Undergraduate Certificate in Core Competencies

Do you have college credit but no time to complete a degree program? Or are you a working adult seeking a degree with no college credit who can’t commit to a full-time class schedule? The Certificate in Core Competencies is an introductory credential that will allow you to attain your degree on your schedule, at your own pace.

This certificate program is open to anyone with a high school diploma or GED who meets IU Southeast’s admission requirements. It is similarly available to admitted high school students. The program is offered fully on-campus with many evening classes, fully online, or a combination of the two formats for ultimate flexibility. The coursework is designed to be completed in one year (full time) or two years (part-time).

Upon completion of the Certificate in Core Competencies program, you’ll be ready to declare a major and pursue a degree in the field of your choice.

Certificate Information

29 Credits
Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0

The certification consists of 29 credits in courses from Arts and Letters, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Students must achieve and maintain a 2.0 grade point average in order to earn the certificate. The course of study gives students basic General Education skills corresponding to the following LEAP categories: Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical World; Intellectual and Practical Skills; Personal and Social Responsibility; Integrative and Applied Learning.

All classes are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.

Fall Semester (9 credit hours)

  •  ENG-W 131 - Written Communications
  • SPCH-S 121 - Oral Communication
  • MATH-M 110 - Quantitative Reasoning

Spring Semester (11 credit hours)

  • Social Science (on rotation)
  • Science and Lab (on rotation, 5 credit hours)
  • Arts, Humanities (on rotation)

Summer Semester (9 credit hours)

  • Social Science or Arts / Humanities (on rotation)
  • Ethics or Diversity
  • ENG-W 290 - Written Communication

Note: This certificate, plus completion of the 1-credit Freshmen year Seminar (FYS) satisfies the campus General Education, as well as the Indiana Statewide General Education requirements.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), undergraduate certificates are a great way to fast-track your career in an affordable way.

When time and money are a major concern, certificates allow recipients to gain skills in their field of choice in a relatively short period of time, usually less than a year, and for a price that won’t break the bank.

Many of IU Southeast’s certificate programs are stackable – meaning that you can use the credit hours earned for your certificate toward an associate or bachelor degree program.

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