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Core Curriculum for Students

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 (fall 2017 forward)

Beginning with the class of 2021, a new version of the Core Curriculum has debuted in fall 2017.

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The 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

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

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.

Prior to Fall 2017

Students under the 2016 Catalog and earlier should consult the appropriate University Catalog for information on Core Curriculum requirements.

Students transferring from the pre-2017 Core to the current Core should consult the Core Course Substitution List to determine how core credits will transfer.  Students will need to use the Course Substitution Form to transfer some of their credits.

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