General Education Requirements


The University's General Education requirement represents a conviction on the part of the faculty that all students need to reason logically, communicate effectively, and relate to the world around them. While courses completed in a field of study develop specific knowledge and skills in a chosen profession, general education courses not only enhance awareness of the world and the people in it, but also foster an appreciation of the arts and humanities and provide a basic under-standing of mathematical and scientific principles.

General education courses are not hurdles to be overcome; rather, they are the means by which students learn to think, describe, interpret, and analyze the world. Their primary aim is to educate, rather than train, and to instill a desire for life-long learning. Specifically, these courses are designed to produce students who have developed:

an effective command of written and spoken English;

an informed appreciation of the roles of the arts and the humanities;

a familiarity with the nature and function of the social sciences;

an appreciation of the methods of critical inquiry;

an ability to deal with moral and ethical issues;

a rational basis for selecting a vocation;

an understanding of other cultures and other times; and

a comprehension of how knowledge is acquired and applied.

To fulfill these requirements, students must complete 38-39 hours of course work in six major areas:


English composition (six hours)

Analytical reasoning (six hours)


Arts (three hours)

Humanities (nine hours)

Natural sciences (eight-nine hours)

Social sciences (six hours)


REGULATIONS

Students must complete the 38/39-hour general education requirement prior to graduating from LSU. It is recommended that students complete the requirement during their first four semesters at the University.

Only those courses on the approved list below, and their honors equivalents,may be used to satisfy the general education require-ment.

No more than six hours of credit taken through correspondence study may be applied to a student's general education requirement.

An entering student may receive three or six hours of credit in English composition on the basis of ACT scores and/or performance on approved placement tests.

An entering student may receive credit for one or more of the required mathematics courses on the basis of placement test scores.

Advanced placement and advanced standing credit may be used to satisfy the general education requirement.

General education courses will be graded on the "A," "B," "C," "D," "F" system. No courses taken on a pass/fail basis will count toward the general education requirement.

In addition, each student must demonstrate computer literacy in ways deemed appropriate by the faculty of the senior college in which the student is enrolled.

A request for an exception to the general education requirement must be submitted to the dean of the student's college. The student's request and the dean's evaluation of that request must be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs for a final decision.

TRANSFER COURSE APPROVAL

Deans are to determine the applicability of transfer courses to a component of LSU's general education requirements.

If the course is deemed to be applicable, and there is no equivalent LSU course, deans are asked to enter a course substitution on the Student Records and Registration database, indicating that the course is accepted for general education credit. Documentation concerning this decision should be kept on file in the college.

If it is determined that a course is equivalent to an LSU course, colleges should notify the Office of Undergraduate Admissions so the Admissions Transfer Table can be updated.

If the college does not approve a transfer course for general education credit, the student may petition the Office of Academic Affairs for a decision.

REGENTS' STATEWIDE ARTICULATION

LSU participates in the Board of Regents' Statewide Articulation Consortium. Students who plan to transfer to another Louisiana public institution should consult the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for information about the course transfer agreement.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

In the list of courses in the "Courses of Instruction" section of this catalog, general education courses are designated by stars ( ) placed before the course numbers.

