Liberal Arts Foundation

The Liberal Arts Foundation courses introduce students to knowledge and modes of inquiry across a wide range of disciplines and subjects. The course offerings in the liberal arts provide students with the opportunity to acquire a broad and solid foundation for their specialized study and professional preparation.

Students choose two courses from two different departments in each domain. (Exceptions may be made for specially designed interdisciplinary Connections courses.) The full list of courses meeting the Liberal Arts Foundation requirement is available online and from the Registrar’s office.

The Liberal Arts Foundation requirements for some bachelor of science majors may vary. Students must consult with the major department to determine the options available. The following bachelor of science majors are approved for modifications in the Liberal Arts Foundation or Modern Language Core Skill requirements: biology, clinical laboratory science, elementary education (LAF option only), health education (teaching licensure only, LAF option only), mathematics, physical education (teaching licensure only, LAF option only), and physics.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Two courses from two different departments: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics. One must be a lab science course

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Two courses from two different departments: Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology


Two courses from two different departments or programs: American Indian Studies, Communication Studies, English, History, Modern Languages (literature and culture courses), Philosophy, Religion, Women’s Studies.  Note: A Religion course may not fulfill both a Humanities LAF and a Search for Meaning requirement.

Fine Arts

Two courses or approved activities from two different departments: Art, Music, Theater Arts