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Core Curriculum

Given the rapid evolution of necessary knowledge and skills the core curriculum ensures students will develop the essential knowledge and skills needed to be successful in college, in a career, in their communities, and in life. Through the assessment of the core curriculum Texas A&M University is able to collect information about students’ ability to demonstrate this knowledge and skills and use that information to continuously improve the core curriculum learning experience.


Assessment & Recertification Cycle

Core Curriculum Recertification is the process by which the Faculty Senate's Core Curriculum Council reviews core courses for inclusion in the core based on a variety of characteristics including: appropriateness of the course for the Foundational Component Area, enrollment, and explanations of how students are informed of the core objectives, how the course fosters student development of the core objectives, and how each mandatory core objective is evaluated in the context of the course.

Recertification is a two year process, with all core courses rotating through as members of four cohorts. The 
Core Curriculum Assessment Cycles are available here. During the first year of recertification, courses collect evidence of student learning demonstrating the required core learning objectives and submit to OIE&E for assessment using the Core Curriculum Assessment rubrics. During the second year of recertification, courses complete the curricular review requirements defined by the Core Curriculum Council of the Faculty Senate.

The Core Curriculum Objectives are assessed on a three-year assessment schedule rotation according to the following schedule.
 
Rotation 1
(AYs 19-20, 22-23, 25-26)
Rotation 2
(AYs 20-21, 23-24, 26-27)
Rotation 3
(AYs 21-22, 24-25, 27-28)
Visual Communication (VC)
Oral Communication (OC)
Teamwork (T)
Critical Thinking (CT)
Social Responsibility (SR)
Written Communication (WC)
Personal Responsibility (PR)
Empirical & Quantitative Skills (EQS)



See the course-level Core Curriculum Assessment Schedule AY 2019-2023 here.

 
    Cycle          Academic    Year    Core Objectives Assessed for Recertification Cohort
A1 2019-2020
Course List
  • Visual Communication
B2 2020-2021
Course List
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social Responsibility 
  RESULTS REPORT
C3
 
2021-2022
Course List
  • Written Communication
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Empirical & Quantitative Skills
D1 2022-2023
  • Oral Communication
  • Visual Communication
  • Teamwork
ARTIFACT SUBMISSION DEADLINES:
  • Fall 2022: Monday, December 19
  • Spring 2023: Monday, May 15
INSTRUCTIONS for Artifact Submission: 
A2 2023-2024
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social Responsibility 

Core Objectives by FCA


Core Curriculum Assessment

Each Component Area has a set of identified core objectives (indicated in maroon in the table below). Each core objective has a specified rubric which will be used for assessment purposes. Contact assessment@tamu.edu to request copies of the core objective rubrics not yet provided below.

Definitions of Component Areas and core objectives can be found either in the Undergraduate Catalog or in the Texas Administrative Code

 

Core Objectives by Foundational Component Area (FCA)

Common scoring rubrics are linked to each core objective below.

Foundational
Component Area
Critical Thinking Communication: Oral 
Visual - (Interpretation or Creation)
Empirical and Quantitative Skills
(Computational or Other)
Teamwork Social Responsibility Personal Responsibility
Communication            
Mathematics            
Life and Physical Sciences            
Language, Philosophy, & Culture             
Creative Arts            
American History            
Government/ Political Sciences            
Social and Behavioral Sciences            


Core Courses by Foundational Component Area (FCA)
 
