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Core Categories

I.  Communication (9 hrs)

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) holds that the objective of a communication component of a core curriculum is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.

The nine-hour “communication” component of Tarleton’s core curriculum is composed of two courses from the Department of English And Languages

along with a choice of one course from three offerings of the Department of Communication Studies

II. Mathematics (3 hrs)

According to the THECB, the objective of the mathematics component of the core curriculum is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate.  Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.

The three-hour “mathematics” component of Tarleton’s core curriculum may be satisfied by any of the courses listed below offered by the Department of Mathematics

III. Life and Natural Sciences (8 hrs)

The THECB recommends that the objective of the core curriculum’s natural sciences component is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the basis for building and testing theories.  

The eight-hour “natural sciences” component of Tarleton’s core curriculum is composed of selected courses from two academic departments.  Students can choose from the following course:

IV. Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 hrs)

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.

The three-hour component of Tarleton’s core curriculum is composed of selected courses from three academic departments.

V.   Creative Arts (3 hrs)

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.  For this three-hour requirement, students can choose from courses offered by the Department of Fine Arts

VI.   Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hrs)

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.

The three-hour “social and behavioral sciences” component of Tarleton’s core curriculum is composed of courses from many departments.

VII. Government and Political Science (6 hrs)

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. The two required courses are:

VIII. American History (6 hrs)

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, the nation, and the world, considering how these interactions have contributed to the development of the United States and its global role. The two required courses are:

IX. Freshman Experience (1 hr)

This course is designed to prepare the student for university life, aid in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process from an individual college perspective.

All departments. Most offer it as [First Year Seminar Course Code] 1100 although other numbers are used as well.

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