Core Curriculum

Purpose

The AUM Core Curriculum component of the undergraduate curriculum is designed to develop a shared experience of knowledge, skills, and values for all undergraduate students at the University. Because these courses are generally taken within the first two years at the University, the Core Curriculum also provides an opportunity for students to explore the concepts within the humanities, sciences and mathematics, and the social sciences.

Goals

Through their core curriculum courses, students will develop competencies in the areas of:

  • Communication
  • ​Critical Thinking
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Intercultural Knowledge

These four broad General Education Goals are associated with five specific student learning outcomes. Each course approved for the Core Curriculum focuses on helping students build the skills associated with at least one specific Student Learning Outcome (SLO).

The approved Core courses are listed below, grouped by the General Education Student Learning Outcome they address. Courses ending in “7” are Honors courses.

  1. Students will be able to formulate and support an assertion and organize major ideas to defend that assertion in written form. (SLO1)
    ANTH 2110, ENGL 1010, ENGL 1017, ENGL 1020, ENGL 1027, ENGL 2530, ENGL 2540, ENGL 2570, ENGL 2580, ENGL 2600, ENGL 2610, GEOG 2050, GEOG 2150, , HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1060, HIST 1070, HIST 2010, HIST 2020, HONR 1757, HONR 2757, PHIL 2000, PHIL 2010, PHIL 2100, POL 2020, PSYC 2110, RELI 2010, SOCI 2000, SOCI 2010, VISU 2030, VISU 2040
     
  2. Students will be able to formulate and support an assertion and organize major ideas to defend that assertion in oral form. (SLO2)
    COMM 1010, COMM 1017, COMM 2212, ENGL 1020, ENGL 1027, HONR 1757, HONR 2757, POLS 2020
     
  3. Students will be able to clarify, analyze, evaluate, and extend arguments. (SLO3)
    ANTH 2110, BIOL 1000/10001, BIOL 1050/1051, BIOL 1010/1011, BIOL 1020/1021, ECON 2000, ECON 2010, ECON 2017, ECON 2020, ECON 2027, ENGL 1010, ENGL 1017, ENGL 1020, ENGL 1027, ENGL 2530, ENGL 2540, ENGL 2570, ENGL 2580, ENGL 2600, ENGL 2610, GEOG 2050, GEOG 2150, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1060, HIST 1070, HIST 2010, HIST 2020, HONR 1757, HONR 2757, JUST 1270, MATH 1050, MATH 1100, MATH 1120, MATH 1150, MATH 1610, MATH 1620, MATH 2630, MATH 2660, PHIL 2000, PHIL 2010, PHIL 2100, POL 2020, PSYC 2110, RELI 2010, SOCI 2000, SOCI 2010
     
  4. Students will be able to use quantitative reasoning to solve mathematical problems. (SLO4)
    ECON 2000, ECON 2010, ECON 2017, ECON 2020, ECON 2027, MATH 1050, MATH 1100, MATH 1120, MATH 1150, MATH 1610, MATH 1620, MATH 2630, MATH 2660, PSYC 2110
     
  5. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of aesthetic, historical, philosophical, and ethical issues of diverse communities (SLO5)
    ANTH 2110, ENGL 2570, ENGL 2580, ENGL 2600, ENGL 2610, FREN 1010, FREN 1020, FREN 2010, FREN 2020, GEOG 2050, GEOG 2150, GERM 1010, GERM 1020, GERM 2010, GERM 2020, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1060, HIST 1070, HIST 2010, HIST 2020, HONR 1757, HONR 2757, MUSI 2110, PHIL 2000, PHIL 2010, PHIL 2100, PSYC 2110, RELI 2010, SOCI 2000, SOCI 2010, SPAN 1010, SPAN 1020, SPAN 2010, SPAN 2020, VISU 1000, VISU 2030, VISU 2040, VISU 2600

Students must also satisfy Core requirements in terms of broad academic areas. Approved Core courses are grouped by four required academic areas (click on links to see specific courses):


Core Requirements in Broad Academic Areas

ENGL 1010 English Composition I (3 hours)

ENGL 1017 English Composition I, Honors (3 hours)

ENGL 1020 English Composition II (3 hours)

ENGL 1027 English Composition II, Honors (3 hours)

HONR 1757 Honors Freshman Seminar (6 hours)

1 A grade of C or better must be earned in each class.  NO student earning a grade of D or F in the first-year English composition courses at AUM will be permitted to transfer credit from another school to offset that lower grade.  The course must be repeated in residence at AUM.

