Current Students

Currently there are three different Global Miami Plans.


Frequently Asked Questions

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

Global Miami Plan Requirement Exceptions

  • 3 credit hours can count in both a GMP requirement and the Thematic Sequence.
  • In some cases and with LEC permission beforehand, students may fulfill the Experiential Learning requirement as part of their Capstone.
  • Students who have studied abroad may count 3 of those study abroad credit hours simultaneously with Intercultural Perspectives.

How do I modify Miami Plan requirements?

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 Miami Plan.


I plan to study abroad. How do I get my credits to apply 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 miamiplan@MiamiOH.edu. 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?

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 course 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. 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 my own 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 proposals to the Office of Liberal Education. Proposals are reviewed by the University Director of Liberal Education. Please complete the online Self-Designed Thematic Sequence Proposal or the online Self-Designed Senior Capstone Proposal. All components of the proposal must be completed before it will be reviewed.