Criteria for Liberal Arts and Science Courses

Approved by L&S Curriculum Committee December 5, 2005

Courses requested for Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) credit should encourage students in one or more of the three “habits of the mind” of liberal arts education, as specified by the College of Letters and Science. These include:

1. Skilled written and verbal communication, excelling in formulating and expressing a point of view, reflecting and questioning current knowledge through reading, research and consideration of the views of others.
This criterion includes:
2. The ability to draw flexibly upon and apply the modes of thought of the major areas of knowledge.
This criterion includes:
3. Knowledge of our basic cultural heritage as a multifaceted and often contested history. This criterion includes:
Proposed courses, including those designed to convey technical skills or specialized preprofessional training, must have extensive coverage of these aspects of the liberal arts and sciences. Although no single course will cover all of these aspects, the Curriculum Committee will look for evidence that liberal arts aspects are woven throughout a course. Course design must clearly encourage and emphasize analytical, conceptual, and creative thinking. Liberal arts learning should be heavily represented in the course objectives, list of topics covered, requirements, and assessment. The syllabus must indicate in detail how and where the liberal arts
aspects of the course are integrated into the course and specify how the assessment of students incorporates the liberal arts features of the course.