Adults interested in becoming teachers or building a solid foundation of knowledge for a variety of professions can get that preparation online from Fresno Pacific University.

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts program offers experienced faculty and a stimulating interdisciplinary learning environment in a fully online format. The program is approved by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC and incorporates courses that allow students to waive the CSET multiple subject exam. A science concentration also provides pathways in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields that expand career opportunities to the middle and high school grades.

“This new fully online program is designed for working adults with family and other responsibilities. The flexible format which requires no synchronous meeting times can help individuals reach their educational goals and complete a bachelor’s degree from FPU,” said Laura Gonzalez, Ed.D., liberal arts program director.

Enrollment is now open and the first classes begin August 16, 2021.


  • Students can study any time
  • Cohort instruction—groups of 12-24 students progress through the program together
  • Expert faculty
  • Assignments that apply to everyday life
  • Students from a variety of life stages and cultural backgrounds learn from one another

Career opportunities

Liberal arts degree graduates are prepared for a variety of fields, including private and public education, business and industry, government agencies and nonprofit and faith-based organizations. “The need for professionally prepared educators has never been greater,” Gonzalez said. “Our graduates serve as teachers, school counselors and school administrators, as well as in law enforcement, business and industry, county and local government, non-profit and faith-based agencies.”

Admission requirements

  • Application form (
  • $40 fee (waived for those attending an information meeting:
  • Official high school transcripts: high school, GED, college/university or associate degree
  • Two years post-secondary education including 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units at a minimum 2.4 GPA

Co-requisite courses—HIST 122 Western Civilization, MATH 136 and MATH 137—are required for graduation and students are strongly encouraged to complete these courses prior to beginning the cohort. Students entering the program with an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) will have all lower-division general education requirements for the bachelor’s degree fulfilled.


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations