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What is Quantitative Literacy?

The AU Core includes a two-part Quantitative Literacy requirement that aims to prepare students for an increasingly quantitative and data-dense world. Students in Quantitative Literacy I (Q1) will have the opportunity to strengthen their mathematical or statistical skills. In Quantitative Literacy II (Q2), students will continue to practice and refine their quantitative skills, but they will do so usually in the context of a particular discipline.

Quantitative Literacy I (Q1)

Students may satisfy the Quantitative Literacy (Q1) requirement by:

  • Completing an appropriately designated Quantitative Literacy I course with a grade of C or better.
  • Receiving advanced credit for specific exams (published annually by the Office of Admissions), and also earning a grade of C or better in an appropriately designated Quantitative Literacy I course offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
  • Students with transfer credit may also satisfy the Quantitative Literacy I requirement by presenting 3 credit hours from an AG rated collegiate institution of articulated credit equivalent to a Quantitative Literacy I course.

Math Placement Test

All incoming students to American University, either transfers or freshmen, must take the mathematics placement test, including special programs students (Washington Mentorship Program, UM in DC, International Gateway Program etc.) and non-degree students who want to take a math or stat class. Click "Learn More" to go to the placement test website.

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Quantitative Literacy I (Q1)

  1. Students will solve quantitative problems including approaches that go beyond memorized procedures.
  2. Students will demonstrate an understanding of mathematical relationships from multiple perspectives, such as functions from graphical, verbal, numerical, and analytic points of view.

1. MATH-151
2. MATH-155
3. MATH-160/170
4. MATH-196
5. MATH-211
6. MATH-221
7. MATH-222
8. STAT-196
9. STAT-202/203
10. STAT-204
11. STAT-302
12. STAT-320

Quantitative Literacy II

Q2 courses should add depth or otherwise extend instructional outcomes from Q1 courses. In a Q2 course offered within an academic department or school the goals of instruction would likely stress applications within a discipline or specialization. Although most majors will designate a specific course or courses in the major as a required Q2, any Q2 may be applied toward the university's graduation requirement.

Quantitative Literacy II (Q2) Learning Outcomes

  1. Translate real-world questions or intellectual inquiries into quantitative frameworks.
  2. Select and apply appropriate quantitative methods or reasoning.
  3. Draw appropriate insights from the application of a quantitative framework.
  4. Explain quantitative reasoning and insights using appropriate forms of representation so that others could replicate the findings.