2004-06 IUPUI Campus Bulletin
Completing Course Distribution Requirements
The policies, regulations, and course descriptions that appear in this
edition of the Bulletin are for the academic years specified.
Curricular requirements are for students who entered the university or
were admitted to a degree program during these specific academic years.
As the "bulletin year" (the student's entry year) will be defined
differently from school to school at IUPUI, consult your academic
advisor to be sure you are using the appropriate edition of the
While every effort is made to provide accurate and current information,
IUPUI reserves the right to change without notice statements in this bulletin
concerning rules, policies, fees, curricula, courses, or other matters.
Consult your academic advisor to learn if changes have occurred that may
School of Continuing Studies
Mission and History
Created in 1975, the School of Continuing Studies reflects the commitment of Indiana University and the state government to meeting the educational needs of adult citizens. The school consists of the following units:
- Academic Programs
- Marketing and Communication
- Learner Services
- Learning Partnerships
- Campus Divisions
Through these units, the school plans and provides both credit and noncredit programs/courses that are offered in various learning formats at convenient times and locations. These programs/courses include:
- Associate of Arts in General Studies and Bachelor of General Studies
- Master of Science in Adult Education
- Certificate programs
- Independent study courses
- Credit and noncredit programs
- Courses for professional development and personal growth
- Conferences, workshops, and seminars on a wide range of subjects
- Evening and outreach programs
- Televised courses
- Weekend and “Learn and Shop” programs
- Workforce development and training
The School of Continuing Studies also provides specialized courses for on-site delivery at businesses, industries, and other off-campus locations via telecommunication and other electronic technologies.
A Statement from the Interim Dean
The School of Continuing Studies is committed to providing high-quality educational opportunities to all interested citizens in Indiana and elsewhere. The school brings the resources of Indiana University to people who cannot take advantage of the traditional formal programs at fixed campus locations. The school also serves people who want to develop or maintain their vocational/professional competence or enrich their individual/family lives. Programming is continuously updated to meet the demands of a changing society.
We look forward to serving you.
Judith B. Wertheim, Interim Dean,
School of Continuing Studies
General Studies Degree Program
The School of Continuing Studies administers the General Studies Degree Program, which extends to students the opportunity to pursue a college education, regardless of their work schedules, domestic responsibilities, or location. Students may fulfill degree requirements by taking on-campus courses, distance courses, or a combination of on-campus and distance courses.
The core of each general studies degree is a broadly based education encompassing the arts and humanities; the social and behavioral sciences; and mathematics and natural sciences. The curriculum expands students’ body of knowledge and awareness of major areas of human experience.
A general studies education is not limited in scope; it establishes the foundation for a lifetime of learning and serves as the framework for a productive professional and personal life.
Students pursue an Associate of Arts in General Studies (A.A.G.S.) to achieve such personal and professional goals as career advancement, certification, self-enrichment, expanded employment options, military advancement, and a stepping stone to advanced studies. Upon completion of the A.A.G.S., many students apply to complete the Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.). The A.A.G.S. replaced the Associate of General Studies (A.G.S.) in 2001.
The B.G.S. provides basic preparation for many careers and graduate programs. B.G.S. graduates are employed in various professional fields, including education, law, government and social service, real estate, and private industry. Many B.G.S. recipients have gone on to graduate programs in such fields as anthropology, business, divinity studies, education, fine arts, international affairs, law, library science, management, nursing, public health, and social work. B.G.S. graduates have earned master’s degrees and doctorates at Indiana University and other universities.
Two groups of students pursue general studies degrees: campus-based students, who have access to an Indiana University campus; and at-a-distance students, who do not. Campus-based students attend classes and receive counseling and other services through the campuses at which they are enrolled. At-a-distance (non-campus-based) students are admitted and receive counseling through the university-wide General Studies Degree Program office; they complete their degree requirements through the Independent Study Program.
In addition to enrolling in regular session courses at any Indiana University campus or in independent study courses, students may fulfill general studies degree requirements in various ways, including credit for self-acquired competency, credit by examination, credit for educational programs in noncollegiate organizations, military service credit, and credit for courses completed at other regionally accredited institutions.
Admissions and Transfers
New applicants and transfers are admitted to the General Studies Degree Program as follows:
- Applicants who have previously attended Indiana University or other colleges/universities as degree-seeking students and who have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher are eligible for admission to the General Studies Degree Program. Transfer students and former Indiana University students with lower than a 2.0 cumulative GPA may be admitted on academic probation. Current students whose cumulative GPA is lower than 2.0 are not directly admissible. Students who have been dismissed for academic reasons will not be considered for admission for at least one calendar year from the date of dismissal.
- Applicants to the General Studies Degree Program at IUPUI should be high school graduates or possess a General Educational Development (GED) high school equivalency diploma. Applicants should be able to document a significant amount of postsecondary educational experience and/or related life experience, and also be able to articulate a need for a flexible interdisciplinary degree program.
Applications will be processed after all academic credentials and the application fee are received. Once admitted, applicants receive a letter of admission, an information packet, and any transfer course evaluations within approximately six weeks.
Transfers from and within Indiana University Campuses
Students with previously earned credit from any academic program on any Indiana University campus may apply to pursue a general studies degree. Credits are evaluated on a course-by-course basis. (To find out how to apply previously earned Indiana University credit to a general studies degree, see “Credits from Indiana University.”) Students with academic deficiencies (cumulative GPA below 2.0) may be admitted on probation.
