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   NOTE: Texas has six common core areas and state guidelines below for the core which must be followed at all public institutions. 

1. Can one core class count for two areas of the core curriculum? 

No. A core class cannot be taken for more than one core area (no “double-dipping).  This includes courses that are cross-listed in two or more departments and are approved for two or more areas of the core.

2. Can a core class be counted for both a major course and a core course?

No.  A core class cannot be counted for both the major hours and the 42 hour core (no “double-dipping).

3. Can the department make transfer students repeat an area of the core that was completed for core credit if the department specifies which core classes majors should take?

No. Departments may specify which core classes majors should take; however, transfer students cannot be required to repeat an area of the core which they have completed for core credit.  If the major has prerequisites, you may have to take those in addition to the core.

4. Can my department specify which science courses and labs I take?

Yes. Students must follow the requirements of their majors in selecting science courses and labs [details on 2007 General Catalog, p. 78].  The TWU core requires a minimum of 6 credit hours in natural sciences, and there is no stated requirement for a science lab.

5. Who has to complete competencies in computer literacy and oral communication?

Students who entered under the 2005 General Catalog and subsequent ones must complete competencies in computer literacy and oral communication [2007 General Catalog, p. 78].

6. If I transfer "core complete," do I have to satisfy the TWU core requirements?

No.  A student who transfers to TWU from a Texas public college/university and is “core complete” does not have to take any of the TWU core or satisfy other core requirements. If the “core complete” does not appear on the transcript, you may be asked to provide documentation showing its completion at the original institution.

7.  If a class counted at another Texas public institution, does TWU have to accept that class for the area of the core for which it was taken?

Yes. If a class counts at a core at another Texas public institution, TWU must accept that class for the area of the core for which it was taken.

8. If I transfer to TWU, and I have not completed the core, do I have to complete TWU's core?

Yes. Students who have not completed all areas of the state core must complete the TWU core.

9. If I transfer from a private or out-of-state institution, will my core credits transfer?

Courses from private or out-of-state institutions must be evaluated for core credit based on their teaching and testing of the approved core educational objectives.

10. Can advisors, institutions, or institutional representative approve course substitutions or waivers of core curriculum requirements?

No advisor, institution, or institutional representative may approve course substitutions or waivers of core curriculum requirements.

11. Who can approve accommodations for disabled students?

Only the Texas Commissioner of Higher Education can approve accommodations for disabled students on a case-by-case basis.

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