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Requirements for Core Courses

Core curriculum courses must comply with the following requirements:

The course must be a 1000- or 2000-level course and must meet the description of a Component Area.

The course must be designed for a student to take as part of his or her general university education (as opposed to courses designed primarily for a major or specialization).  Courses which tailor general content to a more limited audience, e.g. Professional and Technical Communication for Science and Engineering or Nursing Microbiology, are acceptable.

Core curriculum courses may constitute part of a major/minor program, but they must meet the core curriculum requirements.

The course must not have any pre-requisites within the same core category the course is meant to fulfill (unless there is a clear sequence of courses in the category, such as BIOL 1441 and BIOL 1442).

The course must address all required component area objectives specified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for that foundational or optional component area.

A detailed description of “signature” assignments must clearly state how the assignments address the core objectives for the course. 

If the department chooses the individual assessment model, assessment strategies must be provided that determine the extent to which students have attained the objectives and outcomes that are specified in the course proposal.

No course may satisfy more than one foundational component area or optional component area in an individual student’s degree plan.

Proposals to include a course in the core curriculum must include the following:

  • Completed application form – which will include information on how the course meets the component area,  how it addresses each of the required core objectives; a description of the key assignments that will be used to assess those objectives; and an estimate of how many students will take the course each semester and how many sections will be offered
  • Sample syllabus including core objectives, learning outcomes, specific activities and key assignments which will address those objectives
"Adapted from Texas Tech University"