Electives in Liberal Studies

  • Depending on your program of study, you may be required to select from one to three courses from an extensive list of offerings. 

    Because your goal is still breadth, you may not count any course labeled with your major prefix as one of your Liberal Studies electives (for instance, a History major cannot use an HIST course). Nor may you choose more than one course with the same prefix, except in the case of intermediate-level foreign language study where you may use a prefix twice. [At least one of your three courses must be numbered 200 or higher.]

  • Requirements: 3–9 credits

    The following rules also apply to the Liberal Studies Electives requirement:

    1. No course carrying the student’s major prefix may be used.
    2. No course prefix may be used more than once, except for intermediate-level foreign language prefixes (FRNC, GRMN, SPAN, and ITAL), which may be used twice.
    3. Refer to your individual program of study for specific requirements.
    4. Courses are in one of six categories: GS- Global Citizenship; IL - Information Literacy; OC - Oral Communication; QR- Quantitative Reasoning; SL - Scientific Literacy; TL - Technological Literacy.

    Courses that also fulfill Global and Multicultural Awareness are identified with a (GMA).

    The following courses are also approved:

    Course Title Category Credits
    ANTH 250
    Human Origins
    SL 3
    ANTH 271 Cultural Area Studies: Aftica (GMA) GC 3
    ANTH 272 Cultural Area Studies: China (GMA) GC 3
    ANTH 273 Cultural Area Studies: Southeast Asia (GMA) GC 3
    ANTH 274 Cultural Area Studies: Latin America (GMA) GC 3
    ANTH 310 Voyages of Discovery (GMA) GC 3
    ANTH 314 Contemporary Native American Cultures (GMA) GC 3
    ANTH 350 Anthropology of Gender (GMA) GC 3
    ANTH 365 Native North American Religions (GMA) GC 3
    ANTH 370 Latinos and Diasporas (GMA) GC 3
    ANTH 430 Anthropology of Food (GMA) GC 3
    ARHI 205 Ancient to Medieval Art IL 3
    ARHI 207 Renaissance through Modern Art GC 3
    ASIA 106
    Samaurai and Gongfu Heroes: Masculinity in East Asia
    IL 3
    BCOM 342 Intercultural Business Communication (GMA) GC 3
    CDFR 218 Child Development GC 3
    CDFR 224 Marriage and Family Relations GC 3
    CHIN 102
    Elementary Chinese II (GMA)
    OC 4
    CHIN 201
    Intermediate Chinese (GMA)
    OC 4
    COMM 101 Introduction to Communications, Media and Culture IL 3
    COMM 201 Internet and Multimedia IL 3
    COMM 230
    Global Media and Communications
    GC 3
    COMM 261
    Teamwork and Communication Skills for College and Career
    IL 3
    COMM 325 Gender in Media GC 3
    COMM 380 The History of African Americans in Film IL 3
    COMM 420
    Media Portrayal of Crime
    IL 3
    COSC 101 Computer Literacy (same as IFMG 101) TL 3
    COSC 201 Internet and Multimedia (same as COMM/ IFMG/LIBR 201) IL 3
    CRIM 420
    Media Portrayal of Crime
    IL 3
    ECON 122 Principles of Microeconomics QR 3
    ECON 239
    Economics of Sports
    QR 3
    FCSE 101
    Personal and Family Management
    GC 3
    FCSE 315
    Consumer Economics and Family Finance
    QR 3
    FDNT 145 Personal Nutrition IL 3
    FMG 101 Computer Literacy TL 3
    FRNC 102
    Basic French II
    OC 4
    FRNC 201 Intermediate French (2) OC 4
    FRNC 220
    Intermediate French Conversation
    OC 3
    GEOG 105
    Our Digital Earth: Mobile Devices, Web Applications and Geospatial Technology
    TL 3
    GEOG 230 Cultural Geography GC 3
    GEOG 231 Economic Geography GC 3
    GEOG 252 Geography of Latin America (GMA) IL 3
    GEOG 253 Geography of Europe GC 3
    GEOG 254 Geography of Russia, Central Eurasia, and E. Europe (GMA) GC 3
    GOEG 255 Geography of Africa (GMA) GC 3
    GEOG 256
    Geography of East and Southeast Asia (GMA)
    GC 3
    GEOG 257 Geography of South and Southwest Asia (GMA) GC 3
    GEOS 119 Geology of Energy Resources SL 3
    GRMN 102
    Elementary German II
    OC 4
    GRMN 201
    Intermediate German
    OC 4
    GRMN 220
    Intermediate German Conversation
    OC 3
    HIST 106
    Samaurai and Gongfu Heroes: Masculinity in East Asia (GMA)
    IL 3
    HIST 206 The History of East Asia (GMA) IL 3
    HIST 207 The History of the Middle East (GMA) IL 3
    HIST 230 Queer Global History (GMA) IL 3
    HIST 231 History of Jerusalem IL 3
    HIST 232 Stalin and Hitler and the Terror State IL 3
