University education is about more than just classes. Students involved in activities outside of the classroom have higher retention rates and more positive educational experiences. Learning Beyond the Classroom encourages students to obtain hands-on experience and learn about professionalism; it also provides a way to apply classroom knowledge.
Satisfy two of the following six groups by completing one EMU-approved experience or course in two different groups (e.g., Group 2: Complete WGST 230L2 and Group 3: attend 8 cultural or academic events).
Unsure if you have received credit for participating in an LBC approved experience? Please see Request LBC Credit Confirmation.
Note for Veterans Upon receipt of an official DD214 (honorable discharge); EMU will recognize this as “LBC Waived.” The student’s record will reflect this status and will be advised accordingly. The General Education program will also make exceptions for students who are currently active in the military service.
Note for COVID Impacted Semesters - Learning to learn during a pandemic, online and remotely, while simultaneously managing life, work, and so much more, is itself an impressive learning feat and represents a good deal of learning and skill-building; for this reason, a student who is registered during at least one COVID impacted semester (Winter 20, Summer 20, Fall 20, or Winter 21) will be considered as having completed one GELB category.
Group 1 Self and Well-Being
Select one option from the following to fulfill Group 1
Option A - Participate in Coached Sports at EMU
Option B - Participate in Other Related Campus Activities
College GPS: (G)oals + (P)lanning = (S)uccess
Option C - Complete a credit-bearing course approved for LBC Group 1
Click here for a list of “L1” courses
Group 2 Community Service, Citizenship, and Leadership
Select one option from the following to fulfill Group 2
Option A - Participate in intensive leadership development experience sponsored by campus departments
Option B - Serve on executive board of a recognized student organization (for one year)
Option C - Volunteer for community service with a recognized student organization
(minimum 20 hours of volunteer service)
Option D - Work as a student employee in a campus leadership role such as:
Option E - Participate in Other Related Campus Activities
Option F - Complete a credit-bearing course approved for LBC Group 2
Click here for a list of “L2” courses. This includes all CSIE courses.
Group 3 Cultural and Academic Activities and Events
Select one option from the following to fulfill Group 3
Option A - Attend eight cultural or academic events
These events must be held on campus or via a university sponsored excursion off campus, AND must be sponsored by an academic department or college, Campus Life, or Diversity and Community Involvement. Check the General Education website, Campus Calendar, and/or resources for finding LBC events to identify LBC-approved events. The following are examples of the types of events which typically qualify: art exhibitions; lectures; colloquia; symposia; music and dance performances; theatrical performances.
[Note: Attending eight events only satisfies one LBC experience in this group]
Option B - Participate in a cultural, arts or entertainment production
These events must be held on campus or via a university sponsored excursion off campus, AND must be sponsored by an academic department or college, Campus Life, or Diversity and Community Involvement. Events sponsored solely by a student organization are specifically excluded from consideration. The following are some of the opportunities that are typically available:
- Visual Arts/Exhibitor at EMU Art Exhibits
- Vocal or Ensemble Musician in an EMU Production
- Dancer in an EMU Production
- Forensics Team
- Theatrical Performer (Mainstage Productions, CloseUp Theatre Troupe, Six Figures Playback Theatre)
Option C - Complete a credit-bearing course approved for LBC Group 3
Click here for a list of “L3” courses
Option D - Complete a credit-bearing U.S Travel course approved for LBC Group 3
Click here for a list of U.S. Travel courses
Group 4 Career and Professional Development
Select one option from the following to fulfill Group 4
Option A - Participate in a non-credit bearing exploration experience
Option B - Significant involvement with a professional, discipline-based organization
Significant involvement with a professional (regional, national, or international) discipline-based organization. To find participation opportunities, check with your academic major department. Professional discipline-based organizations are those maintained outside the boundaries of EMU; e.g. American Psychological Association (APA), or National Communication Association (NCA). This involvement must be documented work for the organization as a volunteer or officer.
Option C - Complete a credit-bearing course approved for LBC Group 4
Click here for a list of “L4” courses
Group 5 International and Multicultural Experience
Select one option from the following to fulfill Group 5
Option A - Study Abroad sponsored by EMU
Option B - Participate in planning and implementing a major international or multicultural event at EMU
These events must be held on campus, sponsored by an academic department or college, Dining, or Campus Life, and you must have significant, documented involvement in the programming, implementing, budgeting, contracting, marketing, facilities and technical operations, or management of the event. The following are examples of the types of events that typically qualify:
- Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month
- Black History Month
- Hispanic Heritage Month
- International Week
- Martin Luther King (MLK) Week
- Model United Nations
- Native American History Month
- Pride Month
Option C - Currently Vacant
Option D - Complete a World Language Course approved for LBC Group 5
Option E - Complete a credit-bearing course approved for LBC Group 5
Click here for a list of “L5” courses
Group 6 Undergraduate Research
Select one option from the following to fulfill Group 6
Option A - Engage in original scholarship or creative activity leading to the dissemination of work
- Presentation of original student work at a state, regional, national, or international conference.
- Present at the Undergraduate Symposium.
- Publication of original student work in a juried professional journal, website, book, etc. Must be sponsored by an EMU faculty member.
Option B - Participate in an approved research design experience
- Mathematical Contest in Modeling
- Product Research and Development Enterprise
Option C - Complete a credit-bearing course approved for LBC Group 6
Click here for a list of “L6” courses
For a complete list of General Education requirements, click here .