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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I find out what kinds of courses are already in the core curriculum?

Do I have to use the format of the template syllabus to submit a course to the Core Curriculum or the Multicultural area?

Yes.

Can I submit any course for the core curriculum?

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. 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). Please note that the THECB strongly discourages the inclusion of upper level courses in the core.

Can my course have prerequisites?

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).

How do I know what to put in my syllabus?

Click on the How to Propose a Course menu item at the top of this screen for detailed information including sample and template syllabi.

I'm developing a brand new course to submit to the core. Does my proposal go straight from me to the Core Curriculum Committee?

No. Please follow all required departmental and college procedures for new course submission and approval.

Please note that brand new courses must be approved by Academic Council prior to the Core and Multicultural Curriculum Committee considering them for inclusion in the Core and/or Multicultural areas. To read more about this, please consult the Timeline for Core Curriculum and Multicultural Course Proposal, Review, and Approval.

I want to submit an existing course to the core. Does my proposal go straight from me to the Core Curriculum Committee?

No. You are required to obtain approval from your department chairperson and from your college in the form of signatures on the proposal. It is your responsibility to follow any specific approval procedures required for core curriculum course proposals within your department and your college. If you are not sure what those procedures are, please consult with your department chairperson.

Are there deadlines associated with submitting core curriculum course proposals?

Click on Timeline for Core Curriculum and Multicultural Course Proposal, Review, and Approval in the General Information. The timeline contains detailed information about proposal deadlines and subsequent notifications."

If accepted, when will my course be listed in the core curriculum?

i. : Courses that are approved by Academic Council for inclusion in the Core Curriculum will be submitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for review no later than January 17, 2018. Courses that are approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will be listed in the 2018-2019 academic catalog as part of Texas Tech University's Core Curriculum.

What if I want to submit a course for Texas Tech University's Multicultural requirement?

Please read the guidelines governing the Multicultural requirement. The timeline for submission of Multicultural course proposals is the same as the timeline for submission of Core Curriculum course proposals, though the Multicultural course proposals will not go to the THECB for review.

How do I find out what kinds of courses are already in the Multicultural Area?

Find courses already in the Multicultural area: 

What if I want to remove my course from the core curriculum or Multicultural area?

Any changes to a Core Curriculum or Multicultural course (including course numbers, titles, content, catalog description) must be reviewed by the Core Curriculum Committee. Click on How to Change or Delete an Existing Core or Multicultural Course for detailed procedures.