Liberal Studies Resources for Faculty

Current Semester Resident Credit

All Semesters

Liberal Studies Faculty Resource Handbook

Upper-Level Perspectives

Assessment and Approval

Liberal Studies Language for Syllabus

Liberal Studies Course Proposal

The Liberal Studies Oversight Committee will review each proposal for suitability in the Liberal Studies Program. Proposals will be evaluated not only on individual course characteristics but also on how courses contribute to the overall objectives of the Liberal Studies Program:

  • The goals to promote a love of learning and an active curiosity for knowledge
  • The Fundamental Principles of the Program (student sense of place, liberal arts and sciences emphasis, fundamental skills, integration of knowledge, moral reflection and criticism, and faculty commitment)
  • The stated learning goals of the Liberal Studies Program

The learning goals of the Liberal Studies Program are for students to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to locate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information;
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and use numerical, written, oral and visual data;
  • Demonstrate the ability to read with comprehension, and to write and speak clearly, coherently, and effectively as well as to adapt modes of communication appropriate to an audience;
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyze arguments;
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize behaviors and define choices that affect lifelong well-being;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of
    - Past human experiences and ability to relate them to the present;
    - Different contemporary cultures and their interrelationships;
    - Issues involving social institutions, interpersonal and group dynamics, human development and behavior, and cultural diversity;
    - Scientific concepts and methods as well as contemporary issues in science and technology;
    - Cultural heritage through its expressions of wisdom, literature, and art and their roles in the process of self and social understanding.
  • Demonstrate an excitement for and love of learning.

Each proposal will consist of the following documents: 

  • AA-5 Form
  • Category-specific forms
  1. First-Year Seminar 
  2. Core: C1 Writing, C2 Mathematics, C3 Oral Communication, C4 Wellness, C5 Sciences
  3. Perspectives/Upper-Level Perspective: P1 Social Science, P3 History, P4 Humanities, P5 Fine & Performing Arts, P6 World Cultures 
  • Sample Syllabus 

An acceptable syllabus articulates the specific ways the course will achieve the learning goals outlined in the Liberal Studies Document and includes a declaration of relevant Liberal Studies Learning Goals as stated in the Liberal Studies Document; a tentative course calendar; and sample texts for the course with a brief justification for their inclusion. Examples of successful Liberal Studies course proposals can be found in the Liberal Studies curriculum folder on the shared drive (H:).

The Course Proposal Forms for a Core Course, Perspectives Course, and First-Year Seminar are now available through WCU Curriculog (Curriculum Management System). Please use the forms below for reference only.

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