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2006-2008 Undergraduate Studies Northwest Campus Bulletin: Undergraduate Course Descriptions

 

 

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Division of Continuing Studies

Web site:
www.iun.edu/~contstud

Telephone:
(219) 980-6828

Administrative Officers
Objectives
Continuing Education
General Studies Program
Recognition of Previously Earned Credit
Distance Education
Weekend College
Additional Information
Degree Completion Checklist

Administrative Officers

Daniel J. Callison, Ed.D., Dean of the School of Continuing Studies

Cuthbert L. Scott III, Ph.D., Director

Joan F. Wolter, B.G.S., Assistant Director

Georgia Kontos, B.A., Project Coordinator

Linda Szalmasagi, M.S., Program Manager

Garrett L. Cope, M.A., Coordinator of Outreach Charlie Brooks, Swingshift Coordinator

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Objectives

The Division of Continuing Studies assists the university in fulfilling its obligations to the nontraditional student. The division has the following broad objectives:

  1. To serve the higher education needs of students who cannot take full advantage of the traditional academic programs generally available on campus.
  2. To provide courses and programs that enable individuals to enrich their personal lives for social and cultural reasons.
  3. To provide opportunities for individuals to develop and maintain their vocational or professional competence.
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Continuing Education

Noncredit Programs

The various divisions of IU Northwest provide a variety of noncredit learning opportunities. The Adult Education Program includes seminars, workshops, special interest programs, and conferences that provide the opportunity for the people of northwest Indiana to work toward their personal, vocational, or professional goals. Kids College is an enrichment program for youth ages 7 through 16 years. Through a variety of classes taught by outstanding educators, children are encouraged to expand their creativity and intellectual curiosity. Specific inquiries about noncredit programming should be directed to the division sponsoring the programming. General inquiries may be directed to the following location.

Division of Continuing Studies IU Northwest
3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408
Phone: (219) 980-6828

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General Studies Program

About the Program
General Admissions Requirements
Application Procedures
Academic Standards
Required Areas of Learning
Certificate in General Studies Requirements
Associate of Arts in General Studies (A.A.G.S.) Requirements
Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) Requirements
Requirements for a Second Bachelor's Degree

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General Studies Program

The Division of Continuing Studies at IU Northwest, as a part of the Indiana University School of Continuing Studies, provides the opportunity for study leading to a general studies degree. The division offers the Certificate in General Studies, the Associate of Arts in General Studies (A.A.G.S.), and the Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) degree programs. The certificate and the A.A.G.S. and B.G.S. degrees consist of two parts: (1) course work that must be done in broad categories, called “required areas of learning,’’ and (2) course work that can be done in any school, division, or program of the university, called “elective credit.’’ The three required areas of learning are arts and humanities, science and mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences. These provide students with a broad exposure to the humanities and the sciences. Electives permit students to explore other areas of interest and to tailor the degree to their individual needs.

General studies degree programs provide higher education alternatives for nontraditional students. Those students may have work or home schedules that are uncertain, or may simply desire flexibility in program planning and scheduling that is not generally available in traditional programs. Many of our students began a program some time ago and now wish to continue their education in a way that builds upon prior academic achievements and present personal realities.

It is possible to design an academic program that fits you. It is possible to complete your studies in a variety of ways. Some students work entirely through correspondence courses; however, most use a variety of scheduling and study options. Credit options for general studies students include traditional on-campus courses, weekend or evening classes, telecourses, self-paced independent study courses, credit-by-examination, and self-acquired competency (SAC) evaluation.

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General Admission Requirements

The general studies degree programs are open to all qualified high school graduates or individuals with the appropriate General Educational Development (GED) certificate.

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Application Procedures

Persons interested in applying for admission to the general studies degree program should comply with the following procedures:

  1. All applicants must complete the application form available from the Division of Continuing Studies. Citizens of other countries, including those in the United States on immigration visas, must complete the International Application for Admission form in addition to the regular application form. The International Application for Admission form is available from the Office of Admissions, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405.
  2. If the applicant has previously attended college, the applicant should direct the college or university to forward a transcript to the Division of Continuing Studies.

