Introduction

The CORE 2.0 curriculum at Montana State University is designed to enhance students’ intellectual experience in all realms of academia, with the express goal of providing students with a broad exposure to and knowledge of multiple and varied methods of scholarship. The Core curriculum consists of required classes that focus on clear verbal and written expression(s) of critical analysis and evaluation of academic fields of study at the heart of human intellectual and artistic inquiry and achievement. Completion of the Core curriculum requirements will introduce students to the theories, methods, and foundations of these academic fields, enable them to critically evaluate information in these subjects, and teach them to present their knowledge clearly in both verbal and written form.

General Questions

Core 2.0 General Overview

CORE 2.0 is built on five Foundation courses, and on Inquiry and Research & Creative Experience courses in Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

Foundation Courses: Rationale & Student Learning Outcomes

Ways of Knowing: Rationale & Student Learning Outcomes

All students must take at least one three credit course in each of the following areas:

All students must take at least one three credit course in an approved Research & Creative Experience course. Students may take an approved Research & Creative Experience course in one of these four areas OR they may take a separate Research & Creative Experience course in any discipline, including the Undergraduate Scholars Program (USP 490R). 

Notes:

  • Total number of courses: 9, if the Research and Creative Experience requirement is completed as part of the requirements in Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences or Social Sciences; otherwise 10.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in all Core courses.
  • Completion of at least two approved natural science courses with a grade of C- or better satisfies both the Contemporary Issues in Science and the Natural Science Inquiry requirements. Individual substitutions for one requirement or the other are not permissible.
  • Completion of UH 202 with a grade of C- or better satisfies the Humanities Inquiry requirement.