Students who have been dismissed from another academic unit of Indiana University and whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0 will not be considered for admission for at least one calendar year from the date of dismissal. Students in dismissal status are eligible to enroll in independent study courses as nondegree students.
Transfers from Other Colleges/Universities
The School of Continuing Studies welcomes students who want to transfer from other regionally accredited colleges/universities. Applications for transfer admission are evaluated on the basis of applicants’ cumulative GPA and the number of credits earned in all subjects. Transfer credit is awarded only for courses in which students earn a minimum grade of C in curricula similar to those offered by Indiana University.
Acceptance of credit from other institutions is determined by the Indiana University Office of Admissions, and the applicability of credit toward degree requirements is determined by the School of Continuing Studies. Only credits earned at Indiana University are calculated in a student’s cumulative GPA.
Students who have been dismissed from other postsecondary institutions will not be considered for admission to the General Studies Degree Program for one calendar year from the date of dismissal. Students in dismissal status are eligible to enroll in independent study courses as nondegree students.
Recognition of Previously Earned Credit
Many students have previously earned academic credit from Indiana University or other institutions. These students may be eligible for credit by examination or self-acquired competency (SAC) credit. Previously earned credits are applied to the requirements of the A.A.G.S. and B.G.S. according to the following guidelines:
Credits from Indiana University
A maximum of 50 credit hours previously earned at Indiana University may be applied to the A.A.G.S. A maximum of 100 credit hours previously earned at Indiana University may be applied to the B.G.S. Courses in which grades of D+, D, or D– were earned may be used as elective credit only; they will not be used to satisfy course distribution requirements.
Credits from Other Institutions
A maximum of 45 hours of transfer credit from other regionally accredited colleges/universities may be applied to the A.A.G.S. A maximum of 90 hours of transfer credit from other regionally accredited colleges/universities may be applied to the B.G.S.
Credit by Examination from Other Institutions
Students wanting to transfer credit by examination earned from other institutions must have satisfactorily completed sequential courses in that subject area prior to transfer.
Self-Acquired Competency (SAC) Credit within Indiana University
SAC credit awarded on the basis of a portfolio by the faculty of one Indiana University campus will be honored on any other Indiana University campus to which students may transfer to complete the A.A.G.S. or B.G.S. Students should understand, however, that this credit will not necessarily be honored by other Indiana University degree programs or by other institutions.
Self-Acquired Competency (SAC) Credit from Other Institutions
A maximum of 8 hours of SAC credit awarded by other regionally accredited colleges/universities will be applicable toward the A.A.G.S.; a maximum of 15 credit hours will be applicable toward the B.G.S. Additional hours of SAC credit from other institutions must be reviewed in the same manner as other Indiana University SAC credit. The maximum amount of credit (transfer and Indiana University) awarded on the basis of a SAC portfolio that may be applied to the degrees is 15 credit hours toward the A.A.G.S. and 30 credit hours toward the B.G.S.
Students interested in pursuing a general studies degree should apply for admission to the School of Continuing Studies as follows:
- All applicants must complete the application form included in the General Studies Degree Program bulletin or available from any General Studies Degree Program office or online at www.cln.iupui.edu.
- Citizens of other countries, including those in the United States on immigrant visas,must submit TOEFL scores and a 300- to 500-word handwritten essay. The essay is to be written on a topic of the student’s choice and may include autobiographical information. Students who intend to pursue a general studies degree on an Indiana University campus must also submit the international application for admission.
- Applicants who have not previously attended a college/university as a degree student must submit official copies of their high school transcripts or evidence of having earned a GED high school equivalency diploma.
- Applicants who have previously attended a college/university must request that the college(s) or university(ies) attended forward official transcripts to the Indiana University office to which the application form is being sent.
- Applicants who are veterans should submit a copy of the DD214 form.
- Applicants presently on active duty should request an official copy of their DD295 form from their education officer.
- Applicants who have completed educational programs/courses in noncollegiate organizations must request that official records of program/course completion be sent directly from the awarding organization.
- Applicants who have taken the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Support (DANTES) exams, or the ACT-PEP Regents (Excelsior) College exams should request that official transcripts of their exam scores be sent directly from the testing agency.
- Applicants who have been placed on academic probation, dismissed, or denied readmission to a previously attended school must provide a letter explaining the circumstances and the reasons they believe they will now be successful.
- Applicants should submit application materials to the General Studies Degree program office, Union Building, room 244, 620 Union Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5171.
- At-a-distance (non-campus-based) students should submit application materials to the university-wide office, Owen Hall, room 101, 790 Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7101.
Applicants who have not previously attended Indiana University must pay a nonrefundable application fee at the time they submit their application. Application fees vary from campus to campus and are subject to change.
Application and Admission Deadlines
Applicants intending to take regular session courses on campus must check with the campus at which they will enroll for the specific application deadline. There are no specific application deadlines for at-a-distance (non-campus-based) students.
The official date of a student’s admission is the date the student is accepted into the General Studies Degree Program. This date does not necessarily coincide with the date the application was processed by the Indiana University Office of Admissions. Current course work of students whose admission has been approved on or prior to the campus pass/fail deadline will be considered course work taken after admission to the General Studies Degree Program.