  3. All applicants who have not previously attended Indiana University must submit a copy of their high school transcript or evidence of having completed the GED certificate. Applicants over 21 years of age without a high school diploma or GED certificate should attach a letter explaining how their experience has prepared them for college-level work.
  4. All of the above information and supporting materials should be sent to the Division of Continuing Studies, IU Northwest, Gary, IN 46408.

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Academic Standards

Degrees Awarded with Distinction
The School of Continuing Studies recognizes outstanding performance in course work by awarding degrees with three levels of distinction: distinction, high distinction, and highest distinction. In order to graduate with distinction, students must have 30 graded IU credit hours for the A.A.G.S. degree and 60 graded IU credit hours for the B.G.S. degree. (Pass/fail and self-acquired competency credits and courses not applicable to the degrees (e.g., remedial courses) are not counted in calculating the number of credit hours.) Courses with S grades (not self-acquired competency) are counted in these 30/60 hours. The levels of distinction, which are printed on both the student’s transcript and IU diploma, are determined by the overall cumulative grade point average of each graduating class and generally approximates the following GPAs: 3.50-3.74, distinction; 3.75-3.89, high distinction; and 3.90-4.00, highest distinction.

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Required Areas of Learning

Each degree program requires completion of course work in three required areas of learning. To fulfill the requirements, students may choose from within each area of learning.

In each degree program, a student must demonstrate competency in each of the following areas: written communication, oral communication, mathematics, and computer literacy. For B.G.S., students are required to take an additional writing course and a diversity course (see advisor for details). Students should discuss with their academic advisors the appropriate ways to establish competency, e.g., specific courses, credit by examination, or self-acquired competencies.

The subject fields grouped under the three areas of learning follow. Similar subject fields from other colleges and universities may be applied toward fulfilling the area requirements.

Arts and Humanities
Classical studies
Comparative literature English
Fine arts
Folklore
History
History and philosophy of science
Language courses
Minority studies
Musicology and music history
Philosophy
Religious studies
Speech and communication
Theatre and drama

Science and Mathematics
Anatomy and physiology
Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
Computer science
Data processing and information systems
Geology
Mathematics Microbiology Physics
Plant sciences Zoology

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Anthropology
Economics
Geography
Linguistics
Political science
Psychology
Sociology

Electives
Students may select any of the courses offered by Indiana University or other schools to fulfill elective requirements. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisors and to concentrate their elective course work in subject fields related to their primary academic interest, a second area of expertise, and personal interests. Students are also encouraged to focus their learning by selecting minors available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Economics, and the Division of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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Certificate in General Studies Requirements

The requirements for the Certificate in General Studies are as follows:

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
Science and mathematics 6
Social and behavioral sciences 6
Electives 12
Total 30

Other requirements:

  1. No more than three sequential courses (not to exceed 10 credit hours) in any one academic department may be applied to the 30 credits.
  2. Students must successfully complete at least 8 credit hours of course work at Indiana University or through the IUIndependent Study program. 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), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) cannot be applied to the 8 credit hour requirement. The campus director must approve exceptions.
  3. The Certificate in General Studies is available to students admitted to the School of Continuing Studies who have 24 credits or fewer applicable to the General Studies Program.
  4. 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.
  5. 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–.
  6. Students must be admitted according to the standards for admission to the general studies degrees.
  7. Students are required to meet the oral and written communication fundamental skills requirements of the general studies degrees.

