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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 in allowing students to compare multiple perspectives on persistent issues.

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  • Liberal Studies Assessment of Student Learning

    Liberal Studies will gather data on student achievement in selected courses during the Spring 2019 semester.

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

Liberal Studies – Why? Florida State University … strives to instill the strength, skill, and character essential for lifelong learning, personal responsibility, and sustained achievement within a community that fosters free inquiry and embraces diversity.

FSU’s mission statement ends with a pledge to instill strength, skill, and character in its students. The Liberal Studies Curriculum sets the foundation for acquiring these Nole traits. In the 36 Liberal Studies hours, students learn and practice three essential competencies:

  • Understanding and Applying
  • Analyzing and Examining
  • Synthesizing

You will also gain and refine skills in critical thinking, writing, connecting ideas, and building relationships with other people.

Regardless of your major, you will use these basic skills throughout your time at FSU and beyond.

Use Liberal Studies to Build Your FSU Experience Liberal Studies offers hundreds of courses in a wide variety of fields so you can build the FSU experience you want. While you will be required to take certain kinds of courses to develop a broad knowledge base essential for success, in many cases, you can select courses that interest you; or classes that you and your advisor think will help you be more successful in your chosen field.

  • Say you have an interest in music composition. Why not take The Art of Songwriting (MUT1005) to satisfy Humanities and Cultural Practice?
  • A fan of CSI or True Crime podcasts? Why not take Forensic Science in Investigation (CJE3762/3762L) to satisfy your Natural Science and lab requirements?
  • If you like dystopian fiction like The Hunger Games or The 100, Utopias/Dystopias: An Homage to 'Social Dreaming' (IDH2118) is for you. Plus, it meets E-Series/State-Mandated Writing, Humanities and Cultural Practice, and Scholarship in Practice designations.
  • Are you interested in animation and CGI? Check out History of VFX and Animation (FIL2043) to learn about the history of visual effects in film and fulfill the Scholarship in Practice and Computer Competency requirements at the same time.

The possibilities to explore are almost endless. Through Liberal Studies, you become an intentional learner because you construct a course experience that meets your needs and interests.

With Liberal Studies, you begin to the build your FSU experience!

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

View Liberal Studies Curriculum

FSU’s innovative Liberal Studies curriculum allows students to work with faculty across a wide range of disciplines. The diverse course options for meeting Liberal Studies requirements allow students to develop essential intellectual tools for success in the major through cutting-edge scholarly and creative courses..

Find a Course

You may search by course, title, number, or instructor last name or you may search for courses that meet certain requirements using the drop-down menus.

E-Series Courses

E-Series courses focus on significant questions relevant to humanity and can be engaged, explored, and evaluated using multiple perspectives across disciplinary areas. These distinctive inquiry-based courses help students develop creative and analytical thinking and allow students to interact closely with excellent faculty instructors.

Liberal Studies for the 21st Century is located in room A3500 on the third floor of University Center A in the stadium


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