Undergraduate Liberal Studies Advising Information
The liberal studies requirements must be met by completion of appropriate course work or by a combination of course work and credit by examination within the limits set below:
- Credit by Examination - A maximum of thirty semester hours of credit earned through examination may be applied to the liberal studies requirements;
- Course Work - An overall 2.0 average or better is required for course work used to satisfy the liberal studies requirements;
- To satsify the requirements of Florida State University for Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, students must also earn a grade of “C-” or better in each of the courses used to fulfill the liberal studies requirements in Area I (mathematics), Area II (English Coomposition), and four more liberal studies courses designated by the Undergraduate Policy Committee as requiring 3,000 words of writing (courses indicated with a “W”);
- Courses listed as “directed individual study” (DIS), “senior honors thesis,” or “senior seminar” cannot apply to the Liberal Studies Program;
- No course may be applied to more than one area of the program;
- No courses taken on a satsifactory/unsatsifactory (S/U) basis may apply to the liberal studies requirement;
- A student who transfers to Florida State University from a Florida public community/junior college or senior institution will be deemed to have satsified the University's liberal studies requirement if all general education requirements stipulated by the community/junior college or senior institution have been met and the student's transcript has been so marked; and
- A course approved for liberal studies credit at the time the course was completed will meet liberal studies requirements, even if the course was not listed as a liberal studies course in the General Bulletin under which the student entered.
Courses for the Liberal Studies Program shall be selected from the following five areas. Students should check departmental curriculum listings to determine prerequisites and course duplications prior to taking courses.
Note: Some students will be required to take preparatory course work prior to enrollment in English composition and/or mathematics courses. See 'Required Preparatory Courses' in the “Office of the University Registrar” chapter of this General Bulletin.”
- L Stands for Laboratory
- R Stands for “repeatable” and indicates that the course may be taken more than once
- W Denotes a course that meets Gordon Rule requirements (i.e., 6,000 words of writing)
- X Denotes a course that meets Cross-Cultural requirements
- Y Denotes a course that meets the Diversity in Western Culture requirements
- * Denotes a course that meets literature requirements.