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Associate of Arts in General Studies (A.A.G.S.) Requirements

The requirements for the Associate of Arts in General Studies degree are as follows:

A minimum of 12 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 12
Science and mathematics 12
Social and behavioral sciences 12
Electives 24
Total 60

Other requirements:

  1. No more than 15 credit hours in any academic department may be applied to the A.A.G.S. degree.
  2. At least 15 credit hours of course work (excluding self-acquired competency credit) of the required 60 credit hours must be taken at the Indiana University campuses.
  3. At least 10 credit hours of course work (excluding self-acquired competency credit) applied to the A.A.G.S. degree must be taken after the student is admitted to the School of Continuing Studies. These should be IU credit hours.
  4. In order to apply courses to the three required areas, a grade of C- or higher must be achieved in IU courses.
  5. In order to graduate, a student must have a School of Continuing Studies and Indiana University grade point average of at least 2.0.

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Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) Requirements

The requirements for the Bachelor of General Studies degree are as follows:

A minimum of 12 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 12
Science and mathematics 12
Social and behavioral sciences 12
A minimum of 18 additional credit hours in one of the preceding areas with courses from at least two academic departments 18
Electives 66
Total 120

Other Requirements:
Students must meet the 120 credit hour graduation requirement of the B.G.S. degree by satisfying the following:

  1. At least 69 credit hours of course work in the arts and sciences must be completed. No more than 21 of these credits may be taken in a single arts and sciences department or subject area.
  2. No more than 30 of 51 credit hours allowed for course work outside the arts and sciences may be taken in any one school or technical program.
  3. At least 30 credit hours of course work (excluding self-acquired competency credit) of the required 120 credits must be taken within the Indiana University campuses.
  4. At least 20 credit hours of course work (excluding self-acquired competency credit) applied to the B.G.S. degree must be taken after the student is admitted to the School of Continuing Studies. These should be IU credit hours.
  5. At least 30 credit hours of the required 120 credits must be taken at the upper- divisional level. Upper-division course work is numbered in the 300s and 400s.
  6. In order to apply courses to the required areas of learning, a grade of C- or higher must be achieved in IU courses.
  7. In order to graduate, a student must have a School of Continuing Studies and Indiana University grade point average of at least 2.0.

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Requirements for a Second Bachelor's Degree

Normally, the holder of a baccalaureate degree who wishes to pursue a further educational goal is encouraged to become qualified for admission to a graduate degree program. In certain cases, however, a student may be admitted to candidacy for the B.G.S. degree or for an A.A.G.S. degree.

After admission to the General Studies Degree Program of the School of Continuing Studies, bachelor’s degree candidates must earn (1) at least 30 credit hours of the required 120 from Indiana University if they have not previously earned credit from the Indiana University system; (2) a minimum of 20 credit hours acceptable for the B.G.S. degree after admission to the General Studies Degree Program; and (3) all requirements for the Bachelor of General Studies degree.

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Many students in the General Studies Degree Program have previously earned academic credit at Indiana University or at other institutions. They may also be eligible for credit by examination or for the award of credit for college-level learning gained through life experiences (self-acquired competency). Such credit is applied to the degree requirements of the B.G.S. or A.A.G.S. degrees within the following guidelines.

Credits from Indiana University
Credits Eligible for Transfer from Institutions Other than Indiana University
Credit by Examination at Indiana University
Credit by Examination from Other Institutions
Credits Awarded through Nondepartmental Examinations
Credits Awarded for Educational Programs in Noncollegiate Organizations
Credit for Self-Acquired Competencies (SAC)
Transfer of Self-Acquired Competencies Credit
  within the Indiana University System

Transfer of Self-Acquired Competencies Credit from Other Institutions
Military Service and Law Enforcement Credit
Distance Education
Weekend College
Additional Information
Degree Completion Checklist

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Credits from Indiana University

A maximum of 50 hours of credit previously earned at Indiana University can be applied to the A.A.G.S. degree, and a maximum of 100 hours of credit can be applied to the B.G.S. degree provided the grades earned were D or higher. Exception: Credit for the grade of D will be granted only for elective courses, not those required for the distribution requirements of the degree.

