Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the new Core:
When will the new Core classes begin?
Fall 2013. We plan to have courses for almost all Foundations and Explorations requirements up and running.
Can a course proposal be revised and resubmitted if it is rejected teh first time around?
Yes. Course approval committees will work with applicants if revisions are necessary.
How many Flags can one course satisfy?
Applicants can apply for up to two flags per course.
Can courses satisfy criteria on different Core levels (e.g. Explorations and Integrations)?
The Core is developmental in nature and has three levels: Foundations, Explorations and Integrations. A course can only count for a requirement on one level.
Can FYS be exclusive to certain majors?
Some departments are considering making FYS a part of their major. This is a departmental decision. However, non-majors cannot be excluded from taking an FYS course. FYS is deliberately designed to be an open and welcoming introduction to university study across a broad array of topics.
Can more than one person teach the same FYS?
Yes, even though most FYS will be individual proposals, some departments make joint proposals that can be taught by more than one person for FYS, and joint proposals for other Area Requirements too.
Can faculty teach two sections of the same FYS in a semester?
Yes, in order to meet student demand and faculty preferences. Note that all decisions about teaching assignments belong to the respective department Chair and Dean.
Can one faculty member submit more than one core course proposal?
Yes, in fact, this is encouraged!
What happens to the course approval applications that are already submitted if the unit value is changed from three units to four units?
The Core was designed to meet certain learning outcomes and does not specify units for the 13 Area Requirements. Core course proposals are reviewed without reference to unit values.
How will the Core be phased in for continuing students (sophomores, juniors, seniors)?
The issue will be addressed by a Core Implementation task group. We will send updates.
Where can I find more information about the Core?
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