College of Arts and Sciences

General Studies Program

Degree Requirements
Certificate in General Studies Requirements
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours in each of the three required areas of learning. (The credit hours required in each area must be taken in at least two academic departments.)
    • Arts and humanities (6 cr.)
    • Science and mathematics (6 cr.)
    • Social and behavioral sciences (6 cr.)
  • Electives (12 cr.)

Total (30 cr.)

Other Requirements

  • No more than three sequential courses (not to exceed 10 credit hours) in any one academic department may be applied to the 30 credits.
  • Students must successfully complete at least 8 credit hours of course work at Indiana University. Earning credit through an academic department examination at Indiana University is the equivalent of having completed the course at IU. Credits earned by self-acquired competency (SAC) and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) cannot be applied to the 8 credit hour requirement. The campus director must approve exceptions.
  • The Certificate in General Studies is available to students admitted to the General Studies Degree Program who have 24 credits or fewer applicable to the General Studies Program.
  • Students must complete at least 6 credit hours after admission to the General Studies Degree Program. This must be Indiana University course work. Credits for SAC and DANTES cannot be applied to this 6 credit hour requirement.
  • Students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all courses considered for the certificate and on all courses completed after admissions to the School of Continuing Studies. The minimum grade for any course completed to satisfy non-elective requirements must be a C–.
  • Students must be admitted according to the standards for admission to the general studies degrees.
  • Students are required to meet the oral and written communication fundamental skills requirements of the general studies degrees.

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