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Requirements for Core Curriculum Courses

Core curriculum courses must comply with the following requirements:

  1. The course should be a 1000- or 2000-level course.  Requests for higher 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.
  2. Programs are urged to limit the number of courses submitted for any Component Area. This is intended to limit proliferation of courses in the core curriculum. Ideally, offerings should be limited to one course per program per component area, especially in areas such as Creative Arts; Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Language, Philosophy and Culture.
  3. 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).
  4. Core curriculum courses may comprise part of a major/minor program, but they must meet the core curriculum requirements.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. The course must address all required component area objectives specified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for that foundational or optional component area.
  8. The course must include all TTU course-level learning objectives as well as the college-level outcome specified in the TTU requirements for the specified foundational component area.
  9. Detailed 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. These assessments should include appropriate metrics.
  10. No course may satisfy more than one foundational component area or optional component area. Core curriculum courses may satisfy both a component area requirement and the university multicultural graduation requirement if the subject matter is appropriate and if the multicultural learning objectives are met.
  11. Proposals to include a course in the core curriculum must include the following:
    1. a statement indicating how the course meets the component area requirement for which approval is requested
    2. an estimate of how many students will take the course each semester in order to complete a core curriculum requirement and the number of sections of the course the unit expects to offer each semester
    3. A completed course application form
    4. a course syllabus that contains the following elements:
      1. a course purpose statement
      2. the college-level competency statement for the component area
      3. all learning outcomes and objectives for the course, including both those specific to the component area and those specific to the course.
      4. assessment strategies for determining the extent to which students have attained the course outcomes and objectives
      5. a detailed course outline with daily lecture topics, proposed readings, assignments, etc.

Review a Sample Core Curriculum Course Application.

To submit a new application or review an existing application, Launch the Core Curriculum Course Application.