Requirements — General Education

These requirements will apply to students enrolling at AU in the 2017-2018 academic year. Current students can find the requirements that apply to them by consulting the relevant academic catalog.

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 distribution 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 students will participate in a Junior Year Mentoring Program 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. Satisfactory participation in the junior-year mentoring and assessment process designed to guide students to successful completion of their degree and to encourage planning for next steps beyond graduation. (IDS3500 and IDS3550) - IDS3500/3550 are not required for ADC and AU Online students.
  7. One 4 semester hour course in each of the five categories (multiple courses may be accumulated to satisfy the Creative and Artistic Expression category; a transfer course equating to at least 2.50 semester hours will satisfy a category).

Distribution Category

Course Codes

Creative and Artistic Expression

(Includes PED/THE 1320 and PED/THE 3025)

Cultures and Civilizations


Individual and Society

(Includes PED/PSY 3480)

Scientific Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis


Integration and Application


*The following course may not be used to satisfy the Creative and Artistic Expression category - ENG1000

**The following courses may not be used to satisfy the Scientific Reasoning and Quantitative Analysis category - MTH1010, MTH1100, MTH1110, MTH1120, MTH1210, or MTH1220.

Additional General Education coursework for GWC students:

  • GWC1000: GWC Experience (GWC students only)

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 (GWC students can also fulfill this requirement with a grade of “C” or better in GEN1200 Mathematical Reasoning for Science and Management).
  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.

Additional General Education Course Planning Considerations:

  1. A new first-year student is expected to take either ENG1000 or IDS1610 in the first semester at Aurora University, and then the other course in the second semester. These students should take IDS2020 or IDS2030 in the second year at Aurora University and IDS3040 and IDS3500/3550 during their third year.
  2. First-year students wishing to meet the ENG1000 requirement via CLEP or AP credit must have official score results submitted to the Registrar’s Office prior to the beginning of their first term of attendance, or registration in ENG1000 will be required during the first year of study.
  3. A single course may be used to satisfy a major requirement and a General Education requirement.
  4. No single course may be used to satisfy more than one General Education requirement.
  5. Students can transfer in courses from departments at other colleges that do not have counterparts at AU and still receive distribution credit as appropriate. A list of equivalencies will be maintained by the Registrar’s Office.
  6. New transfer students will be advised as to the best timing to take any required IDS courses (see “General Education Requirements for Transfer Students”). They will otherwise follow the progression outlined above.
  7. Transfer students entering without having completed an English Composition course equivalent to ENG1000 must complete the requirement as early in their Aurora University career as possible. Transfer students who have transferred in the equivalent of ENG2010 need not take ENG1000. (No credit will be given for ENG1000.) Under no circumstances should a transfer student earn more than nine semester hours at Aurora University or accumulate a total of 84 semester hours toward graduation without enrolling in ENG1000 if this General Education requirement has not already been met by transfer credit, CLEP credit, or AP credit. Transfer students wishing to meet the ENG1000 requirement via CLEP are required to take the examination during their first term of attendance. Once a transfer student has enrolled at Aurora University, the ENG1000 requirement must be met via CLEP and/or appropriate Aurora University coursework. Transfer of English composition courses taken after a student enrolls at Aurora University will not be authorized.

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 and should consult the undergraduate catalog in place (2014-15 or 2015-16) when they entered in regard to their specific General Education requirements.