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Core Curriculum Requirements for Students Entering Texas Tech under a Catalog Dated Prior to 2014-15

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Natural SciencesHumanitiesVisual and Performing Arts

Social and Behavioral SciencesUnited States History

United States and Texas Government

Technology and Applied Science

 

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The core curriculum is designed to expose all Texas Tech University graduates to areas of study that are traditionally regarded as basic to the intellectual development of a broadly educated person. These areas of study include the following: life and physical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; mathematics; language, philosophy, and culture; creative arts; United States and Texas history and government; and the tools of communication and thought. The Texas Tech University core curriculum complies with Texas statutes and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules. Students should refer to college and department degree requirements when choosing core curriculum courses.

A. Communication: 9 hours

Courses in this core component area focus on developing ideas and expressing them clearly, considering the effect of the message, fostering understanding, and building the skills needed to maximize the potential for effecting change through communication. Courses involve the command of oral, aural, written, and visual literacy skills that enable people to exchange messages appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should demonstrate the ability to specify audience and purpose and make appropriate communication choices.

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B. Mathematics: 6 hours

Courses in this core component area focus on quantitative literacy in logic, patterns, and relationships. Courses involve the understanding of key mathematical concepts and the application of appropriate quantitative tools to everyday experience.

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should demonstrate the ability to apply quantitative and logical skills to solve problems.

MATH 1350

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C. Natural Sciences: 8 hours (Two 3-hour lecture classes, each with a related 1-hour laboratory class)

The objective of the study of the natural sciences component of a core curriculum is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories. The natural sciences investigate the phenomena of the physical world.

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should be able to explain some of the major concepts in the natural sciences and demonstrate an understanding of scientific approaches to problem solving, including ethics.

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D. Humanities: 3 hours

The objective of the humanities in a core curriculum is to expand the student’s knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as literature and philosophy, students will engage in critical analysis and develop an appreciation of the humanities as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should be able to think critically and evaluate possible multiple interpretations, cultural contexts, and values.

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E. Visual and Performing Arts: 3 hours

The objective of the visual and performing arts in a core curriculum is to expand the student’s knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas, and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. Through study in disciplines such as the visual and performing arts, students will engage in critical analysis, form aesthetic judgments, and develop an appreciation for arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society.

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should be able to construct, present, and defend critical and aesthetic judgments of works in the creative arts.

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F. Social and Behavioral Sciences: 3 hours

Courses in this core component area focus on the consideration of past events relative to the United States, with the option of including Texas history for a portion of this component area. Courses involve the interaction among individuals, communities, states, the nation, and the world, considering how these interactions have contributed to the development of the United States and its global role.

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should demonstrate an understanding of the historical origins of the United States and be able to identify and describe the importance of key individuals and events in United States and/or Texas history.

 

 

H. United States and Texas Government: 6 hours

Courses in this core component area focus on consideration of the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the states, with special emphasis on that of Texas. Courses involve the analysis of governmental institutions, political behavior, civic engagement, and their political and philosophical foundations.

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should demonstrate an understanding of the organization and functions of the different levels of government in the United States, be able to explain the importance of the United States Constitution and those of the states, and be able to comment on the role of civic engagement in United States politics and culture.

 

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Technology and Applied Science: 3 hours

The Technology and Applied Science core curriculum requirement was eliminated from the core curriculum as of fall 2012. Any student who entered Texas Tech University under the 2012-13 university catalog or later is not required to complete this requirement. Any student who will graduate under a catalog prior to fall 2012 is required to complete the Technology and Applied Science requirement.

The objective of the study of the technology and applied science component of a core curriculum is to enable the student to understand how profoundly scientific and technological developments affect society and the environment. Human nutrition, the world’s environment, and energy problems are all viewed as critical to one’s understanding of and interactions with today’s world.

Students graduating from Texas Tech University should be able to demonstrate understanding of how technology and applied science affects society and the environment and to demonstrate understanding of the relationship of ethics and technology.

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