The General Education core curriculum requirements in language and humanities, social sciences, mathematics, life and physical sciences, and physical education are central to the mission of Lincoln College-Normal. The requirements are designed to provide an enlightening, interrelated program that ensures a wide range of diversified knowledge and promotes lifelong intellectual inquiry. Students enter Lincoln College with different levels of general knowledge; all of Lincoln College’s academic offerings are intended to help students grow by improving their individual skills and competencies and by providing experiences in areas they have not yet explored.

Thus, Lincoln College-Normal’s General Education curriculum is designed to provide a common foundation of undergraduate study regardless of the student’s particular area of specialization. The curriculum introduces students to those hallmarks of undergraduate education typically associated with being a well-rounded, college-educated individual. To this end, the General Education curriculum imparts a breadth of knowledge by exploring ways of knowing in the various academic disciplines through examination of civic, social, cultural, and scientific issues. Students gain an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures, human creativity, and the importance of social and cultural values necessary to responsible state and local, national, and global citizenship.

Students enroll in most general education courses during their freshman and sophomore years. Courses are divided into twelve groups: Communication, Humanities, Literature, Fine Arts, Life Science, Physical Science, Mathematics, Political Science/Economics, History, Behavioral Science, Global Awareness and Diversity, and American Studies. Students must enroll in one course from each group to satisfy Lincoln College-Normal’s general education requirements. Entering freshmen with less than 12 credit hours of transfer coursework are also required to successfully complete EDU 113 Introduction to Academic Inquiry.

Assessment of the General Education curriculum is conducted by the College’s Director of Assessment according to the guidelines of the Lincoln College Assessment program outlined earlier in this catalog. General Education curricular decisions and requirements are overseen by the Academic Program Director of Liberal Arts.

General Education Requirement Options

There are three ways to complete general education requirements at Lincoln College-Normal: Lincoln College-Normal’s General Education Program, Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum (IAI GECC), or completion of an associate degree (A.A. or A.S.) from a regionally accredited post secondary institution. Each option affects only certain types of students and has different requirements.

Option One: LCN’s General Education Program:

The following categories of students must complete the Lincoln College-Normal General Education Program requirements:

  • New freshmen admitted with fewer than 12 hours of transfer coursework.
  • Students who were admitted as beginning freshman at Lincoln College, were readmitted after an absence and who have not completed an associate degree (A.A. or A.S) from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution and are not eligible for an earlier catalog
  • Transfer students who have not completed an associate degree (A.A. or A.S.) from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution and are not eligible for completion of the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum.

LCN’s General Education Program Learning Outcomes:

The general education goals are divided into five broad categories which compose the general education goal:

Lincoln College graduates will be responsible citizens and lifelong learners who possess a global perspective, employ analytical skills, and communicate effectively.

Further, more specific skill categories as developed by the Lincoln College faculty are outlined below:

Upon completion of the LCN’s General Education program students will demonstrate:

  • Communication
    • Research Skills
    • Technological Literacy
    • Oral and Written Communication
  • Responsible Citizenship
    • Ethics
    • Environmental Responsibility
    • Social Responsibility
  • Analysis
    • Mathematical Reasoning
    • Scientific Reasoning
    • Problem Solving
  • Lifelong Learning
    • Personal Development and Wellness
    • Professional Development
    • Appraising and responding to the Arts
  • Developing a Global Perspective
    • Cultural and Social Foundations
    • Historical Perspective
    • Understanding Diversity

LCN’s General Education Program Requirements (43-46 credit hours):

Successful completion of the LCN General Education curriculum

Group I: Communications (9 hours)

Three courses from the list below – “C” or better required for all.

  • ENG 101: English Composition I
  • ENG 102: English Composition II (Prereq. ENG 101)
  • SPE 101: Fundamentals of Speech
Group II: Humanities (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below.

