. Twelve of these elective credits must be in upper-division courses. Elective courses are not required to be in humanities-related fields.

Frequently Asked Questions

For whom is this degree designed?

The BAH degree is designed for self-motivated students who desire a broad liberal arts and fine arts degree with an interdisciplinary perspective. Instead of pursuing a traditional major, the Humanities student creates, with the consent of their advisor, an individualized plan of study.

How many semester credits are required to complete the degree?

The BAH degree plan requires a minimum of 120 semester credits. The online concentration and humanities core coursework is offered via Finish@UT in accelerated 7- or 8-week sessions or traditional semester-length format.

How many semester credits should I have completed before enrolling in the BAH program?

The BAH is designed as a completion program, so you should have completed your general education core curriculum prior to enrolling in the humanities core and concentration coursework, if possible. If you don't have the required credits, additional online courses are available for you through UT institutions via the UT Online Consortium (UTOC).

UTOC offers a wide array of General Education (GenEd) and Non-Program courses each semester that may help you complete these and other requirements for your degree. These online courses will likely be in a traditional semester-length format and will vary in cost.

What are my options when selecting the courses for the humanities concentration area for the BAH?

The goal of the humanities core and concentration coursework is to give you an interdisciplinary foundation that satisfies your individual educational and professional goals, while maintaining academic rigor and integrity. The four areas of courses being offered by UTPB that meet the humanities concentration requirement for the BAH are: Communication (includes English courses), History, Art, and Music.

What if I want to take a concentration of humanities courses from another Finish@UT degree plan?

It is possible to choose another suitable concentration in consultation with your advisor. Working closely with your advisor, you’ll be able to design an appropriate humanities concentration made up of some combination of Finish@UT courses from other partner institutions in a personalized degree plan that best fits your previous study and career goals.

What is the cost of BAH courses?

The cost of Finish@UT courses depends on the tuition and fees structures of the campuses hosting them and is based on residency status. Refer to the Cost Information page for more details.

What institution will issue my degree and what will the diploma read?

When you complete the BAH program, your degree will be from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and your diploma will be for a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities.