Undergraduate Program Regulations

General Education

The following General Education curriculum is required of each student who is granted a baccalaureate degree at the Indiana University Kokomo campus.

Section 1. Preamble

In 2012 the Indiana Legislature enacted Senate Enrolled Act 182, thereby establishing the requirements for a Statewide Transfer General Education Core of at least 30 credit hours. The statute states that the Core must be based upon a set of competencies in areas agreed upon by the state educational institutions.

Total credit hours will typically number 30. Each course must be completed with a passing grade, and students must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the General Education curriculum. If a student takes more than the required number of courses within a section, the course(s) with the highest grade(s) will be used in the GPA calculation. With the exception of courses approved as satisfying learning outcomes for either Diversity or Ethically Responsible Citizenship, no course can be used twice to satisfy multiple requirements. Students should consult with their advisor for more information.

Each student is subject to the General Education requirements in place when they were admitted to IU Kokomo; therefore, the requirements listed below would apply to students first enrolling in Fall 2019 and beyond.

Section 2. Learning Outcomes

This version of the learning outcomes for the new IU Kokomo General Education curriculum is based on the statewide general education learning outcomes, but includes some adaptions and additions that reflect the culture of the IU Kokomo campus.

The Foundational Intellectual Skills category includes:

  • Written Communication
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Quantitative Reasoning

The second category, Ways of Knowing, comprises learning outcomes in broad, disciplinary areas, and includes:

  • Scientific Ways of Knowing
  • Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing
  • Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing

Learning outcomes that relate to historical ways of knowing appear in both the Humanistic and Artistic, and the Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing.

IU Kokomo has also developed two additional categories of General Education learning outcomes, Diversity and Ethically Responsible Citizenship.

Below is the listing of the eight General Education sections and their specific learning outcomes.


1.   Written Communication

Upon completion of the General Education curriculum, students will be able to:

1.1.   Produce texts that use appropriate formats, genre conventions, and documentation styles while controlling tone, syntax, grammar, and spelling.

1.2.   Demonstrate an understanding of writing as a social and ethical process that includes multiple drafts, collaboration, and reflection.

1.3.   Read critically, summarize, apply, analyze, and synthesize information and concepts in written and visual texts as the basis for developing original ideas and claims.

1.4.   Demonstrate an understanding of writing assignments as a series of tasks including identifying and evaluating useful and reliable outside sources.

1.5.   Develop, assert and support a focused thesis with appropriate reasoning and adequate evidence.

1.6.   Compose texts that exhibit appropriate rhetorical choices, which include attention to audience, purpose, context, genre, and convention.

1.7.   Demonstrate proficiency in reading, evaluating, analyzing, and integrating information collected from a variety of formats and media.    

2.   Speaking and Listening

Upon completion of the General Education curriculum, students will be able to:

2.1.   Use appropriate organization or logical sequencing to deliver an oral message.

2.2.   Adapt an oral message for diverse audiences, contexts, and communication channels.

2.3.   Identify and demonstrate appropriate oral and nonverbal communication practices.

2.4.   Advance an oral argument using logical reasoning.

2.5.   Provide credible and relevant evidence to support an oral argument.

2.6.   Demonstrate the ethical responsibilities of sending and receiving oral messages.

2.7.   Summarize or paraphrase an oral message to demonstrate comprehension.

3.  Quantitative Reasoning1

Upon completion of the General Education curriculum, students will be able to:

3.1.   Interpret information that has been presented in mathematical form (e.g. with functions, equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words, geometric figures).

3.2.   Represent information/data in mathematical form as appropriate (e.g. with functions, equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words, geometric figures).

3.3.   Demonstrate skill in carrying out mathematical (e.g. algebraic, geometric, logical, statistical) procedures flexibly, accurately, and efficiently to solve problems.

3.4.   Analyze mathematical arguments, determining whether stated conclusions can be inferred.

3.5.   Communicate which assumptions have been made in the solution process.

3.6.   Analyze mathematical results in order to determine the reasonableness of the solution.

3.7.   Cite the limitations of the process where applicable.

3.8.   Clearly explain the representation, solution, and interpretation of the math problem.

3.9.   Demonstrate statistical literacy (e.g., data acquisition, calculation, representation, interpretation).

1 A foundational experience in quantitative reasoning will provide a rigorous mathematical curriculum applied to real-world problem-solving. The outcomes should deepen, extend, or be distinct from high school Core 40 mathematics competencies. 