AREA/COURSES SEM. HRS.
I. ENGLISH COMPOSITION 6
All students must have credit in English 1000 or 1001, and 1002, or the equivalent.
English
1000 English Composition 3
1001 (1004) English Composition 3
1002 (1003/1005) EnglishComposition
3
Honors  
1001 Seminar in Ancient Western Civilization 3
3
1101 Seminar in ComparativeCivilizations 3
3
II. ANALYTICAL REASONING 6
Students earning credit in Mathematics 1023 may not also earn credit in 1021 or 1022.
All students must have credit in one of Mathematics 1021, 1023, or 1029, plus one additional course from the following:
Computer Science  
1248 Introduction to Programmingwith Applications in Statistics
3
Experimental Statistics  
2201 Introduction to Statistical Analysis
4
4001 Statistical Methods
4
Mathematics  
1021 College Algebra
3
1022 Plane Trigonometry
3
1023 College Algebra andTrigonometry
5
1029 Introduction to ContemporaryMathematics
3
1100 (1101) The Natureof Mathematics
3
1431 Calculus with Business andEconomic Applications
3
1435 Mathematics forBusiness Analysis
3
1441 Calculus with Applicationto Technology
3
1550 (1551) Analytic Geometryand Calculus I
5
1552 (1553) Analytic Geometryand Calculus II
4
Philosophy
1021 Introduction to Philosophy:
Elementary Logic 3
2010 Introduction to Symbolic Logic 3
III. ARTS 3
Architecture
2401 Appreciation of Architecture 3
3005 History of Architecture I 3
3006 History of Architecture II 3
Art  
1001 Introduction to Fine Arts
3
1011 Art Structure
3
1440 Historical Survey of the Arts
3
1441 Historical Survey of the Arts
3
2401 Art of the Ancient Near East and Egypt
3
2411 Survey of Asian Art
3
2470 Survey of 20thCentury Art
3
Interior Design  
1051 Introduction to Interior Design
3
3741 History of Interior Design andDecoration I
3
3742 History of Interior Design andDecoration II
3
Landscape Architecture  
1151 Introduction to LandscapeArchitecture
3
2141 Landscape of the Ancient World
3
2142 The Landscape of WesternCivilization
3
2143 The Contemporary Landscape
3
Music
1751 Music Appreciation 3
1752 Music Appreciation 3
1755 HNRS: Music Appreciation 3
1799 Rudiments of Music 3
2000 History of Jazz 3
2053 Survey of Music History I 3
2054 Survey of Music History II 3
Philosophy
2023 Philosophy of Art 3
Theatre  
1020 (1021) Introduction to Theatre
3
2028 Introduction to Dramatic Literature
3
IV. HUMANITIES 9
Students must take three humanities
courses to fulfill this requirement.
African and African-American Studies  
1002 Elementary Swahili Language andCulture II (see alsoSWAH 1002)
4
2003 Intermediate Swahili Languageand Culture III (see alsoSWAH 2003)
4
2004 Intermediate Swahili Languageand Culture IV (see alsoSWAH 2004)
4
Arabic
1102 Beginning Arabic 4
Chinese
1102 Beginning Mandarin Chinese 4
2001 Intermediate Mandarin Chinese 4
2002 Intermediate Mandarin Chinese 4
Classical Studies  
3020 Classical Epic in Translation
3
3032 Greek and Roman Tragedy inEnglish Translation
3
3040 Greek and Roman Comedy inEnglish Translation
3
Communication Disorders
2050 Introduction to Language 3
English  
2024 (2824) Critical Strategies
3
2025 Fiction
3
2027 Poetry
3
2029 Drama
3
2123 (2823) Studies in LiteraryTraditions and Themes
3
2148 Shakespeare
3
2300 (2824) InterpretingDiscourse
3
2593 Images of Women: AnIntroduction
3
2673 Literature and Ethnicity
3
2674 Introduction to African-AmericanLiterature
3
3020 British Literature I:Middle Ages, Renaissance,and18thCentury
3
3022 British Literature II:Romantics, Victorians,and Moderns
3
3070 American Literature I:Forging a Nation
3
3072 American Literature II: Comingof Age
3
French  
1002 Elementary French
4
1202 Elementary Cajun French
4
2101 Intermediate French
3
2102 Intermediate French
3
2155 Readings in FrenchLiterature
3
3071 Survey of French Literature
3
3072 Survey of French Literature
3
3080 French Culture andCivilization
3
German  
1102 Elementary German
4
2090 Germanic Mythology
3
2101 Intermediate German
3
2102 Intermediate German
3
2155 Readings in GermanLiterature
3
3083 Survey of German Literature,1830-1890
3
3084 Survey of German Literature,1890-Present
3
Greek
2051 Intermediate Greek 5
2053 Homer 3
2055 Greek Drama 3
History  
1001 (1002) WesternCivilization to 1500
3
1003 (1004) Western CivilizationSince 1500
3
1007 World History Since 1500
3
2001 The Ancient Near Eastand Greece
