University Approved Core Courses
The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to ensuring that students take a common core of courses during their tenure at the institution. These courses are central to any career a student may choose, since they provide basic skills, perspectives and knowledge. The remainder of a student’s course work will focus on the methods, skills and knowledge appropriate to whatever field or discipline he or she chooses. One virtue of a core curriculum, besides the obvious practical one of helping graduates adapt to a rapidly changing economy, is that it provides a common cultural experience. This shared experience facilitates both appreciation and criticism of the values, norms and institutions of one’s culture.
Core Complete: Student who transfer from a Texas public community college or public university and are certified as core complete shall have satisfied the core requirements of UT Arlington. Academic departments may, in some instances, require specific courses outside their major as prerequisites for major course work.
Core Curriculum for a Bachelor's Degree
The University requires the following courses for each degree:
- English Composition: six hours (ENGL 1301 and 1302 or suitable substitutes)
- Literature: three hours of English or modern language literature or approved substitute
- Liberal Arts Elective: three hours above the freshman level of literature, or social and cultural studies designated as taught in the College of Liberal Arts, or fine arts, or philosophy, or technical writing
- U.S. History: six hours of American history or three hours of American and three hours of Texas history (This requirement is mandated by state law and cannot be waived.)
- U.S. Political Science: six hours covering the U.S. and Texas Constitutions (This requirement is mandated by state law and cannot be waived.)
- Mathematics: six hours (Math 1301 or higher. Credit will not be given for both MATH 1301 and 1302.)
- Natural Science: eight hours in lab science (biology, chemistry, geology, and/or physics)
- Social/Cultural Studies: three hours (please see the approved list for Social/Cultural Studies)
- Fine Arts: three hours from art, dance, music, architecture, and theatre arts (please see the approved list for Fine Arts)
For a complete overview of the University's Core Curriculum, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.