Core Curriculum

The purpose of Harcum's core curriculum is to provide students with a body of knowledge and a set of skills that will lead to the growth of independent and lifelong learning. As Harcum students become immersed in a particular associate's degree program to acquire the knowledge and professional experience necessary for a successful career, the core curriculum provides the well rounded education that the College considers essential.

The core curriculum is designed to develop the following general education student learning outcomes:

  • Use oral and written communication effectively.
  • Use methods of research and information technology.
  • Think critically and apply mathematical reasoning to problem-solving.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of basic principles of science.
  • Understand what it means to be a responsible human being interacting in a complex global community.
  • Use principled moral reasoning to behave ethically.

The outcome of a general education through engagement with the liberal arts and sciences core curriculum is more than a body of knowledge gleaned from individual courses.

It is an intellectual outlook that fosters respect for human achievement, regard for and sensitivity to creativity and aesthetic values, confidence in one's ability to solve problems and make responsible choices, a sense of individual and social responsibility, and a lifelong commitment to learning and the development of one's potential.

Core Curriculum Requirements
All degree students are required to complete a minimum of 21 credits. These requirements include the following minimum number of credits in each of six core curricular areas: 

  • English Composition - 6 credits
  • Mathematics - 3 credits
  • Science - 3 or 4 credits
  • Humanities Electives - 3 credits
  • Social Science Elective - 3 credits
  • Diversity Elective - 3 credits

Please consult the Course Catalog for a list of specific courses offered in each area.

Basic Skills Standards

All students must fulfill basic skills requirements in English, mathematics, and reading.

English
Students must meet skill levels that are required for enrollment in ENG 101 English Composition I. These skill levels may be verified by scores on the English component of the college placement exam or by passing ENG 100 Fundamentals of English with a C (2.0) or higher. A C- in ENG 050 Basic Writing Skills or ENG 100 Fundamentals of English is a passing grade.

Mathematics
Students must meet skill levels required for enrollment in any mathematics course numbered 113 or above. These skill levels may be verified by scores on the mathematics component of the college placement examination, or by passing MTH 100 Algebra with a C (2.0) or higher. A C- in MTH 050 Basic Math Skills or MTH 100 Algebra is not a passing grade.

Reading
Students must meet the skill levels required for exemption from RDG 100 College Reading and Study Skills. These skill levels may be verified by scores on the reading component of the college entrance examination or by passing RDG 100 College Reading and Study Skills with a C (2.0) or higher. A C- in RDG 050 Basic Reading Skills or RDG 100 College Reading and Study Skills is not a passing grade.

NOTE: ENG 050 Basic Writing Skills, ENG 100 Fundamentals of English, MTH 050 Basic Math Skills, MTH 100 Algebra, RDG 050 Basic Reading Skills, and RDG 100 College Reading and Study Skills are foundation-level courses. The successful completion of these courses does not satisfy core curriculum requirements and do not count toward graduation requirements. Because all program requirements must be completed, students assigned to these foundation-level courses will need more than the required number of academic credits to qualify for graduation.