The Liberal Studies for the 21st Century Program at Florida State University builds an educational foundation that will enable FSU graduates to thrive intellectually and materially and to engage critically and effectively in their communities. In this way your Liberal Studies courses provide a comprehensive intellectual foundation and transformative educational experience.

Liberal Studies / General Education Pathway Total Credit Hours

Quantitative and Logical Thinking
Students will become: “Critical Analysts of Quantitative and Logical Claims”

state core: 3 hrs
additional LS requirements: 3 hrs total: 6 hrs

English Composition
Students will become: “Critical Readers, and Clear, Creative, and Convincing Communicators”

state core: 3 hrs (ENC1101)
additional LS requirements: 3 hrs (ENC2135) total: 6 hrs

Social Sciences / History
Students will become: “Critical Analysts of Theories and Evidence about Social Forces and Social Experience and Historical Events and Forces”

state core: 3 hrs (Social Sciences OR History)
additional LS requirement: 3 hrs (whichever area is not represented by the statewide core course) total: 6 hrs

Humanities and Cultural Practice
Students will become: “Thoughtful Patrons of and Participants in Cultural Practices”

state core: 3 hrs (or 0 hrs if PHI2010 is taken)
additional LS requirement if PHI2010 is taken: 3 hrs total: 3 hrs

Ethics and Social Responsibility
Students will become: “Ethically Engaged Citizens and Logical Thinkers”

state core: 0 or 3 hrs (PHI2010)
additional LS requirement if PHI2010 is not taken: 3 hrs total: 3 hrs

Natural Sciences
Students will become: “Effective Interpreters of Scientific Results and Critical Analysts of Claims about the Natural World”

state core: 3 hrs
additional LS requirements: 3 hrs total: 6 hrs

Liberal Studies Electives


6 additional hours drawn from the above areas and/or Scholarship in Practice
(1000-, 2000-, or 3000-level Scholarship-in-Practice courses may count) total: 6 hrs
  • Total Credit Hours 36 hrs

  • E-Series
    Students will become: “Competent Analytical and Flexible Thinkers and Lifelong Learners”

    LS requirements: one course from the above LS areas must be E-Series courses
    total: 3 hrs
    (double counts with above areas)

    Graduation Requirements may double count with LS coursework