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Core Categories

I.  Communication (9 hrs)

The THECB holds that the objective of a communication component of a core curriculum is to enable the student to communicate effectively in clear and correct prose in a style appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.

The nine-hour “communication” component of Tarleton’s core curriculum is composed of two courses from the Department of English And Languages

Composition I (ENGL 1301)

Composition II (ENGL 1302)

along with a choice of one course from three offerings of the Department of Communication Studies

Fundamentals of Speech Communication (COMM 1311)

Public Speaking (COMM 1312)

Business and Professional Speaking (COMM 2302).

II. Mathematics (3 hrs)

According to the THECB, the objective of the mathematics component of the core curriculum is to develop a quantitatively literate college graduate.  Every college graduate should be able to apply basic mathematical tools in the solution of real-world problems.

The three-hour “mathematics” component of Tarleton’s core curriculum may be satisfied by any of the courses listed below offered by the Department of Mathematics

MATH 1314 College Algebra (MATH 1314)

MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics (MATH 1332)

MATH 1324 Math for Business and Social Sciences (MATH 1324)

MATH 2412 Precalculus (MATH 2412)

MATH 2413 Calculus I (MATH 2413)

III. Life and Natural Sciences (8 hrs)

The THECB recommends that the objective of the core curriculum’s natural sciences component is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the basis for building and testing theories.  

The eight-hour “natural sciences” component of Tarleton’s core curriculum is composed of selected courses from two academic departments.  Students can choose from the following course:

Biology for Science Majors I (BIOL 1406)

Biology for Science Majors II (BIOL 1407)

Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 2401)

Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 2402)

Essential Elements of Chemistry (CHEM 1302) (a 3 hr course for Education majors)

Introductory Chemistry II (CHEM 1407)

General Chemistry I (CHEM 1411)

General Chemistry II (CHEM 1412)

Earth Systems Science (EASC 2310) (a 3 hr course for Education majors)

Physical Geology (GEOL 1403) or Natural Disasters (GEOL 1408)

Historical Geology (GEOL 1404)

Environmental Science (GEOL 1407)

Great Ideas of Physics (PHYS 1401)

Essential Elements of Physics (PHYS 1302) (a 3 hr course for Education majors)

Introductory Astronomy I (PHYS 1411)

College Physics I (PHYS 1401)

College Physics II (PHYS 1402)

Stars and Galaxies (PHYS 1403)

University Physics I (PHYS 2425)

University Physics II (PHYS 2426)

IV. Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 hrs)

Courses in this category focus on how ideas, values, beliefs, and other aspects of culture express and affect human experience. Courses involve the exploration of ideas that foster aesthetic and intellectual creation in order to understand the human condition across cultures.

The three-hour component of Tarleton’s core curriculum is composed of selected courses from three academic departments.

The Short Story (ENGL 2310)

Introduction to Literature (ENGL 2320)

Literature and Film (ENGL 2340)

Backgrounds of Western Literature (ENGL 2350)

Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL 1301)

World Civilizations I (HIST 2321)

World Civilizations II (HIST 2322)

V.   Creative Arts (3 hrs)

Courses in this category focus on the appreciation and analysis of creative artifacts and works of the human imagination. Courses involve the synthesis and interpretation of artistic expression and enable critical, creative, and innovative communication about works of art.  For this three-hour requirement, students can choose from courses offered by the Department of Fine Arts

Art Appreciation (ARTS 1301)

Art History I (ARTS 1303)

Art History II (ARTS 1304)

Art History of America (ARTS 3331)

Fine Arts Appreciation (HUMA 1315)

Visual and Theatre Arts (FINA 1335)

The Art of Film (FINA 1360)

American Music (MUSI 1310)

Music Appreciation (MUSI 1306)

Jazz History (MUSI 3325)

Fundamentals of Music (MUSI 1303)

Introduction to the Theatre (DRAM 1310)

History of Theatre I (DRAM 2361)

Theatre and Criticism (THEA 4304)

VI.   Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hrs)

Courses in this category focus on the application of empirical and scientific methods that contribute to the understanding of what makes us human. Courses involve the exploration of behavior and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, and events, examining their impact on the individual, society, and culture.

The three-hour “social and behavioral sciences” component of Tarleton’s core curriculum is composed of courses from many departments.

Introduction to Agricultural Economics (AGEC 2317)

Introduction to Economics (ECON 1301)

Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics (ECON 2301)

Engineering Economy (ENGR 2303)

World Regional Geography (GEOG 1303)

Introduction to Human Geography (GEOG 1320)

The Geography of Texas (GEOG 2301)

Introduction to Logic (PHIL 2303)

Ethics in the Professions (PHIL 3301)

General Psychology (PSYC 2301)

Introduction To Sociology (SOCI 1301)

Archeology (ANTH 2302)

Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 2351)

VII. Government and Political Science (6 hrs)

Courses in this category focus on consideration of the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the states, with special emphasis on that of Texas. Courses involve the analysis of governmental institutions, political behavior, civic engagement, and their political and philosophical foundations. The two required courses are:

Federal Government (GOVT 2305)

Texas Government (GOVT 2306)

VIII. American History (6 hrs)

Courses in this category focus on the consideration of past events and ideas relative to the United States, with the option of including Texas History for a portion of this component area.  Courses involve the interaction among individuals, communities, states, the nation, and the world, considering how these interactions have contributed to the development of the United States and its global role. The two required courses are:

United States History I (HIST 1301)

United States History II (HIST 1302)

IX. Freshman Experience (1 hr)

This course is designed to prepare the student for university life, aid in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process from an individual college perspective.

All departments. Most offer it as ___ 1100 although other numbers are used as well.

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