Requirements — General Education

General Education Program Requirements

Aurora University has implemented an updated General Education program that applies to all new students entering the university as of Summer 2014. (Students who entered in previous years should consult the catalog pertaining to their first academic year at Aurora University in regard to 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 conections within the course and with their other courses. Students are actively encouraged to use their elective choices to build on the breadth of learning being provided within the core.

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

5. IDS2030  Science and Society

6. IDS3040  Global Justice

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

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.