Elements of the CORE Program
Taking courses at the 300-400 level outside your major encourages
you to build upon the strengths and interests you discovered in your Distributive
Studies courses. You may also use Advanced Studies to explore an area of academic
interest you have not yet pursued. The goals are to broaden your perspective,
help you to acquire critical analysis skills in fields outside your major and
challenge you to reflect on relationships between different views of the world.
You must take two courses for a total of at least 6 credits.
These courses must be taken after you have completed 60 credits. They must be
chosen from a field or fields outside of your major. Some majors may count certain
closely related courses outside the department as "within the major" and therefore
not eligible to count for CORE Advanced Studies. Make sure that you contact
your advisor for a definition of what courses your department considers "inside"
and "outside" your major.
Two courses are required. They must be outside your major and
taken after you have earned at least 60 credits. A great many 300-400 level
courses may be used to fulfill Advanced Studies requirements. You have lots
of choices and only a few restrictions.
The following do not meet Advanced Studies requirements:
- Professional Writing courses that meet the CORE Fundamental Studies requirement
- Courses which are used to meet CORE Distributive Studies requirements
- Internships, practica, or other experiential-learning types of courses
- Any course taken on a Pass/Fail basis
Additional options for meeting Advanced Studies requirements:
You may substitute a CORE-approved
Capstone course or a senior or honors thesis for one of the two required
courses (3 credits). Courses MUST
be selected from the courses coded as meeting CORE Capstone requirements. See list of approved CORE Capstone courses at Testudo: www.testudo.umd.edu/ScheduleOfClasses.html
. Click on the CORE list for the term you wish to explore. Enrollment in CORE Capstone courses will be subject
to departmental guidelines.
If you complete a double major or double degree, then
you will have fulfilled the campus Advanced Studies requirement, unless
your primary major or college has additional requirements.
You may use one independent studies course (minimum of
three credits), outside your major, toward Advanced Studies requirements
as long as it is consistent with the rules given above, and the faculty
member supervising the independent study agrees that it is appropriate for
Advanced Studies usage.
Most upper-level CORE Diversity courses (outside your
major) may also be used to fulfill Advanced Studies requirements
Note for students in the College of Behavioral and Social
Effective for students entering UM Fall 1994 and thereafter, all students
majoring in departments in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences may
not use courses taken to meet departmental supporting or minor
requirements to satisfy the campus's CORE/
USP Advanced Studies requirements. However,
students with two majors may use supporting courses in one of the majors to
satisfy the Advanced Studies requirements.
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