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Core Categories

I. Communication (6 hours)  and  IX. Component Area Option (3 hours)

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has determined that courses in this category emphasize the command of oral, aural, written, and visual literacy skills that enable people to exchange messages appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.

The nine-hour communication area of Tarleton’s core curriculum is composed of 6 hours of Communication Foundational Component Area coursework and 3 hours of Component Area Option coursework.

Students will complete the following two courses offered by the Department of English And Languages:

Students will also complete one of the following courses offered by the Department of Communication Studies

II. Mathematics (3 hours)

According to the THECB, courses in this category emphasize the understanding of key mathematical concepts and the application of appropriate quantitative tools to everyday experience.

Students can complete the 3 hour Mathematics Foundational Component Area of Tarleton’s core curriculum by taking any one of the following courses offered by the Department of Mathematics:

III. Life and Physical Sciences (6 hours) and IX. Component Area Option (2 hours)

According to the THECB, courses in this category emphasize the understanding of interactions among natural phenomena and the implications of scientific principles on the physical world and on human experiences.

The eight-hour life and natural sciences area of Tarleton’s core curriculum is composed of 6 hours of Life and Natural Sciences Foundational Component Area coursework and 2 hours of related class and lab based Component Area Option coursework.

Students can complete their required hours by choosing from among the following courses:

IV. Language, Philosophy, and Culture (3 hours)

According to the THECB, courses in this category emphasize the exploration of ideas that foster aesthetic and intellectual creation in order to understand the human condition across cultures.

Students may complete the 3 hour Language, Philosophy, and Culture Foundational Component Area of Tarleton’s core curriculum by taking any one of the following courses:

V. Creative Arts (3 hours)

According to the THECB, courses in this category emphasize the synthesis and interpretation of artistic expression and enable critical, creative, and innovative communication about works of art.

Students may complete the 3 hour Creative Arts Foundational Component Area of Tarleton’s core curriculum by taking any one of the following courses offered by the Department of Fine Arts:

VI. American History (6 hours)

According to the THECB, courses in this category emphasize 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.

Students will complete the 6 hour American History Foundational Component Area of Tarleton’s core curriculum by taking the following two courses offered by the Department of History, Sociology, and Geography:

VII. Government and Political Science (6 hours)

According to the THECB, courses in this category emphasize the analysis of governmental institutions, political behavior, civic engagement, and their political and philosophical foundations.

Students will complete the 6 hour Government and Political Sciences Foundational Component Area of Tarleton’s core curriculum by taking the following two courses:

VIII. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)

According to the THECB, courses in this category emphasize the exploration of behavior and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, and events, examining their impact on the individual, society, and culture.

Students may complete the 3 hour Social and Behavioral Sciences Foundational Component Area of Tarleton’s core curriculum by taking any one of the following courses:

IX. Component Area Option (1 hour)

The Component Area Option as a whole comprises 6 hours of coursework. Tarleton has divided its 6 hours of Component Area Option into three components - two of which were included in the areas above.

As detailed above, 3 hours of Tarleton's Component Area Option has been assigned to the Composition I (ENGL 1301) course which is aligned above with Tarleton's Communication Foundational Component Area.

Also as detailed above, another 2 hours of Tarleton's Component Area Option is aligned above with Tarleton's Life and Natural Sciences Foundational Component Area.

Students will complete the remaining 1 hour of Tarleton's Component Area Option by taking a First Year Seminar Course. These courses are typically listed by major as [Major] 1100 although other numbers are used as well.

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.