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Liberal Studies Major: Degree Requirements

Liberal Studies majors complete the following core course and the courses for the selected concentration. A grade of C or better is required for each course in the core and concentration.

Important notes about LAC tier requirements:

  • All Liberal Studies majors (except those with a concentration in Mathematics) must take MAT 139P as their LAC Tier 1 Mathematics course.
  • Those in the Mathematics concentration should take MAT 155 or 155P (depending on placement) as their LAC Tier 1 Mathematics course (if they do not place directly into MAT 243). Those placing into MAT 243 should take it as their Tier 1 Mathematics course and work with their advisor to choose another MAT course to complete the concentration.
  • ALL Liberal Studies majors must take BIO 304 as their LAC Tier 2 Natural Sciences course.

Core Courses

  • Choose one course:
    • ECO 200# Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 credits
    • GEO 100# Introduction to Geography - 3 credits
    • PSC 110# American Government and Politics - 3 credits
  • Choose one course:
    • HIS 120** The Early American Experience 1607 to 1877 - 3 credits
    • HIS 121** The Recent American Experience 1877 to Present - 3 credits
    • HIS 310## Great Issues: Survey of American History - 3 credits
  • EES 104*** Dynamic Earth w/lab - 4 credits
  • ENG 130* Literary Analysis - 3 credits
  • ENG 328 Children’s Literature - 3 credits
  • ENG 338 Linguistic Analysis - 3 credits
  • Choose one course:
    • HIS 115** Early World History - 3 credits
    • HIS 116** Modern World History - 3 credits
  • MAT 140 Geometry and Probability for Elementary School Teaching - 3 credits
  • MAT 217**** Statistics for Liberal Studies - 3 credits
  • PHS 105 Introductory Physical Sciences - 3 credits

Subtotal: 22 credits

Earth Science Concentration

  • EES 130^ Ancient Environments with Lab - 4 credits
  • EES 205 Sustainable Energy - 3 credits
  • EES 224^ Landform Analysis with Lab - 4 credits
  • EES 330 Minerology and Rock Analysis with Lab - 4 credits
  • Choose one course:
    • EES 204 Global Climate Change - 3 credits
    • EES 222 Water and Society - 3 credits
    • EES 340 Geographic Information Systems with Lab - 4 credits
    • EES 344 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy with Lab - 4 credits
  • LSM 400^^ Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies - 3 credits
Subtotal: 18-19 credits

English Concentration: 21 credits

Required Courses

  • ENG 203! Introduction to Writing Literary Criticism - 3 credits
  • ENG 223 Survey of American Literature - 3 credits
  • LSM 400!! Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies - 3 credits

Creative Writing

  • Choose one course:
    • ENG 205 Introduction to Creative Writing - 3 credits
    • ENG 206 Multimodal Writing Workshop - 3 credits
    • ENG 207 Forms in Creative Writing - 3 credits
    • ENG 209 Writing for Children and Young Adults - 3 credits
    • ENG 230 Reading and Writing Electronic Literature - 3 credits
    • ENG 241 Critical and Creative Thinking - 3 credits
    • ENG 353 Storytelling - 3 credits
    • ENG 369 Cultural Studies and Creative Writing - 3 credits
    • ENG 372 Creative Writing Abroad - 3 credits
    • ENG 380 Creative Nonfiction - 3 credits

Reading Culture

  • Choose one course:
    • ENG 242 Literature and Cultural Studies - 3 credits
    • ENG 252 Literature and Culture of the Harlem Renaissance - 3 credits
    • ENG 255 African American Literature - 3 credits
    • ENG 256 Native American Literature - 3 credits
    • ENG 258 Asian American Literature - 3 credits
    • ENG 259 Chicano/Chicana Literature and Culture - 3 credits
    • ENG 310 Contemporary African American Poetry - 3 credits
    • ENG 313 Native American Novel - 3 credits
    • ENG 314 Indigenous Studies - 3 credits

Rhetoric and Composition

  • Choose one course:
    • ENG 204 Introduction to Writing Studies - 3 credits
    • ENG 271 Classical Rhetoric, Modern Contexts - 3 credits
    • ENG 272 Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism - 3 credits
    • ENG 273 Introductory Topics in Rhetoric and Composition - 3 credits
    • ENG 306 Digital Rhetorics and Literacies - 3 credits
    • ENG 370 Composition Theory and Pedagogy - 3 credits
    • ENG 371 Rhetoric and Cultural Studies - 3 credits
    • ENG 373 Studies in Rhetoric and Composition - 3 credits
    • ENG 374 Rhetoric of the Hollywood Film - 3 credits

Concentration Elective

Choose one course at the 300-level in English.

Subtotal: 21 credits

History/Social Science Concentration

  • Choose one course:
    • HIS 200@ Historical Research and Writing - 4 credits
    • PSC 201@ Applied Qualitative Methods - 3 credits
  • Choose one course:
    • HIS 230 European History Before 1500 - 3 credits
    • HIS 231 European History Since 1500 - 3 credits
  • Choose one History course at the 300-level in a Non-U.S. History area - 3 credits
  • Choose one History course at the 300-level in a U.S. History area - 3 credits
  • Choose one History course at the 300-level - 3 credits
  • PSC 300 Ideological Divisions in the U.S. - 3 credits
  • Seminar in History or Political Science:
    • HIS 400, 406, 407, 420@@ for students who successfully completed HIS 200 - 4 credits
    • PSC 460@@ for students who successfully completed PSC 201 - 4 credits
Subtotal: 22-23 credits

Mathematics Concentration

Math students take MAT 315 instead of 217.This course is included in the course for the Math concentration, so Math students take 31 credits of core courses.

  • MAT 230 Discrete Structures - 3 credits
  • MAT 243 Calculus I with Technology - 4 credits
  • MAT 244 Calculus II with Technology - 4 credits
  • MAT 310 Applied Linear Algebra - 3 credits
  • MAT 315% Applied Probability and Statistics - 4 credits
  • MAT 362 Advanced Mathematics for Elementary School Technology - 3 credits
  • LSM 400% Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies - 3 credits
Subtotal: 24 credits

Natural Science Concentration

  • AST 226 Introduction to the Solar System - 3 credits
  • BIO 200 Ecology and the Environment - 3 credits
  • BIO 202 Human Biology Lecture - 3 credits
  • EES 205 Sustainable Energy and the Environment - 3 credits
  • LSM 250~ Science Writing - 3 credits
  • LSM 400~~ Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies - 3 credits
  • PHY 217 Meteorology - 3 credits

Subtotal: 21 credits

Exit Portfolio

Liberal Studies majors must complete a non-graded exit portfolio in order to graduate. Details of the exit portfolio can be obtained from the program director or via the program website. The program director will report completion of the exit portfolio to the Registrar. For student graduating in December, portfolios are due no later than the Friday of the final exam week. For students graduating in May, portfolios are due by February 15.

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#Students must take the ECO/GEO/PSC placement test and speak to their academic advisor before choosing which of these courses to take.

##History/Social Sciences student take HIS 120 or 121

###Mathematics students take MAT 315 instead of 217

*approved substitution to meet Liberal Arts Core Tier I Literature and Thought

**approved reuse to meet Liberal Arts Core Tier I Historical Perspectives

***approved reuse to meet Liberal Arts Core Tier I Natural Science

****approved substitution to meet Liberal Arts Core Tier II Applied Information Technology

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