Core for Students Starting College Before 2011

Students beginning college work before Fall 2011 must meet the previously established requirements listed below1:

English Composition6
English Composition I
ENGL 1103English Composition I3
ENGL 1107Honors Writing Seminar I3
English Composition II
ENGL 1123English Composition II3
ENGL 1127Honors Writing Seminar II3
English Literature6
World Literature before 1600
World Literature after 1600
British Literature before 1789
ENGL 2233British LIterature before 17893
British Literature after 1789
ENGL 2243British Literature after 17893
American Literature before 1865
ENGL 2253American Literature from Beginnings to 18653
American Literature after 1865
ENGL 2263American Literature After 18653
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Ethics
Ethics and the Health Sciences
Business Ethics
Fine Arts3
The Art of Architecture, Place, and Culture
Appreciation of Music
Introduction to Theatre for Majors I
Introduction to Theatre
Finite Math and Applications
Pre-Calculus Algebra
Pre-Calculus Trigonometry
Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry
Calculus I
Calculus with Business Applications I
Science (in sequence)8
Introduction to Biology
A Survey of Life
Principles of Biology
Organismal Biology
Survey of Chemistry I
Survey of Chemistry II
Fundamentals Chemistry I
Fundamental Chemistry II
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers II
Dynamic Earth
Earth and Life Through Time
Foundations of Physics
General Physics I
General Physics II
Engineering Physics I
Engineering Physics II
Concepts of Science
History (in sequence)6
World History I
World History II
Technology and Civilization I
Technology And Civilization II
The Human Odyssey I
The Human Odyssey II
Social Science6
Group I (select one)
Introduction to Anthropology
Global Geography
Introduction to Psychology
Sociology: Global Perspective
Group II (select one)
Principles of Microeconomics
POLI 1020/1027
Political Economy
American Government in Multicultural World

English Composition Requirements

Students who enroll at Auburn University as freshmen and students who transfer from another institution into Auburn must meet Auburn’s six semester hour English composition requirement. Requirements are based on when the student first began collegiate study and whether the student’s English composition courses were taken at Auburn University. If a student’s particular situation is not covered in the explanations below, or if a student has questions about his or her status, then the student should contact the Director of Composition by calling the Department of English at (334) 844-4620 or via e-mail at

Students beginning collegiate study at Auburn as freshmen in fall 2000 or later must complete English Composition I and II (ENGL 1100 and ENGL 1120 or their online counterparts ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1123) or the Honors equivalents (ENGL 1107 and ENGL 1127) with a grade of C or better in each course. The grades of C or better are required by the Articulation and General Studies Committee agreement. Students who earn a grade of D or F in a composition course at Auburn must repeat that course. Students may repeat the course at another institution, unless they wish to use the grade adjustment policy to exclude the grade of D or F. Students must complete the composition sequence to be eligible to take Core Literature courses.

Transfer students beginning collegiate study at another institution in summer 1998 or later must meet Auburn’s composition requirement. They may do so in one of two ways: (1) take English Composition I and II at another institution, provided these courses are comparable in scope and coverage to ENGL 1100 - ENGL 1120 and there is no duplication of hours, and earn a grade of C or better in each, or (2) take ENGL 1100 - ENGL 1120 (or ENGL 1103 - ENGL 1123 or  ENGL 1107 - ENGL 1127) at Auburn and earn a grade of C or better in each.

Transfer students who have earned a grade of C or better in English Composition I, and earned three semester hours or five quarter hours at another institution will be required to take ENGL 1120 (or ENGL 1123 or ENGL 1127) at Auburn. Students may also fulfill the requirement for ENGL 1120 by taking an English Composition II course at another institution, provided the course is similar in scope and coverage to ENGL 1120 and they earn a grade of C or better.

Transfer students who have been exempted on the basis of standardized test scores from English Composition I carrying five quarter hours or three semester hours at another institution, and who have earned a grade of C or better in a subsequent English composition course at the same institution carrying the same amount of credit, will have fulfilled Auburn’s composition requirement. Transfer students who have been exempted with credit will have both the exemption credit and course credit accepted at Auburn. Transfer students who have been exempted without credit will be given the course credit and, in addition, will be awarded sufficient advanced standing credit to fulfill Auburn’s English composition requirement.

