At Lander University, a liberal arts education that gives students a broad base of knowledge, an in depth understanding in their major and the ability to think deeply and critically is valued.

CIS classroomEvery course at Lander should help students think deeply and critically, and the General Education program focuses on that goal. It is important to emphasize that what we do at Lander University, a liberal arts institution since its founding, is not limited to, nor restricted by, the following general education competencies. The general education curriculum provides a means of acquiring life skills, a common core of intellectual experiences, and a liberal arts foundation appropriate for all students. These experiences should allow students to successfully complete any undergraduate program of study and to be intellectually prepared for the challenges of modern life.

 

Competencies

The General Education program is designed to enable students to develop:

  1. University-level knowledge and comprehension
  2. The ability to apply information
  3. The ability to analyze information
  4. The ability to communicate effectively and appropriately

 

General Education Curriculum

Below may be found the categories that address all four of the competencies and the particular courses offered within each category. Students should check the major program requirements for the specific general education courses that may be required in a particular category for each academic program. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are not required to meet the General Education Requirements. Any transfer student with an A.A. or A.S. degree from a regionally-accredited institution will have met their general education requirements at Lander provided they earned a grade of "C" or better in each course applicable to the A.A. or A.S. degree. Students will still have to meet specific requirements of their major, prerequisite requirements for upper-level coursework, and any South Carolina requirement.

Core Academic Skills

These courses and experience lay the foundation for a coherent liberal arts education. 13 credit hours are required.

Behavioral and Social Perspectives
Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning

7 credit hours selected from 2 different disciplines; 1 laboratory science required

Laboratory Science (If 2 laboratory sciences are selected, they must be from 2 different disciplines)

Not all laboratory science courses taken elsewhere will fulfill Lander University’s laboratory science general education requirements. Courses must have a traditional laboratory component (cannot be online, for example) and must be of a broad, general focus rather than specific in nature.

Mathematical Reasoning and/or non-laboratory science courses

Founding Documents of the United States

3 credit hours are required.

World Cultures

Courses in this category foster students’ awareness of the identities perspectives, and ways of life in contemporary societies located primarily outside of the United States. These courses are intended to nurture cultural sensitivity, deepen an appreciation for cultural difference, and cultivate a sense of place in an
interconnected world.

The World Cultures requirement will be waived for international degree-seeking students as well as students who spend a semester on an approved study abroad program; each student must still earn the minimum number of hours required for a degree.

General Education Electives

10 credit hours selected from categories Humanities & Fine Arts, Behavioral & Social Perspectives, Scientific & Mathematical Reasoning or Foreign Language or those listed below

With these courses, students can explore their personal interests or gain necessary background information in order to be successful in their major or minor.