Application for Course Inclusion in the Core Curriculum

Initial submissions are due no later than February 15, 2013.

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If this application is for a new course or for a course that will be modified, answer the remaining items in terms of the new or modified course, otherwise, answer them in terms of the existing course.

Foundational component area

Important information: The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has divided the core curriculum into 8 foundational component areas and assigned 36 semester credit hours (SCH) to those 8 areas. Each course included in the core must fit the description of one of the foundational areas. Appendix 1 describes the foundational component areas and indicates the number of SCH assigned by the Coordinating Board to each area.

In addition, the Coordinating Board has designated an additional 6 SCH to be included in the core curriculum as each institution chooses. SFA has chosen to use these 6 SCH of the component area option for courses that meet the description of the Communications foundational area.

The communication foundational component area at SFA will require 3 hours from English writing courses and 3 hours from oral communication courses (for example courses similar to the current COM 111).

Course requirements for the SFA component area option will include 3 hours from English writing and 3 hours from communication including modern languages, English and courses similar to those included in the current communication area of the core.

A course’s foundational component area determines the core objectives (see below and Appendix 2) which must be addressed in that course.

Core objectives

Which core objectives will be incorporated into the course? Required objectives must be checked; optional objectives may be checked.

Important information: Depending on the foundational component area, certain core objectives must be incorporated into the course. The tables in Appendix 2 describe the core objectives and indicate for each foundational component area which objectives are required and which are optional.

Strong applications will clearly address the definitions of the core objectives as stated in Appendix 2.

Email the syllabus for this course to Please include the course prefix, course number and the word "Syllabus" in the file's title (e.g. PSC 141 Syllabus).

  • The syllabus must meet the SFASU Course Syllabus Guidelines as published by the Provost/VPAA. A link to these guidelines can be found at
  • Student learning outcomes should be clearly specified in the syllabus. These are course objectives—describing what students who complete the course will know or be able to do. Required core objectives (see above and Appendix 2) should be represented in the student learning outcomes.
  • A course calendar should be included in the syllabus. The calendar should list the topics that the course will cover and indicate the approximate amount of time to be devoted to each, either by percent of course time or number of weeks. The outline should indicate which topics will be required in all sections of the course and which may vary. If time in the course is to be specifically devoted to the required core objectives (see above and Appendix 2), that should be indicated in the course calendar.

A separate description of the institution-level assessment procedures to be used for the core curriculum will be distributed by the Core Curriculum Assessment Committee. Course acceptance by the Core Curriculum Advisory Committee does not guarantee acceptance by the Core Curriculum Assessment Committee. Approval by both committees is required for a course to be included in the core.

Important information about using this form

Clicking the submit button at the end of the form will send an electronic copy of the form to the Provost's Office so carefully prepare your answers before submitting the form.

Once the form is submitted, you will see a filled in version of the form which can be printed and signed by the department chairperson and dean.

Suggestion: print a blank copy of this form with which to initially work.