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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. LSSU graduates will be able to:

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



General Education Requirements (Bachelors Degree)

- Effective Fall Semester 2015 -

The first five bullets represent the LSSU General Education Core.  The entire list constitutes the Lake Superior State University general education requirements for all BA/BS degrees offered.  The general education requirements will be considered satisfied for students transferring to LSSU with MTA, MACRAO, GCERT or the LSSU-Wisconsin Bridge Agreement.   The general education requirements will be considered satisfied for students who have already earned a bachelors degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

  • Mathematics (3 Credits Minimum) One course in Mathematics (MATH110 or higher)
  • 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
    Music Discipline:  MUSC220, MUSC221
    Mythology Discipline:  HUMN255
    Philosophy Discipline:  PHIL302, PHIL305 
    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.

  • Oral and Written Communication (3 Credits Minimum) One additional course in ENGL (ENGL111) or COMM (COMM101, COMM201 or COMM225) to total at least one year of composition and one semester of communication.

  • Cultural Diversity (3 Credits Minimum) from:

    BUSN308, EDUC250, ENGL235 (effective Summer 2015), ENGL236 (effective Summer 2015), GEOG306, HIST203, HLTH328, POLI234, POLI334, SDGE100, SOCY103, SOCY213, SOCY225, SOCY321.

Total Credits Required:  34 - 36



General Education Requirements (Bachelors Degree)

- Effective Through Summer Semester 2015 -

Communication Skills

Humanities (Minimum 7 credits)

Mathematics (Minimum 3 credits)

Natural Science (Minimum 7 credits)

Social Science (Minimum 6 credits)

Diversity (Minimum 3 credits)

Total Credits Required:  35



General Education Requirements (Associates Degree)

- Effective Spring Semester 2014 -

Communication Skills

Mathematics (Minimum 3 credits)

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 (Associates Degree)

- Effective Through Fall Semester 2013 -

Communication Skills

Mathematics (Minimum 3 credits)

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

Total Credits Required:  18


General Education Requirements (Associate of Applied Science Degree)

- Effective Spring Semester 2014 -

Communication Skills

Mathematics (Minimum 3 credits)

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





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