All students must fulfill the requirements of the university’s Liberal Studies program. This involves a minimum of 40 credits among Learning Skills, Knowledge Areas, and Liberal Studies electives. The number of credits may rise slightly depending on student
choices. Different colleges and sometimes departments within colleges may have specific variations as to how these Liberal Studies requirements are to be met.
Minimum of two “W” courses. All students must include among the total courses required for graduation a minimum of two designated writing-intensive courses. One of these courses must be in the student’s primary major; the other(s) may be in Liberal
studies, college or major requirements, or free electives. Such courses, which involve extensive use of writing as part of the learning experience, are identified with a “W” as part of the section number in each semester’s schedule of classes
listing on MyIUP.
The departments of Anthropology, Biology, English, Food and Nutrition,
Foreign Languages, History, Hospitality Management, Journalism and Public
Relations, Nursing and Allied Health (NURS majors only), Philosophy, Political
Science, Professional Studies in Education, Psychology, Religious Studies, and
Sociology currently have approved writing plans. Students majoring in programs in
these departments are not required to take writing-intensive courses.
For more information please see current department writing plans.
PDF Summary of Liberal Studies Requirements