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Liberal Studies

for the 21st Century

  • E-Series Signature Courses

    E-Series courses are a distinctive part of FSU's Liberal Studies for the 21st Century General Education curriculum. E-Series courses are taught by faculty with a record of teaching excellence, giving students the opportunity to interact closely with faculty early in the student's academic career for an exceptional academic experience.

  • See E-Series Courses in Action

    Through active, relevant, and engaged learning, E-Series courses help students build an academic toolkit for lifelong learning and innovation in an ever-changing global world. Instead of a typical introductory survey course, E-Series courses require students to develop independent and flexible thinking through close collaboration with their instructors, classmates, and world. Have a look at what students do in our exciting E-Series courses!

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  • The Faculty behind FSU’s Unique E-Series Courses

    E-Series courses are taught by faculty with a record of teaching excellence, giving students the opportunity to interact closely with faculty early in the student's academic career for an exceptional academic experience.

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E-Series courses focus on significant questions that are relevant to humanity and our natural world and can be Engaged, Explored, Examined, and Evaluated using multiple perspectives within a field or across disciplinary areas. E-Series courses are designed for non-majors and help students learn to think "outside the box" by challenging students to analyze persistent issues using different approaches and tools. Through an inquiry-based approach, E-Series courses stimulate curiosity and motivate students to engage in lifelong learning.

E-Series courses help students acquire the foundational skills, analytical tools, and habits of mind required for success in their majors, in the labor market and as citizens in a global world. An Association of American Colleges and Universities survey of over 300 executive companies found that employers across all sectors seek employees who have developed the skills that E-Series courses foster: analysis, reasoning, cognitive flexibility, written communication, and collaboration. In this way, E-Series courses provide students with an academic toolkit for success in all aspects of life.


E-Series Courses


  • engage students in broad, critical and creative thinking about contemporary problems and enduring issues of human existence.
  • are inquiry-based, with a focus on a major question that relates to real-world issues or problems.
  • are taught by excellent instructors.
  • include substantive work on college-level writing, with feedback and time for revisions.
  • include a diverse range of assessments, from essays, to hands-on team or individual projects, to multiple formats of paper or electronic testing.
  • encourage both individual and team-based approaches to projects.
  • typically have lower section sizes than other courses.
  • involve intensive discussion and interaction.
  • like all other Liberal Studies courses, undergo a rigorous course approval review, overseen by the Liberal Studies Coordinating and Policy Committee, which reports to the Faculty Senate.

Click to view a report about our E-Series courses based on student and faculty interviews

Learning Objectives


E-Series courses are designed to help students become competent analytical and flexible thinkers and lifelong learners. By the end of the course, students will:

  • Analyze the major questions or problems in the course using various intellectual perspectives.
  • Demonstrate the relevance of ideas or findings from the course.
  • Communicate arguments central to the course using clear, coherent prose that utilizes the conventions of standard American English.
  • Discuss relevant ideas from the course using sources from a variety of text types.


Faculty Profiles: 8 Questions for E-Series Faculty Instructors

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