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Liberal Studies Major: Degree Requirements

Program requirements: Liberal Studies Majors complete the following Core Courses and the courses for the selected 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.

AND

  • ALL Liberal Studies majors must take BIO 304 as their LAC Tier 2 Natural Sciences course.
  • ALL Liberal Studies majors should take PSY 206 as their LAC Tier 2 Individuals & Society course.

Core Courses: 31 to 32 credits

  • ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 credits
  • or GEO 100 Introduction to Geography - 3 credits
  • or PSC 110 American Government and Politics~ - 3 credits
    • ~ Students must take the ECO/GEO/PSC placement test and speak to their academic advisor before choosing which of these courses to take.
      Students who take PSC 110 for T1SS must take either ECO 200 or GEO 100 to fulfill this requirement.
  • HIS 116 Intro. Modern World History - 3 credits
  • HIS 120 Early American 1607 To 1877 - 3 credits
  • or HIS 121 Recent American 1877-Present - 3 credits
  • or HIS 310 Great Issues: Survey Am. His.* - 3 credits
    • * Students in the History/Social Sciences concentration take HIS 120 or HIS 121.
  • ENG 130 Literary Analysis - 3 credits
  • ENG 328 Children’s Literature - 3 credits
  • ENG 338 Linguistic Analysis - 3 credits
  • MAT 140 Geometry and Probability for Elementary School Teaching - 3 credits
  • MAT 217 Statistics for Liberal Studies** - 3 credits
    • ** Students in the Mathematics concentration take MAT 315 instead of MAT 217.
  • PHS 105 Introductory Physical Sciences - 3 credits
  • EES 104 Dynamic Earth w/lab - 4 credits

Natural Science Concentration: 21 credits

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

History/Social Science Concentration: 21 to 23 credits

  • HIS 200 Historical Research & Writing - 4 credits
  • or PSC 201 Applied Qual. Methods - 3 credits
  • HIS 230 Western Civ. Before 1500 - 3 credits
  • or HIS 231 Western Civ. Since 1500 - 3 credits
  • HIS 3** A U.S. History course - 3 credits
  • HIS 3** A Non-U.S. History course - 3 credits
  • HIS 3** Any 300-level History course - 3 credits
  • PSC 300 Ideological Divisions in the U.S. - 3 credits
  • HIS 400, 406, 407, or 420 - 4 credits
    • if HIS 200 is completed with a C or better
  • or 460 PSC - 3 credits
    • if PSC 201 is completed with a C or better

English Concentration: 21 credits

  • ENG 203 Introduction to Writing Literary Criticism - 3 credits
  • ENG 223 Survey of American Literature - 3 credits
  • ENG 205, 206, 207, 209, 230, 241, 353, 369, 372, or 380 Category: Creative Writing - 3 credits
  • ENG 242, 255, 256, 258, 259, 310, 313, or 314 Category: Reading Culture - 3 credits
  • ENG 204, 220, 271, 272, 273, 306, 370, 371, 373, 374 or 393 Category: Rhetoric & Composition - 3 credits
  • ENG Any 300-level Category: Elective - 3 credits
  • LSM 400 Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies - 3 credits

Mathematics Concentration: 24 credits

  • MAT 230 Discrete Structures - 3 credits
  • MAT 243 Calculus I - 4 credits
  • MAT 244 Calculus II - 4 credits
  • MAT 310 Applied Linear Algebra - 3 credits
  • MAT 315 Applied Probability & Statistics** - 4 credits
    • ** Math students take MAT 315 instead of 217.
      This course is included in the courses for the Math Concentration so Math students take 31 credits of core courses.
  • MAT 362 Advanced Mathematics for Elementary School Teaching - 3 credits
  • LSM 400 Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies

Earth Science Concentration (21-22 credits)

  • 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
  • EES 204 Global Climate Change - 3 credits
    or EES 222 Water and Society - 3 credits
    or EES 340 Geographic Information Systems with Lab - 4 credits
    or EES 344 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy with Lab - 4 credits
  • LSM 250 Science Writing - 3 credits
  • LSM 400 Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies - 3 credits