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.



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.

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

Core Academic Skills

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

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.

Global Issues and Cultures

Classes in the Global Issues and Cultures area are courses of at least three credit hours at the 300- or 400-level in the General Education categories with content that enhances a student’s cultural literacy by focusing substantively on issues of global significance and/or cultures centered outside of the United States. Students are required to take at least one of these courses prior to graduation.