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Liberal Studies

for the 21st Century

  • Find a Liberal Studies Course Here

    The Liberal Studies course database allows students to find courses approved for Liberal Studies. Here students can search for courses that meet one or multiple specific Liberal Studies requirements.

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  • E-Series Courses

    The E-Series courses focus on broad questions that are relevant to humanity and our natural world and can be explored, examined, and experimented upon (thus the “E”). E-Series courses are created for non-majors and are designed to foster critical thinking by allowing students to analyze persistent issues from multiple perspectives.

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  • From the Director

    “A strong liberal studies curriculum helps our students learn the art of thinking – and to engage, innovate, and collaborate to solve complex problems in a global world.”
    Annette Schwabe,
    Director of Liberal Studies

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Welcome to Liberal Studies for the 21st Century at Florida State University!

The current curriculum was developed in 2014 and implemented in the summer of 2015. Faculty who teach Liberal Studies courses span the disciplines and are committed to providing students with the academic experiences, intellectual capacities and skills that allow students to thrive in college, to make informed career choices, and to flourish in their personal lives.

Liberal Studies General Education courses, usually taken in the first two years, foster academic and personal development and build a foundation for success in the major and beyond. The Liberal Studies University-wide courses, often taken during the upper-division, extend and deepen the student learning experience and enhance the student’s ability to integrate diverse ideas and information. Together, the general education and university-wide Liberal Studies curriculum help students develop habits of the mind that foster life-long engagement and satisfaction.

Our new E-Series and Scholarship in Practice signature courses engage students with creative approaches to persistent questions, close contact with faculty, and opportunities for hands-on learning experiences.

The Liberal Studies for the 21st Century program is administered within the Division of Undergraduate Studies.

Annette Schwabe, Director

Faculty Profiles: 8 Questions for E-Series Faculty Instructors

Andy is a Professor in the School of Communication and the Director of the Digital Media Production Program at Florida State where he teaches and researches documentary video production and environmental communication.

Dr. M. Katie Flanagan is an assistant instructor in the Department of Sport Management at Florida State University. She teaches an array of undergraduate and graduate level course including Diversity in Sport, Sport Ethics, Issues in Sport Management, Introduction to Sport Management, and Professional Development.

View Liberal Studies Curriculum

FSU’s innovative competency-based curriculum allows students to work with faculty in exploring and participating in cutting-edge scholarly and creative work across a wide range of disciplines.

Find a Course

Search our database of all currently available courses to find a porgram that interests you.

E-Series Courses

E-Series courses, a distinctive part of FSU’s General Education curriculum, engage students with creative approaches to persistent questions, close contact with faculty, and opportunities for hands-on learning experiences.

Liberal Studies for the 21st Century is located in room A3502 on the third floor of University Center C in the stadium


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