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LEP100: First Year Seminar and LEP400: Contemporary Issue Seminar are considered to be the “bookends” of the SMSU Liberal Education Program.  Together with the Minnesota Transfer curriculum and academic major, these courses encourage students to see connections across the various academic disciplines and develop a deeper, more unified understanding of their university education.


The purpose of First Year Seminar (FYS) is to introduce critical thinking and information literacy skills that will be continuously practiced and strengthened throughout our liberal education curriculum. FYS should also help students develop an understanding and appreciation of the liberal arts and encourage them to become involved in the campus community.

LEP100 Course listing


The purpose of Contemporary Issues Seminar (CIS) is the development of creative thinking, which can be defined as the ability to identify, formulate, and solve problems using interdisciplinary perspectives. Students taking this course will use concepts and methods from different fields of study as they develop solutions to contemporary, real world problems.

LEP400 Course listing

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