Core Curriculum

What are the Elements of the Texas Core Curriculum? (from THECB)

Given the rapid evolution of necessary knowledge and skills and the need to take into account global, national, state, and local cultures, the Texas Core Curriculum (TCC) 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 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (Coordinating Board) approved a 42 semester credit hour (SCH) core curriculum for Texas public institutions of higher education. Each institution's TCC includes a statement of purpose, six core objectives, and nine common component areas. For more information about TCC, go to Quick Reference for Core Curriculum 2014.


Where can I find a list of the approved Texas A&M University Core Curriculum Courses?

The courses listed at core.tamu.edu have been approved by the Coordinating Board as Texas A&M University’s Core Curriculum beginning Fall 2014.


What is the Texas A&M Core Curriculum Council?

The purpose of the Core Curriculum Council (CCC) is to determine the extent to which the curriculum is consistent with the elements of the Core Curriculum component areas, intellectual competencies and perspectives as described by the THECB, and that TAMU’s educational goals and the exemplary educational objectives of THECB’s common Core Curriculum are being achieved.

Before a course can become part of the Core Curriculum, it must be proposed by way of the standard curricular approval process and submitted for approval to the CCC. Final approval is determined by the Coordinating Board.

Schedule of Meetings and Deadlines - 2016 Core Curriculum


How do I submit a proposal to have a course considered for addition to the Core Curriculum?

Before the Core Curriculum Council will consider adding courses to the Core Curriculum, proposals for new courses or changes to courses must go through the standard curricular approval process, i.e., submitted to and approved by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC). In addition, there are specific Core Curriculum documents that must be submitted together with these proposals to the UCC.

The documents that must be submitted together and in the following order to the UCC are:
  1. New Course or Change in Course form
  2. Course Syllabus
  3. Materials supporting new or changed course as normally required by the UCC
  4. Core Curriculum Cover Sheet (Instructions)
  5. Core Curriculum Foundational Component Area(s) as applicable
  6. ICD Statement – if the course is to be considered for International and Cultural Diversity
  7. ICD Cover Sheet (Instructions)
Once the UCC approves proposals for new courses and changes to courses, they are sent to the Core Curriculum Council for approval. Approved Core Curriculum proposals are then forwarded to the Texas A&M University Faculty Senate for their consideration. Final approval is determined by the Coordinating Board.

Core Curriculum Council schedule of meetings and agenda deadlines
Proposals for existing courses to be considered for addition to the Core Curriculum are to be submitted electronically to fso-ccc@tamu.edu or sent to mailstop TAMU 1125 (attention: Kristin Harper).

The required documents are:
  1. Core Curriculum Cover Sheet (Instructions)
  2. Core Curriculum Foundational Component Area(s) as applicable
  3. ICD Statement – if the course is to be considered for International and Cultural Diversity
Approved Core Curriculum proposals are forwarded to the Texas A&M University Faculty Senate for their consideration. Final approval is determined by the Coordinating Board.

Core Curriculum Council schedule of meetings and agenda deadlines
Core Curriculum proposals requiring resubmission or adjustment should be sent to Kristin Harper either electronically at kharper@tamu.edu or via mailstop TAMU 1125.

Please include only revised materials and be sure the course number is included. Once received, the revised materials will be matched with the original proposal and included in the next Core Curriculum Council agenda.

Core Curriculum Council schedule of meetings and agenda deadlines

How can I track my proposal?

Core Curriculum Council Meeting Agendas

Core Curriculum Council Report to Faculty Senate

Core Curriculum Course Tracking
 

Core Curriculum Requirements Effective 2014

See FS.30.121