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CORE Curriculum

The CORE Curriculum provides a pedagogical framework for students to develop their skills in becoming competent, resourceful, global leaders. The curriculum explicitly teaches critical thinking in the humanities and social and natural sciences. The curriculum reinforces respect for diverse viewpoints and ethical values in the academy. Students develop effective problem solving skills for addressing real world problems, and intellectual humility through service learning. Students engage in quantitative and qualitative research in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities  as they understand the complexities of the human condition.

The goals of the CORE Curriculum are to:

  • Foster and enhance skills, knowledge, awareness, and dispositions that lead to the development of competent, resourceful, and imaginative leaders;
  • Encourage understanding of the social world and natural environment and their relationships to communities
  • Encourage exposure to various creative experiences.
  1. Basics
  2. Objectives

There are eight courses in this curriculum that students will be required to complete.  Students will earn 22 credit hours upon completion of these required courses of the CORE curriculum.  They are:

Required CORE Course NameCredits
CORE 100New Student Orientation1 hr.
CORE 120Critical Thinking course: Application of the Paul/Elder Model2 hrs.
CORE 131 Mathematics or the Appropriate Course as Determined by Major and Mathematics Placement3 hrs.
CORE 150Composition I3 hrs.
CORE 160Composition II3 hrs.
CORE 201 Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship3 hrs.
CORE 260Humanities3 hrs.
CORE 360 The World and Its People4 hrs.
TOTAL22 cr.

Core Curriculum

The remaining 15-20 hours of the CORE curriculum will be chosen from one of the courses in each of the following groups, A through E.

Group A (Choose one of the following)

ART 291African- American Art
ART 292African Art
ENG 275African-American Literature
HIS 180African History
HIS 270African-American History
MUS 200World Music
MUS 206Crosscurrents in African and African-American Music

Group B (Choose one of the following)

CORE 132Mathematics II, 3 cr.
BAD 200Applied Calculus for Business and Economics
BAD 260Applied Statistics
MATH 125Discrete Mathematics
NSCI 360Statistics
SSCI 280Statistics for the Social Science Research

Group C (Choose one of the following)

CORE 220Creative Arts, 3 cr.
MUS 20720th Century Music
MUS 208History of Jazz
ART 207Arts and Ideas I
ART 208Arts and Ideas II
MUS 205Music in America

Group D (Choose CORE 240 or any two science disciplines from the list below)

CORE 240Natural Science, 4 cr., or,
BIOL101, 101LGeneral Biology and General Biology Lab, 4 cr.
CHEM 113, 103L General Chemistry and Experiments in General Chemistry, 4 cr.
PHYS 130,130LUniversity Physics and University Physics Lab, 4 cr.

Group E (Choose one of the following)

ECON 230Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 240Principles of Macroeconomics
HIS 160United States History
PSCI 122American Political Systems
PSY 180General Psychology
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology

A total of 36-46 hours are required to fulfill the CORE requirement. Forty-six hours will be earned if one selects two science disciplines to satisfy group D and chooses all 4 credit hour courses.


The objectives of the CORE curriculum are to provide experiences that:

  1. Allow students to read in a  way that leads to critical thinking;
  2. Allow students to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally, reflecting in both instances, a command of the language, logical thinking and comparative analysis, and a facility to locate, identify, and use sources;
  3. Encourage and create a passion for investigation, exploration, and application of knowledge to the social world and natural environment;
  4. Encourage the  development of personal values and ethical decision making;
  5. Encourage students to synthesize and think beyond disciplinary boundaries;
  6. Encourage and promote creativity;
  7. Encourage  logical application  of quantitative and qualitative values;
  8. Encourage engagement in political and social issues that impact global and local communities.

 For more details, students are advised to consult the Undergraduate Bulletin 2012-14, pages 95-103