4.   Scientific Ways of Knowing

Upon completion of the General Education curriculum, students will be able to:

4.1.   Explain how scientific explanations are formulated, tested, and modified or validated.

4.2.   Distinguish between scientific and non‐scientific evidence and explanations.

4.3.   Apply foundational knowledge and discipline‐specific concepts to address issues or solve problems (e.g., interactions of humans and the natural environments, origin and evolution of the universe and of the Earth, renewable energy and sustainability).

4.4.   Apply basic observational, quantitative, or technological methods to gather data and generate evidence-based conclusions.

4.5.   Use current models and theories to describe, explain, or predict natural phenomena.

4.6.   Locate reliable sources of scientific evidence to construct arguments related to real-world issues.

5.   Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing

Upon completion of the General Education curriculum, students will be able to:

5.1.   Demonstrate knowledge of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical patterns, or historical contexts within a given social or behavioral domain.

5.2.   Identify the strengths and weaknesses of contending explanations or interpretations for social, behavioral, or historical phenomena.

5.3.   Demonstrate basic literacy in social, behavioral, or historical research methods and analyses.

5.4.   Evaluate evidence supporting conclusions about the behavior of individuals, groups, institutions, or organizations.

5.5.   Recognize the extent and impact of diversity among individuals, cultures, languages, or societies in contemporary or historical contexts.

5.6.   Identify examples of how social, behavioral, or historical knowledge informs and can shape personal, ethical, civic, or global decisions and responsibilities.

6.   Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing

Upon completion of the General Education curriculum, students will be able to:

6.1.   Recognize and describe humanistic, historical, linguistic, or artistic works or problems and patterns of diverse human experience.

6.2.   Apply disciplinary methodologies, epistemologies, and traditions of the humanities and the arts, including the ability to distinguish primary and secondary sources.

6.3.   Analyze and evaluate texts, objects, events, or ideas in their cultural, intellectual, linguistic, or historical contexts.

6.4.   Analyze the concepts and principles of various types of humanistic or artistic expression.

6.5.   Create, interpret, or reinterpret artistic and/or humanistic works through performance or criticism.

6.6.   Develop arguments about forms of human agency or expression grounded in rational analysis and in an understanding of and respect for spatial, temporal, and cultural contexts.

6.7.   Analyze diverse narratives, languages, and evidence in order to explore the complexity of human experience across space and time. 


7.   Diversity

Upon completion of the General Education curriculum, students will be able to:

7.1.   Students will apply theories and knowledge necessary to understand, articulate, and/or critically analyze one or more cultures, peoples, and/or societies domestically and/or globally.

7.2.   Students will demonstrate an understanding of one or more cultural phenomena, such as language, religion, literature, and the arts.

7.3.   Students will demonstrate the impact (such as economic, educational, health) of power differentials as they relate to individual or group characteristics, such as race, ethnicity, class, age, disability, sexuality, gender, religion, nationality, and/or language.

8.   Ethically Responsible Citizenship

Upon completion of the General Education curriculum, students will be able to:

8.1.   Students will explain one or more social or civic problems in local, national, or global communities.

8.2.   Students will evaluate the various ethical dimensions of one or more social or civic problems in local, national, or global communities.

8.3.   Students will analyze and assess possible solutions to one or more social or civic problems in local, national, or global communities. 

