Transfer Credits and the CORE Curriculum

CORE 150: Composition I
This course will be waived for students whose transfer credits include a course in college level composition.

CORE 160: Composition II
This course will be waived for students who have completed at least two college level composition  courses along with a course in Public Speaking.

CORE 131, Essential  Mathematics for a Contemporary World
This course may be 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 220, The Creative Arts 
This course may be waived for students who have completed courses in Art or Music Appreciation.

CORE 240, Natural Science
Students who have completed introductory courses in both Biological and Physical Science will not be required to take CORE 240.

CORE 260, Humanities 
This course may be waived for students whose transfer credits include coursework  in at least one of the humanities disciplines emphasized in this Fisk course – philosophy or  religion. .

CORE 360, The World and Its Peoples 
may be waived for students whose transfer credits include coursework (in one or more college courses) in anthropology, cultural geography, comparative cultures, and world history or world 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.

Unless otherwise stated, students must earn a grade of D or higher in all CORE Curriculum courses in order to graduate from Fisk University. 

Transfer students who hold the Associate of Arts or equivalent degree from an accredited two-year institution are exempted by vote of the faculty from the entire Fisk CORE curriculum. This exemption is granted when 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 particularly with the African-American experience 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.