Students with academic deficiencies (cumulative grade point average below 2.0 or below a C average) in course work done within the Indiana University system may be admitted to the General Studies Degree Program on “probation.” All students must achieve at least a 2.0 grade point average for all courses applied to the degree at Indiana University after admission to the General Studies Degree Program in order to obtain a degree. Students who have been dismissed from another academic unit of Indiana University and whose cumulative GPA is below 2.0 may not be admitted to the General Studies Degree Program until at least one calendar year has passed since the date of dismissal.

Upon the successful completion (GPA of 2.0 or higher) of 12 credit hours in the General Studies Degree Program, the following policies take effect:

Grades of D or F earned in the Indiana University system five years or more before admission to the General Studies Degree Program may be deleted from School of Continuing Studies records at the option of the student; a student may request forgiveness of an unsatisfactory semester at Indiana University if that semester is within a five-year period of the student’s admission to the program. Although all Indiana University course work remains on the student’s permanent record, the General Studies Degree Program can exclude the grades and credit earned during this unsatisfactory semester when computing the student’s grade point average. Students should note that the School of Continuing Studies removes all grades and credit earned during this unsatisfactory semester from the grade point average; therefore, students are advised to consult with their advisors about the advisability of this procedure.

The program is designed to avoid placing an excessive burden on students who, in the past, have made an unsatisfactory start at Indiana University. The program is not intended to permit students with chronically poor performance in the university to stay in school, nor to raise false hopes for students who are not making progress toward a degree.

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Credits Eligible for Transfer from Institutions Other than Indiana University

A maximum of 45 credit hours at an institution other than Indiana University can be applied to the A.A.G.S. degree, and a maximum of 90 credit hours to the B.G.S. degree, provided grades are at least C. In order for transfer credit to be applied to any of the required areas of learning, courses taken must be equivalent in nature to those offered by Indiana University in these areas. Courses taken at another institution in which the student received the grade of
C– or below will not be transferable for credit.

Students who have been dismissed from another postsecondary institution cannot be admitted to the General Studies Degree Program until at least one calendar year has passed since the date of dismissal.

University regulations require that the admissions office indicate on the credit transfer report any deficiencies in grade point average (grade point average below 2.0 on a 4.0 scale) at another institution.

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Credit by Examination at Indiana University

Students who wish to pursue credit by examination at Indiana University should consult with their General Studies Degree Program counselor and with the appropriate departments at their local Indiana University campus.

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Credit by Examination from Other Institutions

If the transcript indicates credit by examination, and if students do not enroll in sequential courses to validate their knowledge in the subject matter, credit will be granted only on the basis of review by the appropriate academic department of Indiana University.

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Credits Awarded through Nondepartmental Examinations

Indiana University awards credit for such programs as Advanced Placement Examinations on the basis of scores determined by the Indiana University faculty. For more information, consult your advisor.

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Credits Awarded for Educational Programs in Noncollegiate Organizations

Where relevant to the academic program sponsored by the General Studies Degree Program, the School of Continuing Studies will consider the evaluation and credit recommendations of the two publications below as a guide in awarding credit to persons who have successfully completed noncollegiate or in-company sponsored instruction:

  1. American Council on Education, The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.
  2. University of the State of New York, A Guide to Educational Programs in Noncollegiate Organizations.

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Credit for Self-Acquired Competencies (SAC)

The General Studies Degree Program recognizes that students do gain college-level knowledge and understanding through various life experiences that are equivalent to the subject matter of specific courses in the university curriculum or that may be recognized as general elective credit. Students who believe themselves eligible for such credit are encouraged to accelerate their college programs by discussing their background in detail with the General Studies Degree Program advisor.

