General Education Requirements

General Education Mission Statement

In a diverse and changing world, college graduates must be prepared for a lifetime of learning in a variety of fields. In order to meet this challenge, general education requirements foster the development of general skills and knowledge that are further developed throughout the curriculum.

General Education Learning Outcomes

LSSU graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate competently in a variety of contexts (Oral Communication Outcome)
  • Analyze, develop, and produce rhetorically complex texts (Written Communication Outcome)
  • Analyze, evaluate, and explain human aesthetics and its historical development (Humanities Outcome)
  • View the world from cultural perspectives other than their own (Diversity Outcome)
  • Incorporate empirical evidence in the analysis of the causes and consequences of natural phenomena (Natural Science Outcome)
  • Think critically and analytically about the causes and consequences of human behavior (Social Science Outcome)
  • Analyze situations symbolically and quantitatively in order to make decisions and solve problems (Mathematics Outcome)

General Education Requirements (Bachelors Degree)

Students planning to earn a degree are required to complete general education requirements with a general education GPA of 2.00 or higher. The general education requirements will be considered satisfied for students transferring to LSSU with MTA or MACRAO.  The general education requirements will be considered satisfied for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University)

Oral and Written Communication (9 Credits Minimum) One year of composition and one semester of communication.

  • Composition: ENGL 110 and ENGL 111
  • Communication – One course from: COMM101, COMM201, COMM225 or THEA156 (effective Fall 2021)

Mathematics (3 Credits Minimum) One course in Mathematics (MATH110 or higher)

Social Science (6 Credits Minimum) Two courses from different disciplines. Pick one course from any two disciplines:

  • Business Discipline:  BUSN121
  • Economics Discipline:  ECON201, ECON202, ECON302, ECGE100
  • Geography Discipline:  GEOG201, GEOG302, GGGE100
  • History Discipline:  HIST101, HIST102, HIST131, HIST132, HSGE100
  • Political Science Discipline:  POLI110, POLI160, POLI241, PSGE100
  • Psychology Discipline:  PSYC101, PSYC107, PSYC155, PYGE100
  • Sociology Discipline:  SOCY101, SOCY102, SOCY113, SOGE100.

Natural Sciences (7 Credits Minimum) Two courses from different disciplines – one with a lab. Pick one course from any two disciplines (including interdisciplinary), or pick two from interdisciplinary:

  • Biology Discipline:  BIOL104, BIOL105, BIOL122, BIOL131, BIOL132 (effective Fall 2018)
  • Chemistry Discipline:  CHEM108 (effective Fall 2017), CHEM108 and CHEM109, CHEM115, NSCI110
  • Geology/Geography Discipline:  GEOL115, GEOL121, GEOL122, GEOG106, NSCI102
  • Physics Discipline:  PHYS221, PHYS231, NSCI101
  • Interdisciplinary:  NSCI103 (effective Fall 2017), NSCI103 and NSCI104, NSCI108 (effective Spring 2020), NSCI116, NSCI119, GEOG108
  • Other:  NSGE100*

*Two NSGE100 courses may be used if the reviewing dean determines that two or more disciplines are represented.

Humanities (6 Credits Minimum) Two courses from different disciplines. Pick one course from any two disciplines (including interdisciplinary), or pick two from interdisciplinary:

  • Arts Discipline:  ARTS250, ARTS251, HUMN240
  • Culture Discipline:  ENGL180 (effective Summer 2015), HUMN203
  • History Discipline:  HIST231 (effective Fall 2018)
  • Music Discipline:  MUSC220, MUSC221
  • Mythology Discipline:  HUMN255
  • Philosophy Discipline:  PHIL204 (effective Spring 2020), PHIL215 (effective Fall 2021), PHIL302, PHIL305
  • Theatre Discipline:  HUMN256 (effective Spring 2020), THEA251
  • Language Discipline:  Second year (6-8 credits) of a foreign language (e.g. SPAN261 and SPAN262 may be used as one course)
  • Interdisciplinary:  HUMN251, HUMN252
  • Other:  HUGE100*

*Two HUGE100 courses may be used if the reviewing dean determines that two or more disciplines are represented.

Cultural Diversity (3 Credits Minimum) from: BUSN308, EDUC250, ENGL235 (effective Summer 2015), ENGL236 (effective Summer 2015), GEOG306, HIST203, HLTH328, INTB289 (effective Spring 2020), POLI234, POLI334, RECS367 (effective Spring 2019), SDGE100, SOCY103, SOCY321.

Total Credits Required:  34 – 36

General Education Requirements (Associates Degree)

Oral and Written Communication

  • Composition:  ENGL110 and ENGL111
  • Communication – One course from: COMM101, COMM201, COMM225 or THEA156 (effective Fall 2021)

Mathematics (Minimum 3 credits): MATH110 or higher or PHIL205

  • 12 additional General Education credits are required (chosen from at least two of the following categories listed above:  Humanities, Natural Science, Social Science, or Diversity).

Total Credits Required:  24

General Education Requirements (Associate of Applied Science Degree)

Oral and Written Communication: ENGL110 and one course from: ENGL111, COMM101, COMM201, COMM225 or THEA156 (effective Fall 2021)

Mathematics (Minimum 3 credits): MATH102 or higher or PHIL205

  • 6 additional General Education credits are required (chosen from the following categories listed above:  Communication Skills, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science, or Diversity).

 Total Credits Required:  15