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Required General Education Courses for Secondary and K-12 Visual Arts Education Programs

Required General Education Courses

Secondary education majors must check with the Office of Education Student Services for changes in requirements.
The general education courses required for this program provide a liberal education regardless of teaching major.

Language Arts (12 cr.)

  • ENG-W 131 Elementary Composition (3 cr.)
  • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills (3 cr.)
  • SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking (3 cr.)

Physical and Life Sciences (minimum 6 cr.) from two or more of the following departments

  • Biology
  • Astronomy
  • Geology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Science majors should check with their advisors and take the most appropriate courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • (6 cr.) must be successfully completed from minority studies and one of the following departments:  anthropology, geography, public and environmental affairs, sociology, economics, history, political science, and psychology.

Social studies majors must take HIST-H 105 and AFRO-A 355 to meet this requirement.

Science majors must take GEOG-G 315 plus the minority studies elective.  


  • Non mathematics or chemistry majors
    • MATH K200
  • Mathematics majors
    • MATH M118
    • MATH M126
  • Chemistry majors
    • MATH M215

Arts and Humanities (6 cr.)

Total (30 cr.)

For more information, visit the Education page on the IU Northwest Bulletin.