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Undergraduate Major Liberal Arts (BA) 3+1

Think Critically with a Liberal Arts Degree from SNHU

The 3+1 Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts program at SNHU is designed specifically for international students who want to earn a degree in the United States. Students who have earned 90 credits from an approved institution abroad may enter this program, during which they will earn 31 additional credits to complete a 121-credit degree as a liberal arts major.

The liberal arts program emphasizes critical thinking skills and a broad range of education topics. The goal of a liberal arts degree is not to prepare students for any one specific job or career, but to help students grow as individuals and better prepare them to enter any field, no matter what their career goals may be.

See Yourself Succeed with a Liberal Arts Degree

Earning a liberal arts degree through SNHU's 3+1 program can set you up for success in a variety of ways. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), critical thinking and problem-solving skills rank as the second highest career-readiness competency. That means that employers are often more concerned with finding employees who possess the skill set that they feel is right for the job, rather than focusing on individuals who have earned a specific major.

The liberal arts program at SNHU focuses on helping students build a skill set that will be valuable across many different industries and career fields. The program will help students develop skills that employers value, including communication skills, analytical skills, organization and time management abilities, and more.

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in business administration at SNHU include:

  • Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success
  • Affordability. It’s our mission to make higher education more accessible. That’s why, SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire. 
  • Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center, and the stands
  • Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities
  • Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, N.H., named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine

Careers & Outcomes

SNHU’s liberal arts program helps students develop a sense of social responsibility, as well as strong and transferable intellectual and practical skills, including communication, analytical and problem-solving skills, and a demonstrated ability to apply knowledge and skills in real-world situations.

In short, you can go almost anywhere—professionally and personally—with a liberal arts degree. Your liberal arts degree studies at SNHU give you knowledge and skills you can build on throughout life.


SNHU requires 121 credits to complete our bachelor's degree in liberal arts. Students must arrive with at least 90 completed credits from an institution outside the United States that is recognized as part of the system of higher education of that country and a GPA of at least 3.0, and can complete their final year at SNHU and earn a Bachelor's of Liberal Arts. Southern New Hampshire University requires an additional 31 credits to complete the degree program.

Please note that all English requirements must be fulfilled by providing TOEFL, IELTS, or an approved English language proficiency score. The list of approved English language proficiency scores can be found at the International Admission requirement page in Step 3B. Students needing further intensive English will require additional coursework.

Courses To Prepare You For Your Career

SNHU's bachelor's in liberal arts program includes:

  • General education
  • Degree-specific courses

General Education Program

Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:

  • Writing
  • Communication
  • Analysis
  • Problem solving

All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.

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Campus Undergraduate Tuition

Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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