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Teaching and Advising

Teaching the Core

There are two types of Carolina Core courses. Foundational courses are taken early in the undergraduate experience and apply across disciplines. Integrative courses are taken near the end of study and apply to discipline-specific majors. Colleges and programs will also have specific requirements in each major and in some cases will have a list of recommended Carolina Core courses.

Faculty members teaching a foundational Carolina Core course will need to adopt the relevant Carolina Core learning goals particular to that class. All Carolina Core courses must cover the learning goals identified in the template syllabi of approved Core courses.

Instructors may add additional course content, but the essential outcomes must be covered. An interactive list of Faculty Senate-approved courses meeting the Carolina Core requirements is available online. Prototypical syllabi are available for all Carolina Core courses.  They include learning goals and illustrate options for tailoring the syllabi for individual classes.

Select a course from the approved list to view the syllabus or see the Carolina Core Syllabus Requirements for Teaching [pdf].


Advising Students on the Core

The Carolina Core curriculum covers students who entered USC-Columbia, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, or Union, for the first time in Fall 2012 or later.

Students earn a degree under curricular requirements in force when they first enroll in a baccalaureate program at any campus of the University of South Carolina. Read more about transfer students and the Carolina Core.