Minimum of 3 semester hours Fine Arts
Minimum of 3 semester hours Humanities and Fine Arts Elective(s)

COMM 1010 Introduction to Human Communication (3 hours)

COMM 1017 Introduction to Human Communication, Honors (3 hours)

COMM 2212 Public Speaking (3 hours)

ENGL 2530 Survey of English Literature I (3 hours)

ENGL 2540 Survey of English Literature II (3 hours)

ENGL 2570 Survey of American Literature I (3 hours)

ENGL 2580 Survey of American Literature II (3 hours)

ENGL 2600 Survey of Literature of the Western World I (3 hours)

ENGL 2610 Survey of Literature of the Western World II (3 hours)

FREN 1010 Elementary French I (4 hours)

FREN 1020 Elementary French II (4 hours)

FREN 2010 Intermediate French I (4 hours)

FREN 2020 Intermediate French II (4 hours)

GERM 1010 Elementary German I (4 hours)

GERM 1020 Elementary German II (4 hours)

GERM 2010 Intermediate German I (4 hours)

GERM 2020 Intermediate German II (4 hours)

HONR 1957 Honors Colloquium (1,1,1—3 hours total)

HONR 2757 University Honors Program Colloquium (3 hours)

INTL 2600 Survey of Literature of the Western World I (3 hours)

INTL 2610 Survey of Literature of the Western World II (3 hours)

MUSI 2110 Music Appreciation1 (3 hours)

PHIL 2000 Reasoning and Critical Thinking (3 hours)

PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3 hours)

PHIL 2100 Applied Ethics (3 hours)

RELI 2010 Introduction to World Religions (3 hours)

SPAN 1010 Elementary Spanish I (4 hours)

SPAN 1020 Elementary Spanish II (4 hours)

SPAN 2010 Intermediate Spanish I (4 hours)

SPAN 2020 Intermediate Spanish II (4 hours)

THEA 2040 Theatre Appreciation (3 hours)

VISU 1000 Introduction to the Visual Arts1 (3 hours)

VISU 2030 Art History I1 (3 hours)

VISU 2040 Art History II1 (3 hours)

VISU 2600 Introduction to World Architecture1 (3 hours)

 

Minimum of 8 semester hours Natural Sciences 
Minimum of 3 semester hours Mathematics 

BIOL 1000/1001 Introduction to Biology/Lab (4 hours)

BIOL 1010/1011 Cellular and Molecular Basis of Life/Lab (4 hours)

BIOL 1017/1018 Cellular and Molecular Basis of Life/Lab, Honors (4 hours)

BIOL 1020/1021 Organisms, Adaptations, and the Environment/Lab (4 hours)

BIOL 1027/1028 Organisms, Adaptations, and the Environment/Lab, Honors (4 Hours)

BIOL 1050/1051 Introduction to Environmental Biology/Lab (4 hours)

CHEM 1100/1101 General Chemistry I/Lab (4 hours)

CHEM 1200/1201 General Chemistry II/Lab (4 hours)

MATH 1050 College Algebra (3 hours)                                                                                               

MATH 1100 Finite Mathematics (3 hours)

MATH 1120 Precalculus Algebra (3 hours)

MATH 1150 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry (4 hours)

MATH 1610 Calculus I (4 hours)

MATH 1620 Calculus II (4 hours)

MATH 2630 Multivariable Calculus (4 hours)

MATH 2660 Linear Algebra (3 hours)

PHYS 2100/2101 General Physics I/Lab (4 hours)

PHYS 2200/2201 General Physics II/Lab (4 hours)

PSCI 1100/1101 Introduction to Physical Science/Lab (4 hours)

PSCI 1400/1401 Introduction to Astronomy/Lab (4 hours)

PSCI 1500/1501 Introduction to Chemistry/Lab (4 hours)

2 A student earning a grade of F in a core mathematics course at AUM will not be permitted to transfer core mathematics credit from another school to fulfill the core mathematics requirement; under such circumstances the mathematics core requirement must be completed at AUM

ANTH 2110 Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)

ECON 2000 Essentials of Economics (3 hours) 

ECON 2010 Economics I (Micro) (3 hours)

ECON 2017 Economics I (Micro), Honors (3 hours)

ECON 2020 Economics II (Macro) (3 hours)

ECON 2027 Economics II (Macro), Honors (3 hours)

GEOG 2050 Geography of World Regions (3 hours) 

GEOG 2150 Human Geography (3 hours)

HIST 1010 World History I to 1648 (3 hours)

HIST 1017 World History I, Honors (3 hours)

HIST 1020 World History II Since 1648 (3 hours)

HIST 1027 World History II, Honors (3 hours)

HIST 1060 Western War and Culture I (3 hours)

HIST 1070 Western War and Culture II (3 hours)

HIST 2010 U.S. History to 1865 (3 hours)

HIST 2020 U.S. History Since 1865 (3 hours)

INTL 2050 Geography of World Regions (3 hours)

INTL 2110 Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)

INTL 2150 Human Geography (3 hours)

JUST 1270 Introduction to the American Legal System (3 hours)

POLS 2020 Introduction to American Politics (3 hours)

POLS 2200 International Relations (3 hours)

PSYC 2110 General Introductory Psychology (3 hours)

SOCI 2000 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)

SOCI 2007 Introduction to Sociology, Honors (3 hours)

SOCI 2010 Social Problems (3 hours)