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Liberal Studies

All students must fulfill the requirements of the university’s core curriculum, also known as the Liberal Studies Program.

This curriculum involves a range of 43 to 51 credits, divided among Learning Skills and Knowledge Areas. The number of semester hours may vary slightly, depending on student choices and programs of study. Different colleges, and sometimes departments within colleges, may have variations as to how these Liberal Studies requirements are to be met.

The Liberal Studies program is designed to meet the goals of the university and to provide a comprehensive curriculum that will provide all IUP students the opportunity to meet the Expected Undergraduate Student Learning Outcomes. This is the objective of the Liberal Studies Program as a whole, but not the responsibility of individual courses. No one course or program is expected to meet all of the Student Learning Outcomes.

Resources for Students and Advisors

Liberal Studies categories, semester course offerings, requirements, FAQs, and Petition for an Exception to a Liberal Studies Requirement

Expected Undergraduate Student Learning OutcomesDocument icon
Learning Outcomes: Informed, Empowered and Responsible Learners for the Liberal Studies Curriculum (EUSLOs) - Criteria for EUSLOs in each Liberal Studies category
Writing Across the Curriculum (Writing Intensive) Revision
Guidelines, forms, and examples for revisions of Type I, II, and III writing proposals
Resources for the Curriculum
Includes criteria for the various categories, syllabi of record collections, a sample revision/updated syllabus, comparison frameworks between the old and new curriculum, and other forms and checklists.
Liberal Studies Committee
Background and mission of the Liberal Studies Committee
Instructions for Completing the Petition for an Exception to a Liberal Studies Requirement
Flash presentation of how to generate a Petition for an Exception to a Liberal Studies Requirement form.
  • Liberal Studies Program
  • Stabley Library, Room 103
    429 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-5715
  • Fax: 724-357-2281
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.