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The mission of Bemidji State University's Liberal Education curriculum is to create an environment where students of diverse backgrounds and abilities can acquire the knowledge, the skills, the values, and the confidence necessary for effective and responsible participation in our changing global society.
MINNESOTA TRANSFER CURRICULUM
Completion of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum fulfills the liberal education requirement for any Minnesota public institution. Students transferring with a completed Minnesota Transfer Curriculum will satisfy Bemidji State University's Liberal Education requirement. Completion of individual competencies within the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum will not satisfy Liberal Education. However, satisfied individual competencies will be evaluated and transferred on a course-by-course basis.
Students transferring from BSU to another Minnesota public institution of higher education will have fulfilled the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum if they have completed required courses in the following ten categories: Communication, Critical Thinking, Natural Science, Mathematical/Logical Reasoning, History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, Human Diversity, Global Perspective, Ethical and Civic Responsibility, and People and the Environment.
BSU LIBERAL EDUCATION GUIDELINES
BSU LIBERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM
The Liberal Education curriculum at BSU, in accordance with the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, encompasses a broad education foundation that integrates a body of knowledge and skills with study of contemporary concerns--all essential to meeting individuals' social, personal, and career challenges in the 21st century. The competencies people need to participate successfully in this complex and changing world emphasize our common membership in the human community; personal responsibility for intellectual, lifelong learning; and an awareness that we live in a diverse world. They include diverse ways of knowing--that is, the factual content, the theories and methods, and the creative modes of a broad spectrum of disciplines and interdisciplinary fields--as well as emphasis on the basic skills of discovery, integration, application and communication.
GOALS ACROSS THE LIBERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM
ASSOCIATE IN ARTS (A.A.) IN LIBERAL EDUCATION
Bemidji State University offers a curriculum (64 credits minimum) that leads to a two-year Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Liberal Education. The 64 credits include all Liberal Education requirements plus electives. With proper advising, this program may be used as the basis for continuing on in a four-year bachelor's degree program.
For transfer students, 22 credits and a minimum of one semester must be completed at Bemidji State University.
Category 1: Communication (2 courses, 6 credits)
Category 2: Critical Thinking (requires completion of the rest of the Liberal Education program)
Category 3: Natural Science (2 courses, 7 or more credits)
Category 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning (1 course, 3 or more credits)
Category 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 courses, 6 or more credits)
Category 6: Humanities and the Arts (2 courses, 5 or more credits)
Category 7: Human Diversity (1 course, 2 or more credits)
Category 8: Global Perspective (1 course, 3 or more credits)
Category 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility (1 course, 2 or more credits)
Category 10: People and the Environment (1 course, 3 credits)
Category 11: Performance and Participation (1 or more credits)