IU Southeast |
General Education  
IUS Home > General Education Home > Archive: 2005-2007 > Requirements
General Education Requirements for all IU Southeast Baccalaureate degrees


Effective for students who enter IU Southeast from Fall 2005 through Summer 2007

The purpose of this section is to describe the campus-wide general education program and its requirements. Requirements that are specific to each degree are set out in the section which describes that degree.

Campus-wide general education requirements include Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3 courses. Category 1 courses have a substantial emphasis on the general education goal(s) and learning outcomes they address. They are typically courses taught at the 100 or 200 level, with few if any prerequisites, and are suitable for students from any major. Category 1 courses will count toward any degree program. Note that in some programs, there are specific Category 1 courses that are highly recommended since those courses include content that is critical to successful completion of the program. Students should consult their academic advisors for information about these courses. Students should plan to take their Category 1 courses during the first 60 credit hours of their degree.

The purpose of Category 2 and 3 courses is to reinforce and further develop the knowledge and skills acquired in Category 1 courses. Many programs have specific Category 2 and 3 requirements - students should consult with their academic advisors for these requirements. Category 2 and 3 courses may be taught at any level at the university.

In many cases the requirements below state that students must choose courses from a list of approved courses. Students should consult their advisors or go to the Approved Courses link on this website for the current list of approved courses. Please note that many courses fulfill more than one goal. This is vital in planning your program to insure that you can complete your degree within the allotted number of courses/credit hours.

  1. Written Communication.

    Students are required to take the Category 1 course, ENG-W 131 Elementary Composition, and two additional courses, chosen from a list of approved courses. At least one of the additional courses must be from Category 2.

    Placement in English Composition: In order to enter ENG-W 131, a student must first take the Writing Placement Test administered by the Student Development Center. On the basis of the results, the student will be placed in the appropriate writing course. The test is given throughout the year and by appointment.

    Exemption: Students who desire an exemption with or without credit from ENG-W 131 should consult the Writing Program Coordinators. All requests for exemption and credit for this course should be made within the student's first 30 credit hours of course work at Indiana University Southeast.

  2. Oral Communication.

    Students are required to take the Category 1 course, SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking, and one Category 3 course, chosen from a list of approved courses.

  3. Quantitative Reasoning.

    Students are required to take one Category 1 course and one Category 3 course (or two Category 1 courses) from the list of approved courses. Note: degree programs vary significantly in the level of mathematical preparation they require for successful completion. Students should take this into consideration in choosing courses to meet this requirement.

    Placement: In order to enter a mathematics course, a student must first take a placement test, administered by the Student Development Center. On the basis of this score, the student will be placed in a course that best matches his or her knowledge of mathematics. The test is given throughout the year and by appointment.

    Exemption: A student may achieve exemption from the mathematics requirement by earning a sufficiently high score, as determined by the mathematics faculty, on the American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT), or by testing out of the appropriate class. For more information, see the Dean of Natural Sciences.

  4. Information Technology Fluency.

    Students are required to take one Category 2 course from the list of approved courses.

  5. Information Literacy.

    The Information Literacy outcomes are infused into the curriculum at three levels. They are introduced to all students in the required First Year Seminar class; they are further developed and elaborated in courses in the major (chosen by program faculty).

  6. Reasoning about ethical questions.

    Students are required to take one Category 1 course and one Category 3 course (or two Category 1 courses) from the list of approved courses in moral and ethical reasoning.

  7. Critical Thinking.

    Students are required to take three courses from the list of approved critical thinking courses; at least one of these courses must be designated as a Category 1 critical thinking course. Each of these three courses will also meet one or more of the other general education requirements, e.g., Central Ideas, Issues, and Methods of Inquiry.

  8. Diversity.

    Students are required to take one Category 1 course and one Category 3 course (or two Category 1 courses) from the list of approved courses in diversity.

  9. Central Ideas, Issues and Methods of Inquiry.

    1. Students are required to take one course in the Humanities and one course in the Arts from the list of approved courses in those disciplines.
    2. Students are required to take two courses from different disciplines from the list of approved courses in the Natural and Physical Sciences. One course must include a laboratory component.
    3. Students are required to take two courses from different disciplines from the list of approved courses in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.