The Core Curriculum (Information provided below is for informational use only.)
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Transfer students admitted to Temple University Fall 2010 and after and Freshman admitted Fall 2008 and after follow the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
The Core Curriculum is currently Temple University's liberal education requirements for all undergraduate students who were admitted to Temple prior to Fall 2008 and all transfer students who are admitted to Temple prior to Fall 2010. It guides students in taking a set of courses, many of them chosen by the student from lists of approved courses. The Core, in combination with a major field of study, is intended to provide the intellectual skills and the knowledge needed for academic success in college and provide a useful education for one's career, citizenship, and personal life.
*Please note that while Core students can take GenEd courses to satisfy Core requirements, all undergraduate students who were admitted to Temple prior to Fall 2008 and all transfer students who are admitted to Temple prior to Fall 2010 students are required to complete Core, not GenEd.
Overview of the Core Curriculum
The world changes, experience changes, networks grow, dot-coms come and go. Where does college take you?
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. Core curriculum, 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 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 who were admitted to Temple prior to Fall 2008 and all transfer students who are admitted to Temple prior to Fall 2010 complete some form of the Core Curriculum.
Students entering Temple as transfer students with fewer than 45 transfer credits complete these Core requirements:
- Temple Information Literacy Tutorial (TILT) (formerly known as Library Skills) - 0 s.h.
- Analytical Reading and Writing - 4 s.h.
- Intellectual Heritage - 6 s.h.
- American Culture - 3 s.h.
- The Arts - 3 s.h.
- The Individual and Society - 3 s.h.
- International Studies/Language - 3-6 s.h.
- Quantitative Reasoning - 6-8 s.h.
- Science/Technology - 6-8 s.h.
- Studies in Race - 3 s.h.
- Additional Writing-Intensive Courses* - 3-9 s.h.
Total Core Credits** = 40-52
* Three Writing-Intensive courses are required in addition to the two Writing-Intensive Intellectual Heritage courses. The three additional courses include Writing-Intensive courses required by the student's major and an additional approved Writing-Intensive course.
** The total number of Core credits varies as a result of courses that may satisfy multiple Core areas. Additionally, the results of placement tests and options in the International Studies area may result in lower numbers of required courses and credits.
Advanced transfer students satisfy the Core through either the 45+ Transfer or Core-to-Core Transfer.
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 Core Areas link in the 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 Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies.
In addition to the approved Core course lists, students required to complete any version of the Core Curriculum can use GenEd courses to satisfy the Core equivalent area. For more information about using GenEd courses to satisfy Core requirements, click here.
Descriptions of Core and GenEd courses are published in the Undergraduate Course Descriptions catalog available online through the web version of the Bulletin. Because not all approved courses are offered every semester, each semester's registration resources contains a list of Core and GenEd courses being taught that term.
Finding a Core Course
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:
- The Course Schedule: Select a semester, then select a department and a Core area to display.
- The Course Descriptions catalog (online): The Core courses are listed by Core areas, plus the two-character Core codes appear near the course titles within the course descriptions.
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 Identifier - Shows which Core requirement(s) a course fulfills:
AC - American Culture
AR - The Arts
CO/GW - Composition/Analytical Reading & Writing
IA/GY, IB/GZ - 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.
GW - Analytical Reading & Writing
GY, GZ - Mosaic
GA - Arts
GB - Human Behavior
GG - World Society
GU - U.S. Society
GD - Race & Diversity
GS - Science & Technology
GQ - Quantitative Literacy
Important Core Policies for All Students
- All Core courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher to satisfy a Core requirement.
- Core courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit. See Credit/No Credit Courses.
- Students may not complete requirements in more than two Core areas with courses in their major fields. This restriction does not apply to writing-intensive courses that are not also in a Core area or Studies in Race courses that are not also in another Core area.
- The three-semester sequence of Analytical Reading & Writing (English 0802, 0812, or 0902) and the two Intellectual Heritage courses (0851 or 0951, and 0852 or 0952) is intended to serve as the foundation of the Core curriculum at Temple and to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary for successful completion of other Core requirements. To make the most of these opportunities, students should take these courses as soon as possible after entering Temple, in order, and immediately after one another.
- In two Core areas, 1) Quantitative Reasoning and 2) Science and Technology, students should not take a second-level (B) course until they have completed an appropriate prerequisite first-level (A) course with a grade of C- or higher. Students should check with their advisors for the A-B sequences appropriate for their program of study. However, the policy on transfer of Core science courses applies to all students with transfer credits in science (see Science and Technology).
- Students who are candidates for a Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, Tyler School of Art, and Communication Sciences and Disorders majors within the College of Health Professions are required by their college to complete both the foreign language and the International Studies components of the Core (see International Studies or Language).