Frequently Asked Questions

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Can courses double-count across requirements?

Some Global Miami Plan courses will appear in two or more Foundation areas. For example, ARC188 is classified as a course in the Creative Arts as well as in the Humanities; it appears, then in Foundation IIA (creative arts) and Foundation IIB (humanities). Students who take such courses may use them to fulfill one Foundation requirement only.

Like GMP Foundation courses, Intercultural Perspectives, Advanced Writing, and Experiential Learning courses can only be used in one requirement.

Global Miami Plan Requirement Exceptions

  • 3 credit hours can count in both a GMP Foundation I-V requirement and the Thematic Sequence. This exception does not include a course being used in the Advanced Writing, Experiential Learning, Intercultural Perspectives, or Senior Capstone requirements.
  • If a course meets both the Experiential Learning and Senior Capstone requirements, then, both will count on the student’s transcript. In some cases, if the Senior Capstone does not carry the Experiential Learning, students may petition for Experiential Learning with instructor and/or LEC permission.
  • Intercultural Perspectives designation approved courses can count for both FNDIII and Intercultural Perspectives if they are taken while studying abroad.
  • FND III International Students: Global Miami Plan courses taken at Miami University or transfer courses from a country outside your country of origin.

How do I petition courses for the Global Miami Plan?

In some cases, students may take a course or courses that incorporate the Miami Plan principles but have not been approved as Miami Plan Foundation, Thematic Sequence, or Senior Capstone courses. These may be courses transferred from another institution, study abroad experiences, or courses taken at Miami that have not received Miami Plan Foundation, Thematic Sequence, or Senior Capstone designation.

Students may submit a petition to the Office of Liberal Education in order to receive Miami Plan Foundation, Thematic Sequence, or Senior Capstone credit for such courses. Petitions are reviewed by the University Director of Liberal Education. Please complete the online Petition to Modify the Miami Plan Requirements. All components of the petition must be completed before it will be reviewed. A careful review of this website and the description and requirements of the Global Miami Plan that pertains to you may also be helpful in determining whether or not the course(s) you are petitioning fit the spirit of the Global Miami Plan.

How do I get my Service Learning designated section to satisfy Experiential Learning?

It will be handled after the term the Service Learning course is successfully completed. Many majors at Miami University have the Experiential Learning component built into the major. If your declared major does not have this component built-in processes behind the scenes will be run to determine eligibility and if eligible, the course will be applied to Experiential Learning. There is no need to petition or notify Liberal Education.

How do I apply study abroad credits to Foundation III?

If you studied abroad through another institution's program, your credits may not automatically apply to the Foundation III Study Abroad requirement. This typically happens when your credits transfer back to Miami as "T" credits (i.e., ART T01). Your credits will still apply, but you will need to submit a request in writing to the Office of Liberal Education for your credits to be applied on your Degree Audit Report. To do so, send an email to Include your full name, Banner ID#, and the courses you would like to have applied to Foundation III Study Abroad. Please list the courses as they appear on your Miami University academic record.

I am an international student. How do I meet Global Miami Plan Foundation III requirements?

International (non-immigrant visa-carrying) students may complete the Global Miami Plan’s Foundation III through 6 hours of Global Miami Plan course work. This exception acknowledges that international students at Miami are, at the very least, matching intercultural and transnational experiences of U.S. students who meet Foundation III through study abroad. In addition, this exception is designed to allow international students some flexibility in the choice of courses while still ensuring that these courses include liberal education experiences.

Specifically, this exception allows international students to satisfy Foundation III by counting any 6-credits from any courses taken at Miami University in the Global Miami Plan that is not being applied to any of the other liberal education requirements. The courses selected to meet Foundation III, in other words, can be approved Foundation courses, courses from a Thematic Sequence, or a Capstone, so long as those courses are not being used to complete other Foundation, Thematic Sequence, or Capstone requirements. Courses used to meet this requirement must be Miami University courses approved as liberal education courses or approved transfer courses taken outside the student’s country of origin. For a full list of approved Global Miami Plan courses, consult the appropriate section on this website.

Submit the designation form after you have declared your Thematic Sequence (or after you have declared a minor outside your department of major or a second major in another department, if you are planning to complete the Thematic Sequence in these ways). Also, we advise you submit this form after the courses you list appear on your DAR as completed or in progress. Following this process helps us assure that there is no overlap between requirements and helps to reduce need to make substitutions at a later date.

How do I design a Thematic Sequence or Senior Capstone?

The purpose of the self-designed Thematic Sequence or Senior Capstone is to provide students with the opportunity to design a specialized Thematic Sequence or Senior Capstone beyond those that are currently offered. Providing this opportunity, the university invites students to create a course of study reflective of requirements and goals represented by the Global Miami Plan and relevant to students' specific academic, professional, social, and political concerns.

Students may submit self-designed Thematic Sequence and self-designed Senior Capstone petitions to the Office of Liberal Education. petitions are reviewed by the University Director of Liberal Education. Please complete the online Self-Designed Thematic Sequence petition or the online Self-Designed Senior Capstone petition. All components of the petition must be completed before it will be reviewed.