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Degree Completion General Education Core

The general education curriculum for degree completion programs provides a broad foundation in the arts and sciences and fosters the development of competency in reading, writing, communication, critical thinking and inquiry, and ethical reflection. The liberally educated person possesses skills for effective communication, insight into human nature and culture, scientific understanding, philosophical inquiry and understanding of religious traditions. The following general education requirements complement undergraduate degrees throughout the University.

Degree Completion General Education Core (42 credit hours)

  • ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing (3)
  • COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals (3)

Foundation Seminar: Mathematics

  • FOSEM 200 Math OR applicable college-level math required in major (3)

Natural Science

  • One life science course (3)
  • One physical science course (3)

Includes HISHU course options:

  • One history course (3)
  • One humanities course (literature, art, music, humanities) (3)
  • One history or humanities course (3)

Social Sciences

  • Three courses from at least two different disciplines (9)


  • Philosophy 150: The Examined Life (3)

Religious Studies

  • One course (3)

Philosophy or Religious Studies

  • One course in either philosophy (above PHIL 150) OR religious studies (3)


  • ACSU 101: Transfer Student Orientation (0)

Transfer Students

Transfer students who have completed the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum (IAI/GECC) requirements (37-41 hours) complete the following mission-based courses at SXU in order to fulfill their general education requirements:

  • Philosophy 150: The Examined Life (3)
  • One religious studies course (3)