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Core Curriculum 

A Clark Atlanta University education prepares individuals who, in addition to meeting standards of excellence in a major field, are prepared with the critical skills, breadth of knowledge, intellectual depth, and historical, scientific, and technological understanding needed to live well and learn continuously. To this end, the Clark Atlanta University faculty and other authorizing units of the University, including the Board of Trustees, approved a program of General Education, known as the Core Curriculum, which is required of all students completing baccalaureate programs.

General Education is considered foundational to all baccalaureate degree programs at Clark Atlanta University. It is believed to be essential to the total development and self-actualization of each student. This component of the baccalaureate degree program consists of a set of courses and other experiences in the humanities, social and natural sciences; computer literacy and information technology; communication and quantitative skills; foreign languages; and several other areas, which are structured and sequenced generally in the first two-years of study at the University.

Mission and Goals

The mission of General Education at Clark Atlanta University is to provide the skills, knowledge, and experiences that will help students successfully matriculate in all baccalaureate degree programs and prepare them to become informed and responsible citizens in the global society. The General Education Program is committed to developing in students the core abilities to communicate effectively, utilize quantitative data, demonstrate critical thinking skills, enhance their understanding and appreciation of the humanities, and expand their knowledge of the social and natural worlds in which they live.

Learning Outcomes

The seven Core Curriculum outcomes and their respective domains of study include:

  • Communication Skills: Proficiency in writing, reading, speaking and listening across disciplines and subject areas.
  • Quantitative Skills: Proficiency in the utilization of mathematical skills, concepts, and ideas to solve problems and interpret information.
  • Critical Thinking: Competency in utilizing critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques to solve problems and to evaluate data, identifying fallacies, and drawing conclusions based on observation, analysis, interpretation, speculation, and evaluation.
  • Scientific & Technological Literacy: Knowledge of the principles of scientific literacy and the role of science and technology in society.
  • Societal and Human Behavior and Values: Knowledge of the political, social, and economic systems, complex group and organizational behavior, and the methods and principles of social science inquiry.
  • Historical Knowledge and Perspectives: Knowledge and understanding of the history, contributions, and experiences of Africana peoples, with emphasis on African Americans, historical developments underlying present conditions in the United States; and historical foundations and trends upon which the modern world is built.
  • Global Understanding: Knowledge and understanding of diverse cultures through language, literature, the arts cultural and historical studies.

Through study in the Core Curriculum, every Clark Atlanta University undergraduate should have an opportunity to engage in purposefu
learning activities including:
  • presenting critical skills of communication through writing that is correct, substantive, and effective
  • participating effectively in situations that require informed oral conversations
  • exploring the historical, literary, and philosophical antecedents of twentieth-century cultures, and exploring aspects of the culture and heritage of African Americans and other groups
  • reading, analyzing, and interpreting selected world masterpieces in literature
  • understanding and utilizing quantitative data
  • showing proficiency in basic computing and showing ability to access information in a variety of formats
  • having some experience in another language and understanding the cultural, political, and social aspects of that culture
  • studying the roles that institutions, groups, and individuals play in society to participate in debates/discussions about contemporary issues of science, ethics, politics, international relations, and other issues.
  • utilizing an effective research process, interpret findings, and communicate results to varied audiences
  • participating in activities that promote thinking through value-laden issues, discussing them intelligently, and developing reasoned judgments about alternatives
  • studying a variety of artistic expressions and achievements across time that have allowed individuals and cultures to express themselves and to participate in activities that show understanding of volunteerism and appreciation for service to community.