The LSU General Education requirement represents a conviction on the part of the faculty that all students need to reason logically, communicate effectively, and relate to the world around them. While courses completed in a field of study develop specific knowledge and skills in a chosen profession, general education courses not only enhance awareness of the world and the people in it, but also foster an appreciation of the arts and humanities and provide a basic understanding of mathematical and scientific principles.
General education courses are required to ensure that all students receive a broad-based education that enhances their ability to describe, interpret, and analyze their world. The primary aims of the general education requirement are to create strong citizens, instill a life-long desire for learning, and enrich the human experience.
In the Distance Learning Programs Guide, general education courses are designated by a star placed before the course number. The courses available through LSU Distance Learning Programs and the specific general education area each applies to are listed above. For current LSU students, a maximum of six credit hours earned through distance learning may be applied toward the general education requirement.
The requirements listed above are those for LSU. Other colleges’ general education requirements may vary. Check with your adviser about the requirements for your degree program and what limits may apply to distance learning or transfer credits.