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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)


Students planning to earn a degree are required to complete general education requirements.  The general education requirements will be considered satisfied for students transferring to LSSU with  MTAMACRAO, 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).

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

    Composition:  ENGL110 and ENGL111
    Communication - One course from:  COMM101, COMM201 or COMM225
  • 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
    History Discipline:  HIST231 (effective Fall 2018)
    Music Discipline:  MUSC220, MUSC221
    Mythology Discipline:  HUMN255
    Philosophy Discipline:  PHIL302, PHIL305
    Theatre Discipline:  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, INTB389 (effective Fall 2018), POLI234, POLI334, SDGE100, SOCY103, SOCY321.
Total Credits Required:  34 - 36



General Education Requirements (Associates Degree)

  • Oral and Written Communication: ENGL110, ENGL111, COMM101

  • 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)

  • 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





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