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The Major

Liberal Studies graduates must earn a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit and must complete all General Education requirements. Students typically enter their first Liberal Studies course, LIS 301 Self-directed Learning, once they have earned 60 hours of credit. It is in this first course that they develop a plan for their major. LIS Degree Plans must include:

  • 10 hours Liberal Studies core courses
  • 10 hours of ECCE requirements
  • 40 hours focused elective coursework

Studying at home

Students entering fall 2012 and beyond must complete nine credit hours from at least two of the three ECCE categories.

Students must also complete UNI 301 Speaker Series (one credit hour.)

Students entering summer 2012 to fall 2007 must complete the at least three credit hours in each of the ECCE categories as well as at least three additional credit hours of ECCE from any category (twelve hours total.)

Students must also complete UNI 301 Speaker Series (one credit hour.)

Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Categories

    • U.S Communities (3 hours) – courses should broaden a students’ knowledge about substantial, distinctive, and complex aspects of the history, society, politics, and culture of United States communities.
    • Global Awareness (3 hours) – courses should help students understand and function in an increasingly interdependent and globalizing environment and to develop an appreciation of other cultural perspectives.
    • Engagement Experience (3 hours) – courses provide structured opportunities for students to integrate knowledge, practice, and reflection in the context of engaged citizenship.  Opportunities include Applied Studies Term, Credit for Prior Learning, service-learning courses, research projects, and study abroad.

40 hours of focused elective coursework

Students must choose 40 hours of elective courses that focus on the Boyer Categories. Possible courses that may meet the requirements of these categories include the following:

Online students can review courses that have been taught online at UIS by looking at the online course history.

  • Self designed themes – you may design their electives around  goals for the future.  For example, students who plan to continue their education in a graduate program, may use their electives to meet prerequisite course work or learning deficits.  Career professionals may wish to enhance their current career with selections that meet their learning needs.
  • Minor Concentrations – You may choose courses to comprise a minor concentration from a number of minors offered, including Women’s Studies, African-American Studies, or International Studies. Check individual program websites to determine the number of hours and courses required.
  • Multidisciplinary Courses – UIS offers multidisciplinary courses that provide a thematic integration across disciplines. Offered each semester, these are compatible with the general goals of a Liberal Studies Online degree.
  • Credit for Prior Learning – The Credit for Prior Learning Program offers a course to assist in the development of materials used to assess experiential learning. Through the process of completing AST 401, the Assessment of Experiential Learning gained through extensive work or volunteer experiences, students prepare a written portfolio that includes a series of written essays and documentation.
  • Independent Studies/Tutorials – Students who wish to structure one-on-one learning experiences that are not regularly available, but nevertheless relevant to their programs, can register for independent study or tutorial courses. These courses are offered for variable credit, ranging from two to six credit hours.

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