College of Liberal Arts Curriculum


The College confers two undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Students who complete a major program in Catholic studies, cybersecurity studies, communication, economics, English, history, international relations, modern languages and literatures, media, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology or theology receive the B.A. degree. Students majoring in applied mathematics or data science receive a B.S. degree, and students majoring in mathematics or computer science can follow a curriculum leading to either a B.A. or B.S. degree. 

Graduation Requirements

To receive the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in the College of Liberal Arts, a student must complete the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 120 semester hours of course credits. The last 30 hours must be taken at the University
  • University Bridges Common Learning Experience (Bridges CLE)
  • College Distribution Requirements, as described below
  • Major program (see departmental listings)
  • Minor program (see departmental listings)
  • An overall minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 both in the major and in the minor
  • Removal of I and F grades both in the major department and in required courses
  • Online submission of application for the degree before the deadline published in the current University calendar. No student is considered a degree candidate prior to submission of this form.
College Distribution Requirements

Students enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts for the B.A. or B.S. degree are required to complete the Bridges CLE for graduation.

In addition to the Bridges CLE, students in the College are required to fulfill the following requirements for graduation:

Bachelor of Arts
  • Students enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts program need to complete thirty (30) credits of Liberal Arts coursework, where twenty-one (21) credits are taken from the humanities and nine (9) credits are taken from the social and quantitative sciences.
    • The twenty-one humanities credits are taken from at least five (5) different discipline areas:
      • History
      • Modern Languages & Literatures
      • Latin
      • English & Theater Arts
      • Global Health Ethics
      • Communication & Rhetorical Studies
      • Theology
      • Catholic Studies
      • Philosophy
      • Media
    • The nine social and quantitative science credits are taken from at least three (3) different discipline areas:
      • International Relations
      • Sociology
      • Economics
      • Psychology
      • Political Science
      • Mathematics & Computer Science
Bachelor of Science
  • Liberal Arts electives (any College department except the major department) 12 cr.
  • Natural Science (two-semester sequence at major level) 8-10 cr.
  • Mathematics (114 and above) 10 cr.
  • Computer Science (150 and above) 3 cr.

Courses taken to satisfy College Distribution Requirements may also satisfy Bridges CLE and major/minor requirements.

Second Degree Liberal Arts Core

Students who have already earned an Associate or Bachelor's degree and come to Duquesne to earn a College of Liberal Arts Degree must satisfy the College Distribution Requirements along with major/minor requirements. These students do not need to satisfy Bridges CLE.