Liberal Studies Requirements

 

General Bulletin Liberal Studies Requirements

Liberal Studies Requirements

Florida State University has implemented a new liberal studies curriculum with explicit goals for student learning and specific credit hours devoted to them. The curriculum will help students become:

  • Critical Analyzers of Quantitative and Logical Claims (6 credit hours).
  • Clear, Creative, and Convincing Communicators; and Critical Readers (6 credit hours).
  • Thoughtful Patrons of and Participants in Cultural Practices (6–9 total credit hours).
  • Critical Appraisers of Theories and the Facts that Support Them (6–9 total credit hours).
  • Culturally Conscious Participants in a Global Community (6–9 total credit hours).
  • Lifelong and Independent Learners (Scholarship in Practice courses), 0–6 credit hours within Liberal Studies, which may, but are not required to double count in the above areas. A total of two classes are required for graduation (either in Liberal Studies or in the major), with courses having at least two different course prefixes.
  • Interdisciplinary and Flexible Thinkers (E-Series courses), 6 credit hours, to be counted within the above designations).

Students are required to complete 36 hours of Liberal Studies coursework and further meet several graduation requirements.

The revised Liberal Studies requirements took effect for students entering FSU as of Summer C of 2015.

Transfer Policy

Lower-Division Transfers

Lower division transfer students with fewer than 60 credit hours must meet all of FSU's Liberal Studies  requirements, except for those that are transferred in from the previous institution.

Special coursework may be used to meet E-Series requirements upon petition, which consists of a student supplying a syllabus and an explanation of how the student met the E-Series competencies  within that course.

AA Transfers from a Florida institution

For students having completed an AA at another Florida institution, the previously completed coursework will be understood to have met all of the initial 36 hours of FSU's Liberal Studies requirements, including the E-Series requirement. The student must still meet certain graduation requirements, which includes the following required coursework:

  • one Scholarship-in-Practice course (a capstone project within the student's major or other approved course)
  • either an X or Y Multicultural/Diversity course
  • Oral Communication Competency and Computer Competency requirements
  • one Upper-Division Writing course
  • one natural sciences lab course

In most cases, the Scholarship-in-Practice, Upper-Division Writing, Oral Communication Competency, and Computer Competency requirements will be met within the student's major.

Upper-Division Transfers from an out-of-state Institution

For upper-division transfer students who have completed at least 60 credit hours at an out-of-state institution, courses will be transferred individually as appropriate. Students who have not yet met the requirements for Florida's Statewide Core  will need to complete the core.

Additionally, students must take one E-Series course; however, this requirement can be waived by Undergraduate Studies in certain exigencies.

These students must also meet FSU graduation requirements, which include the following:

  • one Scholarship-in-Practice course (a capstone project within the student's major or other approved course)
  • either an X or Y Multicultural/Diversity course
  • Oral Communication Competency and Computer Competency requirements
  • one Upper-Division Writing course
  • one natural sciences lab course

In most cases, the Scholarship-in-Practice, the Upper-Division Writing, Oral Communication Competency, and Computer Competency requirements will be met within the student's major.

The revised Liberal Studies requirements took effect for students entering FSU as of Summer C of 2015.

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