Transfer students who have been exempted from English Composition I at another institution but have had no subsequent English composition course there or have not earned a grade of C or better in the subsequent course must still complete Auburn’s six semester hour freshman composition requirement. However, if they meet any of Auburn’s criteria for exemption from ENGL 1100, they will receive three semester hours of credit for  ENGL 1100 at Auburn and will be required to take ENGL 1120 (or ENGL 1123 or ENGL 1127) at Auburn. Additionally, if they meet any of Auburn’s criteria for exemption from  ENGL 1120, they will receive three semester hours of credit for ENGL 1120.

All transfer students should confer with their major academic advisor concerning the composition requirement as soon as possible after enrolling at Auburn.

Students who enter an undergraduate program at Auburn after receiving a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution are exempt from meeting the composition requirement. 

All students may be eligible to exempt  ENGL 1100 and/or ENGL 1120 with credit on the basis of their score in one of the following standardized tests: the English portion of the ACT; the verbal portion of the SAT; the International Baccalaureate English A1 exam; or the CEEB Advanced Placement Exam in English. Note that CLEP test scores are not eligible for exemption. The exemption scores for each test are reviewed each year and are available in the Auburn University Advanced Placement Program, which is distributed by the Office of the Registrar  (

Literature Requirements

Students beginning college work in Fall 2011 or after must take at least one Core literature course. They may take a second course in the same literature to complete a sequence. Completion of the freshman composition requirement is a pre-requisite for all the literature courses.

All Auburn students beginning college work before Fall 2011 must fulfill the Core Curriculum literature requirements by taking one of four sequences:

ENGL 2200/2203/2207World Literature before 16003
World Literature after 1600
ENGL 2230/2233British Literature before 17893
British Literature after 1789
ENGL 2250/2253American Literature before 18653
American Literature after 1865
ENGL 2270African American Literature Before 19003
African American Literature After 1900

Literature courses taken at other institutions may fulfill the Core literature requirement with the following provisions:

  1. Students may transfer as equivalents of the three sequences for Core Curriculum credit only sophomore-level literature survey courses covering a broad historical period.
  2. Students transferring a single literature course may receive credit for ENGL 2200 only if it is the first course in a World Literature sequence and includes literature of the ancient world. Any survey of modern literature (beginning at any time after 1600 and extending to the present), whether world literature or a national literature, will transfer as credit for ENGL 2210.
  3. Freshman literature courses and literature courses based on genres (poetry, the short story, the novel), themes, or narrowly defined historical periods will not fulfill the Core literature requirements but are eligible for transfer as electives.

    Students or advisors with special questions about placement or credit for the Core literature requirements may contact the Director of Core Literature through the Department of English at (334) 844-4620 or via e-mail at

History Requirements

One of the purposes of the university’s Core Curriculum is to give students an understanding of their culture and its backgrounds. Course sequences designed especially for this purpose are those in World History and Technology and Civilization. Native students beginning college work before Fall 2011 must earn six hours of credit in one of these sequences. Students beginning college work in Fall 2011 or after must have at least one Core history course and a complete Core sequence in either literature or history.

Credit in history earned at another institution may be allowed on transfer as shown below in meeting this particular requirement.

  1. If transfer students have three hours in the first course of a broad, introductory two-course sequence in world history or western civilization or technology and civilization or U.S. history they must complete a history sequence, by taking HIST 1020/HIST 1027 (for world history and western civilization), HIST 1220/HIST 1227(for tech. and civ.) or HIST 2020 (for U.S. history). A transfer student who has taken the last course in a similar two-course sequence would take HIST 1010/HIST 1017or HIST 1210/HIST 1217or HIST 2010/HIST 2017 to complete a sequence.
  2.  Students entering an undergraduate program at Auburn, after earning bachelors’ degrees from other accredited universities, may be exempted from the history requirements unless their curricula specify otherwise.