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Bachelor of Arts in Humanistic Studies

The Bachelor of Arts program emphasizes a holistic philosophical perspective in the provision of general education instructional services. It is designed for mature learners who did not have an opportunity to complete their undergraduate college studies but who have the experience that can be a stimulus to exciting and relevant academic achievement. The rationale and design of the university’s general education program centers on integrating the foundations of general education with contemporary pedagogical presentations of logically sequenced curriculum in the Humanistics and Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Science, Physical Natural Science, Mathematics, Expository Writing, and Oral Communication. Traditional academic subjects are addressed across disciplinary lines and from cross-cultural perspectives.


The Bachelor of Arts degree requires the completion of 180 quarter units. A minimum of 45 quarter units must be completed at San Diego University for Integrative Studies. All B.A. students are required to take Critical Thinking, Quantitative Perspectives, the Writing Skills class and the Senior Project Seminar.

A high school diploma or its equivalent (G.E.D.).
These course titles satisfy degree requirements. Students are given some latitude, within state guidelines, in meeting lower division course requirements.

Lower Division Course Offerings

A minimum of 45 quarter units, or 30 semester hours, of general education courses including mathematics, writing, and oral communications must be completed prior to graduation from SDUIS. Additional units may be transferred and applied toward the B.A. The maximum transferable units are 135 quarter units or 90 semester hours. SDUIS requires that all B.A. students complete the 60 quarter units of general education in the following areas: Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum of 15 units), Social or Behavioral Science (minimum of 15 units), Physical or Natural Science (minimum of 15 units), Written Communication (minimum of 5 units), Oral Communication (minimum of 5 units), and Mathematics (minimum of 5 units).
Lower Division General Education Courses
Students may fulfill all general education requirements by completing this curriculum, or through a combination of transfer and course completions at SDUIS.

Upper Division Courses

Students in undergraduate Humanistic Studies degree program can choose from the following courses to satisfy curriculum requirements. The number of credits each student will need to meet graduation requirements depends upon the number of credits which the student has transferred into SDUIS. Some courses have prerequisites; please see course descriptions for details. Other courses not listed below may be part of the student’s program.


Courses  (All courses below consist of  5 units per class)

BHS 461 Introduction to Humanistic & Transpersonal Psychology
BHS 452 Evolution & Consciousness
BHS 456 Contemporary International Writers
BHS 460 The Self & Literary Psychology
BHS 465 History of Ordinary People of the United States
BHS 466 Health & Healing
BHS 467 The Family
BHS 468 Loss of Self
BHS 469 Foundations of Meditation
BHS 470 Varieties of Religious and Mystical Experience
BHS 484 Physical Discipline
BHS 485 The Gendered World
BHS 486 Self-In-Relationship
BHS 490 Leadership Development For Women
CPS 401 History & Systems of Psychology
CPS 402 Abnormal Psychology
CPS 403 Theories of Personality

Required Courses
BHS 401 Writing Skills and Research
BHS 455 Critical Thinking
CPS 404 Quantitative Perspectives
BHS 495 Senior Project

Students working on their senior project must be registered for the respective course each subsequent quarter until the project has been completed. The senior project is complete when the final draft of the students’ Senior Research Report has been completed, evaluated, and formally approved by the Senior Project Research Instructor.

A sample program is as follows:
BHS 405: The Humanistic Tradition
BHS 410: Introduction to Philosophy
BHS 455: Critical Thinking Social and Behavioral Sciences
BHS 454: Individuals and their Social Behavior
BHS 459: Carl Rogers and Humanistic Phenomenology
BHS 464: Inventing the Modern Mind Physical and Natural Sciences
BHS 100: The Human Body
BHS 101: The Oceans
BHS 102: The Cosmos Written Communication
BHS 401: Writing Skills and Research
BHS 104: The Reader’s Theater
CPS 404: Quantitative Perspective


1) All residential courses, other than independent study, are taught in a classroom setting. Each instructor provides students with a syllabus that contains an outline of the course objectives, the course content, student performance expectations, textbooks and related study materials, and evaluation methods used for grading purposes. All instruction is provided in English.
2) Courses are traditionally taught in lecture style with group discussions, student presentations and written assignments.
3) Instructional methods also include research projects and experiential components such as internship and practicum requirements. Faculty provide individualized academic advising as needed and encourage ongoing student dialogue in class and online. Upon completion of the core curriculum, students become involved in their capstone research project, the Master’s Thesis. In addition, students are required to complete fifty (50) clock hours of personal counseling provided by a licensed psychologist or therapist approved by the University. Grading criteria are presented to students in the course syllabus provided at the beginning of class. The University’s grading policy is designed to meet the highest professional standards of objectivity, fairness, and accuracy.
4) Independent study courses are an in-depth study of a topic and directed by SDUIS faculty or an equally qualified mentor who is approved by the Chief Academic Officer.
5) Student learning performance outcome evaluations include essay and objective examinations, research, reports, and experiential activities.

1) The Bachelor of Arts in Humanistic Studies Degree program is also offered through distance education. Direct education is delivered to students via e-mail. Students submit their assignments to the instructor and class weekly. The instructor reviews the work and prepares feedback to be sent to the students and class weekly. All instruction is provided in English.
2) Each student is provided with a syllabus that contains an outline of the course objectives, course content, weekly assignments and student performance expectations.
3) Instructors work closely with students to monitor their progress.


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• Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.
• Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1, 2017, and full accreditation by July 1, 2020.
If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:
• Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
• Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.
An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended. “