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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Core Curriculum

To facilitate transferability of lower division courses, Texas law (Senate Bill 148) requires each institution of higher education to adopt a core curriculum of at least 42 semester credit hours. The core curriculum can be transferred in block to any state college to be substituted for the core of the receiving institution. If a student satisfies all component areas, the message “Core Curriculum Completed” will appear on the transcript. If a student does not complete all courses in the core curriculum at Howard College/SWCD, the student shall receive academic credit within the core curriculum of the receiving institution for each of the courses that the student has successfully completed at Howard College/SWCD.  Howard College/SWCD will designate core curriculum courses completed by a student on the official Howard College/SWCD transcript.  Policies on the transferability of the grade of D may vary from one college to another.  An institution of higher education may deny the transfer of credit in courses with a grade of “D” as applicable to the student’s field of study curriculum courses, core curriculum courses, or major.  Course options within each core area are listed below.

Foundational Component Areas

Component Area Option

Communication (English Rhetoric / Composition) – 6 Credits (Code 010)

Select two courses from the following:

Mathematics – 3 credits (Code 020)

Select one course from the following:

Life and Physical Sciences – 6 credits (Code 030)

Select two courses from the following:

Creative Arts – 3 credits (Code 050)

Select one course from the following:

American History – 6 Credits (Code 060)

Select two courses from the following:

Government / Political Science – 6 Credits (Code 070)

Required courses:

Social and Behavioral Sciences – 3 credits (Code 080)

Select one course from the following:

Additional Communication (Speech / Modern Language) – 3 credits (Code 090)

Additional Core Curriculum Course – 3 credits (Code 090)

  • One course from any of the foundational component areas listed above