Summary of Liberal Studies Requirements

  • 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.

    Learning Skills: 9–10 cr

    • English Composition I and II 6cr
    • Mathematics 3–4 cr

    Knowledge Areas: 31–32 cr

    Humanities: 9 cr

    • One course in history, one in literature, and one in philosophy or religious studies

    Fine Arts: 3 cr

    • One course from list

    Natural Science: Choose one option, 7–8 cr

    • Option I (8 credits): Natural Science Laboratory Courses
      Any two courses with laboratories (4 cr each) from the Natural Science Laboratory course list
    • Option II (7 credits): One laboratory course plus one non-laboratory course
      • One course with a laboratory (4 cr) from the Natural Science Laboratory course list and one course (3 cr) from the Natural Science non-laboratory course list

    Social Science: 9 cr

    • Three courses from list, 9 cr

    Dimensions of Wellness: 3 cr

    • One course from list

    Liberal Studies Electives: 3–6 cr

    Global and Multicultural Awareness: 3 cr

    • One course from list. Most of these courses will at the same time fulfill other requirements set by Liberal Studies or in some cases by a college or department. 

    Writing Across the Curriculum

    • 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, History, and Food and Nutrition currently have approved writing plans. Students majoring in programs in these departments are not required to take writing-intensive course requirements.

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