The School of Liberal Education offers two courses specially designed to introduce students to Liberal Education, and to help them with their transition to university studies.

Liberal Education 1000: Knowledge in Liberal Education

Not sure what to take at University? Start your university education off right with Liberal Education 1000, a course that offers a general introduction to the academic study of knowledge. Think of it as a "University 101." It gives you a chance to develop all the skills you need to succeed in university education. You will attend lectures, labs and tutorials each week. The lectures provide a critical examination of knowledge across the disciplines of Science, Social Science, Fine Arts and Humanities. The weekly tutorials offer small group discussions, to develop and practice your own critical thinking and evaluation skills. In the weekly lab you will learn and practice various "good student" skills, such as study skills, summarizing readings, editing essays, and using the Library databases to do research. These skills will help you in all your university courses!

The theme of this course is knowledge. What is knowledge? How can we know something? How reliable is our knowledge? What is different between knowledge and belief? How is knowledge created, evaluated and used in different disciplines?


Liberal Education 1500: The First Year Experience: Mapping our Communities

This course uses mapping as a metaphor to help students with the transition to university life. Students will map the physical campus and the resources available to help them succeed; learn about the campus and local communities, traditions and history; reflect on their own goals, skills and social networks; and listen to the University's best professors talk about how knowledge and information are mapped or organized in their disciplines.

Here are a few from students in past classes:

Map 1, Map 2, Map 3, Map 4, Map 5


Additionally, the School of Liberal Education offers courses such as: 


Liberal Education 3010: Liberal Education (Series) 

Liberal Education 3010 offers a critical examination of significant contemporary themes from a multidisciplinary and integrative perspective. It includes the broad integration of the Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts. Content varies from year to year. Offerings may include, for example: Genocide, Food, Activism, Land, Progress, or Friendship and Family. 



Dr. Bruce MacKay: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Teaching


Liberal Education 3850: Themes in Innovation 

A Liberal Education prepares students for a lifetime of growth and success within their chosen careers and their personal lives. Employers have stated the need for graduates with a Liberal Education to meet the requirements of a rapidly changing global economy in the twenty-first century.

Themes in Innovation will help students develop the skills learned throughout their liberal education. This class focuses on skills like creativity, critical thinking, and innovation for dealing with complex problems. Creativity, philosophy & history of technology, and social change are all at the core of this course. Students will be introduced to some of the foundational ideas that contribute to the innovation culture, which is built upon the principles of problem-solving, designing & building solutions, and supporting community growth through collaboration. Students are able to move an idea through its inception to a full-blow proposal. Successful student projects have an opportunity to continue being developed once the course is completed. Eligible ideas will be supported through Agility to see their proposal become a reality. See more on Liberal Education 3850 here.


Complete List of School of Liberal Education (LBED) Courses