Stephen F. Austin State University

CORE CURRICULUM ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Core Curriculum Advistory Committee Members

Name College Department Email
Marsha Bayless Business Business Communication mbayless@sfasu.edu
Robbie Steward Education Human Services stewardrj@sfasu.edu
DawnElla Rust Education Kinesiology drust@sfasu.edu
Scott La Graff Fine Arts Music lagraffsp@sfasu.edu
Erin Brown Forestry & Agriculture Agriculture browneg@sfasu.edu
Linda Levitt Liberal & Applied Arts Communication levittlb@sfasu.edu
Bob Szafran Liberal & Applied Arts Social & Cultural Analysis rszafran@sfasu.edu
Sarah Stovall Sciences & Mathematics Mathematics sstovall@sfasu.edu
Don Pratt
(Chair)
Sciences & Mathematics Biology prattdb@sfasu.edu
Harry Downing Sciences & Mathematics Physics hdowning@sfasu.edu
Tina Oswald Library toswald@sfasu.edu
Lynda Langham Enrollment Management Registrar llangham@sfasu.edu
Larry King Academic Affairs University Assessment lking@sfasu.edu
Mary Nelle Brunson Academic Affairs Provost Office mbrunson@sfasu.edu

Committee Objective

The Core Curriculum Advisory Committee has been tasked by the Provost with bringing the SFA undergraduate core curriculum in line with the newly announced provisions of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Details of the core changes can be found on the THECB website by clicking on the "Core Curriculum Revision" link of the "Index A-Z" tab.

The mandated changes to the core curriculum include changes to the component areas and allocation of credit hours within those areas. The EEOs will be replaced by six core objectives including: Critical thinking skills, Communication skills, Empirical and Quantitative skills, Teamwork, Social responsibility, and Personal responsibility. Core objectives differ by component area and faculty teaching courses designated as fulfilling a Component Area will be responsible for assessing the core objectives designated by the THECB for that component area. In order to bring the core in line with the new policies, each department and college will be required to carefully review each core course that they offer. This process may require the deletion of some courses, creation of new courses, or the revision of existing courses. Our procedure will be that the department offering any course they would like to be considered for the core (as a continued course, new course, or revised course) should complete an application form defining the course and how it will meet the new assessment criteria (now called "Core Objectives") under the appropriate component area.

The Coordinating Board has provided some guidelines for you to consider.

In order to meet State mandated deadlines we have prepared the following timeline:

September 28, 2012 Core Curriculum Advisory Committee preliminary meeting
October 26, 2012 Core Curriculum Course Application forms to be made available online
Februrary 13, 2013 Core Curriculum course application forms due to core curriculum advisory committee
Fall 2013 Course changes necessitated by the new core curriculum submitted to Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for approval in Spring, 2014
October 1, 2013 Course documentation, justification, and assessment plans submitted to the Provost
November 30, 2013 Course documentation, justification, and assessment plans submitted from University to THECB
Fall 2014 Implement new core

Stephen F. Austin State University Proposed Core Curriculum Fall 2014
Submitted to Board of Regents October 2013

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.

Communication Component Area (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.

Prefix Number Title Credit Hours TCCNS
Select one ENG
ENG 131 Rhetoric & Composition 3 ENGL 1301
ENG 133H Composition & Rhetoric 3
Select one COM
COM 111 Public Speaking 3 SPCH 1315
COM 170 Interpersonal Communication 3 SPCH 1318
COM 215 Small Group Communication 3

Mathematics Component Area (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.

Prefix Number Title Credit Hours TCCNS
MTH 110 Mathematics in Society 3
MTH 127 Introduction to Foundations of Math I 3 MATH 1350
MTH 138 College Algebra 3 MATH 1314
MTH 143 Finite Mathematics 3 MATH 1324
MTH 220 Introduction to Probability & Statistics 3 MATH 1342
MTH 233 Calculus I 3 MATH 2413

Explanation of Overflow Semester Credit Hours

MTH 233 Calculus I is a four credit hour course. The extra hour is not included in the Core. MTH 233 is a required math course for many departments who account for the extra hour in their degree programs.

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.

