General Education

As you work toward your bachelor’s degree at NIU, you’ll complete general education requirements in addition to your major requirements. General education courses will give you a solid foundation for your future studies and career.

You’ll complete 33 credit hours of general education courses in Foundational Studies and Knowledge Domains. You can “double count” up to six credit hours approved for both your major and general education.

At NIU, you can customize your general education to match your interests by following a pathway. From personalizing your classes in your first semester to earning a notation on your transcript when you graduate, pathways give you the opportunity to enhance your learning—and be recognized for it.

If you are a current NIU student with questions about general education requirements, please contact your academic advisor. For prospective students with questions about NIU’s general education program, please email or call 815-753-0446.

NIU faculty and staff members can find information about general education assessment and adding or removing courses from pathways and Knowledge Domains in Forms and Resources.