LOGIN   | CONNECT SOCIALLY   | CATALOGS
General Education Courses

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.


LSU General Education Courses

  General Education Area
Credit
Hours

Department
Prefix LSU Course Numbers
           
 I.  English Composition
  6 English ENGL 1001, 2000
 II.  Analytical Reasoning
  6 Mathematics MATH 1021, 1022, 1029, 1100
1431, 1550, 1552
 III.  Arts
  3 Music
Theatre
MUS
THTR
1751
1020, 1800
 IV.  Humanities
  9 English
German
History
Latin
Spanish
ENGL
GERM
HIST
LATN
SPAN
2025, 2027, 2029, 2123
1101, 1102, 2101, 2102, 2155
1001, 1003, 2055, 2057
1101, 2051
1101, 1102, 2101, 2102, 2155
 V.  Natural Sciences
  9 Biological Sciences
BIOL 1001, 1002
VI.
 Social Sciences
  6 Anthropology
Communication Studies
Economics
Geography
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
ANTH
CMST
ECON
GEOG
POLI
PSYC
SOCL
1001, 1003
2010
2000, 2010, 2030
1001, 1003
2051, 2053, 2057, 2060
2000
2001
           

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.