Prefix Number Title Credit Hours TCCNS
AST 105 Classical & Modern Astronomy 3 PHYS 1311
AST 105L Classical & Modern Astronomy Lab 1 PHYS 1111
BIO 121 Concepts of Biology 4 BIOL 1408
BIO 123 Human Biology 4
BIO 125 Principles of Ecology & Evolution 4
BIO 131 Principles of Botany 4 BIOL 1411
BIO 133 Principles of Zoology 4 BIOL 1413
BIO 225 Local Flora & Fauna 3
BIO 238 Human Anatomy & Physiology 4 BIOL 2401
CHE 101 Conceptual Chemistry 3
CHE 111 Introduction to Chemistry I 3 CHEM 1305
CHE 111L Introduction to Chemistry I Lab 1 CHEM 1105
CHE 133 General Chemistry I 3 CHEM 1311
CHE 133L General Chemistry Lab I 1 CHEM 1111
CHE 134 General Chemistry II 3 CHEM 1312
CHE 134L General Chemistry Lab II 1 CHEM 1112
ENV 110 Introduction to Environmental Science 4 ENVR 1401
GOL 101 Fundamentals of Earth Science 3
GOL 131 Introduction to Geology 4 GEOL 1403
GOL 132 The Earth through Time 4 GEOL 1404
PHY 100 Physics in Society 3
PHY 101 General Physics I 3 PHYS 1305
PHY 101L General Physics I Lab 1 PHYS 1105
PHY 102 General Physics II 3 PHYS 1307
PHY 102L General Physics II Lab 1 PHYS 1107
PHY 110 Fundamentals of Electronics 4
PHY 131 Mechanics & Heat I 3 PHYS 1301
PHY 131L Mechanics & Heat I Lab 1 PHYS 1101
PHY 132 Electricity, Sound, Light & Optics 3 PHYS 1302
PHY 132L Electricity, Sound, Light & Optics Lab 1 PHYS 1102
PHY 241 Technical Physics I 3 PHYS 2325
PHY 241L Technical Phsyics I Lab 1 PHYS 2125
PHY 242 Technical Physics II 3 PHYS 2326
PHY 242L Technical Physics II Lab 1 PHYS 2126

Explanation of Overflow Semester Credit Hours

Under the old core, all but one science course was four credits including a lab. The committee voted that only six hours of science credits will count towards the core, and also required that all successful course applications to the Life and Physical Sciences Component Area must include a lab component. In order to meet these requirements several new three credit hour courses, including labs, were created. The committee further stipulated that programs requiring four credit hour science courses must cover the extra credit hours in their appropriate college, department, or program requirements. The proposed system thus satisfies the THECB hour requirements while simultaneously allowing for flexibility as needed by individual programs.

Language, Philosophy, and Culture (3)

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.

Prefix Number Title Credit Hours TCCNS
ENG 200 Introduction to Literature 3
ENG 209 Mythology 3
ENG 211 World Literature to 1650 3 ENGL 2332
ENG 212 World Literature from 1650 3 ENGL 2333
ENG 221 British Literature to 1800 3 ENGL 2322
ENG 222 British Literature from 1800 3 ENGL 2323
ENG 229 American Literature to 1865 3 ENGL 2327
ENG 230 American Literature from 1865 to Present 3 ENGL 2328
ENG 233H Literary Genres 3
HIS 151 Western Civilization I 3 HIST 2311
HIS 152 Western Civilization II 3 HIST 2312
PHI 153 Introduction to Philosophy 3 PHIL 1301
PHI 223 Introduction to Ethics 3 PHIL 2306

Creative Arts (3)

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.

Prefix Number Title Credit Hours TCCNS
ART 280 Art Appreciation 3 ARTS 1301
ART 281 Art History Survey I 3 ARTS 1303
ART 282 Art History Survey II 3 ARTS 1304
DAN 140 Dance Appreciation 3 DANC 2303
MHL 245 Introduction to Music Literature 3 MUSI 1307
MUS 140 Music Appreciation 3 MUSI 1306
THR 161 Theatre Appreciation 3 DRAM 1310
THR 163 Film & Culture 3

American History (6)

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.

Prefix Number Title Credit Hours TCCNS
HIS 133 US History Survey, 1000-1877 3 HIST 1301
HIS 134 US History Survey, 1877-present 3 HIST 1302

Government/Political Science (6)

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.

Prefix Number Title Credit Hours TCCNS
PSC 141 American Government Theory 3
PSC 142 American Government, Structure & Function 3

Government/Political Science Transfer Protocol

Students at SFA are required to take both PSC 141 (corresponding to GOVT 2301) and PSC 142 (Corresponding to GOVT 2302) to fill the Government/Political Science Component Area. Students transferring with three credits of either GOVT 2305 (U.S. Government) or 2306 (Texas Government) will be required to take PSC 141 to complete the Government/Political Science core requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)

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.

