Bachelor of Liberal Arts


Program Details

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts’ transfer-friendly format is the quickest path to a degree for adult transfer students who want the quality, choice and reputation of a Xavier education. The degree is offered full- or part-time through the Accelerated Degree Completion program offering classes in 8-week sessions or in traditional day or evening classes.

Required Courses

In addition to Xavier’s undergraduate core curriculum, students take 38 credit hours of upper division courses for a total of 120 hours.

  • Students may add a minor or a concentration to their liberal arts degree.
  • The 38 hours may be distributed across two academic areas.
  • No more than 30 hours in business courses and no more than 12 hours in any one business subject area may be applied to the degree.

Undergraduate Core Curriculum

Sample Courses

Sample courses designed for adult students:

CORE 103 - Goa gets its name from the city in India where St. Francis Xavier traveled to experience new opportunities, cultures, and customs, and to interact with and inspire the people he encountered. This course consists of modules that relate to being successful at Xavier, both inside and outside the classroom.

APEX 100 - Adult students reflect on and articulate their academic, professional, and personal goals as they begin their college education at Xavier.

APEX 200 - Students learn how to identify professional opportunities that fit with their values, skills, and personality traits as well as effective networking, resumé writing, and interview skills to improve their ability to be successful in their chosen career path.

Sample University core courses:

THEO 111 - A basic study of human and religious faith, especially the Christian faith, the connection between faith and religion, the personal and social value of religion, the diversity of world religions, and the issues connected with religious diversity and global responsibility.

ENGL 205 - Literature and the Moral Imagination. Personal and social ethical issues in literature.

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The Accelerated Degree Completion program offers a combination of evening, weekend and online classes over eight-week sessions. With enough transfer credits, adult students can graduate in about two years. Terms start in January, March, May, July, August and October.


Xavier’s Veteran and Military Family Center strives to help all veteran and military connected students transition to campus successfully and thrive both academically and professionally. As a Yellow Ribbon School, up to 100 percent of tuition is covered at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Xavier gives credit for academic courses from regionally accredited institutions, earned CLEP credit, some military experience, the Ohio Police Officer's Training Academy, and other training programs. Your adviser can help you get the most out of the credit you've received.

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