    HIST 240 Zombies: A Cultural History of Death, Disease, and Technology IL 3
    HIST 323 Modern France: Renewing an Old Country IL 3
    HIST 332 History of Early China (GMA) IL 3
    HIST 334 History of Modern China (GMA) IL 3
    HIST 337 History of Modern Japan (GMA) IL 3
    HIST 338 History of Iran (GMA) IL 3
    HIST 339
    Jihad and the Origins of Islamist Movements in the Middle East
    IL 3
    HIST 348
    Top Secret America: The Rise and Reach of the National Security State
    IL 3
    HIST 360 History of Pennsylvania IL 3
    HIST 365 History of Black America Since Emancipation IL 3
    HIST 374
    Blind Pigs and Brothels:A History of Crime and Vice in America IL 3
    HIST 433 China 1200-1800: The Late Imperial Age (GAM) IL 3
    HIST 434 Modern China 1800- present (GMA) IL 3
    HIST 436 Japan 1500-1850: Early Modern Japan (GMA) IL 3
    HIST 437 Modern Japan 1850-present (GMA) IL 3
    IFMG 110
    Business Spreadsheet Computing
    IL 3
    ITAL 201 Intermediate Italian III OC 3
    ITAL 202 Intermediate Italian IV OC 3
    JAPN 102
    Elementary Japanese II (GMA)
    OC 4
    JAPN 201
    Intermediate Japanese (GMA)
    OC 4
    JRNL 250 Women and the Press IL 3
    JRNL 375 World News Coverage (GMA) IL 3
    JRNL 361 Presentation Making OC 3
    KHSS 225
    Social Issues in Sport
    IL 3
    KORE 102
    Elementary Korean II
    OC 4
    KORE 201
    Intermediate Korean
    OC 4
    LAS 350 The Mayas: Culture, Literature, and Numbers (GMA) QR 3
    LIBR 201 Internet and Multimedia IL 3
    LIBR 251 Information Access in the Digital Age 2 IL, TL 3
    MATH 122 Calculus II for Natural and Social Sciences QR 4
    MATH 126 Calculus II for Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics QR 3
    MATH 152 Elements of Mathematics II 1 (specified majors only) QR 3
    MATH 214 Probability and Statistics for Business Majors QR 3
    MATH 216 Probability and Statistics for Natural Sciences QR 3
    MATH 217 Probability and Statistics 1 QR 3
    MATH 225 Calculus III for Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics QR 3
    MATH 341
    Differential Equations
    QR 3
    MUHI 223
    Musical Cultures from Around the World
    GC 3
    MUHI 301 Music History I GC, IL 3
    MUHI 302 Music History II IL 3
    MUHI 333
    History of Popular Music since 1945
    GC 3
    PHIL 232 Philosophies of Love
    GC 3
    PHIL 270
    Ethics and the Environment
    GC 3
    PHIL 323 Political Philosophy GC 3
    PHIL 324 Ancient Greek Philosophy GC 3
    PHIL 330 Philosophy of Science SL 3
    PHIL 450 Philosophy of Law GC 3
    PLSC 251
    State and Local Political Systems
    IL 3
    PLSC 348
    Top Secret America: The Rise and Reach of the National Security State IL 3
    PLSC 389 International Development Strategies (GMA) GC 3
    PSYC 310 Developmental Psychology SL 3
    PSYC 321 Abnormal Psychology GC 3
    PSYC 330 Social Psychology SL 3
    PSYC 378 Psychology of Death and Dying GC 3
    RLST 311 Eastern Philosophy (GMA) GC 3
    RLST 329 Philosophy of Religion (GMA) GC 3
    RLST 365 Native North American Religions (GMA) GC 3
    RLST 370 Religions of China and Japan (GMA) GC 3
    RLST 380 Islam (GMA) GC 3
    RLST 385
    Christianity
    GC,OC,IL 3
    RLST 388
    Interpreting the Bible
    GC,OC,IL 3
    SAFE 100 The Science of Living Safely
    IL,SL 3
    SOC 251
    Sociology of Human Sexuality (GMA)
    GC 3
    SOC 269 Sociology of Deviance GC 3
    SOC 314
    Sociology of Native Americans (GMA)
    GC 3
    SOC 337 Society, Globalization, and Risk (GMA)
    GC 3
    SOC 361 Social Stratification GC 3
    SOC 362 Racial and Ethnic Minorities GC 3
    SOC 363 Sociology of Gender GC 3
    SPAN 102 Elementary Spanish II OC 4
    SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish 2 OC 4
    SPAN 220
    Intermediate Spanish Conversation
    OC 3
    SUST 201
    Introduction to Sustainability
    GC 3
    THTR 132 Introduction to Acting OC 3
    THTR 313
    American Theater Between the Wars
    IL,OC 3
    WGS 200
    Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies GC 3

    1 Students may use this course to fulfill either the Learning Skills: Mathematics requirement, or a Liberal Studies Elective requirement, but not both.

    2 Higher-level language courses may be substituted by students demonstrating such ability on placement tests.