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2013-2014 Catalog 
2013-2014 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. Howard College/SWCID will designate core curriculum courses completed by a student on the official Howard College/SWCID transcript.  Policies on the transferability of the grade of D may vary from one college to another.  It should be noted that grades of D may not be considered for transfer.  If a student satisfies all component areas, the message “Core Curriculum Completed” will appear on the transcript. Students may not be required to take additional core curriculum courses unless the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a larger core for the receiving institution. Howard College/SWCID requires a 42 semester credit hour core curriculum. Course options within each core area are listed below.

English Rhetoric/Composition– 6 Credits (Code 010)

Speech, Modern Language/Communication Skills - 3 credits (Code 011)

History – 6 Credits (Code 060)

Political Science – 6 Credits (Code 070)

Other Social and Behavioral Sciences – 3 credits (Code 080)

Natural Sciences (Laboratory Science) – 8 credits (Code 030)

Visual/Performing Arts – 3 credits (Code 050)

Institutionally- Designated Option – 1 credit (Code 090)

 *Learning Framework


* All students enrolled in transfer degree programs (AA, AS, or AAT) are required to successfully complete Learning Framework (EDUC 1100  or PSYC 1100 ). This should be taken within the first year of enrollment (prior to completing 24 semester credit hours.) All students placed on academic probation will be required to enroll in Learning Framework the next semester they enroll if they have not successfully completed the course with a grade of “C” or better. Career Technical Education (CTE) students are highly encouraged to enroll in this course as it is designed to improve learning skills. Learning Framework is a study of the 1) research and theory in the psychology of learning, cognition, and motivation; 2) factors that impact learning; and 3) application of learning strategies. Theoretical models of strategic learning, cognition, and motivation serve as the conceptual basis for the introduction of college-level student academic strategies. Students use assessment instruments (e.g., learning inventories) to help them identify their own strengths and weaknesses as strategic learners. Students are ultimately expected to integrate and apply the learning skills discussed across their own academic programs and become effective and efficient learners. Students developing these skills should be able to continually draw from the theoretical models they have learned.