Requirements — General Education

General Education Program Requirements

Aurora University is implementing an updated General Education program that applies to all new students entering the university as of Summer 2016. (Students who entered the university from Summer 2014 through Spring 2016 should see below; students who entered prior to Summer 2014 should consult the undergraduate catalog in place when they entered in regard to their General Education requirements.)  

The General Education curriculum is designed to contribute to a student's growth throughout the first three years of study, allowing students to develop essential academic skills and to shape their sense of purpose, responsibility, and global citizenship. In particular, the interdisciplinary core courses within the curriculum draw primarily on full-time faculty, allowing students to develop early ties with faculty within and beyond their majors. These courses provide a shared experience for all Aurora University students, while encouraging them to make connections within a course and with their other courses.

In addition, the university has added a course requirement in each of five broad categories to ensure breadth of study and engagement with a range of approaches, perspectives, and resources. Similarly, students are actively encouraged to use their elective choices to contribute to a balanced education consistent with the liberal arts tradition. Finally, in the junior year, a mentoring process begins that allows students to interact closely with faculty members in regard to the successful completion of their course of study and their readiness for endeavors beyond Aurora University.

General Education requirements (with no grades lower than “C”) are as follows:

1. Mathematical competency requirement (see below)

2. ENG1000 Introduction to Academic Writing

3. IDS1610  Being Human: Ethics and Morality

4. IDS2020  Trajectories of Human History or IDS2030  Science and Society

5. IDS3040  Global Justice

6. Participation in a junior-year mentoring process designed to guide students to successful completion of their degree and to encourage planning for next steps beyond graduation.

7. Completion of a course in each of the following five categories of at least 2.5 semester hours (students may use major courses and tranfer credit to meet this requirement):

(a) Creative and Artistic Expression (e.g., coursework in art, arts and human experience, English, music, theatre)

(b) Cultures and Civilizations (e.g., coursework in history, philosophy, religion, foreign languages, Latino studies)

(c) Individual and Society (e.g., coursework in sociology, psychology, economics, political science, social and behavioral science)

(d) Scientific Reasoning and Qualitative Analysis (e.g., coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, natural science, math, computer science)

(e) Integration and Application (e.g., coursework in accounting, applied behavioral analysis, athletic training, business, communication, communication sciences and disorders, criminal justice, education, finance, health education, management information technology, marketing, museum studies, nursing, physical education, servant leadership, social work, special education)

Ways to Satisfy the Mathematical Competency Requirement

As part of the General Education program, students will demonstrate mathematical competency by coursework, or by performance on a university competency examination, or on the basis of their ACT math subscore (or SAT equivalent). The General Education requirement may therefore be satisfied by any of the following:

1. ACT math subscore of 25 or higher (or SAT equivalent).

2. A grade of “C” or better in MTH1100 College Algebra.

3. A grade of “C” or better in MTH1110 Quantitative Reasoning.

4. A grade of “C” or better in each course within the MTH1210/MTH1220/NSM2500 sequence (only elementary education majors may use this sequence to satisfy the competency requirement).

5. A grade of “C” or better in any other math class for which MTH1100 or MTH1110 is a prerequisite.

6. Demonstrated math competency via an AU mathematical competency examination.   

Expectations as to when ENG1000 and required IDS courses are taken:

a.   New first-year students are expected to take either ENG1000 or IDS1610 in the first semester at Aurora University, and then the other course in the second semester.

b.   These students should not take IDS2020 or IDS2030 until their second year at Aurora University; the courses may be taken in either order. Successful completion of IDS1610 and ENG1000 with a grade of “C” or better is a prerequisite for IDS2020 and IDS2030.

c.   These students should not take IDS3040 until their third year at Aurora University. Successful completion of IDS2020 and IDS2030 with a grade of “C” or better is a prerequisite for IDS3040.

d.   New transfer students will be advised as to the best timing to take the first of any required IDS courses. They will otherwise follow the progression outlined above.

General Education Requirements for Students Who Entered Aurora University from Summer 2014 through Spring 2016

Students entering in this first stage of general education revision have similar requirements to those listed above. However, the differences are as follows:

1. Students need to take both IDS2020 and IDS2030

2. Students are not responsible for the five categories of "distribution" requirements (i.e., students do not need to demonstrate they have taken coursework in "Creative and Artistic Expression," etc.)