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Core Curriculum

The purpose of the Auburn University Core Curriculum is to foster the development of educated citizens and to help students begin to attain the University’s General Education Goals – the knowledge, skills, and perspectives that are hallmarks of an Auburn graduate. By completing courses that introduce the General Education Goals and that represent a range of disciplines in the humanities, the sciences and mathematics, and the social sciences, students begin to acquire an educated appreciation of the natural world, of human life, and of the interactions between them. In this way students are provided a broad foundation for the learning experience and are prepared for the degree programs in their chosen field of study.

The seven broad General Education Goals are made more specific through ten associated student learning outcomes. Each course approved for the Core Curriculum both represents a key academic discipline and focuses on helping students reach at least one General Education Student Learning Outcome (SLO). Thus students are working to attain these key outcomes as they learn about broad fields of study. Some approved Core courses focus on more than one General Education Student Learning Outcome, and most of these outcomes are addressed by more than one course, providing students with choices. Likewise, Core courses offer students several options within the broad areas of the humanities, sciences and mathematics, and the social sciences. Effective fall semester 2011, students must satisfy Core Curriculum requirements by completing at least one course focused on each General Education Student Learning Outcome and at the same time completing the indicated minimum number of credit-hours in English Composition, the humanities, science and mathematics, and the social sciences. With appropriate planning, students should be able to satisfy both requirements in no more than 41-42 credit-hours.

The approved Core courses are listed below, grouped by the General Education Student Learning Outcome they address. Courses ending in “7” are Honors courses. Distance versions of approved core courses may also be taken to fulfill University core requirements.  