Prefix Number Title Credit Hours TCCNS
ANT 231 Introduction to Cultural Antropology 3 ANTH 2351
ECO 231 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 ECON 2301
ECO 232 Principles of Microeconomics 3 ECON 2302
GEO 131 World Regional Geography 3 GEOG 1303
PSY 133 General Psychology 3 PSYC 2301
SOC 137 Introduction to Sociology 3 SOCI 1301

Component Area Option (6)

a. A minimum of 3 SCH must meet the definition and corresponding Core Objectives specified in one of the foundational component areas

b. As an option for up to 3 semester credit hours of the Component Area Option, an institution may select course(s) that:

(i) Meet(s) the definition specified for one or more of the foundational component areas; and
(ii) Include(s) a minimum of three Core Objectives, including Critical Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, and one of the remaining Core Objectives of the institution's choice.

Prefix Number Title Credit Hours TCCNS
Required Writing Course
ENG 132 Research & Argument 3 ENG 1302
Communication Options- Select One
BCM 247 Business Communication 3 BUSI 2304
ENG 273 Technical & Scientific Writing 3
FRE 131 Elementary French I 3 FREN 1411
FRE 132 Elementary French II 3 FREN 1412
GER 131 Elementary German I 3 GERM 1411
GER 132 Elementary German II 3 GERM 1412
POR 131 Elementary Portuguese I 3 PORT 1411
POR 132 Elementary Portuguese II 3 PORT 1412
SPA 131 Elementary Spanish I 3 SPAN 1411
SPA 132 Elementary Spanish II 3 SPAN 1412
SPH 172 Beginning American Sign Language 3 SGNL 1301
SPH 272 Intermediate American Sign Language 3 SGNL 1302

Explanation of the Component Area Option

All six Component Area Option credits were allocated to the Communication Component Area in order to address communication weakness among our students. The CAO requires all students to take an additional writing class, ENG 132, and to take either an additional writing or a modern language course, which includes American Sign Language. All Component Area Option courses, including modern language courses, followed the requirements of the Communication Component Area in terms of content description and core objectives.

Continued Attainment of Core Objectives

In order to further improve student attainment of critical thinking and communication, all students will have in their majors at least two courses that are critical thinking intensive, two courses that are writing intensive, and two courses that are oral communication intensive. These elements may be combined into two courses or separated into as many as six courses.

Core Inclusion Applications & Syllabi

College of Business

Dept Course # Title Syllabus Lecture
Business Comm & Legal

BCM 247

Business Communication 247
Economics ECO 231 Principles of Macroeconomics 231
Economics ECO 232 Principles of Microeconomics

232

College of Education

Dept Course # Title Syllabus
Kinesiology

DAN 140

Dance Appreciation

140

Human Services SPH 172 Beginning American Sign Language 172
Human Services SPH 272 Intermediate American Sign Language 272


College of Fine Arts

Dept Course # Title Syllabus
Art ART 280 Art Appreciation 280
Art ART 281 Art History Survey 1

281

Art ART 282 Art History Survey II 282
Music MHL 245 Introducion to Music Lecture

245

Music MUS 140 Music Appreciation

140

Theatre

THR 161

Theatre Appreciation

161

Theatre THR163 Film & Culture

163

College of Forestry & Agriculture

Dept Course # Title Syllabus
Env Sci ENV110 Introduction to Environmental Science 110
Forestry ANS 131 Animal Science 131

