General Education CLAS Core Requirements by Student Entry Date

Students entering UI Summer 2022 and after
Students entering UI Summer 2017 through Spring 2022
Students entering UI Summer 2011 through Spring 2017
Students entering UI before Summer 2011

Your General Education CLAS Core requirements will appear on your UI degree audit and will be based on the year you entered the University of Iowa.

  • General Education CLAS Core courses for your year of entry to UI may be found by logging into your MyUI account, going to the MyUI schedule while logged in, and using the search tools for General Education courses. Courses will found that are required for your year of entry into UI as long as you remain logged in to MyUI. Questions? Email us at clasps@uiowa.edu or call 319-335-2633
  • Click on the course number to find the General Education area that the course fulfills.

For Students Entering UI Summer 2022 and after

Communication and Literacy

Sustainability

  • Sustainability 3 s.h.
  • Sustainability courses will count for two CLAS Core requirements,  i.e. for Sustainability and one other requirement stated on the course when listed on the MyUI schedule.
  • Courses in Sustainability will appear on the Fall 2022 MyUI course schedule and may be found by logging into your MyUI account, going to the MyUI schedule while logged in, and using the search tools for General Education courses. Courses will found that are required for your year of entry into UI, with Sustainability courses listed and with the second General Education requirement also stated. You will complete both requirements listed when you successfully finish the course.

Natural, Quantitative, and Social Sciences

Culture, Society, and the Arts

For Student Entering UI Summer 2017 - Spring 2022

Those students entering UI during Summer 2017 through Spring 2022 must complete the GE requirements as noted on their degree audit and as listed below:  Students who reenter the University of Iowa after an absence of more than 12 months will be held to the GE requirements under which they first entered Iowa. If a student transfers within UI from another undergraduate college into CLAS, the date the student entered UI is still the date that determines the student's GE requirements. Any student switch to the new CLAS Core requirements, but once making this choice may not move back to the older requirements. Students interested in switching should first discuss the choice with an advisor and then request the change in 120 Schaeffer Hall.

Communication and Literacy

Natural, Quantitative, and Social Sciences

Culture, Society, and the Arts

For Students Entering UI Summer 2011 through Spring 2017

Those students entering UI during Summer 2011 through Spring 2017 must complete the GE requirements as noted on their degree audit and as listed below. Students who reenter the University of Iowa after an absence of more than 12 months will be held to the GE requirements under which they first entered Iowa. If a student transfers within UI from another undergraduate college into CLAS, the date the student entered UI is still the date that determines the student's GE requirements.Any student held to the older requirements may switch to the new requirements, but once making this choice may not move back to the older requirements. Students interested in switching should first discuss the choice with an advisor and then request the change in 120 Schaeffer Hall.

Communication and Literacy

Natural, Quantitative, and Social Sciences

Culture, Society, and the Arts

For Students Entering UI Before Summer 2011

Those students entering UI before summer 2011 must complete the GE requirements as noted on their degree audit and as listed below. Students who reenter the University of Iowa after an absence of more than 12 months will be held to the GE requirements under which they first entered Iowa. If a student transfers within UI from another undergraduate college into CLAS, the date the student entered UI is still the date that determines the student's GE requirements.Any student held to the older requirements may switch to the new requirements, but once making this choice may not move back to the older requirements. Students interested in switching should first discuss the choice with an advisor and then request the change in 120 Schaeffer Hall.

  • Rhetoric (4 s.h.)
  • Interpretation of Literature (3 s.h.)
  • World Languages (fourth-level proficiency) (variable s.h.)
  • Natural Sciences (7 s.h. with one lab)
  • Quantitative or Formal Reasoning (3 s.h.)
  • Social Sciences (3 s.h.)
  • Historical Perspectives (3 s.h.)
  • Humanities (3 s.h.)
  • Distributed Category (6 s.h.) Students complete at least 6  s.h. of distributed requirements, at least 3 s.h. from each of 2 different categories listed below:

Humanities
Social Sciences
Foreign Civilization and Culture
Cultural Diversity
Fine Arts
Health & Physical Activity
Historical Perspectives