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Core Curriculum

 

What Is The Core Curriculum?

According to SB 148:

“The curriculum in liberal arts, humanities, sciences and political, social, and cultural history that all undergraduate students of an institution of higher education are required to complete before receiving an academic undergraduate degree.”

Core Curriculum Committee

The Core Curriculum Committee was developed to review the LSCS Core Curriculum. The committee is charged with reviewing all courses proposed to be added or deleted from the institution's core curriculum. The committee also reviews any overall changes or proposals to the core curriculum. The core committee developed the initial plan and oversees the evaluation of the core curriculum. Recommendations are forwarded to the Vice Presidents Council for approval.

Core Curriculum Intellectual Competencies

  • Reading - the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials - books, documents, and articles.
  • Writing - the ability to produce clear, correct and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion and audience.
  • Speaking - ability to communicate orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.
  • Listening - analyze and interpret various forms of spoken communication.
  • Critical Thinking - Apply both qualitative and quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter in order to evaluate arguments and to construct alternative strategies.
  • Computer Literacy - The ability to use computer based technology in communication, solving problems, and acquiring information.

Core Curriculum Perspectives

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he or she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world;
  • Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society;
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining health and wellness;
  • Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives;
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior;
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments;
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving;
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Curriculum Exemplary Objectives by Component Area

Communication

  • To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.
  • To understand the importance of specifying audience and purpose and to select appropriate communication choices.
  • To understand and appropriately apply modes of expression, i.e., description expositive, narrative, scientific, and self-expressive, in written, visual, and oral communication.
  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • To understand and apply basic principles of critical thinking, problem solving and technical proficiency in the development of exposition and argument.
  • To develop the ability to research and write a documented paper and/or to give an oral presentation.

Mathematics

  • To apply arithmetic, algebraic, geometric, higher order thinking, and statistical methods to modeling and solving real-world situations.
  • To represent and evaluate basic mathematical information verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically.
  • To expand mathematical reasoning skills and formal logic to develop convincing mathematical arguments.
  • To use appropriate technology to enhance mathematical thinking and understanding and to solve mathematical problems and judge the reasonableness of the results.
  • To interpret mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables and schematics, and draw inferences from them.
  • To recognize the limitations of mathematical and statistical models.
  • To develop the view that mathematics is an evolving discipline, interrelated with human culture, and understand its connections to other disciplines.

Natural Sciences

  • To understand and apply methods and appropriate technology to the study of natural sciences.
  • To recognize scientific and quantitative methods and the differences between these approaches and other methods of inquiry and to communicate findings, analyses, and interpretation both orally and in writing.
  • To identify and recognize the differences among competing scientific theories.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the major issues and problems facing modern science, including issues that touch upon ethics, values, and public policies.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the interdependence of science and technology and their influence on, and contribution to, modern culture.

Humanities, Visual & Performing Arts

  • To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
  • To respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To engage in the creative process or interpretive performance and comprehend the physical and intellectual demands required of the author or visual or performing artist.
  • To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To develop an appreciation for the aesthetic principles that guide or govern the humanities and arts.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the influence of literature, philosophy, and/or the arts on intercultural experiences.

Social/Behavioral Sciences

  • To employ the appropriate methods, technologies, and data that social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • To examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.
  • To use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • To develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  • To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the area under study.
  • To comprehend the origins and evolution of U.S. and Texas political systems, with a focus on the growth of political institutions, the constitutions of the U.S. and Texas, federalism, civil liberties, civil and human rights.
  • To understand the evolution and current role of the U.S. in the world.
  • To differentiate and analyze historical evidence (documentary and statistical) and differing points of view.
  • To recognize and apply reasonable criteria for the acceptability of historical evidence and social research.
  • To analyze, critically assess, and develop creative solutions to public policy problems.
  • To recognize and assume one's responsibility as a citizen in a democratic society by learning to think for oneself, by engaging in public discourse, and by obtaining information through the news media and other appropriate information sources about politics and public policy.
  • To identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.

Multicultural Competencies - Institutional Designated Option

  • Demonstrates knowledge of those elements and processes that create and define culture.
  • Develops an understanding of the values, practices, beliefs, and responsibilities of living in a multicultural world.
  • Develops cross-cultural understanding, empathy, and communication.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the underlying unity of diverse cultural expressions and their influences on cross-cultural interactions.
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