10 Essentials





At Eureka College, we allow students to tailor their learning experience to their individual needs and interests while acquiring essential skills desired by employers and needed by the world.


Rather than giving you a list of set course/content area requirements to “get out of the way,” we focus on ensuring that you can demonstrate and document a set of 10 Essentials before you graduate.


For each essential capability, YOU can select one or more courses from among several content areas that are designated as helping to develop that capability.  During these courses, you will document your proficiency with that capability by adding examples (artifacts) to your electronic portfolio.


What are the 10 Essentials?

  • Aesthetic Sensibility                
  • Analytical Inquiry and Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Health, Fitness, and Well-Being 
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Justice and Civic Responsibility
  • Scientific Literacy
  • Spiritual Engagement and the Examined Life
  • Sustainable Practices and Environmental Conscience


Once you have met proficiency standards for an essential capability in one course, you may check that capability off of your list or continue to add to and curate that section of your portfolio.  Our goal is for you to leave Eureka not having simply completed a set of general education coursework, but to leave Eureka being able to document that you have the skills needed to learn, serve, and lead in your chosen field, in your community, and in the world.


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