The Major

Liberal Studies graduates must earn a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit and must complete all General Education requirements. Students typically enter their first Liberal Studies course, LIS 301 Self-directed Learning, once they have earned 60 hours of credit. It is in this first course that they develop a plan for their major. LIS Degree Plans must include:

  • 7 hours Liberal Studies core courses.
  • 10 hours of ECCE requirements.
  • 3 upper-division hours in each of the seven Boyer categories.
  • At least 12 hours of additional course with the LIS prefix.  These courses can be ECCE, Boyer category courses, or general electives..

Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE)

Students must complete at least 3 classes covering at least 2 of the following ECCE categories:

  • U.S Communities (3 hours) – courses should broaden a students’ knowledge about substantial, distinctive, and complex aspects of the history, society, politics, and culture of United States communities.
  • Global Awareness (3 hours) – courses should help students understand and function in an increasingly interdependent and globalizing environment and to develop an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
  • Engagement Experience (3 hours) – courses provide structured opportunities for students to integrate knowledge, practice, and reflection in the context of engaged citizenship.  Opportunities include Applied Studies Term, Credit for Prior Learning, service-learning courses, research projects, and study abroad.

In addition, students must also complete UNI 301 Speaker Series (one credit hour.)