Distribution blocks

The liberal studies distribution blocks are described below.

Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry

Study the human condition through philosophical inquiry and the analysis of creative expression.

Courses in this block involve students in the study of the human condition through philosophical inquiry and analysis of the various forms of creative expression. These courses help students develop an understanding of the relationship between context and human creative expression, major conceptual frameworks utilized to make sense of the creative arts, and how human experience and values are expressed through creative endeavors. Students also develop their capacities for analysis and ethical reasoning along with an understanding of the multiple facets of the human condition.

Search courses that satisfy the Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry requirement.

Cultural Understanding

Enhance your understanding of different cultures of the world through the study of language, literature, religion, and artistic creation.

Courses in this block enhance students’ understanding of different cultures of the world through the study of language, literature, religion and artistic creations or other disciplines. These courses provide students with an experience of diverse cultures (different from their own), and an analytic framework that facilitates awareness of how cultures vary and shape human experience. Students become more familiar with cultures of the world and develop an appreciation for the unique features and perspectives of varied cultural traditions.

Search courses that satisfy the Cultural Understanding requirement.

Science

Increase your knowledge about the natural world and the impact of technology on the human condition and the natural world. 

Courses in this block increase students’ knowledge of important theories, concepts, and taxonomies that are central to scientific disciplines and the application of scientific knowledge and technologies to problem solving. Laboratory Science courses increase students’ ability to apply the scientific method to understand a variety of physical and biological phenomena. Students will also learn to employ the logic and techniques of scientific inquiry and thereby develop an understanding of the basis and limits of contemporary scientific knowledge. Courses in this block also address the impact of technology on the human condition and the natural world.

Search courses that satisfy the Science and Applied Science requirement and the Lab Science requirement

Social and Political Worlds

Explore how different empirical and theoretical strategies are used to study human behavior and social, political, and cultural systems.

Courses in this block engage students in the study of the patterns that characterize the history of human communities, the relationships between the psychological, social, cultural and political components of human communities and dynamics of human behavior in varied context. Students learn how different empirical and theoretical strategies are employed to study human behavior and social, political, and cultural systems. These courses enhance student understanding of the dynamic relationships between human communities and their ecological context, the systematic components and dynamic of contemporary human societies, relationships between human societies in the global community, and the major dimensions of variation in contemporary human experience.

Search courses that satisfy the Social and Political Worlds requirement.