Academic Catalog 2024-2025

TSU General Education Core Curriculum

The general education core curriculum is central to the intellectual mission of Texas Southern University. It is designed to equip students in each major field or concentration with a broad knowledge base and a set of college-level competencies to support lifelong learning and the attainment of their academic and career goals.

The Texas Common Core Curriculum ensures that undergraduate students enrolled in public institutions of higher education will develop the essential knowledge and skills for success in college, in a career, in their communities, and in life-long learning.

All undergraduates at Texas Southern University complete a 42-semester credit hour (SCH) program of core curriculum courses. The required components of the Texas Core Curriculum are courses in the Foundational Component Areas (FCA): Communication; Mathematics; Life and Physical Science; Language, Philosophy and Culture; Creative Arts; American History; Government/Political Science; and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The goals of the core curriculum at Texas Southern University are to prepare students to examine their values; to become aware of the values, perspectives, and contributions of other individuals, groups, and cultures; to integrate knowledge, and to understand the interrelations of the scholarly disciplines. Students will accomplish these goals through intensive reading and frequent writing, critical analysis, computational, hands-on experiences, active discussion, and collaborative projects.

The core curriculum facilitates the transfer of lower-division course credit among public colleges, universities, and health-related institutions throughout the State of Texas. Students who successfully complete a 42-semester credit hour core curriculum at one institution can transfer “core complete” to another public Texas public institution without having to repeat any core curriculum courses. Students who transfer without completing the entire core curriculum receive credit for each of the core courses they successfully complete; however, courses may not satisfy the receiving institution’s core curriculum requirements.

Core Curriculum Objectives

The objectives of the core curriculum are to guide students to develop the following essential competencies:

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

Core Curriculum course list

Communication 010 (6 hours)
ENGL 1301Freshman English I ENG 1313
ENGL 1302Freshman English II ENG 1323
Mathematics 020 (3 hours)
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra MATH 133
Plane Trigonometry
Math and Business and Econ I MATH 135
Elements of Calculus MATH 138
Contemporary Mathematics I MATH 132
Elementary Statistics MATH 231
Fundamentals of Mathematics I MATH 235
Foundations of Mathematics II MATH 236
Precalculus Math MATH 136
Calculus & Analytic Geomtry I MATH 241
Life and Physical Sciences 030 (6 hours)
Select six credits of the following (depending on MAJOR):6
Biological Science I
Biological Science II
Survey of Life Science BIOL 143
Human Anat & Phys I BIOL 135
Human Anat & Phys II BIOL 136
Introductory Chemistry I
Introductory Chemistry II
Chemistry I CHEM 131
Chemistry II CHEM 132
Introduction To The Earth GEOL 141
College Physics I PHYS 237
College Physics II PHYS 238
Prin of Phys Sci PHYS 101
University Physics I PHYS 251
University Physics II
Language, Philosophy & Culture 040 (3 credits)
Select one of the following:3
American Literature ENG 235
African-American Literature ENG 244
World Literature I ENG 230
World Literature II ENG 231
Introduction To Philosophy
Creative Arts 050 (3 credits)
Select one of the following:3
Topics in Contemp Art & Cultur (Topics In Contemporary Art & Culture) ART 135
Intro African Art ART 137/HUMA 1315
Music Appreciation MUSIC 136
Fine Arts In Daily Living MUSIC 239
Introduction to Theatre THEA 130/DRAM 1310
American History 060 (6 credits)
Select two of the following:6
Soc & Pol Hist US to 1877 HIST 231
Soc & Pol Hist US Since 1877 HIST 232
Mexican American History I
Mexican American History II
African American History I
African American History II
Government/Political Science 070 (6 credits)
POLS 2305American Government POLSC 235/GOVT 23053
POLS 2306Texas Government POLSC 236/GOVT 23063
Social and Behavioral Sciences 080 (3 credits)
Select one of the following:3
Principles Of Economics I ECON 231
Principles Of Economics II ECON 232
World Regional Geography GEOG 132
General Psychology PSY 131
Introduction To Sociology SOC 157
Contemporary Social Issues SOC 158
Soc Of Human Sexuality SOC 221
Introduction To Anthropology SOC 238/ANTH 2346
Institutional Options 090 (6 credits)6
To satisfy the 090 Component Area Option, select one or two of the courses listed below, or one or two additional courses from any of the Foundational Component Areas (FCA) listed above.
Public Address COMM 136
Business & Professional Comm COMM 135
Intro To Compr Science I CS 116
Introduction to Programming Using C++ (Please see advisor prior to enrolling in this course)
Ins Tec
Introduction to Creative Writing
Tech Editing for Professionals
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Calculus&Analytic Geometry II MATH 242
Fundamentals of Information Systems
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Total Hours42