Saint Xavier University Students

General Education Program

Adult General Education Core

The liberally educated person should possess skills for effective communication with other people, insight into human nature and culture, scientific understanding, philosophical inquiry, and understanding of religious traditions. Therefore, the core 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.

Most adult learners, depending on choice of their major area of specialization, are required to take the following courses in general education. Students who have completed the IAI general education core curriculum should see the modification in the IAI section below.

Course Credits
Transfer Student Orientation
ACSU 101: Adult Student Orientation (ASO) (0)
Foundation Courses  
ENGL 120: Rhetoric and Writing (3)
COMM 101: Speech Fundamentals (3)
PHIL 150: The Examined Life (3)
College-Level Mathematics (3)
Natural Science
1 Life Science (3)
1 Physical Science (3)
History/Social Sciences
1 History (3)
1 Social Science (3)
1 History or Social Science (3)
Art/Humanities/Music/Literature
1 Religious Studies (3)
1 Art, Humanities, Music, or Literature (3)
1 Art, Humanities, Music, Literature, Religious Studies, or Philosophy (3)
Total (36)

Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) Transfer Policy

Saint Xavier University is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). Students have the opportunity to qualify for SXU's IAI/GECC Articulation Agreement as long as the majority of the general education core has been met prior to transferring. Any remaining General Education courses may be taken from Saint Xavier University. All other transfer students will be evaluated on an individual basin in terms of SXU General Education requirements.

Saint Xavier University is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). Students who have completed the IAI general education core curriculum (IAI/GECC) are required to take two further Mission Based courses in order to complete their general education requirements:

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

These courses must be taken at Saint Xavier University.

Flexible Scheduling

Students may take online, hybrid and in-class instruction during the day, evening and/or Saturdays to accommodate the busy lifestyle of adult students. Classes are offered fall, spring and summer sessions.