University-Wide Core Curriculum

The University-wide Core Curriculum was initiated in Fall 2001 as part of the Strategic Framework for Action to ensure that all Howard University undergraduates acquire effective skills in language, mathematics, the use of computers, critical thinking and communication. The University-wide Undergraduate Core Curriculum, is comprised of courses, totaling 23-27 credit hours, that reflect the following formal themes: intellectualopenness and cultural diversity; historical awareness ( the African American cluster requirement will be retained and may be used to fulfill this goal of the Core Curriculum.); empirical analysis; quantitative literacy and statistical reasoning; social and human relations; and health and physical education.

The goals of the core curriculum include: 1) proficiency in verbal and analytical skills, and 2) knowledge and application of discourses which promote intellectual openness and cultural diversity, historical awareness and empirical analysis that result in informed and compassionate understanding of social and human relations.

Schools and colleges with specific core and general education requirements have augmented such requirements to ensure their compatibility with the University-wide Core Curriculum guidelines. The dean’s office of each undergraduate school or college maintains the listing of courses that fulfill the University-wide Undergraduate Core Curriculum.

Core Courses

All students are required to complete certain core courses to meet University requirements and school/college requirements. In addition, students must meet specific requirements for their major and minor. ALL undergraduate students must complete at least:

  • Two courses in English composition
  • One of the following Afro-American studies courses:

    AFST 101 - African World
    MUTP 100 - Blacks in the Arts
    AFRO 005/006 - Introduction to Afro-American Studies
    ENGL 054/055 - African-American Literature
    HIST 005/006 - Introduction to Black Diaspora
    POLS 006 - Pan-Africanism
    FASH 102 - African-American Dress
    ARTH 193 - Black Body Dress and Culture

MOST undergraduate students must also complete specific courses in:

  • College mathematics
  • Freshman orientation
  • Humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences
  • Physical education

SOME students must complete courses in:

  • Speech
  • Foreign language
  • Philosophy
  • Science
  • Writing

Be sure to include the required courses in your schedule first, and then work your electives in around them. Keep track of your progress every semester to make sure you meet core course requirements.