At public colleges and universities in Texas including UH-Downtown, you must complete a common core of courses consisting of 42 semester credit hours (14 courses). The courses are selected from the 9 foundational areas of study provided below. At UHD-Downtown, you have the flexibility to choose from a variety of courses to complete the common core. See the
UHD undergraduate catalog for a full list of common core courses. Departments often suggest certain courses that they prefer their majors to take to fulfill some of the core requirements, so you should carefully study the degree plans that interest you and consult your advisor.
The core objectives align with the abilities most in demand by employers for 21st century jobs. These core objectives are taught across several of the foundational areas so that you benefit from several opportunities to practice these skills in different fields of study. All core courses include critical thinking and communication.
Foundational Component Areas
Written Communication (2 courses)
- Oral Communication (1 course)
- Mathematics (1 course)
- Life and Physical Sciences (2 courses)
- Language, Philosophy and Culture (1 course)
- Creative Arts (1 course)
- American History (2 courses)
- Government/Political Science (2 courses)
- Social and Behavioral Sciences (1 course)
- Freshman Seminar (1 course)