The USFSM Core Curriculum

With its Core Curriculum, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee provides all of its students with the broad knowledge base and skills necessary to solve modern interdisciplinary problems in the vast array of careers open to college graduates. At the lower level, the University Core Curriculum consists of twelve courses (36 credits) as General Education (Gen Ed) and two courses (3 credits) as Foundations of Success (Foundations).  At the upper-level, students take three courses (9 credits) as Pillars of Intellectual Engagement (Pillars): communication, critical thinking, leadership, ethics, community engagement, diversity.  At both the lower and the upper levels, courses of the Core Curriculum may sometimes also be applied to meet degree requirements.  Specified courses within general education can also be applied to meet Florida’s State Communication and Computation Requirements, formerly known as Gordon Rule.

The Core Learning Outcomes: “Pillars of Intellectual Engagement”

While certain courses focus on development of the Pillars of Intellectual Engagement, which arise from the mission of USFSM and reflect the characteristics most sought by employers, all courses that are part of the Core Curriculum emphasize them.  This emphasis is demonstrated by the student learning outcomes used to measure the effectiveness of the Core Curriculum:

  1. Communication: Students will communicate reasoning effectively.
  2. Critical Thinking: Students will (1) form vital questions and problems clearly, (2) gather and assess relevant information, (3) identify relevant assumptions, alternatives, and implications, and (4) develop well-reasoned conclusions.
  3. Leadership: Students will apply task-oriented and interpersonal skills to lead groups.
  4. Ethics: Students will develop a personal ethic, describe their beliefs and the origin of those beliefs.
  5. Diversity: Students will interact effectively in diverse cultural contexts by applying knowledge of own culture and multiple world views to evaluate social issues and develop an effective approach to multiculturalism.
  6. Community Engagement: Students will improve quality of life through engagement, personal growth, and impact on community.

-Updated Fall 2016

Analysis of Pillars Integration, spring 2016

SLS 2122 Course Syllabus, spring 2017

2016-17 Updates