Core Curriculum

Auburn University is committed to providing every student with a unique academic experience that prepares them for success.  In doing so, we have created a Core Curriculum that promotes the development of essential skills including effective communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, aesthetic appreciation, information literacy, scientific theory, informed citizenship, and global awareness.  The Core Curriculum also provides students with opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and experiences that foster intellectual curiosity and provides the basis for advanced study in the variety of fields offered by today’s colleges and universities.

At the base of every student’s academic experience is the Core Curriculum.  Comprising the first 41 hours of coursework, the Core Curriculum sets a foundation for learning by offering courses that connect fundamental disciplines to Auburn University’s Student Learning Outcomes. The review of the Core Curriculum requirements reaffirms our institution’s commitment to providing our students with an innovative and challenging academic experience.

University Bulletin Information

SLO Mapping

General Education SLOs, 2011-2017

Revised General Education SLOs (10/2017)

In order to become lifelong learners and use their education to solve practical problems, by the time of graduation, students will be able to effectively:

Information Literacy

  1. Students will be information literate.

a. locate, evaluate, and use information.

Analytical Skills and Critical Thinking

2. Students will be able to read analytically and critically.

3. Students will be able to critique and construct an argument effectively.

b. read and think critically.

  1. Students will be able to apply simple mathematical methods to the solution of real-world problems.
  2.  [Deleted Fall 2014]

c. apply mathematical methods.

Effective Communication

6. Students will be able to write effectively

d. write and revise for a variety of purposes.

  1. Students will demonstrate effective oral communication skills.

e. create and deliver oral presentations.

Informed and Engaged Citizenship

8. Students will be informed about world geopolitical  systems.

f. analyze their own society and its relationship to the larger  global context.

Intercultural Knowledge and Diversity Awareness

9. Students will understand and appreciate the diversity of and within societies of the United States and the world.

g. interact in intercultural situations.

Scientific Literacy

10. Students will understand and appreciate methods and issues of science and technology

h. apply scientific principles.

Aesthetic Appreciation and Engagement

11. Students will understand and appreciate the arts and aesthetics as ways of knowing and engaging with the world.

i. analyze and value creative artistic endeavors.