Core Curriculum Guidelines
Center for Academic and Student Success
Harkness Hall Room 211
223 James P. Brawley Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone: 404-880-8767 or 8184
General Guidelines for Core Curriculum Courses
- Core courses are open to all students and have no course prerequisites that are not part of the Core Curriculum. (NOTE: Students are required, based on individualized assessments, to improve basic skills in written and oral communications, quantitative skills, reading and study skills through the Center for Academic Achievement.)
- Core courses are designed to introduce students to basic knowledge of a particular discipline, and to assist students in achieving specified learning outcomes.
- Core courses are expected to be directed toward the specified learning outcomes. Students should know what the expected outcomes are as well as how they will be expected to demonstrate requisite competencies.
- Core courses, regardless of discipline, are expected to enhance the communication skills of students by including written and oral assignments (e.g., essay questions, term papers, journals, laboratory reports, oral reports, speeches, etc.). These should be assessed in terms of the learning outcomes specified in 1.0 – Level I skills.
- Core courses are expected to develop and enhance critical thinking and values clarification abilities of students by including active learning projects (e.g., problem-solving activities, research projects, role playing exercises, discussions/debates of socially-relevant issues).
- Core courses are expected to include library/research assignments that are appropriate and applicable to the discipline, and, whenever possible, to include assignments that require hands-on technology experiences.
- Core courses are expected to enhance the global and international awareness of students by including course materials that broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of issues, people and problems across nations and societies.
- Core courses are expected to include activities that encourage students to exhibit responsible behavior and to appreciate the value of lifelong learning.
- Core courses are expected, whenever possible, to promote collaborative learning as well as learning experiences that are external to the classroom (e.g., Study Abroad, internships, cooperative learning, service learning and volunteerism.)