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Liberal Education (LBED)

Liberal Education (LBED)
Faculty of Arts and Science

Liberal Education 1000

Knowledge and Liberal Education
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
2-1-1
Introductory, multidisciplinary, and critical examination of knowledge, the foundation of a liberal education; broad integration of examples from Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts. Discussion groups and labs teach basic skills (critical thinking, numeracy, oral and written communications, and research).
Equivalent:
Liberal Education 1001 (prior to 2007/2008)
Note:
Students who complete both Liberal Education 1000 and either Liberal Education 2000 or Library Science 2000 may reduce the General Liberal Education Requirement by one course from each of the three lists. Liberal Education 1000 alone does not fulfill any list requirement.

Liberal Education 2000

Identity and Liberal Education
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Broad exploration of individual and group identities, key concepts in a liberal education; multidisciplinary and integrative perspective; examples from the Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts. Discussion groups and labs teach higher level critical thinking, communication, and research skills.
Prerequisite(s):
One of Liberal Education 1000 or four courses (12.0 credit hours) in Arts and Science
Equivalent:
Liberal Education 1002 (prior to 2007/2008)
Note:
Students who complete both Liberal Education 1000 and Liberal Education 2000 may reduce the General Liberal Education Requirement by one course from each of the three lists. Liberal Education 2000 alone does not fulfill any list requirement.

Liberal Education 2100

Quantitative Reasoning
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-1-0
Number systems: historical development and current systems, types of numbers, operations on numbers and their properties, scientific notion, estimation; relationships between numbers: graphs and functions, rates of change, modelling; quantitative data: graphical and numerical description, inference production and evaluation. Applications and examples selected from a range of disciplines. Intended for students with little or no mathematics background.
Equivalent:
Liberal Education 2850 (Quantitative Reasoning) (prior to 2007/2008)

Liberal Education 2200

Problems and Puzzles
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Problems and puzzles across a wide range of disciplines, including word problems, logic puzzles, mathematical problems, and famous problems and puzzles in history. Strategies and techniques for solving problems, including Pólya’s method of problem-solving and metacognitive theories.
Prerequisite(s):
Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Liberal Education 2850 (Problems and Puzzles) (prior to 2012/2013)

Liberal Education 3010

Series in Liberal Education
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Critical examination of significant contemporary themes; multidisciplinary and integrative perspective; broad integration of Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts. Content varies from year to year. Offerings may include, for example, Genocide, Progress, or Friendship and Family.
Prerequisite(s):
One of Liberal Education 1000, Liberal Education 2000, or eight courses (24.0 credit hours) in Arts and Science
Equivalent:
Any offering of Liberal Education 3850 (prior to 2007/2008) with the same title as the offering in the Liberal Education 3010 Series
Note:
Students who complete both Liberal Education 3010 and Liberal Education 4000 may reduce the General Liberal Education Requirement by one course from each of the three lists. Liberal Education 3010 alone does not fulfill any list requirement.

Liberal Education 3100

History of Mathematics
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
A study of the major developments in mathematics from prehistory to the seventeenth century, especially the development of geometry and algebra over the centuries. Development of numbers and counting systems; early Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, and Roman mathematics; the Arabic empire; expansion in the Middle Ages; the solution of the quartic; the invention of calculus.
Prerequisite(s):
Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Liberal Education 3850 (History of Mathematics) (prior to 2012/2013)
Substantially Similar:
Mathematics 3850 (History of Mathematics) (prior to 2012/2013)

Liberal Education 3600

Human Evolution Across Disciplines
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Major developments in the emergence of humans and culture. Study of theories of evolution and the examination and study of hominid fossils and stone tools in order to understand human biological and cultural development. Emphasis on the various disciplines contributing to this research area.
Prerequisite(s):
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Recommended Background:
Archaeology 1000
Equivalent:
Archaeology 3600;
Liberal Education 3850 (Human Evolution Across Disciplines) (prior to 2012/2013)

Liberal Education 4000

Capstone Ideas in Liberal Education
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week:
3-0-0
Senior seminar; critical examination and discussion of selected readings; synthetic integration across the disciplines in Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts. Content varies from year to year.
Prerequisite(s):
Two Liberal Education courses (6.0 credit hours)
OR
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent:
Liberal Education 3001 (prior to 2007/2008);
Liberal Education 3002 (prior to 2007/2008)
Note:
Students who complete both Liberal Education 3010 and Liberal Education 4000 may reduce the General Liberal Education Requirement by one course from each of the three lists. Liberal Education 4000 alone does not fulfill any list requirement.