Liberal Arts & Sciences Curriculum (LASC) Policy

  • Custodian of Policy: Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Relevant Minnesota State System Policy: 3.37
    Effective Date: Spring 2012
    Last Review: New Policy
    Next Review: Fall 2013


    The Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum matches the goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the exception of Goal Area 11: Information Literacy. This goal area is embedded in the curriculum of Goal Areas IA through 10 and is satisfied through completion of the other goal areas.

    Goal Areas & Courses Required

    Goal lA: Oral Communication - 1 course
    Goal 1 B: Written Communication - 1 course
    Goal 2: Critical Thinking - 1 course
    Goal 3: Natural Sciences - 2 courses from two different rubrics, 1 must include a traditional lab
    Goal 4: Mathematics I Logical Reasoning - 1 course
    Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences - 2 courses from two different rubrics
    Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts - 2 courses from two different rubrics
    Goal 7: Human Diversity - 1 course
    Goal 8: Global Perspective - 1 course
    Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility - 1 course
    Goal 10: People and the Environment - 1 course
    Goal 11: Information Literacy - fulfilled when all of the goal areas are complete

    General Requirements

    1. 14 courses minimum
    2. 42 credits minimum
    3. Minimum 2.0 GPA in all courses used to fulfill LASC requirements, including transfer courses
    4. No more than two courses in a student's primary major rubric may be used to fulfill requirements in Goal Areas 3-10. Students with more than one major will select which major to declare as their primary major
    5. A course from Goal Areas 3, 5, or 6 may also satisfy Goal Areas 7, 8, 9 or 10. Completion of the approved course fulfills both goal areas, but the credit may not be double counted
    6. LASC courses must be a minimum of 3 credits
    7. LASC courses may have pre-requisites

    LASC Disciplinary Rubrics

    Existing LASC courses retain their current categorization

    Goal areas 3, 5, and 6 will be restricted to courses with these disciplinary rubrics: AMCS, ANTH, ART, AST, BCBT, BIOL, CHEM, CJ, CMST, ECON, ENGL, EXCH, FILM, GEOS, HIST, HON, HUM, INTL, MUS, PHIL, PHYS, PSCI, POL, PSY, SOC, THTR, WS

    The LASC areas will align with disciplinary rubrics in this way:

    • Goal Area 3: Natural Sciences Rubrics ANTH, AST, BCBT, BIOL, CHEM, GEOS, HON, PHYS, PSCI
    • Goal Area 5: History & Social and Behavioral Sciences Rubrics AMCS, ANTH, CJ, CMST, ECON, EXCH, GEOS, HIST, HON, INTL, POL, PSY, SOC, WS
    • Goal Area 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts Rubrics AMCS, ART, CMST, ENGL, EXCH, FILM, HON, HUM, MUS, PHIL, THTR, WS


    Creation of new LASC courses will proceed through the relevant College Curriculum Committee(s) and the currently approved formal curriculum processes.

    Courses already approved in one goal area may be submitted to the relevant College Curriculum Committee for approval in a second goal area by demonstrating how the course meets 51 % of the competencies.


    The purpose of this policy is to define the university's Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum and to maintain an extraodinary education for all students.