History of the ILC

As part of the University's strategic planning effort, a committee of faculty was empaneled to review the LSU general education framework and develop a curricular model that educates students as effective and versatile problem solvers, global citizens, and leaders for a complex world. Between January and November 2017, the committee convened 19 meetings in which the committee began its work:

  • reviewing the current general education format as well as Board of Regents and SACSCOC requirements;
  • discussing how to shape a general education curriculum based on the academic principles and values of the LSU 2025 Strategic Plan; and
  • reviewing best practices as defined by national higher education groups and nationwide efforts of general education reform. 

Overview of Changes

  • LSU will be moving away from the reference to the general education curriculum (as described below) to what will be termed the LSU Integrative Learning Core (ILC).
  • All courses in the new ILC will incorporate "integrative learning" strategies.
  • All courses in the new ILC will align to at least one ILC Proficiency:
    • civic engagement
    • ethical reasoning
    • global learning
    • intercultural knowledge and competence
    • inquiry and analysis
    • oral communication
    • problem solving
    • quantitative literacy
    • written communication

The transition will occur through December 2021, with the new ILC to be fully implemented in August 2022. A summary of this process is available in the ILC Communication and Transition Plan.

General Education Curriculum (will be phased out by July 2022)

The general education of LSU students spans the four years of undergraduate study and is composed of two components. First, students are required to complete 39 hours that provide a breadth of knowledge across the following six major areas:

  1. English composition (six hours)
  2. Analytical reasoning (six hours)
  3. Arts (three hours)
  4. Humanities (nine hours)
  5. Natural sciences (nine hours)
  6. Social sciences (six hours)

The second component requires that courses used to satisfy the above-noted requirements also contribute to the student's competency in one or more of the university's learning outcomes:

  • An LSU graduate will demonstrate effective communication of complex knowledge and ideas through written, oral, visual, and technological media.
  • An LSU graduate will demonstrate an understanding of historical, cultural, and philosophical complexity which supports sophisticated discourse.
  • An LSU graduate will be able to conduct research-based inquiry, including articulation of complex disciplinary and interdisciplinary problems, effective evaluation and analysis of primary and secondary sources, and integration of relevant information into original disclosure.
  • An LSU graduate will be able to employ scientific and mathematical methods and technology in the resolution of laboratory and real-world problems.
  • An LSU graduate will demonstrate an understanding of the factors associated with global interdependence, including economic, political, psychological, cultural, and linguistic forces.
  • An LSU graduate will have the knowledge, skills, and disposition, which attest to a commitment and ability to recognize and to participate in processes that improve the civic life of communities.

Related Documents

ILC Communication and Transition Plan

ILC Presentation