Core Curriculum

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The Academy Core Curriculum is designed to ensure that all TSTA students graduate with breadth of knowledge gained through their general education classes as well as depth of knowledge gained from courses in their major area of study. The core curriculum at TSTA requires that students study in the “foundational component areas” of communication, mathematics, life and physical sciences, English language, philosophy and culture, creative arts, Region history, and social and behavioral sciences. In addition, the TSTA core curriculum includes some semester credit hours of component area options specific to TSTA. Classes in the core component areas give students develop important and fundamental skills that will help them be successful in all their classes and will prepare them for their lives after college. These “core objectives” are Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, Empirical and Quantitative Skills, Teamwork, Personal Responsibility, and Social Responsibility. Through the Core, students will gain an enthusiasm for learning and an intellectual capacity that they will use throughout their lives.  Statement of purpose Through the TSTA Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. CORE OBJECTIVES

  • Critical Thinking Skills, including creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills, including effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills, including the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork, including the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  • Personal Responsibility, including the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making
  • Social Responsibility, including intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
Individual academic programs may require courses contained in parts of the Academy Core Curriculum. Students who wish to take courses that will fulfill both core and major requirements simultaneously should check with academic advisors for assistance in selecting core courses. Students may also choose to use core courses to meet the minimum number of advanced hours required by their degree. Note: Additional courses are under review for inclusion in the Academy Core Curriculum.