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The University Core Curriculum plays a vital part in your growth, both as a student and as a person. The goal is not for you to simply accumulate information. The University Core Curriculum, grounded in AU’s Christian mission and liberal arts tradition, is designed to prepare you to become a productive, creative, ethical global citizen with a love for learning and commitment to your community.

Common Learning Outcomes

The University Core Curriculum is built around a series of Common Learning Outcomes. Learning in these areas goes beyond a superficial introduction to disciplines; they’ll help you understand why subjects and intellectual skills outside of your major matter. This understanding comes through a rigorous, liberal arts curriculum that will take you to colleges and schools across Anderson University and serve as a platform upon which you can build a successful future.

The core consists of 41 credit-hours and covers 18 Common Learning Outcomes. The Outcomes fall into three areas: Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions.


Knowledge content areas represent the traditional, broad-based subject matter that is necessary for you to be intellectually well-rounded and to understand your roles and responsibilities in society. The learning goals supporting these Outcomes examine your understanding of faith, as well as your fellow man, your environment, and your connections to them, and how those connections have played out in societies over time. They include:

  • Knowledge and integration of historical and contemporary Christian perspective
  • Knowledge of human behaviors and structures
  • Knowledge of the physical and natural world
  • Knowledge of global historical perspectives


Skill areas represent the practical abilities you need to apply the knowledge you have attained, both in your major and your career. As you advance through your coursework, these abilities will be connected and honed through progressively more challenging experiences within the core, as well as through environments and technologies specific to your major. They include:

  • Critical thinking: inquiry and analysis and creative problem-solving
  • Information literacy
  • Technological and digital literacy
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication
  • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies

Dispositions of Engagement

Dispositions of engagement answer the challenge of how to interact with the world around you, utilizing the knowledge and skills you have acquired. Many of these dispositions, such as collaboration, digital communication skills, creative problem-solving and intercultural awareness, are among the “soft skills” that employers believe are crucial to your career success. They include:

  • Moral and ethical reasoning and action
  • Professional, interpersonal and digital communication skills and preparedness
  • Collaboration and teamwork dynamics
  • Intercultural awareness and understanding
  • Local, national and global citizenship and civic engagement
  • Aesthetic engagement through creative production or patronage of the arts
  • Habits of physical health and well-being

Read more about the Common Learning Outcomes in the Academic Catalog.

The Core’s Integration into your Major and University Life

You will carry the Common Learning Outcomes into your upper-level Core and major courses that show how the disciplines interconnect. The University Core Curriculum is also integrated with life outside the classroom. Your participation in extracurricular programming reinforces the Core Curriculum through cultural presentations, professional workshops, visiting scholar lectures and other activities.

Christ-centered Liberal Arts Education

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See the Academic Catalog to read the University Core Curriculum course requirements for Traditional Programs.

See the Academic Catalog to read the University Core Curriculum course requirements for Post-Traditional Programs.