2020-2021 Advisor Handbook 
    May 15, 2021  
2020-2021 Advisor Handbook

Core Curriculum

Every institution in the USG will have a core curriculum (Areas A-E) of precisely 42 semester hours and an Area F of precisely 18 hours for an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or bachelor’s degree. Students working toward an associate or bachelor degree must satisfy the core requirements listed below:

Area Area Name Required/Possible Courses Hours Required
A-1 Communication Outcomes ENGL 1101 & ENGL 1102 6 hours
A-2 Quantitative Outcomes

MATH 1001, 1101 (eCore), 1111, 1112, 1113, or 2053/1501 (eCore)

*Students should work closely with an advisor to select the appropriate math class for their major. Prerequisites must be satisfied where required.
3 hours
B Institutional Options

Required: COMM 1100 or COMM 1110

Institutional Options are located in the catalog & DegreeWorks
3-6 hours
C Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics

Required: ENGL 2114, 2115, 2116, 2121, 2122, 2131, or 2132

Fine Arts Elective - such as an appreciation or additional literature course. Options can be found in the catalog
6 hours
D Natural Science, Mathematics, and Technology Options for Non-Science and Science majors can be found in the current catalog 11-12 hours
E Social Sciences

Required: HIST 2111 or 2112 & POLS 1101

Social Science Electives can be found in the catalog
9-12 hours
F Lower-Division Major Requirements Lower division course requirements can be found under each Academic Program in the catalog 18 hours

Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) and Associate of Nursing (ASN) degree programs follow a prescribed listing of core courses relating to each pathway, which can be found in the current catalog.

Areas A-E must add up to 42 hours - USG Requirement

Hours used in Area B determines the hours needed for Area D and E

If B = 3, then D = 12 and E = 12

If B = 4, then D = 11 and E= 12

If B = 6, then D = 12 and E = 9

*DegreeWorks has a difficult time with math. A common mistake is using 3 hours in B, 11 in D, and 12 in E. Which leaves the student at 41 core hours and unable to graduate. Always double check the 42-hour counter in DegreeWorks.