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Core Curriculum

Mission Statement

The Core Curriculum is the cornerstone of the academic experience at Lees-McRae College designed to foster a 21st Century approach to critical, creative, and collaborative inquiry. We prepare students with the knowledge and skills to pursue diverse careers or graduate study, and to engage in cross-disciplinary discourse.

Student Learning Outcomes

A. Students will develop the values and attitudes necessary to understand, recognize, and exhibit ethical behaviors and responsible citizenship.

B. Students will be able to articulate the relationship between the individual and diverse cultures in order to address contemporary issues and enduring questions.

C. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the interdependence of people in the environment using methods of scientific inquiry.

D. Students will possess the skills necessary to understand, evaluate, and apply knowledge from various disciplines to new settings and complex situations.


Total Core Hours Required: 38-40

Core courses allow students to explore a variety of major and minor degree options and corresponding career opportunities. Students should work with their academic advisor to ensure that selected courses meet the core requirements. A list of approved courses will be available from the Registrar prior to advising and registration for each
term. 

Students will be able to choose from a variety of courses to meet the following requirements:

*Course credit is received through the co-requisite in each individual program


Transfer Students and the Core Curriculum

Students who have received an Associate in Arts or Science degree from any community college in the state of North Carolina will have satisfied the Lees-McRae general education core requirements.

Students who have attended a regionally-accredited institution and who have satisfied the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement will be considered as having met the College’s general education core requirements.

Students transferring from a regionally-accredited institution who have not satisfied the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement will be required to complete the general education core requirements. Transcripts will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Transfer students who need information about transfer of credit should contact the Registrar. Students who have received the Associate of Applied Science degree from a regionally-accredited institution will be required to complete the Lees-McRae College general education core requirements.


Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)

Writing Across the Curriculum is a program that seeks to highlight the importance of writing as both a learning mechanism and a communication tool. Students who engage in a variety of writing tasks throughout their college career are more successful in integrating those skills into personal and professional settings. Lees- McRae College is committed to integrating writing throughout a student’s academic experience.

Writing Intensive Courses

Students are required to complete 15 hours of Writing Intensive (WI) courses to graduate. These courses must include 6 hours at the 100 level, 6 hours at the 300- 400 level and 3 additional hours at any level. Courses will be approved as WI by the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee of the Faculty Senate and will be designated by (WI) next to their description in the College Catalog.


Degree Requirements

Depending on the major degree program, certain degree requirements also apply:

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

Proficiency in a foreign language, demonstrated through:

  • Graduation from a high school where all instruction was conducted in a language other than English;
  • Passing a CLEP or other designated examination at the intermediate level;
  • Completion of one of the College’s language sequences through the intermediate level (non-Spanish). Intermediate level proficiency (for students enrolled in Spanish) will be demonstrated by the successful completion of SPA 211 or a higher level 3-hour SPA course.

Bachelor of Science Requirements

6-8 additional hours in Math or Science, not duplicating Core coursework, taken from:

Bachelor of Fine Arts Requirements

Proficiency in a foreign language, demonstrated through:

  • Graduation from a high school where all instruction was conducted in a language other than English;
  • Passing a CLEP or other designated examination at the intermediate level;
  • Completion of one of the College’s language sequences through the intermediate level (non-Spanish). Intermediate level proficiency (for students enrolled in Spanish) will be demonstrated by the successful completion of SPA 211 or a higher level 3-hour SPA course.