Policies

Choice of major does not impact whether a Foundational Studies (FS) course fulfills a Foundational Studies requirement

Course sequencing (also known as program-based substitutions) may not be used to meet FS requirements.

  • Social and Behavioral Science
  • Literary Studies
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Category #1 and Category #2 Upper Division, Integrative Electives

Students who have an SAT verbal score of 650 or above (or the ACT equivalent) and complete GH 101 and GH 201 as part of the University Honors’ curriculum have fulfilled the FS freshman composition requirement.

Students who have an SAT Math score of 650 or above (or the ACT equivalent) have fulfilled the Quantitative Literacy requirement.

Students must take the math placement test and earn the appropriate placement score to enroll in Mathematics courses which fulfill requirements in Foundational Studies Program (e.g. MATH 115, MATH 241, MATH 131, or MATH 132, etc.).

To meet the Non-Native Language requirement students must do one of the following:

Four courses in high school in a single or multiple non-native languages, including American Sign Language, with a grade of C or better or (FL 150 and FL 100 respectively),

  • Two courses at ISU in a single or multiple non-native languages (see policy below) or,
  • Two courses, from an accredited college or university, in a single or multiple non-native languages, including American Sign Language or,
  • Completion of English as a Second Language curriculum ESL 103 A and B, or 103 B and completion of ENG 105
  • Students who took non-native languages in high school, but did not take four courses in a single or multiple non-native languages earning a C or better may take the language placement test at ISU to see if they can place into a non-native language class at a higher level. If they take the higher level course and earn a C or better, they will have met the requirement.
  • Students with a certified learning disability must work with the Languages, Literatures, and Linguistic department and the Student Academic Services Center to determine strategies for fulfilling the Non-Native Language requirement.

Students who have completed armed military service basic training (including reservists) have met the Health and Wellness requirement.

Students may meet the Laboratory Science requirement by taking any two laboratory science courses from two different science disciplines.

A student enrolled in an Indiana State University online degree program who demonstrates that he or she was unable to enroll in an online course to meet a FS requirement for two consecutive terms may petition to substitute another FS studies course to meet the requirement.

A course from another university may receive FS credit if it has been designated as the equivalent of a FS course at ISU or it was designated as a GE course at the university from which it is being transferred and it meets the learning objectives of a FS requirement. Once enrolled as a full-time student at ISU, students are bound by the FS requirements.

Students who have earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Sciences degree at an accredited regional campus have met all of the Foundational Studies requirements except for:

  • Junior Level Composition (one class)
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility (one class)
  • Category #1 and Category #2 Upper Division, Integrative Electives

Students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science degree at an accredited regional campus have fulfilled automatically the following FS requirements:

  • Freshman-level composition (3.0-6.0)
  • Communication (3.0)
  • Quantitative Literacy/Mathematics (3.0)
  • Health and Wellness (3.0)
  • Non-Native Language (3.0-6.0)
  • Social Behavioral Science (3.0)
  • Laboratory Science (4.0)
  • Category #2 UDIE (3.0)

The FS Upper-Division Integrative Elective Category #1 and Category #2 UDIE requirements may be met in one of the following ways:

  • Two upper-division, integrative elective courses from Indiana State University (see list of approved courses designated as Category #1 UDIES) or,
  • One upper-division, integrative elective course from Indiana State University (see list of approved courses designated as Category #1 UDIES) and a one-course equivalent study abroad experience (student must sign up for the 0.0 credit IS 398) or,
  • One upper-division, integrative elective course from Indiana State University (see list of approved courses designated as Category #1 UDIES) and completion one of the following:
    • second major, or
    • a minor, or
    • a certificate, or
    • a degree in education where content courses are delivered outside the College of Education, or
    • service in the U.S military and stationed outside of the United States,