Aug 10, 2020
The University’s Core Curriculum is designed to give all graduating students basic intellectual competencies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking and computer literacy. This core body of knowledge requires study in the tools of language and thought, mathematics, natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences (including U.S. history and political science), visual and performing arts and humanities.
Students may also choose to use core courses to meet the minimum number of advanced hours required by their degree.
Note: Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) numbers, when applicable, are indicated in parentheses following the UNT Dallas course number and title. Some courses may have additional equivalents. See the Courses of Instruction section of this catalog for additional information about the TCCNS.
1. English Composition and Rhetoric (6 hours):
Addresses the ability to access information and write clearly, coherently and correctly. This requirement may be satisfied by credit in ENGL 1313D -ENGL 1323D (ENGL 1301-1302). TECM 2700 (ENGL 2311) may be substituted for ENGL 1323D upon approval of the academic division. Note: A grade of C or better is required on courses applied toward this requirement. See your advisor for assistance.
2. Mathematics (3 hours):
The ability to apply mathematical techniques to the analysis and solution of problems is common to all academic programs. This requirement may be satisfied by at least 3 semester hours credit in any mathematics course at the level of college algebra or higher that meets the student’s degree program requirements. The student may choose from the following courses:
3. Natural Sciences (6 hours):
Enables the student to understand, construct and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to understand the bases for building and testing theories. This requirement may be satisfied by earning 6 semester hours in two laboratory sciences that meet the science requirement of the student’s degree program. The student may choose from the following courses:
4. U.S. History (6 hours):
Texas state law requires that the university may not award a baccalaureate degree or a lesser degree or academic certificate unless the student has credit for 6 semester hours in American History. A student is entitled to submit as much as 3 hours of credit, or its equivalent, in Texas History in partial satisfaction of this requirement. The university may determine that a student has met the requirement by work transferred from another accredited college or upon successful completion of an advanced standing examination. The student may satisfy the entire 6-hour American/Texas history requirement by advanced standing examination. This requirement may be satisfied by credit in HIST 2610D - United States History to 1865 (HIST 1301) and HIST 2620D - United States History Since 1865 (HIST 1302). Advanced U.S. History courses may be used to satisfy the 6-hour U.S. History legislative mandates. Texas History (HIST 4700) may substitute for 3 hours of U.S. History.
5. Political Science (6 hours):
Texas state law requires that the university not award a baccalaureate degree or a lesser degree or academic certificate unless the student has completed 6 hours of credit in American Government to include consideration of the constitutions of the United States and Texas. The university may determine that a student has met the requirement in whole or in part on the basis of credit transferred from another accredited college or upon successful completion of an advanced standing examination. The university may grant as much as 3 hours of credit toward satisfaction of this requirement for substantially equivalent work in an approved senior ROTC unit. The student may satisfy the entire 6-hour political science requirement by advanced standing examination. Specific courses required are
6. Visual and Performing Arts (3 hours):
Promotes awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts, critical analysis and formation of aesthetic judgments, and appreciation of the arts as fundamental to the health and survival of any society. This requirement may be satisfied by 3 hours credit in
7. Humanities (3 hours):
Addresses knowledge of the human condition and human cultures, especially in relation to behaviors, ideas and values expressed in works of human imagination and thought. This requirement may be satisfied by 3 hours credit in any of the following:
8. Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours):
Addresses knowledge of how social and behavioral scientists discover, describe and explain the behaviors and interactions among individuals, groups, institutions, events and ideas. This requirement may be satisfied by 3 hours credit in any of the following:
9. Understanding the Human Community (6 hours):
Increases the student’s knowledge of himself or herself and his or her community by examining individual, community and societal issues. Courses not only provide students the opportunity to examine themselves and to explore the relationships between individuals and society, but also enable students to develop a sense of personal and global responsibility This requirement may be satisfied by 6 hours credit in any of the following:
Transfer of the Core Curriculum
A student who successfully completes a 42- to 48-semester-credit-hour common core curriculum at a state-assisted institution of higher education in Texas may transfer as “core complete” to UNT Dallas. The student will receive academic credit for each of the courses transferred. The student will need to work with an academic advisor in the appropriate college or school advising office to determine if additional requirements will be necessary to satisfy the 42-hour UNT Dallas core. See also the UNT Core Curriculum Transfer Articulation web page at www.unt.edu/registrar/articulation or UNT’s Course Applicability System (CAS) web site at unt.transfer.org for more information.
Students must satisfactorily complete all requirements specified by the division in which the degree is offered. In many instances, the academic program requirements may exceed the university core requirements.
Individual academic programs may require courses contained in part of the University Core Curriculum to satisfy specific degree requirements. Students may be required to take additional courses if they fail to select these courses.
Degree Plan Audit
The degree audit is an official document prepared in the office of the student’s academic dean that lists courses completed, courses to be completed, proficiency examinations and all other requirements for a particular degree program. A student should have a degree audit prepared no later than the beginning of the junior year.