Graduates have used their degrees to pursue further study and careers in areas such as business, public relations, medicine, law, education, and social work. Earning your degree can help you advance in your professional or military career, receive certification, expand your employment options, take the first step toward advanced studies, and build your confidence.
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Yes, you can. See the areas of study available.
A minimum of 120 credit hours is required. Specific information including residency requirements and course distribution can be found on the B.G.S. requirements page. In addition you must remain a student in good standing by earning a GPA of 2.0 while a student in the general studies program as well as a cumulative GPA of 2.0
All regularly admitted first-year students must take the English, reading, and math placement tests before registering for these courses. If you are transferring academic credit to a major, you may want to check with your advisor to see if your transfer credit will meet department requirements before taking a placement test. Test results are valid for only two years from the date the tests are taken. If your scores indicate a need for developmental reading (ENG R150), you must satisfactorily complete this course within your first two enrollment periods.
You must meet fundamental skills competency requirements that demonstrate college-level competence in four areas: written communication (ENG W131), oral communications (COM 114), computer literacy (CS 106 or 3 hrs of the BUS K200 series) and quantitative reasoning (MA 153, 168, or STAT 125), The minimum requirement for college level math for the general studies degrees at IPFW is STAT 125-Communicating with Statistics (a student must take MATH 109 and earn a grade of C or higher or by testing into a higher level math course as a prerequisite).
Other math options have been developed to increase student success:
Contact a general studies advisor for other specific course numbers and titles brought in through transfer credit or taken at another Indiana University campus.
Unless you request to see a specific advisor you have established a relationship with, student files are shared by three advisors in the general studies program. This method assures your access to advising when you need assistance. You may call 260-481-6828 to set up an appointment, email us, or stop by our advising office in Kettler 145 if you have a quick question or an emergency situation.
You have many options for completing your B.G.S. You may enroll in a campus based program, like IPFW, or take online learning courses through IPFW, or a combination of all three.
Consideration is given to all previously earned college credit from other accredited institutions. Transfer credit or credit earned at Indiana University, or Purdue University Fort Wayne will be distributed into the B.G.S. based on the rules governing the local campus.
Once we’ve received your credentials and Admissions has evaluated your transcripts, the Admissions office will send you a report specifying how your previous college or university courses will transfer to IPFW. You may then schedule an appointment to see how previously earned credit will meet degree requirements in your specific situation.
When pursing the B.G.S. you may apply up to 90 transfer credit hours toward your degree. Transfer credit hours are only applied if they fit into the general studies degree plan.
Credit may be awarded for college-level learning acquired through work experiences, travels, licenses, and certificates. Due to the individuality of self-acquired competency, general studies majors need to meet with the director to determine if this course would be appropriate.
The amount of time depends on the number of credit hours you’ve already earned and applied toward the degree, the type of general studies degree you are pursuing, and the amount of time you devote to your course work. Your advisor can work with you to plan a course of study that suits your schedule.
Yes, to receive credit for military service, you must submit copies to the Admissions office of your official discharge (DD214), or official active duty (DD295) or an official Community College of the Air Force transcript.
IPFW awards credit for Advanced Placement Examinations (AP), and College-Level Examination Programs (CLEP) on the basis of policy established by the department accepting the credit. Consult with your general studies advisor for specific scores and tests that will apply to your degree program.
The overall purpose of General Education is to broaden your learning experience through courses outside your major. Some General Education courses will test your creative energies and challenge your critical thinking, while others will allow you to explore previously unknown territories. On a more practical note, general education skills are important for success in academic subjects as well as in your personal and professional life. Students should work with their advisors in meeting the general education area requirements for specific majors as well as in using transfer credit to apply to the six areas.
You may apply or complete a re-entry application with the IPFW Admissions Office via the Internet or by contacting them directly at 260-481-6812.
Yes, the IPFW Financial Aid Office has application information for federal and state grants and loans, and information on various scholarships available at IPFW.
Tuition and fees can vary depending upon your admission date and if you decide to enroll in online education courses. You can find specific information about your account and issues regarding payment of fees and tuition by contacting the IPFW Bursar’s Office at 260-481-6824.
Indiana University designed the General Studies Degree Program to meet the needs of non-traditional students as well as traditional students, taking into consideration that college-level learning is ageless in its application if the learning meets the criteria of transfer credit at the campus of admissions.
If you are “stopping out” (for reasons other than being academically dismissed) and are out more than one full fall/spring cycle, you will need to complete a re-entry application with Admissions to begin where you left off with the General Studies Degree Program.
See “Registration Dates” at the Registrar’s Office website and the back cover of the Schedule of Classes printed for spring, summer, and fall sessions.
After you are admitted you may access myIPFW, the student information system, to process your registration, financial aid, fee payments, and view grades, transcripts, and other student-related records. You may also contact your advisor or the General Studies advising office to assist you in processing this information.
Classes can be dropped without financial or academic penalty through the first week of classes. Classes can be dropped without academic penalty through the first nine weeks of classes. A refund schedule is printed in the Schedule of Classes for the first four weeks of classes. The deadline for dropping a class is always published in the calendar on the back cover of the Schedule of Classes.
Students in emergency situations after the published deadline should contact their advisor for a Petition for Late Withdrawal to prevent serious academic penalties.
You may change your major to General Studies by presenting a copy of your transcript to the General Studies department and scheduling an appointment with an advisor to review the distribution of credits. To meet residency requirements for your first semester, a student must be admitted to the department by the Pass/No Pass, Audit deadline as published each semester in the Schedule of Classes.
You must be a student in good standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.0. If you have been dismissed from the university you must sit out at least one semester before completing a re-admission application and paying a re-admission fee of $100.00. Please contact the Mastodon Advising Center for information regarding re-admission.
The current IPFW Bulletin provides specific information and a list of course requirements for each major. The bulletin is available online, in the Registrar’s office in the Kettler Hall, and in most academic offices.
The Registrar’s Office in Kettler 107 provides unofficial transcripts to all IPFW students free of cost. This type of transcript is suitable for a visit with your academic advisor. Official transcripts are also available for Indiana University students. The cost is currently $7.00. Purdue University students must contact the Registrar at the West Lafayette campus or at IPFW for official transcripts which are provided to students at no cost.
A grade of Incomplete (I) may be granted to students who (1) are unable to complete specific course requirements for clearly unavoidable, non-academic reasons (such as extended illness or relocation) and (2) whose work has been of passing quality up to that time. The process is a contract between the student and the professor for time to complete the requirements and change the grade. The instructor must report the (I) on a specific form to the Registrar’s office and change the grade in the same manner when requirements are completed.
If you are in arrears to IPFW, have a parking fine, library fine, or other obligation to the university, a “hold” may be put on your records. You will be prohibited from registering, requesting copies of transcripts, doing a reentry if you’ve not attended in over a year, nor receive your diploma at graduation. Contact the Bursar’s office or your academic department for specific information if you encounter a “hold” on your records.
As a department it has been our practice to notify prospective graduates during the semester before the pending certification. As a student you have the responsibility to meet the requirements of the degree you are seeking and notify our office of your intentions to graduate. You may set an appointment to review these requirements or give advance notice of that intention by submitting the graduation application online.
In an effort to better serve all students, IPFW is offering more assistance online. The student resources list is especially helpful to the distance learner or prospective students seeking new information who may never need or want to come to campus. Review the list to get a sense of what is available.