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Liberal Studies

Academic Regulations and Policies

General Regulations

Students must have their programs of study approved by the MLS program Director.

Students may enroll in no more than 9 credit hours of electives in a single academic semester.

An average grade of B (3.0) is required for graduation, and no course with a grade lower than B– will be counted towards the degree. Students are required to retain good academic standing, i.e., to maintain an average GPA of at least 3.0. Failure to maintain good standing may result in dismissal from the program.

Students may take no more than a total of 6 credit hours of LBST-D 594 and LBST-D 596 combined.

Other academic regulations and policies are established by the Graduate Liberal Studies Committee of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students should consult the MLS program Director for further information.


Reinstatement Policy

MLS students who discontinue study and fail to register for more than two consecutive semesters without notification and approval of the Director of the MLS program will be determined to be inactive. Students who were in good standing (GPA of 3.0 or higher) when they became inactive and wish to continue in the program must formally request reinstatement by submitting a letter of explanation and intent to the Director. If reinstated, students will be subject to the program requirements currently in effect at the time of their effective reactivation. In exceptional circumstances, some adjustments may be made if deemed appropriate by the Director.


Credit Transfer Policy

Students may request transfer of up to 6 hours of graduate elective credit from another accredited college or university. A written request must be sent to the Director along with a copy of transcripts from the originating institution. Students may also request that up to 9 hours of graduate credit taken at an IU campus be counted towards elective requirements.


Directed Readings and Independent Research

Students may count up to six hours of independent study credit towards their elective requirements. Independent study courses are meant to offer students an opportunity to pursue focused reading or research in an area of interest shared with a willing faculty member and related to their curricular goals. In order to receive independent study credit, students must fill out a Directed Readings/Independent Research Contract in consultation with and signed by the faculty member with whom they intend to work. Contracts can be obtained from the MLS office and must be returned to the Director by the end of the first week of classes.

Integrity & Ethics Policy for Indiana University Graduate Students