Individualized Major (Liberal Studies) (BA)

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Departmental Admission Requirements

Eligibility criteria and information regarding admission into the major may be found at louisville.edu/liberalstudies/prospective-majors/admission-to-liberal-studies.

Requirements include the completion of 45 credit hours and a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average on all college work.  Proposals must be approved by the program director prior to admission into the major.

General Education Requirements

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All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
Foreign Language 112
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 2
Minimum Total Hours13

Program/Major Requirements

Liberal Studies Program
LBST 300Forms of Interdisciplinary Inquiry3
ENGL 309Inquiries in Writing 33
LBST 401Senior Capstone Project 1
Concentrations 4
First Concentration (approved A&S minor)18-24
Second Concentration 512-18
Third Concentration 612-18
Minimum Total Hours49-67
Supporting Courses
Minimum Electives10-28

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above with at least six credit hours in each of two of the three Divisions of the College of Arts & Sciences. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Senior Capstone Project
1

Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language

2

May be incorporated into other degree requirements

3

Fulfills one WR requirement

4

General Education courses may not be counted in the concentrations, except in cases where a General Education requirement course is a departmental requirement for completion of the minor.

5

Students identifying Middle Grades Education as their goal may substitute a state-approved “Teaching Field” for the department minor. If two teaching fields are selected, a third concentration is unnecessary. See program advisor for additional information.

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Students pursuing an Individualized Major may include course credits from University of Louisville units outside the College of Arts and Sciences.  These include the College of Business, College of Education and Human Development, J.B. Speed School of Engineering, Brandeis School of Law, School of Music, School of Nursing, School of Public Health and Information Sciences, and the Kent School of Social Work.  No more than 30 hours earned outside the College of Arts and Sciences may be applied to the Individualized Major.

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
 Hours14-15
Spring
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences US Diversity - SBD1 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
 Hours15-16
Year 2
Fall
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Concentration 1 Course (A&S Minor) 3
Foreign Language 3 4
 Hours16
Spring
LBST 300 Forms of Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3
ENGL 309 Inquiries in Writing 3
Concentration 1 Course (A&S Minor) 3
Concentration 2 Course 3
Concentration 3 Course 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
WR Course (300 level or above) 3
Concentration 1 Course (A&S Minor) 3
Concentration 1 Course (A&S Minor) 3
Concentration 2 Course 3
Concentration 3 Course 3
 Hours15
Spring
Concentration 1 Course (A&S Minor) 3
Concentration 2 Course 3
Concentration 3 Course 3
General Elective (300+) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Concentration 1 Course (A&S Minor) 3
Concentration 2 Course 3
Concentration 3 Course 3
General Elective (300+) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
LBST 401 Senior Capstone Project (CUE) 1
Concentration Course as needed or General Elective 3
Concentration Course as needed or General Elective 3
Concentration Course as needed or General Elective 3
Concentration Course as needed or General Elective 3
Concentration Course as needed or General Elective 3-1
 Hours16-14
 Minimum Total Hours121

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

To create either report:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
  3. Next, click on "View my Degree Audit" to run a Degree Audit report in the Undergraduate Advising area. 
  4. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."

Click here to run a Degree Audit report, or create a What-if report.

Flight Planner
Based on your major, the Flight Planner tool may be available for you to create a personalized Flight Plan.  The Flight Planner can be found in the ULink Student Center.  Consult with your advisor for assistance with the Flight Planner.