American History Communication Creative     Arts Government/
Political Science
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Life & Physical Sciences Mathematics Social & Behavioral Sciences
AFST 300* 
AFST 301* 
HIST 105
HIST 106
HIST 226
HIST 230
HIST 232
HIST 258
HIST 300*
HIST 301*
HIST 304
COMM 203
COMM 205
COMM 243
ENGL 103
ENGL 104
ENGL 203
ENGL 210
THAR 407
AFST 327
ANTH 324
ARCH 249
ARCH 250
ARCH 350
ARTS 149
ARTS 150
CARC 311
COMM 257*
COMM 340
DCED 201
DCED 202
ENDS 101
ENDS 115
ENGL 212
ENGL 219
ENGL 251
FILM 215*
FILM 251
FILM 299
FILM 425*
FREN 425*
HISP 204
HISP 205
HORT 203
INTS 215*
KINE 210
KINE 311
MUSC 201
MUSC 221
MUSC 222
MUSC 225
MUSC 226
MUSC 228
MUSC 327
MUSC 328
MUSC 386
PERF 223
PERF 301
PERF 324
PERF 327
PERF 328
PERF 386
PHIL 330
PHIL 375
RELS 257*
THAR 201
THAR 281
POLS 206
POLS 207
AFST 204
AFST 345
ANTH 204*
ANTH 205
ANTH 210
ANTH 316
ANTH 317*
AFST 201
ARAB 201
ARAB 202
ARCH 213
ARCH 346
CARC 331
CHIN 201
CHIN 202
CLAS 220
CLAS 221
CLAS 222
CLAS 250
CLAS 251*
CLAS 261
CLAS 262
CLAS 429*
COMM 301
COMM 327
COSC 222
ENGL 202
ENGL 204*
ENGL 206
ENGL 207
ENGL 211*
ENGL 219
ENGL 221
ENGL 222
ENGL 227
ENGL 228
ENGL 231
ENGL 232
ENGL 253
ENGL 292
ENGL 306
ENGL 330
ENGL 333*
ENGL 334
ENGL 335
ENGL 338
ENGL 350
ENGL 360
ENGL 362
ENGL 365*
ENGL 374*
ENGL 376
ENGR 482*
FREN 201
FREN 202
FSTC 300*
GEOG 202
GEOG 301
GEOG 305
GERM 201
GERM 202
HISP 206
HISP 362
HIST 101
HIST 102
HIST 103
HIST 104
HIST 210
HIST 213
HIST 214
HIST 220
HIST 221*
HIST 222*
HIST 234
HIST 242
HIST 347*
HIST 429*
INTS 211*
INTS 251
ITAL 201
ITAL 202
JAPN 201
JAPN 202
LAND 240
MAST 270
MODL 221
MODL 222
MUSC 201
MUSC 227
MUSC 325
MUSC 326
NFSC 300
NUTR 300*
PERF 156
PERF 325
PERF 326
PHIL 111
PHIL 251
PHIL 282
PHIL 482*
RELS 200
RELS 202
RELS 209
RELS 220
RELS 221*
RELS 222*
RELS 251*
RELS 312
RELS 317*
RELS 347*
RELS 360*
RUSS 201
RUSS 202
SPAN 201
SPAN 202
SPMT 220
THAR 155
THAR 156
THAR 281
WGST 200
WGST 333*
WGST 374*
AGSM 105
ANSC 107
ANTH 225
ANTH 226
ASTR 101
ASTR 103
ASTR 104
ASTR 109*
ASTR 111
ASTR 119
ATMO 201
ATMO 202
BESC 201
BESC 204
BIOL 101
BIOL 107
BIOL 111
BIOL 112
BIOL 113
CHEM 106
CHEM 107
CHEM 116
CHEM 117
CHEM 119
CHEM 120
ENGR 101
ENTO 322
ESSM 309
FIVS 123
FIVS 205
GEOG 203
GEOG 205
GEOG 213
GEOL 101
GEOL 102
GEOL 106
GEOL 207
GEOL 208
GEOS 110
GEOS 210
HORT 201
HORT 202
KINE 120
KINE 223
MARS 102
NFSC 222
NUTR 222
OCNG 251
OCNG 252
PHYS 109*
PHYS 123
PHYS 125
PHYS 201
PHYS 202*
PHYS 206
PHYS 207
PHYS 208
PHYS 218
PHYS 226
PHYS 227
POSC 201
RENR 205
RENR 215
SCEN 101
SCEN 102
SCSC 105
SCSC 301
MATH 131
MATH 140
MATH 141
MATH 142
MATH 147
MATH 148
MATH 150
MATH 151
MATH 152
MATH 166
MATH 167
MATH 168
MATH 171
MATH 172
PHIL 240
STAT 201
AGEC 105
AGEC 235
AGEC 350
ALEC 450
ANTH 201
ANTH 202
ARCH 212
ARCH 458
COMM 315
COMM 320
COMM 325
COMM 335
COMM 365*
ECON 202
ECON 203
EPSY 320
EPSY 321
GEOG 201
HLTH 236
HORT 335
INST 210
INST 222
INST 301
JOUR 102
JOUR 365*
KINE 282
MARS 210
PSYC 107
SOCI 205
SOCI 206
SOCI 207*
SOCI 210
SOCI 211
SOCI 212
SOCI 213*
SOCI 217
SOCI 304
SOCI 312
SOCI 313
SOCI 314
SOCI 315*
SOCI 319*
SOCI 327
SPMT 304
SPMT 319*
SPMT 336
SPMT 337
URPN 201
URPN 202
URPN 203
URPN 361
URPN 370
WGST 207*
WGST 213*
WGST 315*

 

Resources

For Instructional and Assessment Resources, visit us.tamu.edu/CORE/CORE-Curriculum