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General Education


The General Education Component of Undergraduate Education

The general education of LSU students spans the four years of undergraduate study. In courses designated as general education, students begin a process of developing competencies or essential learning outcomes which continues through their study in upper-level elective courses and courses in the major field of study. LSU’s General Education Component represents a conviction on the part of the faculty that LSU graduates will be able to communicate effectively through multiple media; will have a basic appreciation of historical, cultural and philosophical complexity; will be aware of the economic, political, cultural, and linguistic factors which inform global interdependence; will be able to identify and solve important problems through research-based inquiry which employs scientific and mathematical methods, and appropriate technology; and will have the requisite abilities and motivation to participate effectively in the civic life of communities.

Recognizing that the fundamental characteristics for effective participation in the marketplace and the community necessarily involve multidisciplinary study, each student designs a unique curriculum based on a major field of study and including 39 hours of general education courses across six areas of focus: English Composition, Analytical Reasoning, Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. In general education courses students begin the development of the essential learning outcomes, which are refined and focused in disciplinary courses taken during the junior and senior years, with the intention that all graduates, regardless of major, will develop a set of intellectual abilities, a degree of sophistication, and a civic-minded perspective that correspond to the high level of functionality represented in the outcomes taken as a whole.

General Categories of Learning
     1. Knowledge of the Sciences, Mathematics, Histories, Social Sciences, Humanities, Languages, and Arts
     2. Communication through Written, Spoken, Visual, and Technological Media
     3. Critical and Creative Thinking
     4. Performance of Research-Based Inquiry, Analysis, and Problem Resolution
     5. Personal Responsibility, Intercultural Competence, and Civic Engagement

Learning Competencies
     1. LSU graduates will demonstrate effective communication of complex knowledge and ideas through written, oral, visual, and technological media.
     2. LSU graduates will demonstrate an understanding of historical, cultural, and philosophical complexity that supports sophisticated discourse.
     3. LSU graduates will conduct research-based inquiry, including articulation of complex disciplinary and interdisciplinary problems, effective evaluation and analysis of primary and secondary sources, and integration of relevant information into original discourse.
     4. LSU graduates will employ scientific and mathematical methods and technology in the resolution of laboratory and real-world problems.
     5. LSU graduates will demonstrate an understanding of factors associated with global interdependence, including economic, political, psycological, cultural and linguistic forces.
     6. LSU graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and disposition that attest to a commitment and ability to recognize and to participate in processes that improve the civic life of communities

Students must complete 39 hours of course work in six general education areas. For information on an area, including courses, criteria, learning competency, and the PROPOSAL-TO-LIST-A-COURSE-AS-GENERAL-EDUCATION form, click on the area.

English Composition (six hours)
Analytical Reasoning (six hours)
Arts (three hours)
Humanities (nine hours)
Natural Sciences (nine hours)
Social Sciences (six hours)

Assessment of Student Learning Competencies

Revised Criteria for Listing a Course as General Education

Proposal to remove a course from General Education

Procedure for Proposing Changes to the General Education Component
  The FSCGE will consider proposals (1) to add, delete, or alter the language of general education competencies or of criteria associated with a general education area or (2) to consider any other formal requests pertaining to the structure or content of the General Education Component of Undergraduate Education. Proposals are to be submitted with approval of the Chair and Dean of the academic undergraduate degree granting unit where they originate. Proposals submitted by October 1 will be reviewed by the FSCGE and a recommendation will be made by October 31, in time for the changes to meet the November deadline for inclusion in the following academic year’s General Catalog.

Faculty Senate General Education Meetings
  Fall Meeting Dates
  Thursday, September 12 from 12:30pm - 2:20pm
  Thursday, October 3 from 12:30pm – 2:20pm
  Thursday, November 7 from 12:30pm – 2:20pm
  Thursday, December 5 from 12:30pm – 2:20pm


Five-Year Cycle for Re-Approval as a General Education Course
Regulations concerning General Education Classes
Student Appeal of a General Education Requirement Form
Gened Workshop Powerpoint presentation
TAMU 2012 - Refocusing General Education 2-15-12 Powerpoint



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