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 integrate 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  9
Electives  2
Year Total: 15 15
Sophomore YearCredits
FallSpring
Integrative Studies - Humanities3  
Integrative Studies - Natural Sciences3  
Integrative Studies - Social Sciences3  
University Core6  
Integrative Studies - Fine Arts  3
Quaternity - Humanities  3
Quaternity - Natural Science  3
University Core  6
Year Total: 15 15
Junior YearCredits
FallSpring
LS 301 - Integrative Seminar1  
Quaternity - Fine Arts3  
Quaternity - Humanities3  
Quaternity - Natural Sciences3  
Quaternity - Social Sciences6  
Quaternity - Fine Arts  6
Quaternity - Humanities  3
Quaternity - Natural Sciences  3
Quaternity - Social Sciences  3
Year Total: 16 15
Senior YearCredits
FallSpring
LS 301 - Integrative Seminar1  
Quaternity - Fine Arts3  
Quaternity - Humanities3  
Quaternity - Natural Sciences3  
Quaternity - Social Sciences3  
2  
LS 301 - Integrative Seminar  1
LS 401 - Senior Project  4
Electives  9
Year Total: 15 14
Total Program Credits: 120
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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.