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General Education

The University of Texas at Tyler Texas State Core Curriculum is approved annually by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Texas (THECB) and aligns with the UT Tyler mission.  Students who complete the UT Tyler Core Curriculum prepare for contemporary challenges by developing and demonstrating the following:

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; and
Social Responsibility: to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.

  • All Core Curriculum Course competencies must be college-level
  • Assessment must document the degree of acceptable student attainment for each  student learning outcome
  • Core Courses must present a breadth of knowledge and not focus narrowly on skills, techniques, and procedures specific to a particular occupation or profession
  • Core Courses must be designed to fulfill the general education requirements for the entire student population


Information is provided below the process to propose changes in the THECB approved core courses or to propose new core courses.  The assessment addenda forms are specific to the Foundational Component Area and to the Component Area Options.  The UT Tyler Core  Component Map provides the Required Core Objectives for each component area.

Texas Core Curriculum Course Proposal Resources and Guidelines

New Core Course Assessment Addenda:

American History
Creative Arts
Government/Political Science
Language, Philosophy & Culture
Life and Physical Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Human Expression/Communication
STEM/Life and Physical Sciences