GLER

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  1. What is GLER?
  2. How many GLER courses do I need to take?
  3. What course(s) should I choose to meet the GLER?
  4. Where can I find the list of GLER courses

Please refer to the current Undergraduate Academic Calendar in the following section for the most complete information:

1. What is GLER?

In keeping with the liberal arts focus of the University, all students in undergraduate degree programs must complete the General Liberal Education Requirement (GLER).

The GLER ensures that students gain knowledge, experience, and perspective from a wide variety of areas. The GLER is an opportunity to explore new disciplines, to investigate career paths, and to develop valuable skills to complement your degree.

DEFINITION: Liberal Education at its broadest encompasses four main aspects or pillars which have been used as the detailed definition at the U of L:

  1. Breadth across disciplines is seen as foundational: students should be exposed to ways of looking at and studying the world beyond their own disciplinary boundaries.
  2. The ability to connect and integrate knowledge across disciplines is crucial.
  3. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are emphasized: students need to know how to identify an argument, evaluate evidence and reasoning, produce informed decisions, and communicate and defend those decisions.
  4. Education for citizenship, which encourages students to be contributing community members on all levels, and to participate in the running of those communities.

OBJECTIVE: To develop the multi-disciplinary learning and thinking skills to enable individuals to contribute to their communities at all levels.

2. How many GLER courses do I need to take?

40-course BMgt - All 40-course first-degree students must complete 12 GLER courses (36 credit hours), four of which are selected from each of three different lists as follows:

  • Four List I - Fine Arts/Humanities courses (12 credit hours)
  • Four List II - Social Science courses (12 credit hours)
  • Four List III - Science courses (12 credit hours)

Post-Diploma BMgt - Students registered in the post-diploma BMgt are required to complete a modified GLER consisting of a total of 10 courses (30 credit hours) as follows:

  • Four List I - Fine Arts/Humanities courses (12 credit hours)
  • Two List II - Social Science courses (6 credit hours)
  • Two List III - Science courses (6 credit hours)
  • Two from any of the lists (6 credit hours)

Second degree and certificate students are not required to meet the GLER.

3. What course(s) should I choose to meet the GLER?

Most GLER courses are built into the core or major requirements. For example, STAT 1770 is part of the BMgt program and is a List III - Science course. However, there are options in every BMgt program where you can select a course from a specified list.

Refer to the official list of GLER courses when registering as only specific courses are desginated as List I, II or III. For example, not all science courses count as a GLER List III - Science and not all music courses count as a List I - Fine Arts and Humanities. To tell if a course is a List I - Fine Arts and Humanities, List II - Social Science, or List III - Science, look in the Timetable at the course designation.

See the following sample timetable entry for GEOG 1000 as an example:

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10876 GEOG 1000 A Intro. to Physical Geography
NOTE: Course designation: Science.

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When selecting GLER courses, you should choose courses that will complement your major and career goals. First year students should choose introductory level GLER courses (1000- level courses with no prerequisites). Only four courses from any one department (Economics, for example) may count toward the GLER.

4. Where can I find the list of GLER courses?

There is a current GLER list on our documents and forms page.