LUO General Education

The general education courses support the mission and philosophy of Liberty University. All associate and bachelor degree seeking students are required to complete the general education requirements.

The courses below have been approved to satisfy general education elective requirements through transfer or residency. Students should not take courses at another institution without first completing a Transient Request (RTTAC).

Associate programs require a minimum of 15 semester hours (or equivalent).  Baccalaureate programs require a minimum of 30 semester hours (or equivalent). These credit hours must include a minimum of one course from the following areas:

  1. Humanities/fine arts (HFA);
  2. Social/behavioral sciences (SBS);
  3. Natural science/mathematics (NSM).


Core Competency Requirements

Communication Elective:

  • BUSI 300 - Business Communications
  • COMS 101 - Speech Communication
  • ENGL 333 - Modern Grammar (HFA)
  • ENGL 350 - Advanced Expository Writing (HFA)
  • Any 100-400 level course from the following disciplines: JOUR, SCOM, and STCO


Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Math Elective

  • MATH 115 - Mathematics for Liberal Arts (NSM)
  • MATH 121 - College Algebra (NSM)
  • MATH 201 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics (NSM)
  • Any 100-400 level MATH course (must be higher than MATH 115)
  • MATH transfer credit (1XX, 2XX, 3XX, 4XX) may be considered through the course substitution process


Natural Science Elective

  • Any 100-400 level course from the following: BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, NASC, PHSC, and PHYS


Information Literacy

History Elective

  • Any 100-400 level course from the following disciplines: HIEU, HIUS, HIST and HIWD


Critical Thinking

Humanities Elective

  • ANTH 203 - World Religions (SBS)
  • ARTS 105 - Art Appreciation (HFA)
  • CSTU 101 - Western Culture (HFA)
  • ENGL 201 - American Literature I (HFA)
  • ENGL 202 - American Literature II (HFA)
  • ENGL 215 - English Literature I (HFA)
  • ENGL 216 - English Literature II (HFA)
  • ENGL 221 - World Literature I (HFA)
  • ENGL 222 - World Literature II (HFA)
  • MUSC 103 - Music Appreciation (HFA)
  • THEA 101 - Theatre Appreciation (HFA)
  • Any 100-400 level course from the following disciplines: CSTU and PHIL
  • Any 100-400 level course from the following disciplines: CARA, CESL, CGRM, CFRE, CHIN, CHND, CSMA, CSPA, FREN, GREK, GRMN, HBRW, LANG, RUSS, SPAN

Christian Life and Thought

Non-Religion Majors

  • APOL 104 - Contemporary Worldviews
  • BIBL 104 - Survey of Biblical Literature (BIBL 105 and 110 will fulfill BIBL 104)
  • THEO 104 - Introduction to Christian Thought (THEO 201 and 202 will fulfill THEO 104)


Religion Majors

  • BIBL 105 - Old Testament Survey
  • BIBL 110 - New Testament Survey
  • EVAN 101 - Evangelism and Christian Life
  • THEO 201 - Theology Survey I
  • THEO 202 - Theology Survey II

+CRST 290 - History of Life (NSM) is a graduation requirement for Religion Majors

Skills and Knowledge

General Education Elective

  • ANTH 203 - World Religions (SBS)
  • APOL 104 - Contemporary Worldviews
  • ARTS 105- Art Appreciation (HFA)
  • BUSI 201 – Intermediate Business Computer Applications
  • CSIS 100 – Introduction to Information Sciences and Systems
  • ENGL 201- American Literature I (HFA)
  • ENGL 202- American Literature II (HFA)
  • ENGL 215- English Literature I (HFA)
  • ENGL 216- English Literature II (HFA)
  • ENGL 221- World Literature I (HFA)
  • ENGL 222- World Literature II (HFA)
  • HLTH 216- Personal Health
  • HLTH 252- Drugs in Society (SBS)
  • MATH 115 or higher
  • MUSC 103- Music Appreciation (HFA)
  • THEA 101- Theatre Appreciation (HFA)
  • Any 100-400 level course from the following disciplines: ASLI, BIOL, CESL, CGRM, CHEM, CSMA, CSPA, CSTU, ECON, FREN, GEOG, GLST, GOVT, GREK, GRMN, HBRW, HIEU, HIST,  HIUS, HIWD, LANG, NASC, PHIL, PHSC, PHYS, PSYC, SOCI, SPAN


Restrictions may apply to some majors.


Social Science Elective

  • HLTH 216 - Personal Health
  • HLTH 252 - Drugs in Society (SBS)
  • Any 100-400 level course from the following disciplines: ANTH, ECON, GEOG, GLST, GOVT, HIEU, HIUS, HIST, HIWD, PSYC, and SOCI


General Education Guidelines


The general education component is tailored to the individual degree program by drawing from the University’s approved general education course options. The institution requires in each undergraduate degree program the successful completion of a general education component at the collegiate level that:


  • Is a substantial component of each undergraduate degree;
  • Ensures breadth of knowledge;  
  • Is based on a coherent rationale.

The courses do not narrowly focus on those skills, techniques, and procedures specific to a particular occupation or profession.


Rules/Principles for Approval of General Education Courses

  1. General Education courses must be general.
  2. General Education courses must be open to students of all majors, without substantial prerequisite requirements.
  3. Courses must not be reducible to a narrow or focused skill (e.g. guitar lessons cannot substitute for Music Appreciation).
  4. Courses must contribute to preparing students for a breadth of degree programs/careers.
  5. General Education courses contribute to the University’s plan to ensure that students satisfy certain Core Competencies.
  6. In the event that a 300- or 400- level course is required to fulfill a general education course, the course must not be part of any major/program requirements (directed electives are acceptable).


General Education Requirements for Out of State Students

In addition to Liberty University’s general education requirements, online students may need to fulfill additional requirements established by their home states.