3
2002 Rome: Republic and Empire
3
2011 England: Roman TimesThrough 1688
3
2012 Britain from 1689 to the Present
3
2021 Modern Europe
3
2022 Modern Europe
3
2055 (2056) The United Statesto 1865
3
2057 (2058) The United Statesfrom 1865 to the Present
3
2061 African-American History
3
2085 Colonial Latin America
3
2086 Latin America SinceIndependence
3
2095 East Asian Civilizationto 1800
3
2096 East Asian CivilizationSince 1800
3
Honors  
1001 Seminar in Ancient WesternCivilization
3
1003 Lectures in Ancient WesternCivilization
3
1101 Seminar in ComparativeCivilizations
3
1103 Lectures in ComparativeCivilizations
3
2002 Seminar in Roman andMedieval Civilization
3
2004 Lectures in Roman and MedievalCivilization
3
2012 The 19thCentury
3
2013 The 20thCentury
3
2202 Seminar in Colonial and Early National America
3
2204 Lectures in Colonial andEarly National America
3
3001 European Civilization from 1500 to 1789: The Old Regime
4
3003 Western Civilization from1789: Modern World
4
Italian  
1002 Elementary Italian
4
2101 Intermediate Italian
3
2102 Intermediate Italian
3
2155 Readings in ItalianLiterature
3
3001 Italian Culture and Civilization
3
3071 Survey of Italian Literature
3
3072 Survey of Italian Literature
3
Japanese  
1002 Beginning Japanese
5
2001 Intermediate Japanese
3
2002 Intermediate Japanese
3
Landscape Architecture  
1150 Views of the AmericanLandscape
3
Latin
2051 Intermediate Latin 5
2053 Intermediate Latin 3
2065 Golden Age Narrative Poetry 3
2066 Golden Age Prose 3
2074 Golden Age Lyric Poetry 3
4010 Survey of Latin Literature 3
Mass Communication
2000 Introduction to Mass Media 3
Philosophy
3
1000 (1001) Introduction to Philosophy
3
2020 Ethics
3
2023 Philosophy of Art
3
2024 Philosophy in Literature
3
2028 Philosophy of Religion(see also REL 2028)
3
2033 (2034) History of Ancient andMedieval Philosophy
3
2035 (2036) History of ModernPhilosophy
3
Religious Studies  
1003 (1015) Introductionto Religion
3
1004 (1007) Old Testament
3
1005 (1006) New Testament
3
2001 Faith and Doubt
3
2027 Eastern Religions
3
2028 Philosophy of Religion(see also PHIL 2028)
3
2029 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
3
Russian  
2051 Intermediate Russian
5
2053 Intermediate Russian
3
2055 Readings in RussianLiterature
3
2075 Introduction to Russian Cultureand Civilization
3
4081 Russian Literature inTranslation: 19thCentury
3
Spanish  
1102 Elementary Spanish
4
2101 (2103) Intermediate Spanish
3
2102 (2104) Intermediate Spanish
3
2155 Readings in SpanishLiterature
3
3043 Introduction to LatinAmerican Literature I
3
3044 Introduction to LatinAmerican Literature II
3
3071 Survey of Spanish Literature
3
3072 Survey of Spanish Literature
3
Speech Communication  
2010 Interpersonal Communication 3
2040 Introduction to PerformingLiterature 3
2060 Public Speaking 3
2063 Argumentation and Debate 3
2862 Honors: Contemporary Public Address 3
Swahili  
1002 Elementary Swahili Language andCulture II (see alsoAAAS 1002)
4
2003 Intermediate Swahili Language andCulture III (see alsoAAAS 2003)
4
2004 Intermediate Swahili Language andCulture IV (see alsoAAAS 2004)
4
Women's and Gender Studies  
2500 Introduction to Women'sand Gender Studies
3
To complete the natural science requirement a student must take at least eight semester hours, including one two-semester sequence
V. NATURAL SCIENCES 8-9
from the following list.
1102 Stellar Astronomy 3
Astronomy
1101 The Solar System 3
Biological Sciences
1001 General Biology 3
1002 General Biology 3
1201 Biology for Science Majors I 3
1202 Biology for Science Majors II 3
Chemistry
1001 Chemical Fundamentals 3
1002 Chemistry of Life and
the Environment 3
1201 General Chemistry 3
1202 General Chemistry 3
1421 Honors: General Chemistry 3
1422 Honors: General Chemistry 3
Geography  
2050 Physical Geography:The Atmosphere
3
2051 Physical Geography:Land and Water Surfaces, Plantand Animal Realms
3
Geology  
1001 General Geology: Physical
3
1003 General Geology: Historical
3
1002 Honors: General Geology:Physical
3
1004 Honors: General Geology:Historical
3
Honors  
1007 Introduction toLife Sciences
4
1008 Introduction toLife Sciences
4
Physical Science
1001 Physical Science 3
1002 Physical Science 3
1021 Physical Science with Laboratory 3
1022 Physical Science with Laboratory 3

