Find information pertaining to the fall 2015 Core Curriculum including core objectives, foundational component areas, and a list of courses that have been approved by the Faculty Senate and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for inclusion in the 2015 core curriculum.

2015 Core Curriculum (from THECB Web site)

Given the rapid evolution of necessary knowledge and skills and the need to take into account global, national, state, and local cultures, the core curriculum must ensure that students will develop the essential knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, in a career, in their communities, and in life. Therefore, with the assistance of the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee, the Coordinating Board approved a 42 semester credit hour core curriculum for all undergraduate students in Texas, including a statement of purpose, six core objectives, and common component areas, implemented in Fall 2014.


Statement of Purpose

Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning.


Core Objectives

  • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  • Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making
  • Social Responsibility: to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities

Foundational Component Areas

  • Communication - Courses in this category help in understanding, and building the skills needed to communicate persuasively.  Course involve the command of oral, aural, written, and visual literacy skills that enable people to exchange messages appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.
  • Mathematics – Courses in this category focus on quantitative literacy in logic, patterns, and relationships.  Courses involve the understanding of key mathematical concepts and the application of appropriate quantitative tools to everyday experience.
  • Life and Physical Sciences – Courses in this category focus on describing, explaining, and predicting natural phenomena using the scientific method.  Courses involve the understanding of interactions among natural phenomena and the implications of scientific principles on the physical world and on human experiences.
  • Language, Philosophy and Culture – Courses in this category focus on how ideas, values, beliefs, and other aspects of culture express and affect human experience.  Courses involve the exploration of ideas that foster aesthetic and intellectual creation in order to understand the human condition across cultures
  • Creative Arts – Courses in this category focus on the appreciation and analysis of creative artifacts and works of the human imagination.  Courses involve the synthesis and interpretation of artistic expression and enable critical, creative, and innovative communication about works of art.
  • American History – Courses in this category focus on the consideration of past events and ideas relative to the United States, with the option of including Texas History for a portion of this component area.  Courses involve the interaction among individuals, communities, states, and nation, and the world, considering how these interactions have contributed to the development of the United States and its global role
  • Government/Political Science – Courses in this category focus on consideration of the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the states, with special emphasis on that of Texas.  Courses involve the analysis of governmental institutions, political behavior, civic engagement, and their political and philosophical foundations.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – Courses in this category focus on the application of empirical and scientific methods that contribute to the understanding of what makes us human.  Courses involve the exploration of behavior and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, and events, examining their impact on the individual, society, and culture.

Core Objectives assigned to foundational component areas 

The PDF link below graphically outlines the core objective assigned to each foundational component area.


Foundational component areas and required credit hours

The table below contains information about the number of credit hours for each foundational component area students are required to complete in order to meet the university’s core curriculum requirements.
Foundation Component Area SCH (Credit Hours)
Communication 6
Mathematics 6
Life and Physical Sciences 9
Language, Philosophy, & Culture 3
Creative Arts 3
American History 6
Government/Political Science 6
Social and Behavorial Sciences 3

Courses in the 2015 Core Curriculum

An interactive Web page listing the courses included in the 2015 Core Curriculum can be found at http://core.tamu.edu. Note that the 2015 Core Curriculum has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and is final for fall 2015.
Submitting New Courses for the Core Curriculum

The submission process and accompanying forms can be found here.