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GENERAL EDUCATION-Distributive learning REQUIREMENTS

In the General Education-Distributive Learning Program, the University identifies five areas (for students admitted through Summer 2016) and four areas (for students admitted or readmitted from Fall 2016 forward) in which students gain knowledge to enrich their lives and academic experience. These areas are Fine Arts, Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Math/Quantitative Reasoning. The choices within these areas are listed below. The knowledge gained in these courses provides an academic foundation that will help prepare students for the major and minor course areas and will encourage students to become a life-long learners in many different and divergent fields of study.

  • Students admitted through Summer 2016 are required to take a minimum of 39 credit hours of General Education-Distributive Learning courses and are encouraged to complete these courses during their first 75 hours of coursework.
  • Students admitted and readmitted Fall 2016 and forward are required to take a minimum of 33 credit hours of General Education-Distributive Learning courses and are encouraged to complete these courses during their first 75 hours of coursework.
  • Transfer students may fulfill General Education-Distributive Learning requirements with courses taken at other colleges or universities.

Goals

General Education-Distributive Learning Requirements (often called "Gen Eds") assist in developing the following:

  1. The ability to communicate both in writing and orally;
  2. The skills required to gather, analyze, document, and integrate information;
  3. An understanding of historical processes and cultural differences; aesthetic and literary sensitivity;
  4. An understanding of the modes of thought, concerns, and methodologies of the fine arts, the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences;
  5. And the ability to use quantitative methods in the natural, social, and behavioral sciences.

General Education-Distributive Learning courses are required as described below. Transfer students may fulfill General Education-Distributive Learning requirements with courses taken at other colleges or universities. Students who transfer with an approved Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) Model Associate of Arts or Sciences degree or have completed the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum prior to transferring to Northeastern Illinois University will have met our General Education-Distributive Learning requirement. For information regarding the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum, visit the web site at http://www.itransfer.org/. If you are seeking a teaching certificate, you may be required to take additional course work.

Fine Arts (FA)

6 credit hours (2 courses) from two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT(Media and Theatre only), Music (including Dance).

Humanities (HU)

9 credit hours (3 courses) from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communications only), English, Linguistics, Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages & Cultures.

Social/Behavioral Sciences (SB)

Students admitted through Summer 2016:
12 credit hours (4 courses) from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work.

Students admitted and readmitted Fall 2016
3 courses, 9 credit hours from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work.

Natural Science (NS and NSL)

9 credit hours (3 courses) from at least two of the following areas of study: one course must have a laboratory component: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics. (Note: If an FYE Anthropology course that counts as Natural Science is taken, then only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).

Math/Quantitative Reasoning

Students admitted through Summer 2016:
3 credit hours (1 course) that has Intermediate Algebra as a stated prerequisite OR is on the General Education Program-Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. 

Students admitted and readmitted Fall 2016
This is still a Bachelor's Degree requirement, but is not considered part of the General Education-Distributive Learning Program.

General Education Guidelines:

Only courses included on the General Education-Distributive Learning Program List of Approved Courses during the term of enrollment are applicable towards the General Education-Distributive Learning requirements.

  • The Pass/Fail option may not be used to meet any General Education-Distributive Learning requirements.
  • A student may use no more than six (6) hours of “D” to meet the distribution area requirements.
  • By the tenth week of the Fall and Spring semesters, faculty teaching General Education-Distributive Learning courses must notify any student with less than a “C” average of his/her grade in the course.
  • Majors in the Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social/Behavioral Sciences may waive up to six credit hours of General Education-Distributive Learning requirements in the corresponding distribution area.
  • Majors in the Natural Sciences may waive up to nine credit hours of General Education-Distributive Learning in the Natural Science distribution area.
  • A student may use no more than two courses from any one area of study (including courses transferred to Northeastern) to meet the distribution requirements in Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences. No more than one course from any area of study (including transferred courses) may be used to meet the Fine Arts distribution requirements.
  • Courses completed elsewhere by students transferring to Northeastern may be applied to General Education-Distributive Learning requirements. Transfer courses will be evaluated by the Admissions Office to determine appropriate General Education-Distributive Learning credit.
  • Students who have specific questions about General Education-Distributive Learning should contact either their academic advisor or the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office.  Departments who have questions regarding the Engaged Learning Experiences should contact the Coordinator of the University Core Curriculum Program.
  • Freshman and transfer students who require developmental courses in reading, writing and/or mathematics must take the indicated courses during their first 30 credit hours at NEIU.

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