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Iowa State University Liberal Arts Core

This information is designed for selecting courses that will apply to the Liberal Arts Core (LAC) at Iowa State University for students that do not plan to complete an Associate of Arts (AA) degree at Hawkeye.

To take classes for an intended major at Iowa State, please refer to ISU's advising centers, other Hawkeye transfer course equivalencies tip sheets, and Iowa State University's website.

Students transferring to Iowa State University should consult closely with their Hawkeye Community College advisor as well as the ISU Admissions Counselor to ensure that they are completing all of the necessary course requirements.

These requirements are subject to change without notice. Please check with ISU for verification of courses.

Admission Requirements

  1. Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA on all college-level course work. Some programs may require a higher GPA.

  2. 24 transferable semester hours of college credit OR meet all admission requirements of incoming freshman.

University Requirements

The following courses are University requirements that must be met. Completion of the AA degree does not exempt students from these requirements.

English Proficiency

Must earn a C or better in each of the following courses:

  • ENG105 Composition I
  • ENG106 Composition II

LIB160 Library Instruction, offered at Iowa State, must also be taken to fulfill the English Proficiency requirement.

U.S. Diversity – 3 credits

  • ART101 Art Appreciation
  • COM148 Diversity and the Media
  • PSY261 Human Sexuality
  • PSY262 Psych of Gender
  • SOC115 Social Problems
  • SOC205 Diversity in America
  • WST101 Women’s Studies

International Perspectives – 3 credits

  • ART203 Art History I
  • ART204 Art History I
  • CLS130 African Cultures
  • CLS141 Middle East History/Culture
  • CLS160 East Asian Cultures
  • CLS164 Japanese Cultures
  • MUS100 Music Appreciation
  • REL101 Survey of World Religions
  • POL121 International Relations
  • POL125 Comparative Gov & Politics

Foreign Language Requirement

Foreign Language requirements vary by college. If you are unsure of your major’s foreign language requirement, please contact an advisor at ISU for more information.

General Education Requirements

Students transferring without an AA degree should follow the transfer plan below.

Arts and Humanities – 12 credit minimum

  • ART101 Art Appreciation
  • ART203 Art History I
  • ART204 Art History II
  • CLS130 African Cultures
  • CLS141 Middle East History and Culture
  • CLS150 Latin American History and Culture
  • CLS160 East Asian Cultures
  • CLS164 Japanese History and Culture,
  • CLS172 Russian Civilization
  • DRA107 Theatrical Arts and Society
  • DRA110 Introduction to Film
  • EDU235 Children’s Literature
  • HIS117 Western Civilization I
  • HIS118 Western Civilization II
  • HIS119 Western Civilization III
  • HIS151 U.S. History to 1877
  • HIS152 U.S. History since 1877
  • HIS277 History of Women in the U.S
  • LIT101 Intro to Literature,
  • LIT133 Minority Voices in Literature,
  • LIT142 Major British Writers,
  • LIT189 Women and Literature
  • MUS100 Music Appreciation
  • PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy,
  • PHI105 Introduction to Ethics
  • REL101 Survey of World Religions
  • REL130 Into to Religions of the East
  • WST101 Women’s Studies

Verbal Communication – 2 credit minimum

  • CSC110 Introduction to Computers
  • ENG221 Creative Writing
  • SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Comm
  • SPC122 Interpersonal Communications,
  • SPC140 Oral Interpretation

Natural Sciences and Math – 11 credit minimum

  • Math – 3 credit minimum
    • MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts
    • MAT156 Statistics
    • MAT210 Calculus I
    • MAT216 Calculus II
    • MAT219 Calculus III
    • BUS210 Business Statistics
    • BUS230 Quant Methods for Bus Decisions Making
  • Natural Sciences – 8 credit minimum
    • BIO105 Introductory Biology
    • BIO112 General Biology I
    • BIO113 General Biology II
    • BIO150 Fundamentals of Nutrition
    • BIO151 Nutrition
    • BIO154 Human Biology
    • BIO163 Essentials of A&P
    • BIO168 Human A&P I w/lab
    • BIO173 Human A&P II w/lab
    • BIO185 Microbiology
    • CHM122 Intro to Gen Chem
    • CHM132 Intro to Organic and Biochem
    • CHM165 General Chemistry I
    • CHM175 Gen Chemistry II
    • CNS121 Environmental Conservation
    • GEO131 Physical Geography
    • GEO132 Physical Geography Lab
    • PHY162 College Physics I
    • PHY172 College Physics II
    • PHY212 Classical Physics I
    • PHY222 Classical Physics II
    • PHS142 Principles of Astronomy

Social Sciences – 9 credit minimum

  • COM140 Introduction to Mass Media
  • CRJ201 Juvenile Delinquency
  • ECN120 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECN130 Principles of Microeconomics
  • HIS155 American Civilization
  • POL111 American National Govt
  • POL 121 International Relations
  • POL125 Comparative Govt & Politics
  • PSY111 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY121 Developmental Psych
  • PSY241 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY251 Social Psychology
  • PSY261 Human Sexuality
  • PSY262 Psychology of Gender
  • SOC110 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC115 Social Problems
  • SOC120 Marriage and Family
  • SOC135 Death and Dying
  • SOC205 Diversity in America
  • SOC208 Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC261 Human Sexuality



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