Liberal Education Program


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The purpose of a Liberal Education

A liberal education prepares individuals to lead productive and socially responsible lives in a diverse and rapidly changing world. The liberal education program at UMD helps students develop competencies that can be adapted for use in any occupation and by virtually any individual. Liberal education at UMD is not restricted to any particular part of the curriculum but is woven through each student’s course of study, including core requirements and requirements for the major. Liberally educated students are “Prepared, Informed, and Committed.”

Visit the current Liberal Education Program to begin planning. Courses are annually added and removed from the program. Students can elect to follow a particular year of the program that best suits their degree plan. See the Catalog Use policy for more information.

Effective fall 2016, successful completion of UMD Study Abroad Programs substitutes for the Global Perspectives category within the Liberal Education Program.

Are you a transfer student?  Planning to transfer to another U of MN campus?

If you have completed or are completing either an Associate of Arts (AA) degree or Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MTC), these programs satisfy the UMD Lib Ed Program. Each course within the AA or MTC is reviewed for potential transfer to UMD. Transferology is a resource to find how courses transfer to UMD. In addition, see the Transfer Credit site at UMD for more information. CLA annually updates Transfer Guides with top feeder schools. 

Contact the campus you plan to transfer to for additional information.