Liberal Education Requirement

  1. What is a Liberal Education Requirement?
  2. How many Liberal Education courses do I need to take?
  3. What course(s) should I choose to meet the Liberal Education Requirement?
  4. Where can I find the list of Liberal Education courses

Please refer to the current Undergraduate Academic Calendar in the following section for the most complete information:

 

1. What is a Liberal Education Requirement?

Since its founding, the University of Lethbridge has provided a Liberal Education model that brings its students together in a learning community which offers opportunities and experiences for developing leaders in society. The School of Liberal Education fosters a teaching and learning philosophy for growth in transdisciplinary learning and thinking skills to enable individuals to contribute to their communities at all levels. 

The University of Lethbridge Liberal Education model encompasses four main aspects or pillars:

1. Breadth of knowledge across disciplines. Students are exposed to multiple ways of looking at and studying the world beyond their own disciplinary boundaries.
2. Connections and integration of knowledge across disciplines. Students learn about transdisciplinary points of contact across a range of topics.
3. Critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students develop skills to identify arguments, evaluate evidence and reasoning, produce informed decisions, and communicate and defend those decisions.
4. Education for citizenship. Students are encouraged to be contributing community members on all levels from local to global, and to participate in the running of their communities.

These four pillars provide students with the competencies and skills to enhance employability and cultivate the values of good citizenship.

2. How many Liberal Education courses do I need to take?

40-course BMgt - All 40-course first-degree students must complete 12 Liberal Ed courses (36 credit hours), four of which are selected from each of three different lists as follows:

  • Four List I - Fine Arts/Humanities courses (12 credit hours)
  • Four List II - Social Science courses (12 credit hours)
  • Four List III - Science courses (12 credit hours)

Post-Diploma BMgt - Students registered in the post-diploma BMgt are required to complete modified list of Lib Ed courses consisting of a total of 10 courses (30 credit hours) as follows:

  • Four List I - Fine Arts/Humanities courses (12 credit hours)
  • Two List II - Social Science courses (6 credit hours)
  • Two List III - Science courses (6 credit hours)
  • Two from any of the lists (6 credit hours)

Second degree and certificate students are not required to meet the Liberal Education Requirement.

3. What course(s) should I choose to meet the Liberal Education Requirement?

Most Lib Ed courses are built into the core or major requirements. For example, STAT 1770 is part of the BMgt program and is a List III - Science course. However, there are options in every BMgt program where you can select a course from a specified list.

Refer to the official list of Lib Ed courses when registering as only specific courses are desginated as List I, II or III. For example, not all science courses count as a Lid Ed List III - Science and not all music courses count as a List I - Fine Arts and Humanities. To tell if a course is a List I - Fine Arts and Humanities, List II - Social Science, or List III - Science, look in the Timetable at the course designation.

See the following sample timetable entry for GEOG 1000 as an example:

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10876 GEOG 1000 A Intro. to Physical Geography
NOTE: Course designation: Science.

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When selecting Lib Ed courses, you should choose courses that will complement your major and career goals. First year students should choose introductory level Lib Ed courses (1000- level courses with no prerequisites). Only four courses from any one department (Economics, for example) may count toward the Liberal Education Requirement.

 

4. Where can I find the list of Liberal Education courses?

There is a current Lib Ed list on our documents and forms page.