General Education Department

All students studying at VIU are expected to have the skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform in the modern, globally oriented workforce. The general education courses at VIU provide the skills and knowledge which are crucial to an undergraduate student’s academic success in college, university, and beyond. To guarantee this student success, VIU’s General Education Department employs a balanced approach to help students acquire the skills that are used across disciplines, levels, and professions.

Program Mission

The mission of the General Education Department is to prepare VIU students to obtain the necessary skill set to be well-prepared for their academic programs; shape their world view as an individuals; foster engagement and motivated creativity; and to simply be able to contribute to the society as an accomplished human being.

Program Structure

The General Education Department requires completion of a total of 36 credits (12 courses) prior to graduation. Undergraduate students are required to meet the General Education Department requirements consisting of courses across six divisions: Arts and Humanities (six credits), Social Sciences and Cross Cultural Studies (six credits), Natural Sciences (six credits), Mathematical Studies (three credits), Communications (nine credits), and Languages (six credits). Students are able to choose among courses within a division unless otherwise noted by their academic program of study or school. Students should choose courses in consultation with their academic advisor who will provide suggestions for courses relevant to the student’s academic discipline.

Division Number of Courses Credit Hours
A. Arts and Humanities 2 6
B. Communications 3 9
C. Languages 2 6
D. Mathematical Sciences 1 3
E. Natural Sciences 2 6
F. Social Sciences and Cross Cultural Studies 2 6
Total 12 36

VIU Policy on Completion of General Education Requirements

In the interest of providing an enriched academic classroom experience for undergraduate students, VIU has set forth the following regulations on the completion of the General Education component of the bachelor’s degree programs.

General Education courses comprise a total of 36 credit hours of any bachelor’s degree at Virginia International University.  This is a total of 30% of the undergraduate degree requirements. General Education at VIU provides a clear foundation for all of the courses that a student will take throughout the academic program of study. In the interest of promoting an environment that engenders the intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity required of well-rounded students, VIU requires that all students complete all 36 hours of general education courses by the time the student reaches completion of 60 semester credit hours of study.

If for extenuating circumstances, a student has not met all general education requirements by the time they complete their 60th credit, they will be required to work with their academic advisor to create a General Education Completion Plan. The plan outlines the steps that the student will be required to take to complete their General Education requirements in a clear and expeditious manner. Upon approval by the student and academic advisor, the plan would be submitted to the General Education Department for final approval. The head of the General Education department will then submit the finalized form to the registrar before the end of the add/drop period in the semester following the completion of the 60th credit.

The plan will be monitored on a semesterly basis until such time that the plan has been fulfilled and all general education requirements have been met. If the plan is put into place and not followed by the student, further disciplinary action may be taken, including an Academic Warning.

General Education Requirements Completion Plan Form