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The Core Curriculum
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A liberal education is bigger than the sum of its parts. General education, major, and elective courses; internship, volunteer, and other learning experiences; the social milieu of the campus--all come together to give you something full, whole, integrated. A liberal education happens inside and outside the classroom as you meet and learn with a diverse array of peers and teachers. This is the kind of learning that enhances experience in all dimensions of life. It's the kind of education a degree from Temple University represents.
The Core Curriculum is one part of that education. Its goals include learning how to do things as well as gaining new knowledge. Using language effectively, handling quantitative data, and appreciating the creative arts are Core goals. So are understanding the nature of scientific inquiry and the impact of technology on society, the history and culture of the
Students entering Temple as freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 45 transfer credits complete these Core requirements:
* Three Writing-Intensive courses are required in addition to the two Writing-Intensive Intellectual Heritage courses. The three additional courses include a Writing Capstone course (3 credits) required by the student's major and two other approved Writing-Intensive courses. A range of credits is given because those courses may overlap with another Core area (X, R), and so are not counted as separate credits, or may be Writing-Intensive only (W).
**The results of placement tests and options in the International Studies area may result in lower numbers of required courses and credits.
Highly motivated students who seek especially challenging courses may wish to apply for admission to the University Honors Program, which offers special Honors courses that meet Core requirements.
Each Core area has a list of courses approved as satisfying the requirements for that area. Descriptions of the Core areas and their approved courses follow at the end of this section. Although Core courses no longer offered by departments do not appear in these lists, students who took them continue to receive Core credit for them, as indicated in their DARS document. Questions about the past, present, or future Core status of a course can be answered by the Core and Transfer Office.
Descriptions of Core courses are available in the printed Undergraduate Course Descriptions published each Spring before the registration period for Fall courses, and online through the web version of this Bulletin (www.temple.edu/bulletin/ugradbulletin/ucd/ucdtoc.html). Because not all approved courses are offered every semester, each semester's Class Schedule contains a list of Core courses being taught that term. Lists of newly approved Core courses, other changes and notices, additional information about the Core, and an e-mail link for questions are available on the Core web site (http://www.temple.edu/ucc).
The course number provides important information about a course, including whether or not it receives Core credit and, in some cases, which Core requirement it meets. Because some courses exist in several Core versions, or in Core and non-Core versions, students should pay careful attention to course numbers and be sure they know which version of a course they are taking.
Numbers for courses that meet Core requirements begin with the letters "C," "R," "W," or "X." Those prefixes, along with the two-letter Required Course Indicator (RCI), provide information on the Core requirement a given course will meet.
Important Core Policies for All Students
· All Core courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher to satisfy a Core requirement.
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