General Education and Graduation Requirements

Achieving the Breadth of Knowledge in your Liberal Arts Education

As stated in the University Catalog:

A St. Lawrence education prepares students to think critically and creatively, to examine and express their ideas and values, to understand those whose beliefs and circumstances may be different from their own, and to pursue an understanding of the natural world and human experience. A St. Lawrence education encourages and develops within students the virtues important for lifelong learning, such as inquisitiveness, perceptiveness, intellectual honesty and humility, fair consideration of evidence, respectful treatment of those with whom one is in dialog, and a commitment to the free exchange of ideas. These virtues promote within students a personal ethic of considered values and the capacity to fully realize their abilities as people and local, national, and global citizens. As part of a St. Lawrence education, all students should develop knowledge of the importance of cultural, natural, political, and socio-economic systems in shaping one another. 

St. Lawrence students are expected to take a breadth of courses in a variety of different fields. Rather than mandate students to take a particular course/subject, the curriculum is organized around categories that help our students achieve the goals listed above. For a list of current course offerings that fulfill each of the general education requirements, click on the links below. For more ifnormation (such as course descriptions and pre-requisite courses), check the University Catalog or the Course Catalog in APR 2 (requires log-in). 

First Year Program

The Human Experience & the Natural World (one in each of the following categories, 4 different departments, no more than one in major)

Literacies (one of each)

Human Diversity: Culture and Communication (in one of the following ways):

Integrated Learning (one of the following):

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