In order to provide a solid foundation for students’ education and to make transfer between colleges and universities as smooth and seamless as possible, each state-supported institution of higher education in Texas has adopted a core curriculum. Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students gain 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 learning.
- Critical Thinking Skills to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
- Communication Skills to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication.
- Empirical and Quantitative Skills to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
- Teamwork to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
- Social Responsibility to include intercultural competency, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
- Personal Responsibility to include the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Components of the core curriculum can be transferred in a block from Tarrant County College to another Texas public college or university to be substituted for the corresponding core curriculum of the receiving institution.
TCC designates core curriculum courses completed by a student on the official transcript. If a student satisfies all component areas, the statement “Texas Core Curriculum Completed (Month/Year)” will appear on the transcript. Students who transfer without completing the core curriculum receive academic credit for each of the courses they successfully completed in the TCC core curriculum.
The Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate of Science, and Associate of Science in Engineering degrees include courses drawn from the core curriculum. A student concurrently enrolled at more than one institution of higher education should follow the core curriculum requirements in effect for the institution at which the student is classified as degree-seeking.
Tarrant County College has established the 42-semester-credit hour core curriculum listed below.