The Luther College curriculum allows for the offering of courses under the heading of general studies. This heading is reserved for those courses whose primary content lies outside a departmental subject area, and there are normally no academic prerequisites for those courses. The courses bear full academic credit and advance students toward total number of credits for graduation; however, the courses do not fulfill requirements for major or minors. General studies courses are typically offered in the January Term; however, one course, Critical Reading and Learning Strategies, has been designated to be offered in the semester.
The slate of general studies courses offered in January Term are reviewed and approved by the faculty each year. These courses are nondepartmental special topic courses. Descriptions for these courses appear in the schedule of course offerings for the appropriate term.