Quaternity Option

The Liberal Studies Quaternity option is a student-centered option that aims at exploring four different, but interconnected concepts of knowledge—thinking, feeling, intuition, and sensation—which are derived from the complex interaction of mythos (story, fable, imagination) and logos (truth, fact, reality). Students in the Quaternity option are expected to approach and to interrogate all of their courses through this epistemological lens, and to demonstrate that they have done so through writing assignments in the Liberal Studies seminars and other course assignments.

In addition to the integrative seminars, university core, and the liberal studies requirements, students in Quaternity require a foreign language (8 cr.) and an additional 4 courses (12 cr.) in each area of the quaternity:  arts, humanities, natural science or Mathematics, and social sciences.

Freshman YearCredits
FallSpring
LS 101US - Ways of Knowing3  
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3  
Modern Language4  
University Core3  
Electives2  
Modern Language  4
University Core  6
Electives  5
Year Total: 15 15
Sophomore YearCredits
FallSpring
LS 301 - Integrative Seminar1  
Integrative Studies6  
University Core6  
Electives3  
Integrative Studies  3
Quaternity Electives*  6
University Core  3
Electives  2
Year Total: 16 14
Junior YearCredits
FallSpring
LS 301 - Integrative Seminar1  
Integrative Studies3  
Quaternity Electives*9  
Electives3  
Quaternity Electives*  12
Electives  2
Year Total: 16 14
Senior YearCredits
FallSpring
LS 301 - Integrative Seminar1  
Quaternity Elective*12  
Electives2  
LS 401 - Senior Project  4
Quaternity Elective*  9
Electives  2
Year Total: 15 15
Total Program Credits: 120
*

Up to 6 credits required in a minor or in a second degree program may be applied toward the 12 credit elective requirement in arts, humanities, natural science or mathematics, or social sciences.

Per MSU requirements for the degree, a minimum of 42 credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. In addition to LS 401, at least 15 credits must be in courses that apply tot he Liberal Studies degree and are numbered 300 and above.