Core Curriculum Requirements
Core Curriculum is an essential element in the educational process that results in professional success, personal growth, and responsible citizenship. In this process, students have the opportunity to acquire knowledge, learn reasoning and communication skills, examine their goals, values, and potentialities, and develop an enduring commitment to learning through both formal and informal educational experiences.
The Core Curriculum program at A&M-Commerce embodies the characteristics and purposes of the University. With both professional and liberal arts programs, A&M-Commerce recognizes general education as a necessary component in the development of all students. The general education which takes place in the Core Curriculum program is, therefore, not only compatible with specialization but is the context in which specialization occurs.
The breadth and depth offered by the Core Curriculum are necessary to the meaningful and informed study of any major field. Though the courses are required, they are not to be regarded as inconveniences, but rather as the intellectual foundation upon which a university education is built.
Specifically, the Core Curriculum program
- stresses breadth and provides a person with opportunities to perceive the integration of knowledge;
- involves the study of liberal arts and science;
- encourages understanding of our heritage as well as respect for other people’s cultures;
- develops mastery of linguistic, analytical, and computational skills that are necessary for lifelong learning; and
- fosters the development of such personal qualities as appropriate acceptance of ambiguity, empathy, and acceptance of others, and expanded understanding of self.
Presently, there are two configurations by which students may satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement at A&M-Commerce:
- Completion of the current block of courses that comprises the Core Curriculum Curricula (Table 1). These must total 42 semester hours.
- A combination of Generic Transfer Equivalent Courses for initial transfer students (Table 2) and courses from Table 1. These must total 42 semester hours.
In both cases, it is essential that students recognize that individual courses are not necessarily interchangeable. Certain science courses, for example, are intended for those majoring in science. Depending upon major, different math courses might be more applicable or even preferred by departments. Students considering Core Curriculum courses should consult with the appropriate advising personnel or offering departments as a part of making an informed choice prior to enrollment.
The Texas Core Curriculum requires students to complete thirty-six hours of coursework from a broad variety of disciplines across eight Foundational Component Areas. Another six hours that meet requirements for any one of the Foundational Component Areas are also required, but institutions are allowed to select those six hours to meet institutional priorities and mission. This six-hour element of the Texas Core Curriculum is called the Component Area Option.