ACADEMICS

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum

    Degree Requirements

    As a Worcester State University undergraduate student, an education in the liberal arts and sciences enables you to understand your world, and it equips you to analyze, appreciate, and affect that world. Accordingly, WSU’s Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC) is designed to ensure breadth both in the range of subjects that you will encounter and in the range of approaches to that material.

    In addition, LASC emphasizes the fundamental abilities and attitudes that make it possible to benefit fully from a liberal education. While the specialization provided by a student's major field of study is essential to a college education, the breadth and integration provided by LASC supply an invaluable context for understanding the wider world.

    The Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum aims to achieve the following student learning outcomes once a student has completed the required LASC courses:

    • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication
    • Employ quantitative and qualitative reasoning
    • Apply skills in critical thinking
    • Apply skills in information literacy
    • Display an appreciation for the interrelations among global and cross-cultural communities
    • Develop a critical understanding of the U.S. experience
    • Understand the roles of science and technology in the modern world
    • Demonstrate and value personal creative expression
    • Understand how scholars in various disciplines approach problems and construct knowledge
    • Display socially responsible behavior and act as socially responsible agents in the world
    • Make connections across courses and disciplines
    • Develop as healthy individuals—physically, emotionally, socially, ethically, and intellectually
    Rules that You Need to Know

    • Courses in your (first) major field may not be used to fulfill LASC requirements other than WAC, DAC, QLAC, or CAP. However, courses "ancillary" to your major (required for your major, but offered by a department outside your major department) may be used.
    • Courses in a second major, or in a minor, or in a concentration, may be used to fulfill LASC requirements.
    • Courses outside any major or minor field or concentration may, of course, be used.
    • Courses that fulfill one of the "Across the Curriculum" requirements (WAC, DAC, QLAC) may also be used to fulfill requirements for the major field or for an additional LASC requirement if they are so listed.
    • If a course is listed under more than one LASC requirement (other than WAC, DAC, or QLAC), it may not be used to satisfy more than one such requirement at the same time. You can determine which of the several requirements such a course fulfills in your case by taking a different course satisfying one of the other requirements; the adjustment to your official record will be made automatically.
    • If you are a transfer student, you should consult with the LASC Office to determine which LASC requirements may have been met by courses taken at other institutions.