Liberal Arts

II. Liberal Arts (26 Credits)

Each of the courses included in the Liberal Arts program extends the development of Essential Skills while examining the social sciences, natural sciences, and the arts and humanities. Courses in the Liberal Arts program may also satisfy major and/or minor requirements.

AREA I: Social Sciences (9 credits) Courses in Area I focus on the following goals:

  • Students use social science methods and reasoning.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of how historical, political, economic, cultural or social contexts shape the human environment.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of how individuals relate to the social world, past and present.

Nine credits are required from the courses listed below. Students must choose from three disciplines.

ANTH 107  Introduction to General Anthropology (GT-SS3)*

3 cr

BUAD 101  Business of Life

3 cr

ECON 201  Macroeconomics (GT-SS1)*

3 cr

ENVS 100  Introduction to Environment and Sustainability (GT-SS2)*

3 cr

GEOG 110  World Regional Geography (GT-SS2)*

3 cr

GEOG 120  Introduction to Human Geography (GT-SS2)*

3 cr

GEOG 250  Geography of North America (GT-SS2)*

3 cr

HIST 101  World History to 1500 (GT-HI1)*

3 cr

HIST 102  World History Since 1500 (GT-HI1)*

3 cr

HIST 126  U.S. History to 1865 (GT-HI1)*

3 cr

HIST 127  U.S. History Since 1865 (GT-HI1)*

3 cr

HIST 250  History of the Middle East (GT-HI1)*                                              

3 cr

HIST 254  A History of Africa (GT-HI1)*

3 cr

HIST 260  Introduction to Latin American History (GT-HI1)*

3 cr

POLS 117  Introduction to Political Ideas (GT-SS1)*

3 cr

POLS 180  Introduction to American Politics (GT-SS1)*

3 cr

POLS 255  Introduction to Comparative Politics (GT-SS1)*

3 cr

POLS 260  Introduction to World Politics (GT-SS1)*

3 cr

PSY 100  General Psychology (GT-SS3)*

3 cr

SOC 101  Introduction to Sociology

3 cr

SOC 168  Social Problems

3 cr

*Colorado State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course.

AREA II: Natural Sciences:  (8 credits) Courses in Area II focus on the following goals:

  • Students demonstrate knowledge of scientific viewpoints.
  • Students use the scientific method.
  • Students evaluate the impacts of science and technology on society.
  • Students demonstrate scientific literacy.

Eight credits are required from the courses listed below:

ANTH 218  Physical Anthropology (with laboratory)

4 cr

BIOL 120  Studies in Biology (GT-SC2)*

3 cr

BIOL 130  Environmental Biology (GT-SC2)*

3 cr

BIOL 135  Environmental Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)*

1 cr

BIOL 150  Biological Principles (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)*

4 cr

BIOL 151  Diversity and Patterns of Life (with laboratory)

4 cr

BIOL 200  Environmental and Public Health (GT-SC2)*

3 cr

CHEM 100  Contemporary Chemistry (GT-SC2)*

3 cr

CHEM 101  Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry (GT-SC2)*

3 cr

CHEM 111  General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)*

3 cr

CHEM 112  General Chemistry Laboratory I (GT-SC1)*

1 cr

CHEM 113  General Chemistry II

3 cr

CHEM 114  General Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr

GEOL 101  Physical Geology (GT-SC2)*

3 cr

GEOL 105  Physical Geology Laboratory (GT-SC1)*

1 cr

PHYS 110  Introductory Astronomy3 cr

PHYS 115  Physics of Music

3 cr

PHYS 120  Meteorology (GT-SC2)*

3 cr

PHYS 125  Energy and the Environment (GT-SC2)*

3 cr

PHYS 140  Introductory Physics (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)*

4 cr

PHYS 170  Principles of Physics I (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)*

4 cr

PHYS 171  Principles of Physics II (with laboratory)  (GT-SC1)* 

4 cr

PHYS 200  General Physics I (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)*

4 cr

PHYS 201  General Physics II (with laboratory) (GT-SC1)*

4 cr

SCI 110 Habitable Planet (with laboratory)

4 cr

SCI 120 Living Planet (with laboratory)

4 cr

SCI 210  Dynamic Planet (with laboratory)

4 cr

*Colorado State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course.                                                                                                                               

AREA III:  Arts and Humanities (9 credits). Courses in Area III focus on the following goals:

  • Students enhance their appreciation of the modes of creative expression.
  • Students ask fundamental questions of value and meaning.
  • Students survey a variety of ways humans have perceived their world.
  • Students  explore  the  ways  in  which  the  human  environment  is  shaped  by  social, cultural, linguistic, religious, philosophical, and historical circumstances.
  • Students gain increased awareness of the moral and ethical dimensions of the human condition.

Nine credits are required from the courses listed below. Students must choose from three disciplines.

ART 105  Introduction to Art (GT-AH1)*

3 cr

COM 119 Introduction to Film

3 cr

COM 121 Introduction to Theatre (GT-AH1)*

3 cr

COM 151  Introduction  to  Mass  Media (GT-AH1)*

3 cr

COM 216  Dramatic Literature and Script Analysis

3 cr

ENG 150  Introduction to Literature

3 cr

ENG 205  Introduction to Creative Writing

3 cr

ENG 230  Environmental Literature (GT-AH2)*

3 cr

ENG 232 Borderlands: Race, Class, and Gender

3 cr

ENG 237 Women and Literature

3 cr

ENG 238  Literary Culture of the American West

3 cr

ENG 248 Film Arts: Film as Literature/Literature as Film

3 cr

ENG 250 Critical Approaches to Literature

3 cr

ENG 254 Popular Genre Fiction

3 cr

ENG 255 Ancient World Literature (GT-AH2)*

3 cr

ENG 270 Folklore

3 cr

MUS 100  Fundamentals of Music (GT-AH1)*

3 cr

MUS 135  Introduction to Algorithmic Music

3 cr

MUS 140  Introduction to Music (GT-AH1)*

3 cr

MUS 240  Perspectives in Music

3 cr

MUS 245  History of Rock and Roll

3 cr

PHIL 101  Introduction to Philosophy (GT-AH3)*

3 cr

*Colorado State Guaranteed General Education Transfer Course.