Section 3. Framework and Courses

The framework for General Education corresponds to the categories listed above, with specific course and credit hour requirements associated with each. The categories and courses are:

Foundations, 9-12 credits

Written Communication
  • ENG-W 131 (3 cr.) Reading, Writing, & Inquiry 1
Speaking and Listening
  • SPCH-S 121 (3 cr.) Public Speaking
Quantitative Reasoning
  • MATH-M and discipline statistics course(s) (3-6 credits)
  • Option 1
    • One MATH-M course:
      • MATH-M 118  Finite Math (3 cr.)
      • MATH-M 119  Brief Survey of Calculus 1 (3 cr.)
      • MATH-M 125  Pre-Calculus Mathematics (3 cr.)
      • MATH-M 215  Calculus 1 (5 cr.)
    • And one discipline statistics course(s):
      • AHLT-H 322  Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 cr.)
      • CJHS-J 300 Techniques of Data Analysis (3 cr.)
      • ECON-E 270  Intro to Statistical Theory in Economics and Business (3 cr.)
      • EDUC-P 320/K 490  Classroom Assessment (3 cr.)
      • MATH-M 133  Topics in Probability & Statistics (2 cr.)
      • MATH-M 466  Intro to Mathematical Stats (3 cr.)
      • MATH-K 310  Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)
      • NURS-H 355  Data Analysis & Research (3 cr.)
      • PAHM-V 370  Research Methods and Statistics (3 cr.)
      • PSY-K 300  Statistical Techniques (3 cr.)
      • SOC-S 355  Statistics for Social & Health Professionals (3 cr.)
    • Option 2
      • MATH-M 110 Excursions in Mathematics (3 cr.)
        • This course has MATH-M 105 as a prerequisite and includes the statistics content.
      • MATH-M113 Survey of Mathematics and Statistics (3 cr.)

Liberal Arts Core, 19 credits minimum

At least six courses fulfilling the following requirements:

  • At least two from each of the three Ways of Knowing.
  • Each course that a student counts in the Liberal Arts Core must have a separate disciplinary/area of study prefix (the first three or four letters, before the hyphen, in the course listing). This rule does not apply to science lab courses, which in some cases are separated into lecture and lab courses with different numbers.
  • Any course can only count for one way of knowing.

 Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing (6 cr.)

  • ENG-E 301 Literatures in English to 1600 (3 cr.) (ERC)
  • ENG-E 302 Literatures in English 1600-1800 (3 cr.) (ERC)
  • ENG-L 100 Freshman Literataure 1 (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • ENG-L 101 Western World Masterpieces I (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 102 Modern World Literature (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • ENG-L 202 Literary Interpretation (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 203 Intro to Drama (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 204 Intro to Fiction (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 205 Intro to Poetry (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • ENG-L 207 Women & Literatuare (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • ENG-L 220 Intro to Shakespeare (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 223 Intro to American Ethnic Literature (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • ENG-L 225 Intro to World Masterpieces (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • ENG-L 230 Intro to Science Fiction (3 cr.) (ERC)
  • ENG-L 295 American Film Culture (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 350 Early American Writing & Culture to 1800 (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 351 American Literature 1800-1865 (3 cr.) (ERC)
  • ENG-L 352 American Literature 1865-1914 (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 354 American Literature Since 1914 (3 cr.)
  • ENG-L 379 American Ethnic & Minority Literature (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • ENG-W 206 Intro to Creative Writing (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 210 Literacy & Public LIfe (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 221 Sophomore Writing Lab (3 cr.)
  • ENG-Z 104 Language in Our World (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • FINA-A 101 Ancient & Medieval Art (3 cr.)
  • FINA-A 102 Renaissance to Modern Art (3 cr.)
  • FINA-A 200 Topics in Art History (3 cr.)
  • FOLK-F 101 Intro to Folklore (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • HIST-H 105 American History I (3 cr.) 
  • HIST-H 106 American History II (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • HIST-H 113 History of Western Civiliation I (3 cr.) 
  • HIST-H 114 History of Western Civiliation II (3 cr.) 
  • HUMA-U 102 Intro to Modern Humanities (3 cr.)
  • MUS-M 174 Music for the Listener (3 cr.)
  • MUS-Z 281 East-West Encounters in Music (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • NMAT-F 103 Core Foundations: Tier 1-Block 3 (3 cr.)
  • NMAT-H 258 History of Graphic Design (3 cr.)
  • NMAT-S 100 Fundamentals of Studio Drawing (3 cr.)
  • NMAT-S 110 Fundamental Studio - 2D (3 cr.)
  • NMAT-S 112 Fundamental Studio - 3D (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-P 100 Intro to Philosophy (3 cr.)
  • PHIL-P 140 Intro to Ethics (3 cr.) 
  • PHIL-P 393 Biomedical Ethics (3 cr.) (ERC)
  • SPAN-S 111 Elementary Spanish I (4 cr.) (DIV)
  • SPAN-S 112 Elementary Spanish II (4 cr.) (DIV)
  • SPAN-S 160 Spanish for Health Care Personnel I (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • SPAN-S 203 Second Year Spanish I (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • SPAN-S 204 Second Year Spanish II (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • SPAN-S 275 Hispanic Culture & Conversation (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • THTR-T 100 Intro to Theatre (3 cr.)
  • THTR-T 120 Acting I (3 cr.)