  • FRN 101: French I
  • FRN 102: French II (Prereq. FRN 101)
  • HUM 107: American Studies
  • HUM 108: Humanities II
  • PHL 103: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHL 105: Logic
  • PHL 107: Ethics
  • REL 102: Living Religions of the World
  • SPN 101: Spanish I
  • SPN 102: Spanish II (Prereq. SPN 101)
Group III: Literature (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below.

  • ENG 105: Introduction to Literature (Prereq. ENG 101)
  • ENG 106: Non-Traditional World Literature (Prereq. ENG 101)
  • ENG 137: Introduction to Fiction (Prereq. ENG 101)
  • ENG 201: (Prereq. ENG 101)
  • ENG 202: (Prereq. ENG 101)
Group IV: Fine Arts (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below.

  • ART 111: Art Appreciation
  • MUS 116: Music Appreciation
  • THE 106: Introduction to Theatre
Group V: Life Science (3-4 hours)*

Any one course from the list below.

  • BIO 101: General Survey of Biology
  • BIO 102: General Biology (lab)
  • BIO 106: Environmental Biology (lab)
  • BIO 130: Introduction to Evolution
  • BIO 113: Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 114: Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology II (Prereq. BIO 113)
Group VI: Physical Science (3-4 hours)*

Any one course from the list below.

  • GEO 101: Physical Geography
  • GEO 102: Physical Geography (lab)
  • GEL 101: Introduction to Geology (lab)
Group VII: Mathematics (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below.

  • MAT 104: College Algebra (Prereq. MAT 101)
  • MAT 110: Elementary Statistics (Prereq. MAT 101)
  • MAT 131: Applied Calculus (Prereq. MAT 104)
  • MAT 135: Finite Mathematics (Prereq. MAT 104)
Group VIII: Political Science/Economics (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below.

  • ECO 107: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 108: Principles of Microeconomics (Prereq. ECO 107)
  • POS 101: American Government
  • POS 102: State and Local Government
  • POS 201: Contemporary World Issues
Group IX: History (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below.

  • HIS 101: Western Civilization I
  • HIS 102: Western Civilization II
  • HIS 121: United States History I
  • HIS 122: United States History II
  • HIS 205: United States in the Twentieth Century
  • HIS 211: Life of Lincoln and the Civil War
Group X: Behavioral Science (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below.

  • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY 204: Social Psychology (Prereq. PSY 101)
  • PSY 207: Abnormal Psychology (Prereq. PSY 101)
  • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 202: Modern Social Problems
  • SOC 203: Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 206: Minority Relations
Group XI: Global/Diversity Awareness (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below:

  • SPN 101 (4)
  • SPN 102 (4) (Prereq. SPN 101)
  • FRN 101 (4)
  • FRN 102 (4) (Prereq. FRN 101)
  • REL 102
  • ENG 106
  • POS 201
  • SOC 206
Group XII: American Studies (3 hours)

Any one course from the list below:

  • HUM 107
  • ENG 201 (Prereq. ENG 101 or concurrent enrollment)
  • ENG 202 (Prereq. ENG 101 or concurrent enrollment)
  • POS 101
  • CJS 108
  • HIS 121
  • HIS 122
  • HIS 205
  • HIS 211

*  At least one science course (either physical or life science) must be a 4  credit hour-lab course.

^  A Course taken to satisfy Group XI and/or Group XII may NOT be used to satisfy other group requirements. For example, a student who takes REL 102 to satisfy the Group XI Diversity requirement may not also use that course to fulfill the Group II Humanities requirement.

Freshman Requirements

Required of all incoming students with less than 12 hours of college credit.

  • EDU 113: Introduction to Academic Inquiry°

° Required Courses:  EDU 113 Introduction to Academic Inquiry must be completed by all new freshman under 12 hours of transferred credit.

° All new freshmen students will take a placement test for Math, Reading, and Writing. Students who place into the following courses must achieve a C or better in each course: ENG 100, MAT 090, MAT 092, MAT 101, and RED 101. NOTE: MAT 090 and MAT 092 are not for college credit and ENG 100 and MAT 101 may not transfer to other post-secondary institutions.

