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University Liberal Education Requirements

Twostop has a class search form that will allow you to find classes that meet one or more liberal education requirements.

LE Requirements are changing as of Fall 2012

With the addition of the Technology and Society (TS) theme, you are now required to takes courses that cover 4 of the 5 themes.

LE Requirements are changing as of Fall 2010

New Liberal Education Requirements are in effect starting Fall 2010, but only for students admitted Fall 2010 or later. If you were admitted before Fall 2010, you only need to meet the old requirements. However, you need to be aware of the following name changes:

Old Name New Name
Diversified Core
Literature and Other Humanities Arts/Humanities
Themes
Citizenship and Public Ethics (C/PE) Civic Life and Ethics
Cultural Diversity (CD) Diversity and Social Justice in the U.S.
International Perspectives (IP) Global Perspectives

Liberal Education Requirements for Students entering Fall 2010 or later

NOTE: The theme requirement has been changed to be that only four (4) out of the five themes must be covered coursework.

If you entered the University of Minnesota Fall 2010 or later you must complete the New Liberal Education Requirements.

Liberal Education Requirements for Students entering before Fall 2010

If you entered the University of Minnesota before Fall 2010, you may complete either of the LE requirements. The Liberal Education requirements prior to Fall 2010 follow, but note that some of the names have changed.

Diversified Core

Physical and Biological Sciences - a minimum of two courses totaling at least 8 credits, including:

  • Physical Science* - One course with a laboratory or field experience, and
  • Biological Science - One course with a laboratory or field experience.

Social Science and Humanities - a minimum of 15 credits distributed as follows:

  • Social Science - at least 6 credits.
  • Humanities (now called Arts/Humanities) - at least 6 credits, including one course in literature and one course in "other humanities." (The new "other humanities" category includes all courses in the current categories of philosophy, visual or performing arts, and other humanities or arts.)
  • Historical Perspectives -a minimum of one course of at least 3 credits. A course fulfilling the historical perspective requirement may also apply toward the social science core requirement or the humanities core requirement, or a designated theme requirement.

Mathematical Thinking* - a minimum of one course of at least 3 credits.

Designated Themes

One course of at least 3 credits in each of the following thematic areas:

  • Environment
  • International Perspectives (now Global Perspectives)
  • Cultural Diversity (now Diversity and Social Justice in the U.S.)
  • Citizenship and Public Ethics (now Civic Life and Ethics)

* These requirements are met by courses required for the BAEM degree.

Suggested Courses in the History of Science

Note that three of the courses below satisfy the Technology and Society (TS) liberal education theme.

One of the educational outcomes of our program is to produce graduates who understand how engineering relates to the global and societal context in which it is practiced. We also want our graduates to behave in an ethical and professional manner. Liberal education electives should be selected, so far as possible, to support the achievement of these outcomes. History of Science courses are very useful for this purpose, in particular the following History of Science courses are highly recommended.

  • HSCI 3331 - Technology and American Culture (HIS, TS)
  • HSCI 3401 - Ethics in Science and Technology (HIS, CIV)
  • HSCI 3421 - Engineering Ethics (HIS, CIV)
  • HSCI 3714 - Technology and Civilization: Stone Tools to Steam Engines (HIS, TS)
  • HSCI 3715 - Technology and Civilization: Waterwheels to the Web (HIS, TS)

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