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2014-2015 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED 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 - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  • Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making
  • Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities


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.  Communication (6 hours): 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. This requirement may be satisfied by credit in:

  -   (ENGL 1301-1302).   (ENGL 2311) may be substituted for ENGL 1323D upon approval of the academic school.  Note: a grade of C or better is required on courses applied toward this requirement.  See your advisor for assistance.

2.  Mathematics (3 hours): 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.  This requirement may be satisfied by at least 3 semester credit hours 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:

  •  , Business Calculus (MATH 1325)
  • MATH 1350D , Mathematics for Elementary Education Majors I (MATH 1350)
  •  , Survey of Math with Applications and Algebra Review (MATH 1332)
  •  , Pre-Calculus (MATH 2412)
  • MATH 1681D , Elementary Probability and Statistics with Algebra Review (MATH 1342)

3.  Life and Physical Sciences (6 hours): 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.  The 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.  Language, Philosophy & Culture (3 hours): 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.

  •   , World Literature (ENGL 2333)
  • LING 2050D , Language of Now : Pop Culture, Technology, and Society

5.  Creative Arts (3 hours): 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.  The requirement may be satisfied by 3 credit hours in:

 , Art Appreciation for Non-Art Majors (ARTS 1301).

6.  American History (6 hours): 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.  This requirement may be satisfied by credit in:

  (HIST 1301) and   (HIST 1302) (United States History).  Advanced U.S. History courses may be used to satisfy the 6-hour U.S. History legislative mandates.  Texas History( ) may substitute for 3 hours of U.S. History.

7.  Government/Political Science (6 hours): 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 student may satisfy the entire 6-hour requirement by advanced standing examination.  Specific courses required are:

  (GOVT 2301) (American Government) and   (GOVT 2302) or   (American Government).

8.  Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours): 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.  This requirement may be satisfied by 3 hours credit in any of the following:

  •  , Images of Aging in Film and Literature
  •  , Human Development (TECA 1354)
  •  , Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 2301)
  •  , General Psychology I (PSYC 2301)
  •  , Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 1301)

9. Component Area Option (6 hours):

  1. A minimum of 3 SCH must meet the definition and corresponding Core Objectives specified in one of the foundational component areas
  2. As an option for up to 3 semester credit hours of the Component Area Option, an institution may select course(s) that:
    1. (i) Meet(s) the definition specified for one or more of the foundational component areas; and
    2. (ii) Include(s) a minimum
  •  , Managing the Business Enterprise
  •  , Crime and Justice in the United States (CRIJ 1301)
  • CJUS 2600D , Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice
  • DFST 2033D , Parenting in Diverse Families
  •  , Introduction to Race and Ethnic Relations
  •  , Introduction to Communication (SPCH 1311)