Bachelor of Arts in Arts & Letters

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Bachelor of Arts in Arts & Letters


Have you been thinking about finishing your degree, but life got in the way? Sacramento State designed a degree completion program just for you!

The new Bachelor of Arts in Arts & Letters is a multi-disciplinary major that’s relevant to your personal and professional life. The flexible, online format allows students to complete their degree while juggling family and work. 

You will gain a well-rounded education in many topics, such as art, communication, design, language, history, music, philosophy, theater and dance.

The Bachelor of Arts in Arts & Letters is a self-supported degree completion program administered by the College of Continuing Education for the College of Arts and Letters. 


  • Flexible online format designed for working adults and nontraditional students
  • Intellectually stimulating, high-quality curriculum
  • Degree offers a ladder to career development and promotion
  • Finish your degree in as few as two semesters!


The Arts & Letters major contains 36 units, including the core courses (12 units offered online) and major requirements (24 units).

Core courses will be cohort-based for incoming students, and will be offered in pairings of two courses per semester.

Students will work closely with program advisors to ensure satisfactory completion of all university-wide general education and graduation requirements. At least 120 units are required for graduation, with 30 units in residence at Sacramento State.


  • Adults who want to finish their degree and graduate
  • Those who haven’t been enrolled at a university for over one year

This major is only open to former university students (from Sac State or other 4-year universities) majoring in an Arts & Letters degree or something comparable, who left their university with at least 70 units, including all lower-division general education requirements. Students currently enrolled at Sac State will not be eligible.

Fees and Financial Aid

As of Spring 2024, course fees are $489 per unit. The number of units you may need to take will vary based on your transfer credits and what all you have left to complete at Sacramento State in order to graduate. Our advisors can help you determine how many units you would need to complete in our program in order to graduate.

You may apply for financial aid through the FAFSA.  Please note that fees for this program are not the same as the tuition and fees for the traditional program at Sacramento State, and different policies apply. Please see our CCE Financial Aid webpage at for more information. 

All fees are subject to change or increase as needed.

You can learn more about academic program fees here.

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Sac State College of Continuing Education adds new degree completion program

Sacramento State’s College of Continuing Education has partnered with the College of Arts and Letters to provide a new degree completion program for former students who dropped out just short of graduation.