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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 understanding of mathematical and scientific principles.

General education courses are required to ensure that all students receive a broad-based education that enhances their ability to describe, interpret, and analyze their world. The primary aims of the general education requirement are to create strong citizens, instill a life-long desire for learning, and enrich the human experience. For more information regarding the goals of General Education at LSU, please follow the links on the University Web site through the Faculty Senate to General Education.

To fulfill these requirements, students must complete 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 (nine hours)
  • Social sciences (six hours)

REGULATIONS

  • Students must complete the 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 requirement.
  • No more than six hours of credit taken through correspondence study may be applied to a student's general education re-quirement.
  • An entering student may receive three or six hours of credit in English composition on the basis of ACT scores and/or perfor-mance 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.
  • Appeals for an exception to the general education requirements: A 'request for an exception to the general education requirement' must be submitted to the dean of the student's college using the appropriate form. Scheduling difficulties or allegations of poor advising typically do not constitute a reasonable basis for an appeal. The dean=s evaluation as well as the student's request must then be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs. A final decision will be made after consideration by the Faculty Senate Committee on General Education. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain a decision prior to registering for a LSU course intended to substitute for an approved general education course.

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 Admis-sions so the Admissions Transfer Table can be updated.

If the college does not approve a transfer course for general education credit, the stu-dent 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 a star (*) placed before the course number.

AREA/COURSES   SEM. HRS.


I. ENGLISH COMPOSITION 6

All students must complete 6 credits in English composition, one course from each group listed below.

Group one:

English
1001 or 1004 (for international students only) English Composition 3

Group two:

English
1005 (for international students only) English Composition 3
2000 English Composition 3


Honors
2000 Critical Analysis 3
2002 Seminar in Roman & Medieval Civilizations 3
2012 The 19th Century 3
2013 The 20th Century 3
2021 Colloquium in the Arts 3


II. ANALYTICAL REASONING 6

General education analytical reasoning courses must come from the following list. All students must have credit in at least one Mathematics course.

Computer Science
1240 Statistics and Graphics with MATLAB 3

Experimental Statistics
2201 Introduction to Statistical Analysis 4

Mathematics
1021 College Algebra 3
1022 Plane Trigonometry 3
1023 College Algebra and Trigonometry 5
1029 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics 3
1100 The Nature of Mathematics 3
1431 Calculus with Business and Economic Applications 3
1441 Calculus with Application to Technology 3
1550 (1551) Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 5
1552 (1553) Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 4
1554 Calculus II for Life Sciences 4

Philosophy
1021 Introduction to Logic 3
2010 Symbolic Logic I 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

Art History
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 20th Century Art 3

Honors
2021 Colloquium in the Arts 3

Interior Design
1051 Introduction to Interior Design 3
3741 History of Interior Design and Decoration I 3
3742 History of Interior Design and Decoration II 3

Landscape Architecture
1201 Introduction to Landscape Architecture 3

Music
1751 (1755) 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

Theatre
1020 (1021) Introduction to Theatre 3
2028 (2128) 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 and Culture II (see also SWAH 1002) 4
2003 Intermediate Swahili Language and Culture III (see also SWAH 2003) 4
2004 Intermediate Swahili Language and Culture IV (see also SWAH 2004) 4

Arabic
1102 Beginning Arabic 4
2101 Intermediate Arabic 4
2102 Intermediate Arabic 4

Chinese
1102 Beginning Mandarin Chinese 4
2001 Intermediate Mandarin Chinese 4
2002 Intermediate Mandarin Chinese 4
2070 Chinese Cinema 3
3801 Traditional East Asian Literature 3
3802 Modern East Asian Literature 3

Classical Studies
3020 Classical Epic in Translation 3
3032 Greek and Roman Tragedy in English Translation 3
3040 Greek and Roman Comedy in English Translation 3
3090 Comparative Mythology (See also REL 3090)  

Communication Studies
1061 Fundamentals of Communication 3
2040 Introduction to Performing Literature 3
2060 Public Speaking 3

Comparative Literature
2201 Introduction to World Literary Traditions (see also ENGL 2201) 3
2202 Introduction to Modern World Literature (see also ENGL 2202) 3

English
2024 (2824) Critical Strategies 3
2025 Fiction 3
2027 Poetry 3
2029 Drama 3
2123 (2823) Studies in Literary Traditions and Themes 3
2148 Shakespeare 3
2201 Introduction to World Literary Traditions (see also CPLT 2201) 3
2202 Introduction to Modern World Literature (see also CPLT 2202) 3
2220 Major British Authors 3
2270 Major American Authors 3
2300 Interpreting Discourse 3
2593 Images of Women: An Introduction 3
2673 Literature and Ethnicity 3
2674 Introduction to African-American Literature 3