Option Two: Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum (IAI GECC)

Lincoln College-Normal participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). The IAI program is a statewide agreement between participating public colleges and universities and some private colleges and is designed to facilitate timely degree completion for students who transfer between institutions.

The following categories of students may complete the IAI GECC to satisfy Lincoln College-Normal general education requirements:

  • Freshmen admitted with 12 or more hours of IAI approved, transfer coursework.
  • Transfer students who have not completed an associate degree (A.A. or A.S.) from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution and who have completed a minimum of 12 hours of IAI approved, transfer coursework.
  • All students admitted to the Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE) Program not having an Associate degree (A.A. or A.S.) from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. The IAI General Education Core Curriculum requirements for all ABE students constitute the general education requirements of all ABE Bachelor degrees.
  • Students who have completed the IAI GECC at a participating institution are considered to have met Lincoln College-Normal’s General Education Requirement.

Illinois Articulation Initiative Course Requirements (ABE student general education requirements):

Regardless of a category placement, a student may count no more than two courses from a single discipline to fulfill the General Education Core Curriculum requirements. Only one course assigned to an IAI course number may be used to fulfill a requirement. The Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum structure consists of 12 to 13 courses (37 to 41 semester credits) distributed among five subject areas. Completion of IAI approved courses at any participating institution satisfies IAI GECC requirements in the following distribution:

The general requirements are as follows:

  • Communication: 3 courses (9 credits)
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 3 courses (9 credits)
  • Mathematics: 1 to 2 courses (3 to 6 credits)
  • Physical and Life Sciences: 2 courses (7 to 8 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 courses (9 credits)

The following list of courses is provided for convenience only. Some courses may have been added or deleted since the publication of this catalog.

Option Three: Completion of an Associate Degree (A.A. or A.S.) from a Regionally Accredited Post Secondary Institution

The following categories of students may satisfy Lincoln College-Normal general education requirements through an associate degree:

  • Students who transfer to Lincoln College-Normal with an earned associate degree (A.A. or A.S.) from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution are considered to have completed LCN General Education requirements, including all ABE students.
  • Lincoln College students and transfer students who complete the requirements of a Lincoln College associates degree are considered to have completed LCN General Education requirements.

Option Four: Completion of Specified Associate of Applied Science Degrees (A.A.S.) from a Regionally Accredited Post Secondary Institution

The following categories of students may satisfy Lincoln College-Normal general education requirements through an Associate of Applied Science Degree:

  • Lincoln College-Normal will articulate the entire Associate of Applied Science in an Allied Health Fieldas satisfying general education requirements with the following conditions:
    1. The Associate of Applied Science degree in an Allied Health Field is satisfactorily completed at a regionally accredited college or university in which the program is also accredited by the recognized accrediting agency for that profession.
    2. In articulating the Associate of Applied Science degree, general education requirements will be met only when the four competency courses are completed with a grade of C or better. These competency courses are: ENG 101, ENG 102, SPE 101, and MAT 104 or higher.
    3. The student is pursuing Lincoln College-Normal’s Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration.
  • Lincoln College-Normal will articulate the entire Associate of Applied Science in a Supply Chain/Logistics/Materials management field as satisfying  general education requirements with the following conditions:
    1. The Associate of Applied Science degree in supply chain/logistics/materials management is satisfactorily completed at a regionally accredited college or university.
    2. In articulating the Associate of Applied Science degree, general education requirements will be met only when the four competency courses are completed with a grade of C or better. These competency courses are: ENG 101, ENG 102, SPE 101, and MAT 104 or higher.
    3. The student is pursuing Lincoln College-Normal’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Supply Chain and Logistics Management.
  • Lincoln College-Normal will articulate specified Associate of Applied Science degrees as satisfying general education requirements with those institutions with which the College has an Articulation Agreement. At the time of publication, Lincoln College-Normal has articulation agreements for associate of applied science degrees with Illinois Central College and Illinois Valley Community College.