An education to live by

We believe that a liberal arts education develops habits of mind necessary for global citizenship and lifelong learning. Our student-centered liberal arts curriculum fosters critical inquiry, aesthetic appreciation, quantitative reasoning, effective communication, and an understanding of different historical and cultural perspectives. The liberal arts curriculum provides an interdisciplinary foundation for learning and empowers students for success in their professional, civic, and personal lives. 

Student centered education

The Liberal Arts Core supports Fort Lewis College’s mission of student-centered education. It is designed to complement the specialized education that each major provides. Exploration of different areas of knowledge and ways of understanding the world combined with the development of competencies in communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning is the primary focus of the lower-division courses in general education.

The curricular components of the Liberal Arts Core at Fort Lewis College are:

  • Communications (two courses)
  • Mathematics (one course)
  • Arts and Humanities, History, and Social and Behavioral Sciences (minimum of 15 credits)
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (two courses, one with an associated laboratory)


Students have the option to earn a Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Concentration while fulfilling their Liberal Arts Core Requirements. The LAC Concentrations are designed to help students make the connection between disciplines and provide an even more meaningful general education experience for students. Linking LAC courses together thematically helps students to see connections between course requirements in different disciplines. In addition, combining courses into a concentration program helps students see how the skills they learn in these courses are transferable to their professional and personal lives after college. The concentrations students complete are listed on their diplomas, so they provide an extra credential that students can speak to when applying for jobs, internships, and graduate schools.

Students can declare a LAC Concentration online, and Concentrations are available on U Achieve for students and advisors to view.

Three options

Currently, there are three LAC Concentrations offered to students:

  • Science Communication
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Analytical Thinking


Civic Engagement
​​​​​​Students will participate in activities of personal and public concern that are meaningful to the student and socially beneficial to the community.  In the process, they will develop the combination of knowledge, skills, values, and motivation to make and reflect on that difference. 

Creative Thinking
Students will be able to combine or synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original and imaginative ways that involve processes of thinking, reacting, and working characterized by a high degree of innovation, divergent thinking, and risk taking.

Critical Thinking
Students will be able to analyze information and ideas from multiple perspectives and articulate an argument, opinion, or conclusion based on this analysis. 

Diversity & Global Learning
Students will be able to critically analyze and engage complex, interdependent structures and constructs (such as natural, physical, social, cultural, economic, or political) and their implications for individuals, groups, communities, or cultures. Students will also develop awareness of diversity, learn the importance of inclusivity and seek to understand how their actions affect both local and global communities. 

Information Literacy
Students will be able to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use that information for the task or problem at hand.

Inquiry & Analysis
Students will be able to engage in inquiry as a systematic process of exploring issues/objects/works through the collection and analysis of evidence that results in informed conclusions/judgements.

Oral Presentation
Students will be able to deliver well-prepared and purposeful presentations that are grounded in credible information and organized effectively.

Problem Solving
Students will be able to design, evaluate, and implement a strategy to answer a question or achieve a goal.

Quantitative Literacy
Students will be able to use quantifiable information and mathematical analysis to make connections and draw conclusions. Students will understand and create arguments supported by quantitative evidence and clearly communicate those arguments in a variety of formats.

Written Communication
Students will demonstrate competency in written communication with the ability to write and express ideas across a variety of genres and styles.

Contact us


Pete McCormick

Liberal Arts Core Committee Co-Chairs

Caroline Kulesza

Candace Nadon