French
1002 Elementary French 4
1202 Elementary Cajun French 4
2101 (2103) Intermediate French 3
2102 (2104) Intermediate French 3
2155 Readings in French Literature 3
2201 Intermediate Cajun French I 3
2202 Intermediate Cajun French II 3
2801 French Classics in Translation 3
3071 Survey of French Literature 3
3072 Survey of French Literature 3
3080 French Culture and Civilization 3

German
1102 Elementary German 4
2075 German Civilization (see also HIST 2075) 3
2101 Intermediate German 3
2102 Intermediate German 3
2155 Readings in German Literature 3
3081 Survey of German Literature and Culture: Beginning to 1700 3
3082 Survey of German Literature and Culture: 1700-1830 3
3083 Survey of German Literature, 1830-1890 3
3084 Survey of German Literature, 1890-Present 3

Greek
2051 Intermediate Greek 4
2053 Homer 3
2055 Greek Drama 3
2056 New Testament 3
2065 Plato’s Dialogues 3
2066 Attic Oratory 3

Hebrew
1002 Beginning Hebrew (see also REL 1002) 4
2003 Intermediate Hebrew (see also REL 2003) 4
2004 Intermediate Hebrew (see also REL 2004) 4

History
1001 (1002) Western Civilization to 1500 3
1003 (1004) Western Civilization Since 1500 3
1005 World History to 1500 3
1007 World History Since 1500 3
2001 The Ancient Near East and Greece 3
2002 Rome: Republic and Empire 3
2012 Britain from 1689 to the Present 3
2020 Medieval Europe 3
2021 Modern Europe 3
2022 Modern Europe 3
2055 (2056) The United States to 1865 3
2057 (2058) The United States from 1865 to the Present 3
2061 African-American History 3
2075 German Civilization (see also GERM 2075) 3
2085 Colonial Latin America 3
2086 Latin America Since Independence 3
2096 East Asian Civilization Since 1800 3
2135 Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilization (see also RUSS 2075) 3

Honors
1001 Seminar in Ancient Western Civilization 3
1003 Lectures in Ancient Western Civilization 3
2000 Critical Analysis 3
2002 Seminar in Roman and Medieval Civilization 3
2004 Lectures in Roman and Medieval Civilization 3
2012 The 19th Century 3
2013 The 20th Century 3
3001 European Civilization from 1500 to 1789: The Old Regime 4
3003 Western Civilization from 1789: Modern World 4
3030 Humanities Colloquium 3
3031 American Studies 3

Italian
1002 Elementary Italian 4
2101 Intermediate Italian 3
2102 Intermediate Italian 3
2155 Readings in Italian Literature 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
1203 Views of the American Landscape 3

Latin
2051 Intermediate Latin 4
2053 Intermediate Latin 3
2065 Golden Age Narrative Poetry 3
2066 Golden Age Prose 3
2073 Roman Historians 3
2074 Golden Age Lyric Poetry 3
4010 Survey of Latin Literature 3

Philosophy
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 (2053) History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy 3
2035 History of Modern Philosophy 3

Portuguese
1102 Beginning Portuguese 4
2101 Intermediate Portuguese 4
2102 Intermediate Portuguese 4

Religious Studies
1000 (1015) Religions of the World 3
1002 Beginning Hebrew (see also HEBR 1002) 4
1004 (1007) Old Testament 3
1005 (1006) New Testament 3
2000 Introduction to the Study of Religion 3
2001 Faith and Doubt 3
2003 Intermediate Hebrew (see also HEBR 2003) 4
2004 Intermediate Hebrew (see also HEBR 2004) 4
2027 (2031) Asian Religions 3
2028 Philosophy of Religion ( see also PHIL 2028) 3
2029 (2030) Judaism, Christianity, and Islam 3
3090 Comparative Mythology (see also CLST 3090) 3

Russian
1002 Elementary Russian II 5
2001 Intermediate Russian I 3
2002 Intermediate Russian II 3
2075 Introduction to Russian Culture and Civilization (see also HIST 2135) 3
3401 The Fairy Tale 3
4081 Russian Literature in Translation: 19th Century 3
4082 Russian Literature in Translation: 20th Century 3

Spanish
1102 Elementary Spanish 4
1152 Intensive Beginning Spanish 4
2101 Intermediate Spanish 3
2102 Intermediate Spanish 3
2155 Spanish Textual Commentary 3
3043 Introduction to Latin American Literature I 3
3044 Introduction to Latin American Literature II 3
3071 Survey of Spanish Literature 3
3072 Survey of Spanish Literature 3

Swahili
1002 Elementary Swahili Language and Culture II (see also AAAS 1002) 4
2003 Intermediate Swahili Language and Culture III (see also AAAS 2003) 4
2004 Intermediate Swahili Language and Culture IV (see also AAAS 2004) 4

Women's and Gender Studies
2500 (2501) Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 3


V. NATURAL SCIENCES 9

To complete the natural science requirement a student must take at least nine semester hours from the following list. A minimum of six hours must be in a physical or a life science course sequence and the remaining hours must be in an area other than that previously selected (i.e., both physical and life sciences must be taken). Life science courses are identified in the list below with an asterisk (*).