Scientific Ways of Knowing (7-8 credits; at least one course with a lab)

  • AST-A 100 The Solar System (3 cr.)
  • AST-A 110 The Solar System (3 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 100 Humans & The Biological World (5 cr.) (LAB)
  • BIOL-L 105 Intro to Biology (5 cr.) (LAB)
  • BIOL-L 350 Environmental Biology (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 100/120 The World of Chemistry/Chemistry Lab (5 cr.) (LAB)
  • CHEM-C 101/121 Elementary Chemistry I/Elementary Chemistry Lab I (5 cr.) (LAB)
  • CHEM-C 105/125 Principles of Chemistry/Experimental Chemistry Lab (5 cr.) (LAB)
  • CHEM-C 109 Intro to Chemistry Health Nursing (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 123 The Chemistry of Food and Cooking (3 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 390 Environmental Sciences (3 cr.) Environmental Science
  • CHEM-C 390 Sustainability (3 cr.) (ERC)
  • GEOG-G 107 Physical Systems of Environment (3 cr.)
  • GEOG-G 315 Environmental Conversation (3 cr.) (ERC)
  • GEOL-G 100 General Geology (5 cr.) (LAB)
  • GEOL-G 133 Geology of the United States (5 cr.) (LAB)
  • GEOL-G 300 Environmental & Urban Geology (3 cr.)
  • MICR-J 200/201 Microbiology & Immunology/Micro Lab (4 cr.) (LAB)
  • PHYS-P 100 Physics in the Modern World (5 cr.) (LAB)
  • PHYS-P 201 General Physics (5 cr.) (LAB)
  • PHYS-P 221 Physics I (5 cr.) (LAB)
  • PHSL-P 215 Basic Human Physiology (5 cr.) (LAB)
  • PLSC-B 364 Summer Flowering Plants (5 cr.) (LAB)
  • SUST-S 305 Topics in Environmental Chemistry (3 cr.)

Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing (6 credits)

  • CJHS-J 101 American Criminal Justice System (3 cr.)
  • ECON-E 200 Fundamentals of Econ-an Overview (3 cr.)
  • ECON-E 201 Intro to Microeconomics (3 cr.)
  • ECON-E 202 Intro to Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
  • ENG-Z 104 Language in Our World (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • HIST-H 105 American History I (3 cr.) (ERC)
  • HIST-H 106 American History II (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • HIST-H 113 History of Western Civilation I (3 cr.) 
  • HIST-H 114 History of Western Civilization II (3 cr.) (ERC)
  • HSS-I 100 Intro to International Studies (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • POLS-Y 103 Intro to American Politics (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 215 Intro to Political Theory (3 cr.)
  • POLY-Y 217 Intro to Comparative Politics (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 219 Intro to International Relations (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 103 General Psychology (3 cr.) (ERC)
  • SOC-S 100 Intro to Sociology (3 cr.) (DIV)
  • SOC-S 101 Social Problems & Policies (3 cr.) (ERC)

Diversity and Ethically Responsible Citizenship

These requirements are to be met with two of the six Liberal Arts Core courses above (bolded courses labeled DIV and ERC). An external course approved for transferring to IU Kokomo as equivalent to an IUK Liberal Arts Core course already approved for either Diversity or Ethically Responsible Citizenship will also count for either Diversity or Ethically Responsible Citizenship. 

Total Hours: Minimum of 30 credits

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