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Academic Policies and Programs

CORE CURRICULUM

The institutions of the University System share a common general mission in providing a Core Curriculum for all entering freshmen. The purpose is to aid and facilitate the educational progress of students as they pursue baccalaureate degrees within and among the units of the University System. It is designed to constitute the freshman and sophomore years of study and assure the transfer student that Core Curriculum courses successfully completed at one University System institution, or a fractional part thereof, will be accepted at another University System unit and apply toward a baccalaureate degree. The Core also provides for the preservation of the maximum possible amount of institutional autonomy.

The Core Curriculum is composed of 60 semester credit hours of study divided among six areas of which 42 hours are in general education and 18 in a major area of study. Each institution has developed its Core Curriculum within the broad context of the above plan.

AreaDescriptionSemester
Credit Hours
  AEssential Skills9
  BInstitutional Options4-5
  CHumanities/Fine Arts6
  DScience, Mathematics, and Technology10-11
  ESocial Science12
  FCourses Related to the Program of Study18
Total60

Sources: Academic Affairs Handbook

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION

The Board of Regents issued a policy directive in 1995 to strengthen the international dimensions of teaching, research, and service across the University System. USG institutions have pursued an array of programs and initiatives to achieve the Board's goals. The System Council for International Education, composed of presidential appointees from each of the 34 institutions, is the primary policy advisory board on international issues. Major areas of international activity include:

Study Abroad:Board of Regents policy calls for increased participation in study abroad and exchange programs. The number of USG students studying abroad has increased from 1,662 in 1996 to 2,765 in 1999-2000.

International Students: Board of Regents policy seeks a diverse student body as an important ingredient in improving the education of all learners. Students from around the world attend all USG colleges and universities. The University System enrolled 12,782 students from 187 different countries in Fall 2000.

Curriculum & Instructional Technology: The System's four-year universities offer more than 50 bachelor's degrees and nearly two dozen graduate degrees in international fields. They also offer nearly 50 certificates and degree minors in international areas. The System is engaged in several major initiatives to expand access to foreign language and area studies curricula through internet-based learning.

Foreign Languages: USG institutions offer courses in nearly two dozen modern and classical languages. Enrollments have increased from 17,389 in Fall 1996 to 23,003 in Fall 2000. The College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) requires two Carnegie units of the same foreign language to qualify for undergraduate admission.

Faculty Development: Each year hundreds of USG faculty participate in overseas seminars, research delegations, and teaching programs that strengthen their international expertise and direct knowledge of other countries.

Source: USG Office of International Education

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