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How to Take Domain Courses Strategically

Take your Liberal Studies Program courses systematically and deliberately, and you can build a Themed Grouping out of them!

What is a Themed Grouping?

A Themed Grouping serves a similar function as a declared minor, or any other secondary area of specialization, and thus can strengthen or compliment your chosen field of study. This means Themed Groupings can be indicated on cover letters and mentioned during interviews as a unique way to market yourself when looking for a job, or applying to graduate school or professional programs. (Themed Groupings are not, however, indicated on your transcript.)

For example, if you are a Business student in management and considering a career abroad, or if you are in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences majoring in Sociology or English, you can enhance and compliment main area of study by taking your required LSP courses in such a way as to create a Themed Grouping out of them, perhaps in: 1) Asian Cultures and Histories, 2) Sexualities and Social Relationships, or 3) Diplomacy, War, and Security. ​

Exactly how does one build a Themed Grouping?

1. First, carefully review your major area requirements, as you will still need to meet the minimum number of major and LSP courses, especially as they apply to the six Learning Domains: 1) Arts and Literature, 2) Philosophical Inquiry, 3) Religious Dimensions, 4) Self, Society, and the Modern World, 5) Scientific Inquiry, and 6) Understanding the Past.

2. Review and select one of the possible Themed Groupings from the master list, and carefully examine all associated courses, including the Seminar on Multiculturalism offerings. These courses are all approved for LSP credit and thus simply represent an organized subset of classes you would normally be taking anyhow to meet your LSP requirements.

3. Combine as many of the identified courses within the Themed Grouping as you can, while still fulfilling your LSP requirements. Ideally, you should have at least five courses in a Themed Grouping, but the more the better. (Some students may even link other LSP course requirements, such as their Focal Point Seminar or Junior-Year Experiential Learning class, to strengthen a Themed Grouping.)

4. If during registration you don’t see the courses you want to take to round out a Themed Grouping, check in CampusConnect to see when those courses are typically scheduled and thus likely to be offered next. Then simply plan accordingly.​

Can I create my own Themed Grouping?

Absolutely! If you see a new cluster of courses not already identified into a meaningful group, you are most definitely encouraged to create one. Talk to your advisor regarding how best to go about doing this. ​

Are Themed Groupings required?

There is NO requirement to create an Themed Grouping out of your LSP course requirements. Ultimately, it is up to you to discover the various ways LSP courses can be taken to enhance educational experience. Selecting LSP courses simply because they "fit your schedule," or approaching these courses with the attitude of simply "getting them out of the way," will only shortchange that opportunity. ​

Is there anything else I need to know about Themed Groupings?

Creating a Themed Grouping does NOT add to the overall number of LSP courses you are required to take. View the list of Themed Grouping Suggestions​

Learn more about Themed Grouping suggestions​