University Core Curriculum

Texas Statute (TEC 61.821-61.831) requires that each public institution of higher education establish and incorporate a 42 semester credit hour core curriculum within the course requirements for all undergraduate degree programs.  The Core Curriculum is defined by the State of Texas as "the curriculum in the liberal arts, humanities, sciences, and political, social, and cultural history that all undergraduates of an institution of higher education are required to complete before receiving an academic undergraduate degree.  Core Curriculum provisions apply to institutions of higher education that offer academic undergraduate degree programs".

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

Foundational Component Areas

There are nine Foundational Component Areas (FCA), including one Component Area Option (CAO). The CAO may provide options for students to choose additional courses from the other FCA. Each FCA has a component description as definition, a set number of Semester Credit Hours (SCH) required for completion of a component, and specified core objectives requirements. The nine FCA are:

  • Communication (6 SCH)
  • Mathematics (3 SCH)
  • Life and Physical Sciences (6 SCH)
  • Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 SCH)
  • Creative Arts (3 SCH)
  • American History (6 SCH)
  • Government/Political Science (6 SCH)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 SCH)
  • The Component Area Option (6 SCH)

The Texas A&M University-Texarkana Core Curriculum requirements are listed below.  These requirements must be met by every student entering A&M-Texarkana on or after the fall 2014 semester.  Students entering earlier will be guided by the core curriculum in the catalog upon which they entered the university.  Individual degree programs may require that specific courses from the core curriculum be used to satisfy degree requirements.  Please visit with an academic and/or faculty advisor to determine the right course(s) to take that pertain to your degree.  Students transferring course credit to satisfy the Core Curriculum should refer to the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

Core-Complete Status for Undergraduate Students

The university shall accept as core complete students who complete the approved core curriculum at any Texas public institution of higher education prior to enrollment at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

The requirements to meet this status are as follows:

  • The official transcript on file within the student’s initial semester of enrollment must indicate “Core Complete” by the deadline indicated for that semester. Core complete status is not retroactive. Unofficial transcripts or verbal confirmation from the student will not meet this requirement
Fall October 1st
Spring March 1st
Summer I June 1st
Summer II July 1st
  • The university cannot accept core-complete status from schools outside of Texas.  Although other states may have an approved statewide core curriculum, the university cannot grant core-complete status in Texas based upon core status from an out-of-state institution.
  • The university cannot accept core-complete status from private institutions of higher education in the state of Texas. This rule only applies to students whom Texas public institutions of higher education indicate are core complete.
  • Having an Associate’s degree does not confirm a core-complete status. A student may have earned an Associate’s degree from a Texas public institution of higher education and NOT be core complete.  An example of this instance is an Applied Associate’s degree.  These students have the degree but have not completed an approved core.

The university will not require students who are legitimately core complete at the required time indicated above to complete ANY additional core-curriculum requirements at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. The university will require students who are not core complete to complete all approved core for Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Once they have completed the required A&M-Texarkana core, the university will indicate that they are core complete on any official transcript the university produces and that status will transfer to any other public institution of higher education in Texas.

Core-Curriculum Substitutions

The university does not allow core-curriculum substitutions after a student has enrolled at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

History and Government Requirements

State statute requires all state-supported higher-education institutions to include six SCH of U.S. History and six SCH of U.S. and Texas Government in the undergraduate curriculum.  However, the student may substitute 3 SCH of Texas History for 3 SCH of U.S. History.  State requirements do not allow other substitutions for these requirements.

Per the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Lower Division Course Guide Manual, students are required to complete six hours of Government which must include Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the States, with special emphasis on Texas.  The acceptable combinations are:

If a student takes GOVT 2305 and PSCI 2302 or GOVT 2306 and PSCI 2302, one of the following courses must be completed to satisfy the Government requirement:

Language Requirement for Bachelor of Arts Degrees

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree requires two years of the same foreign language (12 SCH) as part of the general-education requirements.Two years of study in the same foreign language in high school may substitute for the first year (6 SCH) of the same language at the university level.Students may not complete all bachelor’s degrees as a BA.See the degree program listing for the programs that allow the BA option.