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General Education Requirements at Indiana University Bloomington


The Indiana University Bloomington General Education Program consists of two parts, each of which is viewed by the campus faculty as equally important in the overall undergraduate educational experience. This two-part structure recognizes that some experiences are better completed universally by all undergraduates and other components are better defined within the context of each degree program. The faculty in each degree program are responsible for developing the most appropriate ways of incorporating these two components into each degree program. The Common Ground must be incorporated into every baccalaureate degree program. The Shared Goals are recommended for inclusion in every baccalaureate degree program.

The Common Ground

All undergraduate students who matriculate as degree-seeking students at IU Bloomington in or after first summer session 2011 will be required to complete the following General Education Common Ground requirements prior to graduation.

1. Foundations: English Composition

Students must successfully complete, with a grade of C– or higher, one of the following courses:

CMLT-C 110 Writing the World (3 cr.)
ENG-W 131  Elementary Composition (3 cr.)
ENG-W 170  Introduction to Argumentative Writing: Projects in Reading and Writing (3 cr.— this topic only)

English Composition course characteristics and learning outcomes are available here.

2. Foundations: Mathematical Modeling

Students must successfully complete one of the following courses (or the MATH-D 116–D 117 sequence):

MATH-A 118   Finite Mathematics for the Social and Biological Sciences (3 cr.)
MATH-D 116 and D 117   Introduction to Finite Mathematics I and II (2 cr. + 2 cr.)1
MATH-J 113 Introduction to Calculus with Applications (3 cr.)
MATH-M 118   Finite Mathematics (3 cr.)
MATH-V 118   Finite Mathematics with Applications: Finite Mathematics for the Social and Biological Sciences (3 cr.)
MATH-V 118   Finite Mathematics with Applications: Finite and Consumer Math (3 cr.)
MATH-S 118   Honors Finite Mathematics (3 cr.)
MATH-M 119   Brief Survey of Calculus I (3 cr.)
MATH-M 211   Calculus I (4 cr.)
MATH-M 213   Accelerated Calculus (4 cr.)

1 Note: MATH-D 116–D 117 is a two-course sequence. Credit is not given for D 116 until D 116 is completed with a minimum grade of C– and D 117 is completed with a passing grade.

Mathematical Modeling course characteristics and learning outcomes are available here.

3. Breadth of Inquiry: Arts & Humanities

Students must successfully complete at least two courses, for a total of at least 6 cr., from the list of
GenEd-approved A&H courses.

Arts & Humanities course characteristics and learning outcomes are available here.

4. Breadth of Inquiry: Social & Historical Studies

Students must successfully complete at least two courses, for a total of at least 6 cr., from the list of
GenEd-approved S&H courses.

Social & Historical Studies course characteristics and learning outcomes are available here.

5. Breadth of Inquiry: Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Students must successfully complete one of the following two options:

At least two courses, for a total of at least 5 cr., from the list of GenEd-approved N&M courses. At least one of these courses must be a natural science course (as indicated by an asterisk* in the course listing).

OR

One of the following 5 cr. GenEd-approved N&M courses with a substantial lab component:

ANAT-A 215   Basic Human Anatomy
BIOL-L 100    Humans and the Biological World
CHEM-C 103  Introduction to Chemical Principles
CHEM-S 117  Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Honors
PHSL-P 215   Basic Human Physiology
PHYS-P 201   General Physics I
PHYS-P 202   General Physics II

Note: A course used to satisfy the Mathematical Modeling Foundations requirement will not also count toward the Breadth of Inquiry Natural and Mathematical Sciences requirement.

Natural & Mathematical Sciences course characteristics and learning outcomes are available here.

6. World Languages & Cultures

Students must successfully complete one of the following three options:

Language Study

Students must successfully complete the study of a single GenEd-approved world language through the second semester of the second-year level of college-level course work. International students whose native language is not English may fulfill the foreign language requirement through demonstrated proficiency in their native languages, in accordance with the practice and policies of the College of Arts and Sciences.

At the discretion of departments offering the relevant world language courses, and with permission of the appropriate College of Arts and Sciences academic dean, exemptions for approved courses may be earned by satisfactory performance on departmentally approved examinations.

For a list of GenEd-approved World Language courses, click here.

OR

World Culture Courses

Students must successfully complete at least two courses, for a total of at least 6 cr., from the list of GenEd-approved World Culture courses.

OR

International Experience

To satisfy the International Experience option, students must complete an approved study abroad program or approved study abroad internship of at least six credit hours and at least six weeks abroad in duration (or a combination of programs totaling 6 credit hours; if a combination of programs is chosen, the international experiences must, at a minimum, be three weeks abroad in duration, and the student must earn at least 3 credit hours from the program for it to count as half of the 6-credit-hour requirement.) The language of instruction of these programs may be English or another world language, and the site of instruction may be any country except the United States. The following options are available, although certain prerequisites and conditions apply to some programs. In all cases, the programs will have been pre-approved for credit by the Overseas Study Advisory Council (1–3 below) or the Office of International Admissions (4 below):

1. IU-administered programs
2. IU co-sponsored programs
3. IU autonomous programs
4. Non–IU programs that have been approved in advance by the Office of International Admissions via approval of the Credit Transfer Agreement Form.

For information about opportunities for studying abroad, see the Web site of the IU Overseas Study Program.

World Languages and Cultures course characteristics and learning outcomes are available here.

 

Additional Considerations

A minimum of 6 credit hours of the IU Bloomington General Education Common Ground curriculum must be completed in residence at Indiana University Bloomington.

Unless otherwise explicitly stated, a grade of D– or higher is sufficient for successful completion of a course in the General Education Common Ground curriculum.

In order to apply toward the General Education Common Ground requirements, a course must be GenEd-approved for the semester in which the course is taken.

For Breadth of Inquiry and World Languages and Cultures, at the discretion of departments, and with permission of the appropriate academic dean (i.e., the academic dean for the course), exemptions for approved courses may be earned by satisfactory performance on departmentally approved examinations.

Equivalencies for English Composition and foreign language courses are established by the College of Arts and Sciences and will apply to the General Education requirements in accordance with the policies published in the current College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin.

Courses in which a student earns a grade of “P” (i.e., Pass) will not count toward fulfillment of Common Ground requirements.

Repeatable courses that are GenEd-approved may apply toward fulfillment of Common Ground requirements more than once only if the course is repeated with a different topic.

Independent study or correspondence courses do not apply toward fulfillment of IU Bloomington General Education Common Ground requirements.

Students who earn the Indiana Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC) milestone at another IU campus or at another Indiana state public institution of higher education prior to matriculation at Indiana University Bloomington will not be subject to IU Bloomington GenEd Common Ground requirements.

For information on transfer credit and the IU Bloomington GenEd Common Ground requirements, click here.

 

Shared Goals

Each degree program should be designed in such a way that students are provided opportunities to experience these additional aspects of an undergraduate education:
Intensive Writing
Information Fluency
Diversity in the United States
Enriching Educational Experiences (service learning, internship, capstone project, student teaching, independent research/creative activity program, an approved study abroad experience, honors thesis, show, recital, performance)