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The purpose of this site is to provide resources for Liberal Studies majors as they progress through their degree work. Included are work anywhere, anytime materials pertaining to degree development, planning, and independent studies. There are also numerous contacts and links to web-based material.

Please note: Some of the material has been taken directly from Liberal Studies core classes such as LIS 301 and LIS 451. It is important to remember that the information you receive directly from your instructor and/or advisor takes precedence over materials found on this site. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with their instructor and/or advisor when making changes to their degree plans.

Many areas will often have new and updated information, so check back often. Quick links:

General Student Resources and Forms

  • Online Course History
  • The LIS Student/Faculty Handbook for Liberal Studies. You may want to also purchase (at the UIS Bookstore) a copy of this handbook which will be utilized throughout your degree process.
  • Change of Major/Minor/Advisor form to submit to change a student’s academic major, minor, or student advisor.
  • LIS Copyright Form (pdf)   (doc) By filling out this form, you give the UIS LIS Program permission to use your materials as an example of student work.
  • Student Petition Form for submitting a Student Petition. Instructions are on the second page.
  • Honor’s Thesis Proposal Packet (doc)   This packet must be completed prior to enrolling in LIS 471 Honor’s Thesis.

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Liberal Studies Educational Guides

  • “A Liberal Studies Discussion” by Dr. Ed Cell (pdf)
    An essay by Dr. Ed Cell. The article discusses the philosophical ideas found within the LIS program, particularly the categories for education designed by Ernest Boyer. This article may help you to decide which of Boyer’s categories best suits your needs and provide some guidance as you develop your own degree plan.
  • Knowles Chart 1 (pdf) A comparison chart showing the assumptions and processes of teacher-directed (Pedagogical) and Self-Directed (Andragogical) learning.
  • Knowles Chart 2 (pdf)
    A self-rating chart used to determine competencies of self-directed Learning.
  • “Rediscovering Basic Values” by Eugene Raudsepp (pdf)
    In this article, Eugene Raudsepp discusses how to understand your needs and beliefs.
  • “Seven Principles” by Arthur W. Chickering and Zelda F. Gamson (pdf)
    This article discusses seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education.
  • Learning Styles
    (Presentation)
    This presentation developed by Dr. Jan Droegkamp will acquaint you with the various learning styles.
  • Learning Verbs (pdf)
    This paper gives you some “verbs” to help make your writing more interesting and descriptive.

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Degree Development

There are a number of various tools that are used to assist in developing your degree plan and helping you to focus on the thematic nature of your degree. The tools listed here and may be downloaded for your use.

  • LIS Degree Plan (doc)
    This file contains instructions and general information on completing your degree plan as well as a checklist. Use this form to not only plan your degree, but also when communicating to your advisor or instructor changes that may be needed after LIS 301.
  • Boyer Chart (pdf)
    You may use this chart to help map out your courses in accordance with the Boyer categories.
  • Model of Competencies (pdf) This file contains tables that may assist you in organizing your Learning Needs.
  • Developing a Theme (pdf)
    Worksheet to assist you in Theme development.
  • Stepping Stones (pdf)
    A worksheet to help you identify specific and important periods of your life.
  • Timelines (pdf)
    A form similar to the Stepping Stones worksheet.
  • Significant Experiences (pdf)
    A worksheet to assist you in determining significant learning experiences in your life.
  • Values List (pdf)
    A worksheet to help you learn more about your personal values.
  • Non-Credit Activities (pdf)
    This form will help you to organize non-credit activities that compliment your degree coursework.

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