CASE Requirements

CASE requirements

"CASE" is an acronym for College of Arts and Science Education requirements, which the College uses to distinguish its specific degree requirements from those of other Indiana University Bloomington schools (Kelley, Jacobs, Public and Environmental Affairs, Public Health, etc.) and from the requirements of the campus-wide General Education program. The College's degree requirements are well-aligned with the General Education program, but they are not identical. 

Additional CASE requirements

The following are required for all degree programs in the College.

The Critical Approaches to the Arts and Sciences (CASE CAPP) requirement is intended to help first- and second-year students begin to develop an understanding of the fundamental questions asked and methods employed by the various disciplines represented in the College. Rather than focusing on depth of coverage, CASE CAPP courses introduce students to the different kinds of scholarship that take place in a university. Through these courses, students learn about the ways particular disciplines seek answers, solve problems, and organize ideas. Alternatively, these courses can demonstrate the merits of viewing a problem from an interdisciplinary or a multidisciplinary perspective. CASE CAPP courses also teach students how to seek information from various sources, evaluate the validity of that information, and construct arguments. One of the main objectives of these courses is to instill sound research and writing practices that students will employ in their future undergraduate coursework.

The requirement is satisfied by completion of a course on the CASE CAPP course list with a grade of D- or higher. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the CASE CAPP requirement in their first or second year of study.

View the CASE CAPP course list

Through the Foreign Language (CASE FL) requirement, students learn something about language itself—its structure, its diversity, and its place in human society—and about human communication. They also learn about human cognition (modes of thought, logical processes, rule-governed behavior, etc.). Finally, in learning a foreign language, students learn something about the culture of the speakers of that language: their history, customs, social system, characteristic points of view, etc.

Students are encouraged to include foreign language study in their first semester at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) and plan for two years of consecutive fall and spring foreign language enrollments. Students can complete foreign language courses during the summer when they are offered, but summer course selection for individual languages and course-levels varies by demand and instructor availability; the College cannot guarantee that any one language or a specific course in a language sequence will be taught in a given summer.

Completion of the CASE FL requirement can be achieved in four ways:

  1. Completion with a grade of D- or higher of the final course in the sequence (i.e., fourth-semester course in a particular language) as prescribed by the degree program being pursued. Incoming (first-year and transfer) students should take the placement test (online or by contacting the department in which the language is offered) in the language, which they intend to use to satisfy the CASE FL requirement. After the placement level is established, students are encouraged to enroll in the appropriate course at their first opportunity. Students are not able to satisfy the CASE FL requirement on the basis of their performance on a placement exam. Depending on the placement level, students may be able to earn special credit for third- and fourth-semester courses (see the Special Credit Policy).
  2. Testing out of the requirement by virtue of appropriate performance on certain types of exams, such as Advanced Placement (AP), SAT II, and/or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. Check with the relevant department or program for additional information about which type of exam is accepted.
  3. Appropriate official documentation that the student establishes proficiency via formal education in a language other than English. This documentation must be from an accredited international institution which is considered appropriate by both the relevant department and the College of Arts and Sciences. Such documentation (i.e., a transcript) generally indicates satisfactory completion of at least two years at the secondary level in a language other than English.
  4. Satisfactory completion of a proctored proficiency exam administered by the relevant department (NOT a placement exam), if such an exam is offered by that department. The student must demonstrate that his/her proficiency level is equivalent to that of students who have completed four semesters of instruction in the language at IUB.

Completion of high school foreign language courses is not accepted as completion of the requirement.

View the list of foreign languages taught at IUB

The Intensive Writing (CASE IW) requirement provides students with practice in writing, preferably in their major field, under the direction of an instructor well acquainted with the standards of good writing in that discipline.

The requirement is satisfied by completion of a section of a course that is specifically designated CASE IW with a grade of D- or higher. The requirements must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Completion of the CASE EC is a prerequisite for enrolling in a CASE IW course. (Note: CASE IW is section-specific. For example, there may be multiple sections of ENG-L 204 being offered. Only the sections specifically carrying the CASE IW attribute can count toward the CASE IW requirement.)

View the list of CASE IW course sections currently being offered

The Public Oral Communication (CASE POC) requirement prepares students to communicate effectively with public audiences. The requirement emphasizes oral communication as practiced in public contexts: how to advance reasoned claims in public; how to adapt public oral presentations to particular audiences; how to listen to, interpret, and evaluate public discourse; and how to formulate a clear response. The ability to communicate effectively in a public setting is an essential component of a liberal arts education and an important skill needed in every discipline. Employers continually emphasize the need for students to have well-developed oral communication skills.

The requirement is satisfied by completion of a course on the CASE POC course list with a grade of D- or higher.

View the CASE POC course list