Students will be information literate (SLO 1).
ENGL 1120English Composition II 13
or ENGL 1127 Honors Writing Seminar II
Students will be able to read analytically and critically (SLO 2).
ENGL 2200/2203/2207World Literature before 16003
ENGL 2210/2213/2217World Literature after 16003
ENGL 2230British Literature before 17893
ENGL 2240British Literature after 17893
ENGL 2250American Literature before 18653
ENGL 2260American Literature after 18653
HONR 1007Honors Technology and Culture I 13
HONR 1017Honors Technology and Culture II 13
HONR 1027Honors Sustainability and the Modern World I 13
HONR 1037Honors Sustainability and the Modern World II 13
PHIL 1010/1017Introduction to Logic 13
PHIL 1020/1023/1027Introduction to Ethics 13
PHIL 1030/1037Ethics and the Health Sciences 13
PHIL 1040Business Ethics 13
PHIL 1050Introduction to Political Philosophy 13
PHIL 1060Philosophy East and West 13
PHIL 1070Art, Value, and Society 13
PHIL 1080Introduction to Philosophy of Religion 13
PHIL 1090Philosophy of Race and Gender 13
PHIL 1100/1103Introduction to Philosophy 13
PHIL 1110Ethical and Conceptual Foundations of Science3
Students will be able to critique and construct an argument effectively (SLO 3).
ENGL 2200/2203/2207World Literature before 16003
ENGL 2210/2213/2217World Literature after 16003
ENGL 2230British Literature before 17893
ENGL 2240British Literature after 17893
ENGL 2250American Literature before 18653
ENGL 2260American Literature after 18653
HONR 1007Honors Technology and Culture I 13
HONR 1017Honors Technology and Culture II 13
HONR 1027Honors Sustainability and the Modern World I 13
HONR 1037Honors Sustainability and the Modern World II 13
PHIL 1010/1017Introduction to Logic 13
PHIL 1020/1023/1027Introduction to Ethics 13
PHIL 1030/1037Ethics and the Health Sciences 13
PHIL 1040Business Ethics 13
PHIL 1050Introduction to Political Philosophy 13
PHIL 1060Philosophy East and West 13
PHIL 1070Art, Value, and Society 13
PHIL 1080Introduction to Philosophy of Religion 13
PHIL 1090Philosophy of Race and Gender 13
PHIL 1100/1103Introduction to Philosophy 13
PHIL 1110Ethical and Conceptual Foundations of Science3
Students will be able to apply simple mathematical methods to real-world problems (SLO 4).
MATH 1100Finite Math and Applications 13
MATH 1120/1123Pre-Calculus Algebra 13
MATH 1130/1133Pre-Calculus Trigonometry 13
MATH 1150/1153Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry 14
MATH 1610/1613/1617Calculus I 14
MATH 1680/1683Calculus with Business Applications I 14
Students will be able to write effectively (SLO 6).
ENGL 1100English Composition I3
or ENGL 1107 Honors Writing Seminar I
ENGL 1120English Composition II 13
or ENGL 1127 Honors Writing Seminar II
Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills(SLO 7).2
COMM 1000/1003Public Speaking3
Students will be informed and engaged citizens of the United States and the world (SLO 8).
ECON 2020/2023/2027Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 2030/2033/2037Principles of Macroeconomics3
HIST 1010/1013/1017World History I 13
HIST 1020/1027World History II 13
HIST 1210/1217Technology and Civilization I 13
HIST 1220/1227Technology And Civilization II 13
HONR 1007Honors Technology and Culture I 13
HONR 1017Honors Technology and Culture II 13
HONR 1027Honors Sustainability and the Modern World I3
HONR 1037Honors Sustainability and the Modern World II3
POLI 1050/1057Global Politics and Issues3
POLI 1090/1097American Government in Multicultural World3
SUST 2000Introduction to Sustainability3
UNIV 2710/HONR 2717The Human Odyssey I 13
UNIV 2720/HONR 2727The Human Odyssey II 13
Students will understand and appreciate the diversity of and within societies of the United States and the world (SLO 9).
ANTH 1000/1003/1007Introduction to Anthropology3
FLGC 1150/1153Global Fluency and Awareness3
GEOG 1010/1017Global Geography3
HIST 1010/1013/1017World History I 13
HIST 1020/1027World History II 13
HIST 1210/1217Technology and Civilization I 13
HIST 1220/1227Technology And Civilization II 13
PSYC 2010/2013/2017Introduction to Psychology3
SOCY 1000/1007Sociology: Global Perspective3
UNIV 2710/HONR 2717The Human Odyssey I 13
UNIV 2720/HONR 2727The Human Odyssey II 13
Students will understand and appreciate methods and issues of science and technology (SLO 10).
BIOL 1000Introduction to Biology4
BIOL 1010A Survey of Life4
BIOL 1020/1027Principles of Biology4
BIOL 1030/1037Organismal Biology4
CHEM 1010
CHEM 1011
Survey of Chemistry I
and Survey of Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 1020
CHEM 1021
Survey of Chemistry II
and Survey of Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHEM 1030
CHEM 1031
Fundamentals Chemistry I
and Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 1040
CHEM 1041
Fundamental Chemistry II
and Fundamental Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 1117
CHEM 1118
Honors General Chemistry I
and Honors General Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1121
General Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
CHEM 1127
CHEM 1128
Honors General Chemistry II
and Honors General Chemistry II Laboratory
4
GEOL 1100/1107Dynamic Earth4
GEOL 1110/1117Earth and Life Through Time4
PHYS 1000Foundations of Physics4
PHYS 1150Astronomy4
PHYS 1500General Physics I4
PHYS 1510General Physics II4
PHYS 1600/1607Engineering Physics I 34
PHYS 1610/1617Engineering Physics II4
SCMH 1010/1017Concepts of Science4
Students will understand and appreciate the arts and aesthetics as ways of knowing and engaging with the world (SLO 11).
ARCH 2600The Art of Architecture, Place, and Culture3
ARTS 1510/1513Looking at Art: Approaches to Interpretation3
ARTS 1710/1717Introduction to Art History I3
ARTS 1720/1727Introduction to Art History II3
ARTS 1730/1737Introduction to Art History III3
ENGL 2200/2203/2207World Literature before 16003
ENGL 2210/2213/2217World Literature after 16003
ENGL 2230British Literature before 17893
ENGL 2240British Literature after 17893
ENGL 2250American Literature before 18653
ENGL 2260American Literature after 18653
ENVD 2040Design, Invention and Society3
MUSI 2730/2733/2737Appreciation of Music3
MUSI 2740/2743Survey of Popular Music3
MUSI 2750Music and Science3
MDIA 2350Introduction To Film Studies3
THEA 2010/2013/2017Introduction to Theatre3
THEA 2020Aesthetics of Acting3
1

Course focuses on more than one General Education Outcome.

2

For some students, the Oral Communication Outcome is addressed in one or more courses in the major rather than in the Core Curriculum.

3

A student who completes PHYS 1600/07, may be permitted to complete the Physics sequence with PHYS 1510 in some majors. A student should consult his or her academic advisor for more information. 

Students must also satisfy Core requirements in terms of broad academic areas. Approved Core courses grouped by the four required academic areas are listed below:

English Composition: 6 hours required
ENGL 1100English Composition I3
or ENGL 1107 Honors Writing Seminar I
ENGL 1120English Composition II3
or ENGL 1127 Honors Writing Seminar II
Total Hours6
Humanities: 12 total hours required (Note: Students who enroll in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering beginning in Fall 2014 are required to complete 9  hours of Humanities.)
Literature (at least 3 hours)

All students must complete at least one literature course and a history sequence OR a literature sequence and at least one history course.

Select at least one of the following:3-6
World Literature before 1600
World Literature after 1600
British Literature before 1789
British Literature after 1789
American Literature before 1865
American Literature after 1865
Fine Arts (at least 3 hrs)

Students must complete at least one fine arts course from this list.

Select one of the following:3
The Art of Architecture, Place, and Culture
Looking at Art: Approaches to Interpretation
Introduction to Art History I
Introduction to Art History II
Introduction to Art History III
Design, Invention and Society
Appreciation of Music
Survey of Popular Music
Music and Science
Introduction To Film Studies
Introduction to Theatre
Other Humanities Choices

In addition to the Literature and Fine Arts courses listed above, students may select courses from this list to complete the required 12 hours in Humanities.

