Curriculum for Liberal Education

This site will provide you with information about the Curriculum for Liberal Education (CLE), a vital component of undergraduate education at Virginia Tech, and required for every undergraduate student.

The CLE comprises 25 - 30% of an undergraduate's credits toward graduation, and offers approximately 300 courses in more than 60 departments, across 7 required CLE Areas of Study. Designed to empower students with a broad base of knowledge and transferable skills through exposure to multiple disciplines and ways of knowing, the CLE seeks to create the conditions for growing creative and intellectual engagement; civic, personal, and social responsibility; and lifelong learning.

The CLE is designed to foster and develop:

  • intellectual curiosity and critical thinking
  • the capacity for collaboration and creative problem solving
  • the ability to synthesize and transfer knowledge
  • intercultural knowledge and understanding
  • strong analytic, communication, quantitative, and information literacy skills
  • ethical reasoning and action

 


"Knowledge is power. Rather, knowledge is happiness. To have knowledge, deep broad knowledge, is to know truth from false and lofty things from low. To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked men's progress, is to feel the heartthrob of humanity through the centuries."

- Helen Keller

Call for Nominations: 2014 Pathways Faculty Scholars

As Virginia Tech moves forward with a campus-wide initiative to re-invent its general education curriculum, faculty leadership will be essential. Nominations are being sought for up to six Pathways Faculty Scholars who will contribute to the development and implementation of the Pathways to General Education curriculum. Pathways Scholars will hold a two-year term with possible renewal for a third year. Nominees should hold a T&R or instructional faculty position.

Pathways Scholar Nomination 2014

Update on the plan to revise Virginia Tech's general education curriculum

The information below provides an overview of the current draft curriculum, Pathways to General Education as well as the planning stages that are underway.

Please direct any questions and suggestions to Jill Sible (siblej@vt.edu; 231-0372) or any member on the curricular planning committee.

 

Handouts for April 21, 2014 General Education Open House

 

Rosters for the Faculty Curricular Planning Teams working on the new general education outcomes

 

March 2014 Presentation with updated general education outcomes and timeline for revision process

 

DRAFT general education learning outcomes as presented by faculty curricular planning teams at March 21 outcomes workshop