Jan 27, 2023  
ARCHIVED 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies Program Requirements

The Liberal Studies component includes a total of forty-two semester hours, distributed as listed below.

The Core (21 hours)

C2. Mathematics (3 hours)

Satisfied if student passes any MATH course 101 or higher, except for MATH 190-199, MATH 301, and MATH 400)

C3. Oral Communication (3 hours)

C5. Physical and Biological Sciences (6 hours)

A.    The two courses taken to meet the C5 requirement must be from two different disciplines.

B.    Other 100-200 level science courses from AST, BIOL, CHEM, ENVH, GEOL, NRM, and PHYS (with the exceptions of BIOL 132, ENVH 200, ENVH 210, ENVH 300, CHEM 241, and courses numbered from 190-199) meet this requirement.

The First-Year Seminar (3 hours)

  1. Students with 0-15 credit hours are required to take this course.
  2. Students with 15.1 - 29.9 transfer credit hours are eligible to take a First-Year Seminar, but it is not required. The First Year Seminar is waived and the student does not have to make up the hours in the Liberal Studies program–but will still need to graduate with the same number of hours required by the program of the major.
  3. Students with 30 or more transfer credit hours are not eligible to take First-Year Seminar.
  4. Grading for the First-Year Seminar is A, B, C, I (Incomplete),  or U (Unsatisfactory).
  5. If a student receives a “U” grade in the First Year Seminar, he/she must make up the hours by taking another course in the Liberal Studies program.

The Perspectives (18 hours)

Includes Upper-Level Courses*

One of the perspectives categories must be met with an upper level perspective course.

P1. Social Sciences (6 hours)

Courses must be taken in two different disciplines.

P2. Category Has Changed to Core 5 (Physical & Biological Sciences)

P3. History (3 hours)

P4. Humanities (3 hours)

P5. Fine and Performing Arts (3 hours)

P6. World Cultures (3 hours)

(Satisfied if student passes MFL 101, 102, 110, 231, 232, 240, or 301) Only three of the six credit hours earned in FREN, GER, SPAN 110 apply to P6 category.


*One course required in any perspective category outside the discipline of the major.  Students should not enroll in courses numbered above their class rank without permission of the department offering the course.


Courses used to meet Liberal Studies requirements may be used simultaneously to meet other requirements, including requirements in the major. Be reminded the Upper Level Perspective (ULP) requirement must be met by an approved ULP Liberal Studies course and be outside the discipline of the student’s major.