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The starting point for the interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Sciences program is the so-called Foundational Year. During their first year, LAS students follow the same curriculum and establish a shared basis of skills and knowledge necessary for the LAS program. From year two onwards, students have a significant amount of freedom in designing their own study program. Depending on their choices with regard to the MajorElectives, and Study Abroad Opportunities, students' individual LAS trajectories will develop quite differently. 

Foundational Year

The Foundational Year has four parts. Parts 1-3 are situated in the Core, part 4 belongs to the Major:

  1. Academic Key Skills
  2. Perspectives on Knowledge
  3. Responsibility and Leadership
  4. Introductions to Majors  

Grafik Foundational Year

(Please note that the Foundational Year is slightly different for students who follow 
German language classes to achieve the A2 level.) 


1. Academic Key Skills

In the modules "Research and Presentation" and "Written Expression" students develop and sharpen their academic key skills, learn how to independently research and work with academic literature and sources as well as how to present a topic to a particular audience. The starting point for these skills courses are complex real-world topics such as

  • Technological Transformations of Body and Mind
  • Internationalism
  • Natural Resources and Sustainability
  • Culture and Community

Students also improve their academic English skills ("English for Academic Purposes") and – in the Summer Semester  learn how to use numerical data for both scientific and non-scientific work ("Dealing with Numerical Information").

2. Perspectives on Knowledge

As a basis for academic and scientific work across disciplines, first-year students take two modules that focus on theories and contexts of knowledge. Here, students are introduced to questions of objectivity, reality, and truth and analyze knowledge in its historical, social, political, and practical contexts. 

  • "Theory of Knowledge"
  • "Knowledge in Context" (Summer Semester)

3. Responsibility and Leadership I

Based on insights from psychology, sociology, and anthropology and using a combination of academic inquiry and experiential learning, students explore topics like identity, influence, group dynamics, and social change.

4. Introductions to Majors

In the Summer Semester of their Foundational Year, students are required to follow the Introduction to three of the four LAS Majors. The LAS program at UCF offers the following Majors:

  1. Earth and Environmental Sciences
  2. Life Sciences
  3. Governance
  4. Culture and History

The Introductions familiarize students with the breadth of academic fields and enable them to make a well-informed choice of their own Major.

Modules and Courses

The LAS curriculum as outlined above is organized in modules. You can find the full description of each module in the Module Handbook. The basic and advanced courses we offer and their match to the LAS courses are listed in the current Course Catalog

 Module Handbook 2015

Module Handbook
Stupo 2015
(PDF 30.05.2016

UCF Course Catalog

Course Catalog
Summer Semester
2017 (PDF)

For older Course Catalogs, please see the LAS "Statutes and Handbooks" page.