Aug 15, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-19 
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-19 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Education Curriculum (LEC)

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All students who graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences will be enrolled in the LEC.

Liberal Education Curriculum Requirements

All students at Western Michigan University must satisfy the University General Education requirements. The Liberal Education Curriculum (LEC) expands these requirements as follows:

1. World Language Requirement:

Two semesters (6-8 hours) of the same foreign language or American Sign Language, or proficiency by exam.

2. Critical Thinking Requirement:

Students must complete a course approved for the General Education Proficiency 4c, Critical Thinking. A list of these courses can be found in the University General Education listings elsewhere in this catalog.

College Degree Requirements

1. The Liberal Education Curriculum.  Students who enter in the 2005 and subsequent catalogs and who will graduate through the College of Arts and Sciences must complete the Liberal Education Curriculum (LEC) described here. Students who entered under prior catalogs are encouraged to complete the new LEC program.

2. Majors and Minors.  Students who will graduate through the College of Arts and Sciences must have a stand-alone major (i.e., not a coordinate major) in the college and a minor in Arts and Sciences or any other college in the university. Students with two majors are not required to complete a minor.

To be admitted to any major in the College of Arts and Sciences, students should apply to the department or program as soon as possible and prior to completion of 35 semester hours. Transfer students with more than 35 hours should apply before matriculation. Students who are not yet admitted to a major may not be permitted to enroll in major core courses. Some departments have restrictive policies for admission to certain majors, as described in the departmental sections of this catalog, which may make it difficult to change curricula during the junior or senior year.

3. The Credit/No Credit option cannot be used in courses that fulfill the baccalaureate writing, critical thinking and foreign language requirements of the Liberal Education Curriculum. Use of the Credit/No Credit option for courses in major and minor programs must follow the University policies.


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