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Core Curriculum

Core CurriculumThe Core Curriculum is a set of common courses in the liberal arts and sciences required of all LIU Post undergraduate students. Transfer Students should see the Transfer Policy below. Designed by faculty of LIU Post, the Core Curriculum equips students with broad-based knowledge to prepare them to succeed in their academic studies and future careers. Each course emphasizes the development of the student’s critical thinking, oral, visual and written communication skills.

Through this high-quality curriculum students will have the opportunity to reach their intellectual potential, to contribute to society in meaningful ways, and to face the challenges of an increasingly complex world.

The Core Curriculum ranges from 39 to 45 credits, depending on the student’s major. Courses are distributed over 10 core knowledge areas.

The Core Curriculum will:

  • Foster the continued development of critical and analytical skills
  • Increase the understanding and appreciation of areas of human knowledge
  • Develop an understanding of diverse modes of inquiry
  • Promote understanding of ethical and moral issues
  • Increase the ability to examine problems and issues from multiple perspectives
  • Develop the capacity to conduct independent research
  • Foster a capacity for lifelong learning

Most students complete the Core Curriculum requirements during the first two years as preparation for more advanced study within their major during the junior and senior years. The courses are divided into the following major areas:

  • Competency Requirements
  • Laboratory Sciences
  • History and Philosophy
  • Literature or Foreign Language
  • Arts
  • Economics or Political Science
  • Anthropology, Geography, Psychology or Sociology
  • Mathematics

Students select from a variety of courses in these areas. The following guidelines should be used in selecting courses:

  1. Unless indicated otherwise, the courses should be in one discipline in each area (e.g., two courses in Anthropology; not one course in Anthropology and one course in Geography).
  2. Courses in the Core Curriculum may not be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.
  3. Students should see their academic counselors to develop a plan of study.
  4. Transfer Students only: Previous college coursework may substitute for core courses with academic counselor’s approval.
  5. Students in the Honors Program may take the Honors Program equivalent of these courses to satisfy their Core Curriculum requirements.


1. Students transfer to LIU Post as "core complete" if they have received AA or AS degrees from institutions with which we have articulation agreements, or other accredited institutions granting Liberal Arts degrees. Students with degrees from technical institutions would not qualify as core complete

2. No student who transfers to LIU Post without an approved AA or AS degree may graduate without a minimum of:

a. Math - 3 credits
b. Science - 4 credits
c. Fine Arts - 3 credits
d. Humanities*; - 9 credits
e. Social Sciences** - 6 credits
f. English Composition (ENG 1 and 2) - 6 credits

*Humanities courses include:

  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • World Literature

**Social Science courses include:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

3. Students who transfer to LIU Post with less than 24 completed college credits must satisfy standard (freshman) core curriculum requirements.