The course should be a 1000- or 2000-level course. Proposals for upper-level courses
are strongly discouraged and must be accompanied by a justification that explains why a lower-level course
cannot be substituted for the upper-level one. Please note: the THECB strongly discourages the inclusion of upper-level courses in
the core curriculum.
The course must be designed for any student to take as part of his or her general university education (as opposed to courses designed primarily for a major or specialization). Core curriculum
courses may comprise part of a major/minor program, but they must meet the core curriculum requirements.
The course must not have any prerequisites unless there is a clear sequence of courses
in the component area such as MATH 1300 and Math 2300 or CHEM 1307 and CHEM 1308.
In the case of sequenced courses, both courses must be submitted together and approved
concurrently. The prerequisite relationship must be stated clearly (i.e., course A must be completed
before a student may enroll in course B).
The course must address all required Core Curriculum Objectives specified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for that Foundational Component
The course must address the Foundational Component Area's College-Level Competency
Statement and the Texas Tech University Student Learning Outcomes. The course should also address any additional course-level student learning outcomes.
Composition of a syllabus that meets and publishes all criteria for Core Curriculum
submissions and all criteria for Multicultural requirement submissions. Please note
that these criteria are very different; the purpose of the Multicultural requirement
is to augment student learning in areas primarily outside of those addressed by Core
Submission of the course for consideration in both areas: the Foundational Component
Area (Core Curriculum) and the Multicultural Area (TTU Graduation Requirement). The
course may well be approved for one but not the other area; or for both; or for neither.
Use of a lower division course number OR use of an upper division course number with
a narrative justification for that choice. The Core Curriculum Committee will assess
whether the justification adequately supports use of an upper division number. The
course may be approved for the Core Curriculum or for the Multicultural Area, or both,
even if the upper division number is not approved. Please note: the THECB strongly
discourages the inclusion of upper division courses in the Core.