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Liberal Learning

Liberal Learning program requirements are detailed on The College’s Liberal Learning website (

Liberal Learning requirements include completion of FSP (First Seminar Program) course, Information Literacy, Civic Responsibilities, Second Language, Writing and Broad Areas of Inquiry requirements.

Each Broad Area of Inquiry is sub-divided into two domains:

Arts and Humanities:  Literary, Visual and Performing Arts and World Views and Ways of Knowing

Social Sciences and HistoryBehavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives and Social Change in Historical Perspective

Natural Science and Quantitative ReasoningNatural Science and Quantitative Reasoning

Students at The College have three options for completing Liberal Learning requirements.

The Dual Major Option (formerly known as Option A) requires students to complete at least two courses from each broad sector and one course each in quantitative reasoning and natural science with lab). Education majors are dual majors. Some education majors must take specific Liberal Learning courses that are required by state licensure requirements. Education majors should consult with their academic advisor regarding Liberal Learning course selection.

Option C involves completing an 8 course set of distribution requirements:  one course in each domain and two additional courses from different broad sectors. FSP sections do not fulfill any of the six domains, and therefore, do not fulfill any breadth requirement.

Liberal Learning requirements for engineering majors?

Most biomedical, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering; engineering science; and open options engineering students at TCNJ complete Liberal Learning requirements through Option C. Beyond major requirements, engineering students must choose at most 4 courses, as shown below.

Domains Course Requirements
Arts & Humanities TST 161/Creative Design* or Literary, Visual and Performing Arts course (depending on major)

IDS 252/Society, Ethics & Technology

World Views and Ways of Knowing or Literary, Visual and Performing Arts or Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives or Social Change in Historical Perspectives course
Social Science & History ECO 101/Microeconomics** or Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives course (depending on major)

Social Change in Historical Perspectives  course (any course with HIS prefix)

Math & Science 3 courses satisfied with major requirements

* CIV and ME students can select any Literary Visual or Performing Arts course. All other majors must complete TST 161.

** BME students can select any Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives courIn addition to the above, engineering students complete the following Intellectual & Scholarly Growth requirements: FSP 1xx/First Seminar, WRI 102, Academic Writing, IDS 102/Information Literacy Tutorial, SRP 099/Summer Reading Program, IDS 103/Community Engaged Learning.

In addition, students must satisfy the following civic responsibilitiesRace & EthnicityGender and Global. The responsibilities can be fulfilled either through a sustained experience, or with any of the above mentioned electives, the FSP or additional coursework. Civil Responsibilities are Liberal Learning course attributes, not stand-alone courses. Note that some Liberal Learning courses carry may have at most two civic responsibilities as its attributes. Some Liberal Learning courses do not have civic responsibility attributes.

FSP course numbers denote civic responsibility attributes as follows:

FSP 161: First Seminar – No Civic Responsibility attribute

FSP 162: First Seminar – Race & Ethnicity attribute

FSP 163: First Seminar – Gender attribute

FSP 164: First Seminar – Global attribute


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