The Liberal Arts Essentials (LAE)
Strong communication skills, coupled with the ability to analyze and think critically, are the cornerstones of a successful college and professional career and our Liberal Arts Essentials (LAE) will help you get off to a good start.
Through the LAE, students gain confidence as independent thinkers, expand their base of knowledge and broaden their understanding. If youre undecided about what to study, the LAE will also let you explore potential academic majors.
In the long run, the LAE courses help round out your education so that whatever field you eventually pursue, youll develop an understanding of other areas, and feel comfortable conversing and working with people in different disciplines.
NOTE: The following is an abbreviated version of the LAE requirements. For more detailed information, see the LAE Checklist (pdf).
LAE Core Requirements
- Two specified writing courses
Arts & Humanities of Western Culture
Religious Understanding & Moral Inquiry
One Mathematics Course
Concepts of Wellness
- Two physical education activity courses
Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Two lab electives from two different departments: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics
The Global Society
- Communicating in the World
- A foreign language or computer science course, or participation in an approved international program
- One elective in Economics, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology
- International Perspectives
- One elective in Anthropology, Business, Economics, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion or Sociology
||The Western Heritage
- One elective in History, Philosophy or Political Science
- One elective in English, French, German, Spanish or Religion
- One elective in Art, Music or Theatre
The American Experience
- One elective in English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion or Sociology