University Core Curriculum Programs
The Core Curriculum Program and the First-Year Learning Communities Program together make up the University Core Curriculum Programs.
Overview of University Core Curriculum
The Core Curriculum Program (the Core) is a 42-semester-hour program of study that is required of undergraduates to ensure that students will develop the essential knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, in a career, in their communities, and in life.
Each course in the Core has been reviewed and approved on the basis of its potential to contribute to the achievement of the following six core objectives.
· Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
· Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
· Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
· Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
· Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making
· Social Responsibility: to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
Core Curriculum Program Courses
Core curriculum courses are organized according to the Foundational Component Areas are listed below.
Communication (6 semester hours)
Mathematics (3 semester hours) - Select one from:
Life and Physical Sciences (6 semester hours) - Select two hours from**:
Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 semester hours) - Select one from:
Creative Arts (3 semester hours) - Select one from:
American History (6 semester hours)**
Government/Political Science (6 semester hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 semester hours)
Component Area Option (3 semester hours)
Component Area Option (3 semester hours)
The Core includes 42 hours. Some degree plans, however, require the selection of Core courses that may lead up to 3 additional hours (for example, courses with credit labs).
* Students should complete ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 early in their academic careers at the very latest, by the end of the sophomore year. Students who transfer into the University without equivalent credit should complete these courses as soon as possible.
** Students may take for either or . Texas History is a 3000-level course, and is recommended only for juniors and seniors.
The First-Year Learning Communities Program
As part of the First-Year Learning Communities Program, all full-time A&M-Corpus Christi students are expected to enroll, in each of their first two semesters, in specially selected groups of 3 or 4 classes known as Triads and Tetrads.
The students and teachers within each Triad or Tetrad form a learning community. The same group of students takes all of the classes within a given Triad or Tetrad together, which gives them many opportunities to work together, get to know each other, and learn together. The teachers in each learning community also work with each other to develop connections among the classes.
All of the Triads and Tetrads include a First-Year Seminar (UCCP 1101 or UCCP 1102) and a First-Year Writing class (ENGL 1301 or ENGL 1302). These are small classes of 25 students or fewer. In addition, Triads include a large lecture class (such as History or Sociology), and Tetrads include two large lecture classes. The classes within each Triad (or Tetrad) are “linked,” in the sense that students enroll in all three classes (or four classes in a Tetrad) at once. For example, students might enroll in a Triad that includes:
U.S. Government and Politics
A Tetrad that the University frequently offers consists of the following courses:
General Chemistry I
First-Year Seminar (FYS) immerses students in an active learning environment to help students develop their ability to learn through study, discussion, cooperation, and collaboration. FYS teachers attend the large Triad/Tetrad lecture classes with their students and help their students to explore the interconnections among the Triad/Tetrad courses, develop their critical thinking and information literacy skills, and clarify their personal values and goals.
Enrollment in the FYS (as well as in the First-Year Writing classes) is held to a maximum of 25 students because small-class environments help students form learning communities and develop their intellectual skills. First-Year Seminar, therefore, plays a central role in developing the learning communities, and enabling students to be successful at the University level.
Full-time first-year students are required to enroll in a First-Year Seminar during each of their first two semesters. Certain exceptions exist, however, for transfer students and part-time students. Students who become full-time A&M-Corpus Christi students after having completed less than 12 semester hours are required to take UCCP 1101 and UCCP 1102. Students who become full-time A&M-Corpus Christi students after having completed 12-23 semester hours are required to take only one First-Year Seminar. They may take either UCCP 1101 or UCCP 1102. Students who become full-time A&M-Corpus Christi students after having completed 24 or more semester hours are exempt from the First-Year Seminar requirement. However, students must substitute other hours of undergraduate-level coursework in order to meet minimum semester credit hour requirements for graduation.
First-Year Seminar Course Descriptions
Transfer Students and the University Core Curriculum Programs
Transfer students may contact a transfer counselor in the Islander Transition Center, located in the Faculty Center, or call (361) 825-5931 for general transfer information. Transfer students who have not officially declared an academic major may receive academic advising from the Islander Transition Center. Students who have declared a major will be advised through their college’s academic advising center.
For a list of transfer courses that will fulfill specific Core requirements, please see the appendix entitled “Lower-Division Transfer Courses: Common Courses.”
Students transferring credit hours to A&M-Corpus Christi from other institutions may have various means of fulfilling the Core requirement.