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The Core Curriculum
No matter how fast the world changes, your education will provide you with an experience that will make you grow and change at the same time, and you will always be able to rely on it. When we speak of liberal education, we mean learning that will endure: broad acquaintances with areas of knowledge and experience that will help you live well, using your intellectual powers, imagination, and judgment. A liberal education prepares you to deal with a rapidly-changing world. It prepares you for leadership and responsibility in the vocational, social, and personal areas of your life. It enables you to keep on learning throughout your life.
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. The goals of the Core Curriculum include teaching students how to do things and providing the means to gain new knowledge. The Core courses will teach students how to use language effectively, handle quantitative data, and appreciate the creative arts; students will also gain an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and the impact of technology on society, the history and culture of the United States and of other societies, the differences between individual and communal needs, and the many ways in which race and racism affect all of us. Each Core area focuses on one of these goals, but courses and experiences in other Core areas and in the majors build upon and reinforce Core skills and knowledge. All undergraduate students at Temple complete some form of the Core Curriculum.
Students entering Temple as freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 45 transfer credits complete these Core requirements:
Total Core Credits** = 39-52
* 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, and so are not counted as separate credits, or may be Writing-Intensive only.
**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 can be found by clicking on the links under the Core Areas menu to the left. 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
Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.
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 Guide to Registration 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 website (www.temple.edu/vpus/ucc/index.htm).
Writing-intensive courses are identified by their course numbers. Any course ending in "96," "97," or "98" is an approved Writing-intensive course.
Current students can find courses that fulfill other Core areas by using the following tools:
Some courses exist in several Core versions, or in Core and non-Core versions. The two-character Core codes indicate the version of a course.
RCI - Required Course Indicator - Shows which Core requirement(s) a course fulfills:
AC - American Culture
AR - The Arts
CO - Composition
IA, IB - Intellectual Heritage
IN - The Individual and Society
IS - International Studies
LA, LB, LC - Language
QA - Quantitative Reasoning, First Level
QB - Quantitative Reasoning, Second Level
RA*- Studies in Race and the Arts
RC - Studies in Race and Composition
RG*- Studies in Race and International Studies
RN* - Studies in Race and Individual and Society
RS - Studies in Race
RU* - Studies in Race and American Culture
SA - Science and Technology, First Level
SB - Science and Technology, Second Level
WI - Writing-Intensive
WR - Studies in Race and Writing-Intensive
XA - The Arts, Studies in Race, and Writing-Intensive
XC - American Culture, Studies in Race, and Writing-Intensive
XN - The Individual and Society, Studies in Race, and Writing-Intensive
XS - International Studies, Studies in Race, and Writing-Intensive
*added to accommodate new numbering system.
Important Core Policies for All Students
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