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Liberal Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Monroe, NY, United States
The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from SUNY Old Westbury requires a total of 120 credits, at least 90 of which must be in the Liberal Arts, 40 taken at Old Westbury, and 45 at the upper-division level.
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The Liberal Arts program from SUNY Old Westbury wants to provide students with the capacity and desire to develop and learn throughout their lives.  Students are urged to take their formal education as an opportunity to gain personal qualities and habits of mind that will last a lifetime:  

  • Self-examination and critical thinking
  • Powers of analysis, judgment, and self-expression
  • Empathy and ethical awareness
  • Tolerance for ambiguity and complexity.  

The liberal arts have always prepared students for life-long engagement with civic and professional life, informed by a sure sense of values.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • One foundation course from each of two disciplines. The courses are intended to introduce the characteristic approaches and/or content in the two principal disciplines; the course will be selected with the guidance from each of the two main advisors.
  • An Integrative course (normally an Independent Study). The study states in detail the purpose of the research; frames questions or issues across disciplines that need some resolution (most concretely in the capstone course); and proposes the relevant methodology or approach.
  • One capstone course, an Independent Study that serves as a reflection piece and research report on the program of study. It will synthesize the disciplinary strands of the research project and, ideally, the student will provide a critical analysis of the research process. The substantial paper may very well point the way to further investigation anticipated in a graduate program or professional position.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • SUNY College at Old Westbury accepts The SUNY Online application and The Common Application.
  • Freshman must submit a high school transcript and official results from the ACT or SAT I examinations. It is recommended that you have scores sent directly from the testing agency.
  • Complete and submit Old Westbury’s required Supplementary Essay.
  • Often, the admission process includes a review of letters of recommendation and the submission of mid-year or mid-semester grades. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8490 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8490 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7070 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3535 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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