School of General Education


The School of General Education offers the general education courses that are required for the undergraduate degree programs, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Undergraduate and Graduate Pathway Programs.

IAU seeks to provide its students with an education rich in diverse experiences and perspectives. Such an education is intended to provide students with knowledge and perspectives fostering adaptability and flexibility in a changing world, as well as enhancing students’ understanding of, and tolerance for, differences among peoples.

The coursework is considered foundational and meant to ground students in various disciplines before advancing to their major field of study. The program has required courses which provide students with a broad educational foundation through exposure to diverse disciplines, including the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, mathematics, and the arts; and the development of intellectual skills, such as critical thinking and communication.

The School of General Education also offers English language classes and programs to nonnative speakers of English to help them succeed in college, at their jobs, and in the community. Students can take classes at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Adult students from all cultures and educational backgrounds may enroll in our ESL classes and programs in order to improve their English to accomplish their own unique English goal. Some students take ESL classes to improve their English to succeed in other college courses, some take classes to find or keep a job, and some take classes to improve their communication with their family, neighbors, co-workers and community. The ESL Department is here to help students with all of their needs.

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Pathway Programs