III. Themes of Liberal Education for Private & Public Life (12 hours)

The UNC Charlotte faculty created a set of Liberal Studies (LBST) courses dedicated exclusively to General Education.  These courses introduce students to fundamental themes and develop core competencies.  All students take four LBST courses.  All of these courses include the consideration of gender, race, and ethnic diversity, as appropriate for understanding the individual themes of these courses.  Despite the fact that topics vary, and courses are offered from various departments, LBST courses may not be repeated for credit.

Arts and Society (3 credit hours)


One course in the Arts and Society is required.  Art is indispensable to the structure and fabric of all societies, and each course examines this fundamental connection from the perspective of a specific art form.

Select one of the following:

Liberal Studies Courses (9 credit hours)


Three 2000-level LBST courses chosen from the four categories below are required.  Individual departments MAY choose to allow students to count one of their LBST courses towards the requirements for the major.  Students should consult the Academic Plan of Study for the major, the degree audit, and an advisor about whether double counting is allowed and to which particular courses the department’s policy applies.

A) LBST 2101 - Western Cultural and Historical Awareness (3) 

Each section of this course examines a major aspect of Western culture through the process of analyzing the present in terms of the past.

B) LBST 2102 - Global and Intercultural Connections (3) 

All liberally educated people need to have the ability to understand the world from the point of view of more than one culture and be able to analyze issues from a global perspective.

C) LBST 221X - Ethical and Cultural Critique (Select ONE)

Each of these courses deals with an important contemporary issue, and each one gives significant attention to ethical analysis and cultural critique in the liberal arts.

Select one of the following:

D) LBST 2301 - Critical Thinking and Communication (3) 

Students must take this course as one of their three LBST courses at the 2000 level.