CORE 130 maybe waived for students whose transfer credits include a college
course in mathematics at or above the level of college algebra. (The course is
also waived for students who qualify for and complete a Fisk mathematics
course numbered 101 or above.)
CORE 140 – Students who have completed a year of English Composition and
a course in Fundamentals of Public Speaking would be required to take
History 270-African American History to meet the CORE 140 requirement.
The CORE 140 requirement would be waived for students whose transfer
credits include a course in English composition and a course in African
American history or African American literature.
CORE 210 is not often waived, since few institutions offer coursework
equivalent in intent to the Fisk course. Students, whose transfer credits include
several courses in different literary genres, and one or more courses requiring
study of the literature of the natural or social sciences, may be granted waivers
of Fisk's CORE 210.
CORE 220 – Students who have completed a course in Art or Music
Appreciation will be required to take CORE 220 or the appropriate introductory
course in Art (207 or 208), Drama (200), Dance (HFAR 100-A or 100-B).
CORE 230 – Students who have completed a course in Biological or Physical
Science will be required to take CORE 230 or the appropriate introductory course
in Physics (Physics 130, 130L), Biology (101, 101L) or Chemistry (113, 103L).
CORE 250 maybe waived for students whose transfer credits include coursework
(in one or more college courses) encompassing at least two of the humanities
disciplines emphasized in the Fisk course -- philosophy, religion, and literature. A
single course in philosophy, religion, or literature, however, is not equivalent to
Fisk's Core 250, because of the interdisciplinary character of the Fisk course.
CORE 360 maybe waived for students whose transfer credits include coursework
(in one or more college courses) in anthropology, cultural geography,
comparative cultures, or world history or civilization. Courses limited to Western
civilization are not acceptable as transfer equivalents to Fisk's CORE 360, unless
the student also has a college course focusing on the history or culture of at least
one society that is neither European nor rooted primarily in European traditions.
Transfer students who hold the Associate of Arts or equivalent degree from the
transfer-oriented program of an accredited two-year institution are exempted by
vote of the faculty from the entire Fisk core curriculum. This exemption is
granted whether or not there exists a close correspondence between the
program of liberal studies pursued in the two-year college and the normal
requirements of Fisk's core curriculum. The exemption does not apply,
however, to associate degrees that are purely technical or vocational in
character, or any two-year degrees other than those designed primarily to
provide a basis for transfer to a four-year liberal arts college.
Once matriculated at Fisk, students are expected to complete any remaining
core requirements by taking the appropriate Fisk courses. The faculty regards
the core curriculum as an important expression of Fisk's special mission in
multicultural liberal arts education designed with the African-American
experience particularly in mind. Students therefore are not encouraged to seek
permission to meet Fisk core requirements through studies at other institutions.
Exceptions may be authorized by the Provost, but only in cases of particular
need, and only where course equivalencies are clear.