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Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 
Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Core Curriculum

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes (ISLOs)

Written Communication - The development and clear expression of ideas in writing.
Critical Thinking - A habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion.
Information Literacy - The ability to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand.
Quantitative Literacy - A “habit of mind,” competency, and comfort in working with numerical data.
Ethical Reasoning - The ability to reason about right and wrong conduct. Development of framework of values on which to base moral analysis.
Integrative Learning - An understanding and disposition that a student builds across the curriculum and co-curriculum, from making simple connections among ideas and experiences to synthesizing and transferring learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus.

SSU Core Curriculum Learning Outcomes (CCLOs)

Area A1: Communication Outcomes

Students produce well-organized written communication that meets conventional standards of composition and appropriately acknowledges the use of material from original sources.

Students demonstrate the ability to comprehend, analyze, and draw inferences from written texts.

Area A2: Quantitative Outcomes

Students demonstrate the ability to use mathematical information and concepts in verbal, numeric, graphical, and symbolic forms to solve problems.

Area B: Institutional Options

Students analyze and evaluate elements of arguments and create effective, well-reasoned responses, considering opposing views when appropriate.

Students analyze historical and cultural events that have shaped the Africana experience within the context of US and global history and culture.

Area C: Humanities and Fine Arts

Students effectively analyze the meaning and cultural significance of literary/philosophical texts or of works in the visual/performing arts.

Area D: Science and Technology

Students demonstrate a collegiate-level understanding of the nature of science and the scientific method and knowledge of fundamental concepts in one or more fields of science.

Area E: Social Sciences

Students critically analyze historical, economic, political, social, spatial, or psychological processes and how they contribute to the human experience.

*Approved by the USG General Education Council: November2010


All students, regardless of major, must complete the University’s core curriculum (Areas A - E). The core curriculum consists of 42-43 hours of specific courses drawn from across the University’s curriculum. Area F (courses appropriate to the program of study) consists of 17-18 hours.

A grade of “C” or better is required in Core Area A and major requirements. In addition, students in a College of Science and Technology major must also earn a grade of “C” or better in Core Area D. A grade of “D” is considered passing in all other core areas unless specified by a specific major. Students must earn an overall institutional GPA of 2.0 to graduate.

Area A - Essential Skills (9 Hrs)

*A grade of “C” or better is required

Area A1: Communication Skills

Area A2: Quantitative Skills

Area C - Humanities/Fine Arts, and Ethics (6 Hrs)

Area D - Natural Sciences, Math & Technology (10 Hrs)

Option I - Non-Science Majors

Option II - Science Majors

*A grade of “C” or better is required

Area E - Social Science (12 Hrs)

Total: 42-43 Hours