School of Arts and Letters

Certificate in Core Competencies

Program Description

This 29-credit certificate program is intended as a stepping stone into participation in a degree program, and tracks very closely to the University's General Education requirements, which all students complete. This certificate, plus completion of the 1-credit Freshmen year Seminar (FYS) satisfies the campus General Education, as well as the Indiana Statewide General Education requirements. 

Open to all students with a high school diplomas or GED, working adult students will find the scheduling flexibility in combining online, evening, and weekend courses in this program to easier to balance with  their other commitments. Going full time, students can complete the certificate in one calendar year. Although it can be completed as a stand-alone credential or as part of another credential, it is not automatially awarded by completing requirements for a major. 

The curriculum is organized to deliver basic skills corresponding to the Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) categories, defined by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU):

  • Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical World 
  • Intellectual and Practical Skills 
  • Personal and Social Responsibility
  • Integrative and Applied Learning 

 Certificate Requirements

  • Residency: 50% of credits for certificate (15) must be completed at Indiana University. 
  • Minimum Grade of C in each required class
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 to earn the credential

First Semester
  • Written Communication: ENG-W 131 reading, Writing and Inquiry I  (3 cr.) 
  • Oral Communication: COMM-S 121 Public Speaking  (3 cr.) 
  • Quantitative Reasoning: MATH-M 110  Excursion in Mathematics (3 cr.) 
Second Semester 
  • Ways of Knowing in Social and Behavorial Sciences: Select from approved list. (3 cr) 
  • Ways of Knowing in Natural and Physical Sciences with Lab: Select from approved list (5 cr.)
  • Ways of Knowing in Arts and Humanties: Select from approved list. (3 cr.) 
Third Semester 
  • Additional Course Social and Behavioral Sciences: Select second course form approved list. (3 cr.)
  • Ethics or Diversity: Select from either Ethics or Diversity approved lists (3 cr.) 
  • Second Level Written Communication: ENG-W 290 (3 cr.) 


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