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At Lander University, a liberal arts education that gives students a broad base of knowledge, an in depth understanding in their major and the ability to think deeply and critically is valued. Every course at Lander should help students think deeply and critically, and the General Education program focuses on that goal. It is important to emphasize that what is done at Lander University, a liberal arts institution since its founding, is not limited to, nor restricted by, the following general education competencies. The general education curriculum provides a means of acquiring life skills, a common core of intellectual experiences, and a liberal arts foundation appropriate for all students. These experiences should allow students to successfully complete any undergraduate program of study and to be intellectually prepared for the challenges of modern life.



The General Education program is designed to enable students to develop:

  • Comprehension of university-level content
  • Higher order thinking skills such as critical thinking, inquiry, and analysis.
  • The ability to communicate professionally.


General Education Curriculum

Below may be found the categories that address all four of the competencies and the particular courses offered within each category. Students should check the major program requirements for the specific general education courses that may be required in a particular category for each academic program. Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are not required to meet the General Education Requirements. Any transfer student with an A.A. or A.S. degree from a regionally-accredited institution will have met their general education requirements at Lander provided they earned a grade of "C" or better in each course applicable to the A.A. or A.S. degree. Students will still have to meet specific requirements of their major, prerequisite requirements for upper-level coursework, and any South Carolina requirement.

7 credit hours selected from 2 different disciplines; 1 laboratory science required

Laboratory Science (If 2 laboratory sciences are selected, they must be from 2 different disciplines)

Not all laboratory science courses taken elsewhere will fulfill Lander University’s laboratory science general education requirements. Courses must have a traditional laboratory component (cannot be online, for example) and must be of a broad, general focus rather than specific in nature.

Mathematical Reasoning and/or non-laboratory science courses

Courses in this category foster students’ awareness of the identities perspectives, and ways of life in contemporary societies located primarily outside of the United States. These courses are intended to nurture cultural sensitivity, deepen an appreciation for cultural difference, and cultivate a sense of place in an interconnected world.

The World Cultures requirement will be waived for international degree-seeking students as well as students who spend a semester on an approved study abroad program; each student must still earn the minimum number of hours required for a degree.