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What is the Common Core Curriculum?
The Common Core Curriculum was jointly adopted by the Schools
of Science and Liberal Arts at IUPUI in 1998. The curriculums
structure is as follows:
- Framework of the Basic Core (5-9 credits)
- First-Year Experience (1-3 credits)
- Junior/Senior Integrator Course (3 credits)
- Capstone Experience (1-3 credits)
- Core Communication Skills (9-19 credits)
- Written Communication (6 credits)
- Oral Communication (3 credits)
- Foreign Language Proficiency (B.A. only, 10 credits)
- Core Quantitative and Analytical Skills (6 credits)
- One college-level mathematics course (beyond the
level of Math 111)
- A second course with substantial analytical content
- Approaches to knowledge (23-28 credits)
These courses that further address analytical thinking/intellectual
depth, breadth, and adaptiveness/understanding society
and culture. Courses must be taken from outside the major,
in the following areas:
- Natural Sciences (8-11 credits)
- Humanities, Social Science and Comparative World
Cultures (15 credits)
The understanding of ethical values and aesthetic appreciation
are taught in many places across this curriculum.
The School of Liberal Arts and the School of Science each
have additional degree requirements beyond the common core.
These degree requirements are fully explained in the Liberal
Arts bulletin and the Science
bulletin. The historical development of the common core
curriculum, and the fullest explanation of the rationale
for it, are found in A
What is an integrator
The Junior/Senior integrator course is one of the key components
in the undergraduate degree requirements in IUPUI's Schools
of Science and Liberal Arts.
The Junior/Senior Integrator is an advanced course that
addresses the integration of knowledge across disciplines.
Integrator courses are specially designed and taught to
show that the Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Natural
Sciences are interrelated and interdependent. Integrators
examine the philosophical relationships among science and
the arts and humanities that involve the interplay of science,
politics and social policy as well as the crucial interplay
among science and technology and the social order and political
What Integrator courses are offered?
Integrator courses are offered each fall and spring semester.
Learn more about the integrator offerings by selecting one
of the following links:
What are Integrator course prerequisites?
Juniors and Seniors majoring in any program in Science
or Liberal Arts must take an integrator, and students from
other schools are welcome as well. Junior/Senior Integrator
courses have a set of prerequisites designed to ensure that
students in the course can address material with the breadth
Authorization to register for an integrator course can be
obtained at the Dean's office in either Liberal Arts or Science.
- English W131 and W132 (or their equivalents), with of
C or better
- one course from the Humanities list
- one course from the Social Sciences list
- one course from the Comparative World Cultures list
- one course from the Natural Sciences
- Math 118 (or above)
- History H114
- one course in the major
Do I need to be a Liberal Arts or Science
major to take an Integrator course?
Integrator courses are open to all IUPUI undergraduates,
regardless of major. Check to be sure that you meet the prerequisites.
Where do I find Integrator courses
in the schedule of classes?
Integrator courses are listed under their own department,
which is abbreviated INTG in the Schedule of Classes. Most
integrators are offered as INTG I300, although some are cross-listed
under other numbers in other departments.
How do I register for an Integrator
It's a good idea to consult with your advisor to
make the best selection and to make sure you've met the prerequisites.
When you're ready to register, contact the Dean's office in
Liberal Arts (CA 401, 274-3976) or Science (LD 222, 274-0625)
What if I have trouble finding an Integrator
course that fits my schedule?
Integrator courses are offered each fall and spring.
Eventually, if demand warrants, some Integrators may be offered
in summer. With some amount of academic planning, you should
be able to find an Integrator course that meets your needs.
If you cannot, however, see your academic advisor. It is possible,
with your Dean's permission, to substitute another advanced
course for the Integrator if a scheduling problem cannot be