COMM 1000/1003Public Speaking3
FLGC 1150/1153Global Fluency and Awareness3
HONR 1017Honors Technology and Culture II3
PHIL 1010/1017Introduction to Logic3
PHIL 1020/1023/1027Introduction to Ethics3
PHIL 1030/1037Ethics and the Health Sciences3
PHIL 1040Business Ethics3
PHIL 1050Introduction to Political Philosophy3
PHIL 1060Philosophy East and West3
PHIL 1070Art, Value, and Society3
PHIL 1080Introduction to Philosophy of Religion3
PHIL 1090Philosophy of Race and Gender3
PHIL 1100/1103Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 1110Ethical and Conceptual Foundations of Science3
UNIV 2710/HONR 2717The Human Odyssey I3
Science and Mathematics: 11-12 hours required
Mathematics (3-4 hrs)

Students must complete at least one mathematics course from this list.

Select one of the following:3-4
Finite Math and Applications
Pre-Calculus Algebra
Pre-Calculus Trigonometry
Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry
Calculus I
Calculus with Business Applications I
Science sequence (8 hrs)

Students must complete a sequence from this list.

Select one of the following Series:8
Series A
Introduction to Biology
A Survey of Life
Series B
Principles of Biology
Organismal Biology
Series C
Survey of Chemistry I
and Survey of Chemistry I Laboratory
Survey of Chemistry II
and Survey of Chemistry II Laboratory
Series D
Fundamentals Chemistry I
and Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory
Fundamental Chemistry II
and Fundamental Chemistry II Laboratory
Series E
Select one of the following:
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
Honors General Chemistry I
and Honors General Chemistry I Laboratory
And select one of the following:
General Chemistry for Scientists and Engineers II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Honors General Chemistry II
and Honors General Chemistry II Laboratory
Series F
Dynamic Earth
Earth and Life Through Time
Series G
General Physics I
General Physics II
Series H
Engineering Physics I
Engineering Physics II 3
Series I
Soils and Life (Series I)
Crops and Life
Series J
Concepts of Science 1
A Survey of Life 2
Series K
Concepts of Science 1
Survey of Chemistry I
and Survey of Chemistry I Laboratory 2
Series L
Concepts of Science 1
Dynamic Earth 2
Series M
Concepts of Science 1
Foundations of Physics 2
Series N
Concepts of Science 1
Astronomy 2
Social Sciences: 12 hours total required (Note: Students who enroll in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering beginning in Fall 2014 are required to complete 9 hours of Social Science.)
History (at least 3 hours)

All students must complete at least one History course & a Literature sequence OR a History sequence and at least one Literature course.

Select one of the following:3
World History I
World History II
Technology and Civilization I
Technology And Civilization II
Other Social Sciences

In addition to the history courses listed above, students can select hours in other Social Science courses listed below to total 12.

ANTH 1000/1003/1007Introduction to Anthropology3
COUN 2000Living and Communicating in a Diverse Society3
ECON 2020/2023/2027Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 2030/2033/2037Principles of Macroeconomics3
GEOG 1010/1017Global Geography3
HONR 1007Honors Technology and Culture I3
HONR 1027Honors Sustainability and the Modern World I3
HONR 1037Honors Sustainability and the Modern World II3
POLI 1050/1057Global Politics and Issues3
POLI 1090/1097American Government in Multicultural World3
PSYC 2010/2013/2017Introduction to Psychology3
SUST 2000Introduction to Sustainability3
SOCY 1000/1007Sociology: Global Perspective3
UNIV 2720/HONR 2727The Human Odyssey II3
1

SCMH 1010 or SCMH 1017 should be taken as the first course in this sequence.

2

Other pairings with SCMH 1010 or SCMH 1017 may be possible.  See academic advisor for details.

3

 Students who complete PHYS 1600/07 may complete the sequence with PHYS 1500 if appropriate for their major.

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 english@auburn.edu.

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 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 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 1127) at Auburn. Students may also fulfill the requirement for ENGL 1120 (or ENGL 1127) by taking an English Composition II course at another institution, provided the course is similar in scope and coverage to ENGL 1120 (or ENGL 1127) 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 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  (http://www.auburn.edu/administration/registrar/helpful_resources/enrollment/ap-ib-clep-information.html.).

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 three sequences:

World Literature before 1600
World Literature after 1600
British Literature before 1789
and British Literature after 1789
American Literature before 1865
and American Literature after 1865

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 call the Coordinator of Core Literature at (334) 844-4620.

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.
Oral Communication Requirement

All Auburn University bachelor’s degree programs provide components to ensure competence in oral communication skills. Program information documenting oral communication components is maintained in the Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. Appropriate accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to satisfy this requirement.