Nov 25, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

University Core Curriculum



 

Statement of Purpose


Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning.

 

Core Objectives


  • Critical Thinking Skills (CT) - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills (COM) - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills (EQS) - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork (TW) - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  • Social Responsibility (SR) - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
  • Personal Responsibility (PR) - to include the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making

 

2020 - 2021 Texas Core Curriculum Course Inventory*


UNT Dallas adheres to the Texas Core Curriculum established in Texas Education Code Chapter 61, Subchapter S.  Courses designated on the transcript as a Foundation Component Area will be applied to the Texas Core Curriculum. The major degree plans offer suggestions for Core classes to new Freshman students starting at UNT Dallas, and transfer students who may be looking ahead to attend UNTD as it can reduce hours to degree and/or provide more opportunities for elective courses.

Individual academic programs may require courses contained in parts of the University Core Curriculum. Students who wish to take courses that will fulfill both core and major requirements simultaneously should check with academic advisors for assistance in selecting core courses.

 

Requirements


Note: Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) numbers, when applicable, are indicated in parentheses following the UNT course num­ber and title. Some courses may have additional equivalents. See the “General Course Information ” section of this catalog for additional information about the TCCNS.

 

Communication (English Composition and Rhetoric) (010), 6 hours


The development of Critical Thinking, Communication, Teamwork, and Personal Responisbility.

Courses in this category focus on developing ideas and expressing them clearly, considering the effect of the message, fostering understanding, and building the skills needed to communicate persuasively. Courses involve the command of oral, aural, written, and visual literacy skills that enable people to exchange messages appropriate to the subject, occasion, and audience.

Two courses from the following:

 

Mathematics (020), 3 hours


​The development of Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, and Empirical and Quantitative Skills.

Courses in this category focus on quantitative literacy in logic, patterns, and relationships. Courses involve the understanding of key mathematical concepts and the application of appropriate quantitative tools to everyday experience.

One course from the following:

 

Life and Physical Sciences (030), 6 hours


The development of Critical Thinking, Communication, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, and Teamwork.

Courses in this category focus on describing, explaining, and predicting natural phenomena using the scientific method. Courses involve the understanding of interactions among natural phenomena and the implications of scientific principles on the physical world and on human experiences.

Two courses from the following:

 

Language, Philosophy, and Culture (040), 3 hours


The development of Critical Thinking, Communication, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibilty.

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.

One course from the following:

 

Creative Arts (050), 3 hours


The development of Critical Thinking, Communication, Teamwork, and Social Responsibility.

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.

One course from the following:

 

American History (060), 6 hours


The development of Critical Thinking, Communication, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility.

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.

Two courses from the following:

 

Government/Political Science (070), 6 hours


The development of Critical Thinking, Communication, Social Responsibility, and Personal Responsibility.

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.

Two courses from the following:

 

Social and Behavioral Sciences (080), 3 hours


The development of Critical Thinking, Communication, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, and Social Responsibility.

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.

One course from the following:

 

Component Area Option (090), 6 hours**


The development of Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, and one of the remaining core objectives related to an associated foundational component area.

Courses meet(s) the definition specified for one or more of the foundational component areas.

Two courses from the following:

 

Notes


*Subject to change

**All courses that are approved under a Foundational Component Area are also approved under Component Option Area A. The courses listed above are more CAO-A courses (in addition to the FCA courses). UNT Dallas does not have any CAO-B courses at this time.