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.
Students must complete one 3-credit hour E-Series course as part of their 36 FSU Liberal Studies credit hours. These courses will fall within one of the six core Liberal Studies disciplinary areas or Scholarship in Practice courses at the 1000-, 2000-, or 3000-levels, even if they do not fall into some other Liberal Studies disciplinary area. All E-Series courses are approved to count toward the “W” (State-Mandated Writing) requirement. Thus, students must earn at least a “C–” in the course and earn at least a “C–” average on the required writing assignments.
They should be designed to help students become competent analytical and flexible thinkers and lifelong learners. By the end of the course, students will:
These 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. The courses are designed for non-majors and help students learn to think "outside the box" by challenging students to analyze persistent issues from multiple perspectives. Through an inquiry-based approach, E-Series courses stimulate curiosity and motivate students to engage in lifelong learning. These courses:
E-Series courses help students develop the foundational skills, analytical tools, and habits of mind required to excel in courses in their majors. In an addition, E-Series courses pave the way for success in a changing labor market and for effective citizenship 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 abilities that E-Series courses are designed to foster: analysis, reasoning, written communication, and collaboration. In this way, E-Series courses provide students with the academic "toolkit" for success in all aspects of life.