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Liberal Studies Requirements

Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog.  Select Academics, followed by Undergraduate, then Honors Program Alternative. 

First Year Program

Chicago Quarter

Focal Point


Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy

Sophomore Year

Multiculturalism in the US

Junior Year

Experiential Learning

  • Required

Senior Year


Learning Domains

Arts and Literature (AL)

  • 2 Courses Required

Philosophical Inquiry (PI)

  • 2 Courses Required

Scientific Inquiry (SI)

  • 3 Courses Required
    [1 SWK Course, 1 Lab Course, and 1 Additional Course]

Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry  (SCBI)

  • 2 Courses Required

Religious Dimensions (RD)

  • 2 Courses Required

Understanding the Past (UP)

  • 2 Courses Required

* Students must earn a C- or better in this course.


Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.

In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.

Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy

Readiness for LSP 120 is determined by the math placement test taken online after admission. Students may need to take developmental coursework prior to LSP 120. The LSP 120 requirement may be waived by credit already earned for advanced math coursework or by passing a dedicated proficiency exam. Students who complete both LSP 120 and LSP 121 take one less Learning Domain course. Students may not apply the course reduction to any Domain where only one course is required, and if taken within the SI Domain, the reduction cannot be applied to the SI Lab or SWK requirement.

LSP Learning Domain Courses Offered Specifically Through CMN*

Arts and Literature
CMNS 230 Performance: Communication, Creativity and the Body
CMNS 367 Performance for Social Change
MCS 207 History of Cinema I
MCS 208 History of Cinema II
MCS 209 History of Cinema III
MCS 251 Spaces of Cinema in Rome
MCS 273 Storytelling and Style in Cinema

Philosophical Inquiry
MCS 343 Media Ethics

Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry
CMN 101 Introduction to Human Communication
CMN 102 Intro to Mass Communication
CMN 104 Public Speaking
CMNS 211 Interpersonal Communication
CMNS 310 Discourse Analysis
CMNS 339 Performance of Gender and Sexuality
CMNS 361 Gender and Communication
JOUR 361 Journalism Law and Ethics
MCS 231 Introduction to Documentary Studies
MCS 271 Media and Cultural Studies
MCS 350 Topics in Global Cinema
MCS 355 Sex in the Box: U.S. Television, Sex, and Sexuality

Understanding the Past
‪CMNS 328 History of Rhetoric and Communication
JOUR 343 Journalism and the American Experience
MCS 342 History of Television & Radio

Experiential Learning
CMN 394 Advanced Communication Internship
CMN 398 Study Abroad
CMNS 205 Communication, Culture and Community
* Communication students cannot take Learning Domain classes from their major (i.e. Intercultural students can't use INTC classes as Learning Domains)