Liberal Studies Petitions Process


The College of Engineering recommends students enroll in courses identified as fulfilling the Liberal Studies categories as listed in the current University Courses of Study. However, students may petition additional courses not identified and not already denied by the College of Engineering on the Denied Petitions List. The criteria for such a petition are outlined below:

The course must:

1. be from outside the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S), the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS, including the Dyson School), the College of Human Ecology, and the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP), unless:
  • course is a Foreign Language (not a literature course). These petitions will automatically be approved;
  • the course is from the above colleges but only if under 3 credits, such as some courses under the prefixes MUSIC and PMA.

2. not already have been approved or denied by the College of Engineering. Courses on the Approved Petitions List are already approved and you do not need to complete a petition for these courses again. Courses on the Denied Petitions List have been denied for all students and you cannot petition them again.

If a student feels strongly that a course should be designated as Liberal Studies and it isn't already, the student should contact the instructor of the course directly and request that the instructor submit the course to their home college for consideration as a Liberal Studies designation. If approved by the home college, the College of Engineering will honor the designation.