Propose a Liberal Studies Course
The purpose of the Liberal Studies Program is to provide
opportunities for students to gain a breadth of knowledge and skills that
complements the depth of knowledge and expertise that they acquire in their
major. The Liberal Studies Committee’s
curriculum process ensures all Liberal Studies designated courses provide
high-quality student learning experiences, and align with the learning outcomes
and requirements set forth by the Liberal Studies Program.
Process Overview: Submission of Curricula
Course proposals must be received no later than December 1st in order to be included in the following year's academic catalog.
To make a curriculum change that will appear in the Academic
Catalog for Liberal Studies courses:
- Begin by contacting
the Curriculum Process Associate, Scott Galland (email@example.com) at 523-1753. The Curriculum Process Associate will fill
out the necessary Academic Catalog submission forms for you, return them to
you, and work with you to prepare them for submission to the appropriate
- While the Curriculum Process Associate works on
your Academic Catalog Forms, you will need to develop a course syllabus, which will be submitted to curriculum
committees with the Academic Catalog Forms.
- See distribution block syllabi templates bellow.
- Department-level, college-level, and university
curriculum committees will then review
the forms and approve or deny the changes.
If the proposal is unclear or if the committee needs additional
information or changes, they will request revisions. Please allow extra time in your planning
to ensure you have time to address any revisions set forth by the Liberal
Designing Your Syllabus to Align with Liberal Studies Designations
Aesthetic & Humanistic InquiryPurpose of AHI Distribution Block
Courses within the Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry
Distribution Block study the human condition through philosophical inquiry and
the analysis of creative expression.
These courses 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.
Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry Syllabus Template
Example Syllabi for Aesthetic & Humanistic Inquiry.
Cultural UnderstandingPurpose of Cultural Understanding Distribution Block
The purpose of the Cultural Understanding Distribution Block
is to enhance students’ understanding of different cultures of the world
through the study of language, literature, religion, and artistic
creation. 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 Understanding Syllabus Template
Example Syllabi for Cultural Understanding
Science & Applied SciencePurpose of Science & Applied Science Distribution Block
The purpose of the Science & Applied Science
Distribution Block is to increase students’ 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.
Science & Applied Science Syllabus Template
Example of Syllabi for Science & Applied Science
Social & Political WorldsPurpose of Social & Political Worlds Distribution Block
The purpose of the Social & Political Worlds
Distribution Blocks is for students to 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.
Social & Political Worlds Syllabus Template
Example Syllabi for Social & Political Worlds
Junior-Level WritingPurpose of Junior-Level Writing Requirement
Junior-Level Writing Syllabus Template
3-credit, 300-level courses
Minimum prerequisite: English Foundation requirement
Assignments that require students to produce a minimum of twenty revised pages of writing.
The Junior-Level Writing requirement is designed to meet the goals of the Liberal Studies program as well as the academic major. In most cases, JLW courses are embedded within the major in order to engage students in the writing process in the context of a discipline or profession. Once approved by the Liberal Studies Committee, these courses are designated with a W at the end of the course number.
More details coming soon.Example of Syllabi for Junior-Level Writing
More details coming soon.
Senior CapstonePurpose of Senior Capstone
Senior Capstone Syllabus Template
Northern Arizona University’s capstone requirement is designed to ensure students apply the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their undergraduate education, specifically from their degree program and Liberal Studies requirements. In these integrative and culminating experiences students should inquire, synthesize, apply, or work in ways that prepare them for a productive future.
Capstone experiences achieve the following goals:
- Capstones require students to bring together the learning in the major and demonstrate that they have met the degree program’s student learning outcomes.
- Capstones afford the opportunity for students to experience how learning in the major integrates with learning in the Liberal Studies Program, including overlap of learning outcomes in the major with learning outcomes of the Liberal Studies Essential Skills and Distribution Blocks.
- Capstones, as a culminating experience, provide a "destination point" for other coursework in the degree program.
- Capstones provide information to degree program faculty about strengths and gaps in their curriculum. Faculty members can then discuss student performance in the aggregate and use assessment findings to improve their program.
By April 4, 201, the Liberal Studies Committee (LSC) requires all capstones be “refreshed” because many courses have “drifted” from the requirement’s original purpose—to intentionally integrate undergraduate students’ disciplinary and Liberal Studies experiences through a culminating experience in the major. These efforts will also assist degree programs and the Liberal Studies Program meet the assessment and continual improvement requirements set forth by NAU’s regional accreditor. Click here
for information on the Capstone Refresh Process.