Liberal Education List Requirement (formerly GLER)

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  1. What is the Liberal Education List Requirement?
  2. How many Liberal Education List Requirement courses do I need to take?
  3. What course(s) should I choose to meet the Liberal Education List Requirement?
  4. Where can I find the Liberal Education List courses?
  5. How do LBED 1000 and LBED 2000 work toward the Liberal Education List Requirement?

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

1. What is the Liberal Education List Requirement?

In keeping with the liberal arts focus of the University, all students in undergraduate degree programs must complete the Liberal Education List Requirement or Lib Ed Requirement, for short.  This was formerly known as the General Liberal Education Requirement (GLER) in older calendar years.

The Liberal Education List Requirement ensures that students gain knowledge, experience, and perspective from a wide variety of areas.  Liberal Education 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 Liberal Education List Requirement courses do I need to take?

40-course BMgt - All 40-course first-degree students must complete 12 Liberal Education 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 Liberal Education List Requirement 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)

Combined degrees have their own requirements which may differ from those above; refer to the Program Planning Guide.  Second degree and certificate students are not required to meet the Liberal Education List Requirement.

3. What course(s) should I choose to meet the Liberal Education List Requirement?

Most Liberal Education LIst Requirement 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 Liberal Education options in every BMgt program where you can select a course from a specified list.

Refer to the official list of Liberal Education 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 Liberal Education courses, you should choose courses that will complement your major and career goals. First year students should choose introductory level courses (1000 level courses with no prerequisites).

4. Where can I find the Liberal Education list?

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

5. How do LBED 1000 and LBED 2000 work toward the Liberal Education List Requirement?

If you have one List I - Fine Arts and Humanities course requirement, one List II - Social Science course requirement, and one List III - Science course requirement to fill in your program, successfully completing both LBED 1000 and LBED 2000 (or LBSC 2000) will fill one course requirement in each list. However, since you are replacing three courses with only two courses, you will also need to take an additional (GLER or non-GLER) course to ensure you meet the minimum number of courses required to complete your program.

Please note that Liberal Education Lists II and III are already filled by required courses for some majors (Accounting and Finance, for example), so successfully completing LBED 1000 and LBED 2000 can only be used to fill one List I course requirement and one Non-Management elective or "Elective offered by any faculty, any level" in your program for these majors.

LBED 1000 alone cannot fill any list requirement, but can be used to fill a Non-Management elective or "Elective offered by any faculty, any level" in your program. LBED 2000 alone cannot fill any list requirement, but can be used to fill a Non-Management elective or "Elective offered by any faculty, any level" in your program.