Course Work Map

Freshman year

Western Classics 

 

Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer’s Odyssey, plays by Aeschylus and Sophocles, Hebrew Bible, Plato and Aristotle

4 credits

Buddhist Classics 

 

Pāli Canon, Five Nikāyas, Sixth Patriarch Sūtra, Vimalakīrti Sūtra, and The Sutra in Forty-two Sections.

4 credits

Chinese Classics 

 

Daodejing, Confucius,  Zhuangzi, Hanfeizi, Mozi, Mengzi, Xunzi

8 credits

Rhetoric & Writing 

 

Essays, poetry, prose

6 credits

Language (LIBA 151, 152/161, 162)

 

Classical Chinese or Sanskrit, using Buddhist, Hindu and Chinese classics

8 credits

 


Sophomore year

Western Classics 

 

Stoics, the New Testament, Plotinus, Augustine, St. Anselm, Aquinas, Maimonides, Shakespeare, Hobbes, Machiavelli, and Rousseau

4 credits

Buddhist Classics 

 

Lotus Sūtra, the Longer Sukhāvatīvyūha Sūtra,  Avataṃsaka Sūtra, the Resolve for Bodhi, the Heart Sūtra, the Vajra Sūtra, the Shastra on the Door to Understanding a Hundred Dharmas, and Ārya Nāgārjuna’s Letter to a Friend

4 credits

Indian Classics

 

Vedas, Upaniṣads, Mahābhārata, Bhagavadgītā, Purāṇas, Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi, Rāmāyaṇa, Handsome Nanda,

8 credits

Mathematics 

 

Euclid’s Elements, Greek Geometry, Conics by Apollonius, Geometry by Descartes

4 credits

Language 

 

Classical Chinese or Sanskrit, using Buddhist, Hindu and Chinese classics

8 credits

 


Junior year

Western Classics 

 

Hume, Kant, Locke, Leibniz, Nietzsche, Spinoza, Austen, Eliot, Kafka, Milton, Molière, Racine, Shelley, Thoreau, Twain, Voltaire, and poetry of Baudelaire, Poe, Whitman, and Wordsworth

4 credits

Buddhist Classics 

 

Śūraṅgama Sūtra, Awakening of Faith in the Mahāyāna, Nāgārjuna’s Bodhisaṃbhāra Śāstra, and biographies and autobiographies of eminent Buddhist practitioners

4 credits

Chinese Classics 

 

Huainanzi, Shiji, Tang Poetry, Zhuxi, Luo Guanzhong

4 credits

Language 

 

Classical Chinese or Sanskrit, using Buddhist, Hindu and Chinese classics

4 credits

Natural Science 

 

Aristotle, Goethe, Darwin, Archimedes, Pascal, Gay-Lussac, Bacon, Galileo, Newton, Descartes, Franklyn, Coulomb, Volta, and Ampere

8 credits

Mathematics

 

Newton’s Principia Mathematica, Descartes, Pascal, Dedekind

4 credits

Music 

 

Common musical elements, melody, including intonation, phrasing, and texture

3 credits

 

Senior year

Western Classics

 

Freud, Jung, Hegel, Heidegger, Husserl, Kierkegaard, de Beauvoir, Sartre, and Wittgenstein

4 credits

Buddhist Classics 

 

Avataṃsaka Sūtra, Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra

4 credits

Indian Classics (LIBA 431)

 

Upaniṣads, Mahābhārata, Purāṇas, Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi s Jainism, Śāktism, Śaivism

4 credits

Rhetoric & Writing (LIBA 441, 442)

 

Cicero, E.B. White, George Orwell, Bizzell and Herzberg

4 credits

Natural Science 

 

Einstein, Schrödinger, Heisenberg, Feynman, Watson and Crick

4 credits

Music 

 

Musical storytelling, repetition and variation, and functional harmony

3 credits

Capstone 

 

In-depth study into one or multiple strands

4 credits

 


Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts Unit Distribution

The undergraduate program consists of 120 semester units, with courses from ten strands. The following table illustrates the number of semester units required from each strand over four years. The course code is italicized in the table below. Each course is designated by a 4-letter program code, followed by a 3-digit course code. The LIBA program code indicates courses offered in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts program. The first digit of the 3-digit course code indicates the year in which the course is taken, the second digit indicates the strand to which the course belongs, and the third digit indicates the sequence in which the course is taken. 

 

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Total

Semester

Fall

Spring

Fall

Spring

Fall

Spring

Fall

Spring

 

Buddhist
Classics

LIBA 111 4 units

 

LIBA 211 4 units

 

LIBA 311 4 units

 

LIBA 411 4 units

 

16 units

Western
Classics

 

LIBA 121 4 units

 

LIBA 221 4 units

 

LIBA 321 4 units

 

LIBA 421 4 units

16 units

Indian
Classics

 

 

LIBA 231 4 units

LIBA 232 4 units

 

 

LIBA 431 4 units

 

12 units

Chinese
Classics

LIBA 131 4 units

LIBA 132 4 units

 

 

 

LIBA 331 4 units

 

 

12 units

Rhetoric and
Writing

LIBA 141 3 units

LIBA 142 3 units

 

 

 

 

LIBA 441 1 units

LIBA 442 3 units

10 units

Language

LIBA 151 4 units or LIBA 161 4 units

LIBA 152 4 units or LIBA 162 4 units

LIBA 251 4 units or LIBA 261 4 units

LIBA 252 4 units or LIBA 262 4 units

LIBA 351 4 units or LIBA 361 4 units

 

 

 

20 units

Mathematics

 

 

LIBA 271 4 units

LIBA 272 4 units

LIBA 371 4 units

 

 

 

12 units

Natural
Sciences

 

 

 

 

LIBA 372 4 units

LIBA 373 4 units

LIBA 471 4 units

 

12 units

Music

 

 

 

 

 

LIBA 381 3 unit

 

LIBA 481 3 unit

6 units

Capstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIBA 491 2 units

LIBA 492 2 units

4 units

Units Per Semester

15 units

15 units

16 units

16 units

16 units

 15 units

15 units

12 units

120 units

*Students have the option to choose either Sanskrit and/or Classical Chinese to fulfill 20 units of Language.