CORE 100, NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION SEMINAR SERIES, 0
credit. A one-semester course required of all entering freshmen students. This
course carries no credit; however, students must earn a grade of P (pass) to meet
graduation requirements. The goal of this course is to assist students in their
transition to Fisk University by addressing such topics as academic rules and
regulations, study and test taking skills, financial management, health-related
issues, faculty expectations and other topics that are pertinent to student success.
CORE 110, COMMUNICATION I: AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE,
4 credits. Teaches the reading skills that lead to critical thinking, fosters the
student’s abilities in written communication, explores the traditions of African
American heritage, and exposes students to the basic fundamentals of public
speaking. A writing-intensive course; should be taken in the first semester.
CORE 130, MATHEMATICS, 4 credits. Aims to further the development of
students’ critical and analytical skills through the study of various mathematical
concepts. Topics to be covered include logic, concepts of algebra, equations
and inequalities, concepts of functions with a study of their graphs and
applications, systems of equations, matrices, and an introduction to probability
and statistics. Should be taken in the first year.
CORE 140, COMMUNICATION II: AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE, 4
credits. Develops more fully the student's abilities in written communication,
explores in more depth the traditions of African American heritage, and
enhances the student’s abilities in oral communication. A writing-intensive
course; should be taken in the second semester. Prerequisite: CORE 110.
CORE 210, THE VARIETIES OF LITERATURE, 4 credits. Aims to
develop students' skill in the critical study of texts, including the areas of
Psychology, Religion, Political Science, History, Dramatics, Philosophy, and
other disciplines, in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. A
writing-intensive course suggested for the second or third year student.
CORE 220, THE CREATIVE ARTS, 4 credits. Seeks to develop students'
appreciation of the arts, reflecting an ability to recognize, articulate and record in a
discriminating way an understanding of the characteristics common to the various
forms of the visual and performing arts, and the creative process. Through class
lectures, experiences, discussions, and demonstrations the course will encourage
critical thinking in seeking answers to the question of the involvement of the arts
through history in human, social, cultural, political, and economic evolution.
Students should come to understand how artistic expression reflects the era in
which it is created. Suggested for the second or the third year.
CORE 230, NATURAL SCIENCE, 4 credits. This course leads students to an
understanding of the investigative approaches of the natural sciences, their
historical development and the interrelationship of science and technology.
Different course sections emphasize either the biological or physical sciences, but
all provide an introduction to certain basic concepts or themes: the scientific
method; the birth of modern astronomy; development of the biosphere,
atmosphere, geosphere; forces of nature; energy, its sources and utilization;
electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with matter; the structure, properties,
reactivity and bonding of matter; evolution, characteristics and classification of life
forms; the inheritance of genetic characteristics; and the relationships between an
organism and its environment. Students utilize computer technology to analyze
data, research topics and assist in the mastery of scientific concepts. Classroom
demonstrations and laboratory experiments are conducted to illustrate concepts.
Prerequisite: Core 130.
CORE 250, HUMANITIES: THOUGHT AND EXPERIENCE, 4 credits.
Students debate humankind's perennial questions, with attention to the manner in
which these questions have been understood in various times and cultures.
Topics include the meaning of human life; ethics; the problem of knowledge;
experience and reality; God and religious experience; and the individual's
relationship to society. Most readings are drawn from primary sources in history,
literature, philosophy, and the world's religious traditions. A writing-intensive
course; suggested for the second or third year. Prerequisite: CORE 110.
CORE 360, THE WORLD AND ITS PEOPLES, 4 credits. Aims to prepare
students for life as informed citizens in a multicultural world. Course includes
the study of humanity from our early origins through the present, emphasizing
the unity of human experience; the diversity of peoples; the variety of civilizations
and cultures; the effects of geography and technology on human life; and
the changing patterns of social, political, economic, and cultural institutions,
both within civilizations and globally. The first half of the course focuses on the
patterns of major civilizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. The
second half focuses on the civilizational interactions during the past 500 years,
which have created the world as it is today. Suggested for the third year. Prerequisites:
CORE 110, 140, 220, and 250.