Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum: The USG core curriculum was developed with the goals of assuring institutional accountability for learning, incorporating learning requirements in global perspectives and critical thinking, allowing institutions some flexibility in tailoring courses to their institutional mission, while ensuring that core curriculum courses completed at one USG institution are fully transferable to another USG institution.

Proposal Format

Proposals for adding, altering, or removing core courses should be developed using the University System of Georgia form linked below.

Approval Process

The approval process for proposals consists of the steps below.

    1. Proposals should be considered and approved by the originating academic department(s). Approval by the departments at this stage, including any formal vote, should be noted as specified in the course proposal.
    2. Proposals require the approval of the dean(s) of the college responsible for the administration of the new course. Individual colleges may elect to require that courses first be reviewed or formally considered by college faculty, a college undergraduate or graduate committee, or some other college-level body. Approval at this stage, including any formal vote, should be noted as specified in the course proposal.
    3. The dean should send approved proposals to the chair of the University Senate Committee on Academic Programs. Within CAP, the proposal initially will be deliberated on by the Undergraduate Council subcommittee. The subcommittee chairs will include the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness (APIE) in the dissemination of proposals to committee members. The APIE may request that notable issues be addressed before subcommittee review commences, or the APIE may provide feedback on the proposal as part of the subcommittee review process to be addressed before the final proposal goes to the full committee for further review.
    4. The subcommittee may elect to invite the proposing parties to attend a meeting at which the proposal is discussed. The subcommittee will then make a recommendation to CAP. At a meeting to which the proposing parties will be invited, CAP will deliberate and vote on the proposal. At both the subcommittee and full committee levels, requests may be made to the proposing parties for changes to be made to the proposal.
    5. The chair of CAP will notify the APIE in writing of the recommendation of CAP.
    6. The provost, on behalf of the university president, will make the final decision on implementation of core course proposal.
    7. If the provost’s recommendation is positive, the university will submit the proposal to the appropriate review committee via the online Core Curriculum Course Proposal Form
    8. Area A-E changes must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate BOR Academic Advisory Committee and then the Council on General Education.
    9. Normally, after return acknowledgment of approval from the USG, the core curriculum change can be implemented for the requested start term, or the earliest term following approval if the requested implementation term has passed. (The APIE will send a copy of the official University System acknowledgement to the originating college(s) and the chair of CAP upon receipt.)

Additional Resources:

A variety of Council on General Education resources can be found at

To see descriptions of and links to all the USG core-related forms, go to