General Education at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Beginning in fall 2013, all beginning first-year students at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) will complete 30 hours of general education course work (the IUPUI General Education Core) prior to graduation with either an associate degree or a baccalaureate degree. This course work is aligned with the Indiana Statewide Transferable General Education Core competency domains and once completed, will subsequently transfer to another Indiana state educational institution. The IUPUI General Education Core is also based on the IUPUI Principles of Undergraduate Learning, the essential ingredients of an undergraduate educational experience at IUPUI. These principles form a conceptual framework for all students' general education but necessarily permeate the curriculum in the major field of study as well. More specific expectations for IUPUI's graduates are determined by the faculty in a student's major field of study. Together, these expectations speak to what graduates of IUPUI will know and what they will be able to do upon completion of their degree.
It is important to note that the IUPUI General Education Core does not add to, subtract from, or change any requirements for a specific major. Students need to work closely with an academic advisor to determine what relationship, if any, exists between requirements for general education and requirements for a specific major.
Each undergraduate student is subject to the degree requirements that were in effect at the time of matriculation as a degree-seeking student at IUPUI. Effective fall 2013, this requirement will include the IUPUI General Education Core (see below). A list of degree maps for the entering class of fall 2013 is being developed, and students are also encouraged to talk with their academic advisors as they plan fall 2013 and spring 2014 classes to get them started on the road to graduation. The 2014–2016 Campus Bulletin will be available in March 2014.
IUPUI General Education Courses
The IUPUI General Education Core provides a strong foundation for a rich and intellectually challenging undergraduate experience. Over 180 courses have been rigorously reviewed and approved to the IUPUI General Education Core by faculty members from all academic units, providing IUPUI students with a diverse array of options for fulfilling their general education requirements. Course work is divided into the broad domains of Foundational Intellectual Skills (Core Communication, Analytical Reasoning, and Cultural Understanding) and course work that promotes Intellectual Breadth and Adaptiveness (Life and Physical Sciences; and Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences).
Foundational Intellectual Skills
Students must take 15 credit hours related to Foundational Intellectual Skills. This includes 6 credits related to Core Communication skills, 6 credits in Analytical Reasoning, and 3 credits related to Cultural Understanding.
Intellectual Breadth and Adaptiveness
Courses pertaining to Intellectual Breadth and Adaptiveness
help to foster the "ways of knowing" that are characteristic of particular fields ranging from science and the social sciences through humanities and arts. This includes 6 credits in the Life and Physical Sciences, and 9 credits distributed across the Arts/Humanities and the Social Sciences.