We believe that all Izmir University of Economics students should gain certain intellectual skills in order to recognize the depth of human knowledge and the responsibilities of concerned and engaged citizens of the world. General Education Courses (GEC) lie at the center of the intellectually transformative mission of IUE and aims to prepare students for meaningful lives of civic and ethical engagement in an ever-changing world. General Education, in essence, augments the specialized abilities students acquire in their departmental study and aims to produce practical wisdom: it asks IUE students to consider how they will best use their liberal arts and sciences educations in order to serve humanity.

This set of courses from across the spectrum of liberal arts and sciences transcends disciplinary boundaries, challenges students to make intellectual connections across various specializations, and explores fascinating social, cultural, scientific, and historical topics while encouraging critical thinking and ethical reasoning, and helping to understand the cultures and values that shape them.

To fulfill General Education requirements, students will take courses from these topical areas:


POOL 004 - GEC- Social Sciences B: Humanities and Social Sciences
CodePre.Course NameTheoryApp/LabLocal CreditsECTS
GEHU 203 Modern World History3035
GEHU 204 Fundamentals of Philosophy 3036
GEHU 205 Social Problems3036
GEHU 206 Italian Culture3034
GEHU 207 Turkish Cuisine Culture3036
GEHU 209 History of Civilizations I3036
GEHU 210 Principles of Social Sciences I3036
GEHU 215 Introduction to Politics3036
GEHU 301 Storytelling in Brand Communication3035
GEHU 302 Popular Culture3036
GEHU 303 Ecology, Politics, Planetary Thinking3034
GEHU 307 Everyday Life and Sociology3036
POOL 005 - GEC- Social Sciences C: Arts and Communication
CodePre.Course NameTheoryApp/LabLocal CreditsECTS
GEAR 203 Masterpieces in Music History3034
GEAR 206 Eras and Composers in Music3036
GEAR 211 Communication, Literature and Philosophy3035
GEAR 212 Basic Photography2236
GEAR 213 Art Movements and Artists of the 20th Century3034
GEAR 214 Presentation Skills in Communication1234
GEAR 216 Visual Literacy3035
GEAR 220  Fine and Applied Arts from the Ottoman Era to Contemporary Turkey 3034
GEAR 301 Introduction to Arts and Drawing3036
GEAR 302 World Museums3036
GEAR 303 Clothes in the Movies2234
GEAR 305 Turkish Cinema3034
GEAR 306 Hollywood Cinema3034
GEAR 307 Contemporary World Cinema3034
GEAR 308 Contemporary Debates and Practise in Photography3035
GEAR 309 Film Seminar: A Cinema in the Shade I3034
GEAR 310 Film Seminar: A Cinema in the Shade II3034
GEAR 322 Universal Design3034
POOL 006 - GEC- Social Awareness and Ethics
CodePre.Course NameTheoryApp/LabLocal CreditsECTS
GEET 202 Multiculturalism and Globalization3035
GEET 203 Drugs and Society3034
GEET 304 Ethical Decision Making3034
GEET 309 Occupational Health and Safety3035
GEET 310 Gender and Media3034
GEET 311 Politics of Human Rights3034
GEET 312 History of the Women’s Rights Movement3036
POOL 007 - GEC-Innovation and Entreprenuership
CodePre.Course NameTheoryApp/LabLocal CreditsECTS
GEIN 304 Applied Entrepreneurship and Innovation4046
GEIN 310 Innovation in Technology3035
GEIN 314 Service Design Project2234
GEIN 316 Innovative Design Strategies2234
GEIN 425 Service Design Project2234