College of Liberal & Applied Arts

Dept Course App Title Syllabus Lecture
English ENG131 Rhetoric & Composition 131
English ENG132 Research & Argument 132
English ENG133H Comp & Rhetoric 133H
English ENG200 Intro to Literature 200
English ENG273 Tech & Scien Writing 273
English ENG211 World Literature to 1650 211
English ENG212 World Literature from 1650 212
English ENG221 British Literature to 1800 221
English ENG222 British Literature from 1800 222
English ENG229 American Literature to 1865 229
English ENG230 American Literature from 1865 to present 230
English ENG233H Literary Genres 233H
English ENG209 ( Mythology 209
Government PSC 141 American Government, Theory 141
Government PSC 142 American Government, Struct & Function 142
History HIS 133 US History Survey, 1000-1877 133
History HIS 134 US History Survey, 1877 - present 134 (
History HIS 151 Western Civilzation I 151
History HIS 152 Western Civilzation II 152
Multi-Disciplinary PHI 153 Introduction to Philosophy 153
Multi-Disciplinary PHI 223 Introduction to Ethics 223
Languages/Comm COM 111 Public Speaking 111
Languages/Comm COM 170 Interpersonal Communication 170
Languages/Comm COM 215 Small Group Communication 215
Languages/Comm FRE 131 Elementary French I 131
Languages/Comm FRE 132 Elementary French II 132
Languages/Comm GER 131 Elementary German I 131
Languates/Comm GER 132 Elementary German II 132
Multi-Disciplinary LAT 131 Latin I 131
Multi-Disciplinary LAT 132 Latin II 132
Languages/Comm POR 131 Elementary Portuguese I 131
Languages/Comm POR 132 Elementary Portuguese II 132
Languages/Comm SPA 131

Elementary Spanish I

131
Languages/Comm SPA 132 Elementary Spaish II 132
Psychology PSY 133 General Psychology 133
General Psychology
Social & Cultural ANT 231 Intro to Cultural Anthropology 231
Social & Cultural GEO 131 World Regional Geography 131
Social & Cultural SOC 137 Intro to Sociology 137

College of Sciences & Mathematics

Dept Course # Title Syllabus Lecture Syllabus Lab
Biology BIO121 Concepts of Biology 121
Biology BIO123 Human Biology 123
Biology BIO125 Principles of Ecology & Evolution 125
Biology BIO131 Principles of Botany 131
Biology BIO133 Principles of Zoology 133
Biology BIO225 Local Flora or Fauna 225
Biology BIO238 Human Anatomy & Physiology 238
Chemistry CHE101 Conceptual Chemistry 101
Chemistry CHE111 Intro to Chemistry I 111 111L
Chemistry CHE133 Atomic & Molecular Structure 133 133L
Chemistry CHE134 General Chemistry 134 134 L
Geology GOL 101 Fundamentals of Earth Science 101
Geology GOL 131 Introductory Geology 131
Geology GOL 132 The Earth Through Time 132
Math & Statistics MTH110 Mathematics in Society 110
Math & Statistics MTH127 Intro to fondations of Math I 127
Math & Statistics MTH138 College Algebra 138
Math & Statistics MTH143 Finite Mathematics 143
Math & Statistics MTH220 Intro to Probability & Stats 220
Math & Statistics MTH233 Calculus I 233
Physics & Astronomy AST 105 Classical & Modern Astronomy 105
Physics & Astronomy PHY 100 Physics in Society 100
Physics & Astronomy PHY 101 General Physics I 101
Physics & Astronomy PHY 102 General Physics II 102
Physics & Astronomy PHY 110 Fundamentals of Electronics 110
Physics & Astronomy PHY 131 Mechanics & Heat I 131
Physics & Astronomy PHY 132 Electricity, Sound, Light & Optics 132
Physics & Astronomy PHY 241 Technical Phsyics I 241
Physics & Astronomy PHY 242 Technical Physics II 242

* Amended Copy Received

Rubrics & Examples

Document Date Posted
Rubric for Communications 1/25/13
Rubric for Creative Arts 1/25/13
Rubric for History 1/25/13
Rubric for Language, Philosophy & Culture 1/25/13
Rubric for Mathematics 1/25/13
Rubric for Political Science 1/25/13
Rubric for Life & Physical Sciences 1/25/13
Rubric for Social & Behavioral Sciences 1/25/13
Example BIO 131 1/25/13
Example SOC 137 1/25/13

Core Curriculum Course Inclusion Form

The attached form should be completed for ALL courses submitted for the core

http://www2.sfasu.edu/ccci.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Link

THECB Core Curriculum Revision

Meetings

Core Curriculum Assessment

Here is a link to our Core Curriculum Assessment web page, any questions can be directed to lking@sfasu.edu

SFA Core Curriculum Assessment

Core Curriculum Advisory Committee Minutes

October 26, 2012
November 9, 2012
November 16, 2012
November 28, 2012 FORUM
November 28, 2012 Dr. Pratt's Forum Presentation
November 30. 2012
December 5, 2012
January 18, 2013
January 23, 2013
February 20, 2013
March 22, 2013
March 27, 2013
April 3, 2013
April 5, 2013
April 19, 2013
April 24, 2013
May 1, 2013
May 3, 2013
May 7, 2013