In general, the following procedures and limitations govern the awarding of credit for self-acquired competencies:

  • A student must be admitted to the School of Continuing Studies, have completed 12 credit hours, and be in good standing before any credit for self-acquired competency is awarded.
  • A maximum of 15 hours of self-acquired competencies credit may be applied to the A.A.G.S. degree and a maximum of 30 credit hours to the B.G.S. degree.
  • Students seeking either general-elective or specific course credit for self-acquired competencies should first consult their General Studies Degree Program advisors about the feasibility of their applications for credit.
  • General credit is awarded as elective credit for college-level knowledge that cannot be equated to any specific course. The general self-acquired competency credit awarded is recorded as School of Continuing Studies SCS G299 or SCS G499 credit and is applied only in the fulfillment of the elective credits to be earned for a degree. In other words, the Continuing Studies Self-Acquired Competency Committee awards this general credit only if the learning of the student cannot be credited as a specific course, or courses, by other schools, divisions, or departments
  • The student requesting credit for self-acquired competency will always do so in consultation with the General Studies Degree Program advisor and the chairperson of the campus SAC committee. Details on procedures to be followed will be furnished at the time the advisor and the student begin fitting the SAC activities into the student’s plan of study.

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Transfer of Self-Acquired Competencies Credit within the Indiana University System

Self-acquired competencies credit awarded by the faculty of one Indiana University campus is recorded and explained on the permanent record of the student in the system wide office. The School of Continuing Studies on any other Indiana University campus to which the student may transfer in order to complete the associate or bachelor’s degree will honor such credit. The student should be aware, however, that such credit would not necessarily be honored by other degree programs of Indiana University or by other institutions.

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Transfer of Self-Acquired Competencies Credit from Other Institutions

Up to 8 hours of the possible credit toward the A.A.G.S. degree and up to 15 hours of the possible credit toward the B.G.S. degree will be awarded for self-acquired competencies previously recognized by other accredited postsecondary institutions. Additional hours of self-acquired competencies credit from other institutions must be reviewed in the same manner as other Indiana University self-acquired competencies credit. The total amount (transfer and IU) of SCS G299-SCS G499 credit applicable to the A.A.G.S. is 15 credit hours, and to the B.G.S., 30 credit hours.

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Military Service and Law Enforcement Credit

Veterans of military service and military and law enforcement personnel on active duty are eligible for academic credit as a result of their training and experience. The General Studies Degree Program of the School of Continuing Studies follows the provisions of the American Council on Education’s Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services in granting credit. Copies of official discharge, separation papers, certificates of completion (in-service schools), or transcripts must be submitted as a basis for granting credit. For more information, write to the admissions office on the IU campus to which you are applying or to the systemwide office of the General Studies Degree Program in Indianapolis.

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Distance Education

Learners who are unable to attend traditional campus classes can receive instruction from Indiana University because it makes course work available at home, in the workplace, and at other off-campus sites. Distance learners can take advantage of hundreds of courses available through independent study by correspondence and through a variety of video, audio, and computer technologies. It gives all students an opportunity to be more directly responsible for their learning activities, whether those activities take place at home or on campus and whether students are pursuing a degree or certificate through the General Studies Degree Programs or personal, professional, or vocational enrichment. Such experience is invaluable, for it is essential that people learn to become successful self-learners if they are going to be the lifelong learners our complex society now requires for economic survival. IU’s participation in the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education continues a long tradition of service to learners throughout the state. Check with the division to review distance education offerings.

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Weekend College

Weekend College is IU Northwest’s program offering a broad selection of courses on Saturdays. The focus is on accessibility and convenience. A student’s weekday schedule may be too restrictive; employment and/or family obligations may limit enrollment during the week. Weekend College provides the student with options: courses may be taken alone or may supplement courses taken during the week; students may enroll in courses leading to a degree program or may attend for personal interest only.

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Additional Information

All inquiries about programs and courses in continuing studies at Indiana University Northwest should be directed to:

Division of Continuing Studies
3400 Broadway
Indiana University Northwest
Gary, IN 46408
Phone: (219) 980-6828

Degree Completion Checklist

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