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Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum is designed to prepare students for a thoughtful and productive life by exposing them to the methods of inquiry and practice of the humanities, the sciences, and the arts.

Core Mission

The purpose of the Core Curriculum is to provide an educational experience in the liberal arts tradition that encourages and supports free inquiry, critical thinking, effective communication, and creativity. Persons educated in the liberal arts will have the opportunity to explore and cultivate an understanding of the multiple aspects of human culture and the natural world.

Upon successful completion of the Core, students will develop the skills necessary to think clearly and logically, to gather and analyze information, and to express themselves effectively. As well rounded individuals, our students will possess the qualities to excel in their chosen fields of study and to live conscientious, responsible lives.

Core Curriculum (through 2016-2017)

The Core Curriculum comprises eight knowledge areas that educate students in the liberal arts tradition. Courses are designed to encourage and support free inquiry, critical thinking, effective communication and creativity. Students select courses from among the offerings that match their interests. Work with your advisor to ensure that your choices are compatible with the requirements of your major.

Students can track their progress via the Program (Academic) Evaluation Form in WebAdvisor. Courses completed or in progress will be displayed.

Core Curriculum (fall 2017 forward)

Beginning with the class of 2021, the New Core Curriculum will debut in fall 2017.

View Core Curriculum Courses effective fall 2017 »

This list will updated as additional courses are approved through the spring semester 2017.

The New Core Curriculum provides an educational foundation in the liberal arts tradition that promotes inquiry, creativity, and critical thinking. Students develop abilities in reasoning and communication through four skill areas:

  • Critical thinking
  • Critical reading, writing, and information literacy
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Communicating across cultures

Students are introduced to the methods of inquiry and practice within and across disciplines from a national and global perspective through the four concept areas:

  • Scientific
  • Human and social behavior
  • Humanistic thought and expression
  • Artistic expression

Pursuant to South Carolina state law all students will be required to complete either POLI*201 or HIST*201 as a component of degree completion. This requirement, formerly found within the core curriculum, will be a stand-alone degree requirement independent of core curriculum courses.

Contact Us

Margaret Fain
Director of the Core Curriculum
Reference and Instruction Librarian
Kimbel Library 106
Coastal Carolina University
843-349-2410
margaret@coastal.edu