LIBST 201: Introduction to Liberal Studies (2 units)

Course Schedule and signup sheet, Spring 2019

Course Description

An introduction to the concept of a liberal education, the methodologies of the liberal arts disciplines, and the use of computer technology for basic research. Students will create an individual plan of study to guide them through their Liberal Studies major and prepare them to complete a senior capstone project. Prerequisites: GENED 110, GENED 130, and GENED 120 or GENED 140 or Sophomore standing.

Course Notes (From WINS)

This course is intended for LIBST majors and minors only.

For online sections: This class will be taught online using Canvas, and students will gain access to the Canvas classroom at the beginning of the term. As part of the course’s discussion requirements, students will need to record and post videos of themselves. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be considered in-class/discussion days. Since this is an online course, students will be required to pay an additional fee of $100.

Liberal Studies Program Student Learning Outcomes (LIBST SLOs)

By the end of their Liberal Studies program, students will be able to:

  • SLO 1: Think critically, integrate and synthesize knowledge from diverse perspectives and evaluate complex information
  • SLO2: Make informed ethical and value judgments
  • SLO3: Understand and explain the value of a liberal education
  • SLO4: Apply the concepts and methodologies of the liberal arts to understand issues in society and in one’s own life
  • SLO5: Communicate effectively in written form
  • SLO6: Effectively utilize intellectual and practical skills– including analytical skills, research methods, and/or computer skills
  • SLO 7: Effectively utilize expression skills– including communicating creatively, orally, or in a language other than English
  • SLO8: Demonstrate a base of knowledge from various disciplines– including arts & humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences
  • SLO9: Demonstrate a base of knowledge about cultures within North America & Europe
  • SLO10: Demonstrate a base of knowledge about cultures outside North America & Europe

-adopted by Philosophy & Religious Studies Department in Fall 2015

Course Specific Student Learning Outcomes (Course SLOs)

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Frame their own learning through the lens of liberal education
  • Understand strategies for critically analyzing education— challenges, omissions, biases, etc.
  • Understand various approaches to education taken in different parts of the world
  • Gain an understanding of the content and value of a liberal education
  • Take responsibility for their own degree plan and success in the Liberal Studies major or minor


Course Routine

In this course, we use a “flipped” classroom approach. This means that video lectures are available through Canvas to be viewed before class, and discussions will be lead by students.


Required Texts

  1. All course readings will be available on Canvas.

Important Information

Course Assignments


Course grades are calculated based of a total of 1530 possible points, and grades are not weighted beyond their point values.


Material on this page developed by Tracy Hawkins for the Liberal Studies program

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