Liberal Arts and Science (LAS), Level, and Breadth Designations - Review and criteria
Liberal Arts and Science (LAS), level, and breadth designations help L&S undergraduate students find courses to meet their graduation requirements. This document explains these requirements and the process by which L&S and non-L&S departments can add, change, or remove LAS, level or breadth designations.
Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) requirement: Undergraduate L&S students must complete at least 108 degree credits in LAS courses. The “C” designation is used to help L&S students identify courses that count toward this requirement.
Level requirements: The designation meets an L&S degree requirement designed to encourage depth of learning to compliment the “breadth” of learning across disciplines with which we often associate a liberal arts degree. Undergraduate L&S students must complete at least 60 credits in Intermediate or Advanced level work. Courses are designated with an “E” (Elementary), “I” (Intermediate), and “A” (Advanced) to help L&S students identify courses that count towards that requirement.
Breadth requirements. L&S undergraduate students must take breadth requirements that exceed campus General Education requirements. A BABS (also known as BABS07) worksheet outlines L&S requirements for both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts for students matriculating 2007 or later.
Course Criteria for LAS, breadth, and level designations
Liberal Arts and Science (LAS, or "c") designation: Please see the following document: Criteria for Liberal Arts and Science Courses
Level designation. Departments usually offer undergraduate courses at a variety of levels, to progress students through introductory learning in the discipline through to mastery expected of graduates. The level designation on a course should reflect the discipline-based depth of learning in a course, and how much the learning builds on other knowledge, skills, and experiences (usually via introductory coursework). Departments usually designate course level in the context of the programs they offer - thus, there is a 'disciplinary context' for the level that presumes that a certain amount of familiarity is attained before reaching Intermediate and Advance levels. For this reason, Intermediate and Advanced courses have prerequisites.
All LAS courses must have a level designation: Elementary, Intermediate, or Advanced. Elementary courses have predominantly introductory material, are often open to all students (including first year students), and are numbered 100-299. Intermediate level (typically numbered 300-499) and Advanced level (typically numbered 500-699) courses should have sensible prerequisites to reflect a gradual mastery of material.
Breadth designation: Please see the following document for information about criteria for breadth designations: What is the most appropriate breadth designation for a course my department is proposing?
Request to add, change, or remove LAS, level and breadth designations.
The College of Letters and Science curriculum committee determines Liberal Arts and Science (LAS), level and breadth designations. Most L&S courses are automatically assigned LAS designation, and must request level and breadth designations through the process outlined below. Academic units outside L&S may request that the course proposal be considered for LAS designation, level and breadth through the process below.
- Submit a proposal through the Online Course Proposal System. Edits can be made in the "Designations" tab.
- For units outside L&S, include a justification as to how this course contributes to the Liberal Arts and Science. The justification should refer to the Criteria for Liberal Arts and Science Courses, and can be included in the proposal form, or uploaded as an attached cover letter in Online Course Proposal system.
- Breadth designation: If breadth designation is also sought, it should be indicated on the proposal (also in the L&S designations tab). The justification section should explain how the course contributes to general principles to understanding the world through the Arts, Humanities, or the Social, Natural, Physical, or Biological Sciences. For more information, please see: What is the most appropriate breadth designation for a course my department is proposing?
- Include a syllabus that includes weekly lecture topics and subjects covered by them, readings, and method of student evaluation
- Submitting the proposal will automatically forward it to the L&S Curriculum Committee for review.
If your questions are not found in this document, please contact the L&S Curriculum Committee chair or Kimbrin Cornelius (kimbrin.cornelius<at>wisc.edu) for more information.