The remaining credit hours may include (1) a laboratory associated with the chosen sequence, (2) an individual lecture course from the following list, or (3) a lecture course from the two-semester list but in a science discipline different from the two-semester sequence.

Physics  
1201 General Physics forPhysics Majors
4
1202 General Physics forPhysics Majors
4
2001 General Physics
3
2002 General Physics
3
2101 General Physics forTechnical Students
3
2102 General Physics forTechnical Students
3
Laboratories and Other Individual  
Science Courses
Agriculture
1005 Science and Society 3
Agronomy  
1001 Introduction to Managed Plant Systemsin the Modern World
3
Astronomy
1108 Astronomy Laboratory 1
1109 Astronomy Laboratory 1
Biological Sciences  
1005 Introductory BiologyLaboratory
2
1011 Microorganisms and Man
3
1012 Microorganisms and ManLaboratory
1
1208 (1207) Biology Laboratory forScience Majors I
1
1209 Biology Laboratory for Science Majors II
1
Chemistry
1212 General Chemistry Laboratory 2
Fisheries
1001 Natural Resource Conservation 3
Geology  
1066 Dinosaurs, Catastrophes, and Extinctions
3
1601 Physical Geology Laboratory
1
1602 Historical Geology Laboratory
1
Medical Physics  
2051 Introduction toNuclear Science
3
Oceanography and Coastal Sciences  
1005 (1006) Introductionto Oceanography
3
Physics  
1208, 1209 General PhysicsLaboratory forPhysics Majors 1,
1
2108 Introductory PhysicsLaboratory
1
2109 General Physics Laboratory
1
2401 Introduction to Conceptsin Physics
3
VI. SOCIAL SCIENCES 6
African and African American Studies  
2000 Introduction to African and African American Studies
3
2050 Contemporary Africa
3
Agricultural Economics  
2003 Introduction to AgriculturalEconomics
3
Anthropology  
1001 Introduction to PhysicalAnthropology and Prehistory
3
1003 Introduction to Culturaland Social Anthropology
3
2015 Introduction to Archaeology
3
2050 World Archaeology
3
2051 Introduction to World Ethnography
3
2423 Introduction to Folklore(see also ENGL 2423)
3
Economics  
2010 Economic Principles and Problems
3
2020 Economic Principles and Problems(Continued)
3
2030 (2031) Economic Principles
3
English  
2423 Introduction to Folklore(see also ANTH 2423)
3
Geography  
1001 Human Geography: Americasand Europe
3
1003 Human Geography: Africaand Asia
3
German  
2075 German Civilization(see also HIST 2075)
3
History  
2075 German Civilization(see also GERM 2075)
3
Honors  
1003 Lectures in AncientWestern Civilization
3
1103 Lectures in ComparativeCivilizations
3
2004 Lectures in Roman and MedievalCivilization
3
2012 The 19thCentury
3
2013 The 20thCentury
3
2204 Lectures in Colonial and Early National America
3
3001 European Civilization from1500-1789: The Old Regime
4
3003 Western Civilization from1789: The Modern World
4
International Studies  
2001 Introduction to International Studies
3
Political Science  
1001 Fundamental Issues of Politics
3
2051 (2052) American Government
3
2053 Introduction to ComparativePolitics
3
2057 Introduction to InternationalPolitics
3
2060 Introduction to Political Theory
3
Psychology
2000 (2001) Introduction to Psychology 3
2004 Psychology of Adjustment 3
3081 Personality 3
Sociology
1001 Human Societies 3
2001 (2002) Introductory Sociology 3
2411 Industrial Sociology 3
3601 Social Interaction 3
4111 Development of Social Thought 3