Sequence Courses

Astronomy
1101 The Solar System 3
1102 Stellar Astronomy 3

Biological Sciences
*1001 General Biology 3
*1002 General Biology 3
*1201 Biology for Science Majors I 3
*1202 (1503) Biology for Science Majors II 3,4

Chemistry
1001 Chemical Fundamentals 3
1002 Chemistry of Life and the Environment 3
1201 (1421) General Chemistry 3
1202 (1422) General Chemistry 3

Geography
2050 Physical Geography: The Atmosphere 3
2051 Physical Geography: Land and Water Surfaces, Plant and Animal Realms 3

Geology
1001 (1002) General Geology: Physical 3
1003 (1004) General Geology: Historical 3

Honors
*1007 Introduction to Life Sciences 4
*1008 Introduction to Life Sciences 4

Physical Science
1001 Physical Science 3
1002 Physical Science 3

Physics
1201 General Physics for Physics Majors 4
1202 General Physics for Physics Majors 4
2001 General Physics 3
2002 General Physics 3
2101 General Physics for Technical Students 3
2102 General Physics for Technical Students 3

Laboratories and Other Individual Science Courses

Agriculture
*1005 Science and Society 3

Agronomy
*1001 Introduction to Managed Plant Systems in the Modern World 3

Biological Sciences
*1011 Microorganisms and Man 3

Environmental Sciences
*1126 Introduction to Environmental Sciences 3

Geology
1066 Dinosaurs, Catastrophes, and Extinctions 3
1601 Physical Geology Laboratory 1
1602 Historical Geology Laboratory 1

Honors
*1035 1035 Life Science Seminar 3
1036 Physical Science Seminar 3

Human Ecology
*2010 Nutrition in Health 3

Medical Physics
2051 Radiation Science for Medical Applications 3

Oceanography and Coastal Sciences
1005 (1006) Introduction to Oceanography 3

Physics
2401 Introduction to Concepts in Physics 3

Renewable Natural Resources
*1001 Natural Resource Conservation 3


VI. SOCIAL SCIENCES 6

All students must take at least three hours of social sciences at the 2000-level or above.

African and African American Studies
2000 Introduction to African and African American Studies 3

Agricultural Economics
2003 Introduction to Agricultural Economics 3

Anthropology
1001 Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Prehistory 3
1003 Introduction to Cultural and 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

Communication Disorders
2050 Introduction to Language 3

Communication Studies
2010 Interpersonal Communication 3

Curriculum and Instruction
2001 Education, Schooling, and Society 3
2500 Knowing & Learning in Mathematics and Science 3

Economics
2000 (2001) Principles of Microeconomics 3
2010 (2011) Principles of Macroeconomics 3
2030 (2031) Economic Principles 3

English
2423 Introduction to Folklore (see also ANTH 2423) 3

Geography
1001 Human Geography: Americas and Europe 3
1003 Human Geography: Africa and Asia 3

Honors
1003 Lectures in Ancient Western Civilization 3
2000 Critical Analysis 3
2004 Lectures in Roman and Medieval Civilization 3
2012 The 19th Century 3
2013 The 20th Century 3
3001 European Civilization from 1400-1789: The Old Regime 4
3003 Western Civilization from 1789: The Modern World 4
3031 American Studies 3
3033 Social Science Colloquium 3

International Studies
2000 Contemporary Global Issues 3

Mass Communication
2000 (2001) Introduction to Mass Media 3
2025 The Business of Entertainment Media 3
2030 Civic Engagement, Youth, and Media (see also POLI 2030) 3

Political Science
1001 Fundamental Issues of Politics 3
2030 Civic Engagement, Youth, and Media (see also MC 2030) 3
2051 (2052) American Government 3
2053 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
2057 Introduction to International Politics 3
2060 Introduction to Political Theory 3

Psychology
2000 (2001) Introduction to Psychology 3

Sociology
2001 (2002) Introductory Sociology 3

Women’s and Gender Studies
2900 Gender, Race, & Nation 3

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