Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum Committee

The Core Curriculum Committee is a standing committee of the Faculty Senate of the University of Southern Maine.

The CCC’s charge from the Faculty Senate states: 

"The USM Core Curriculum Committee shall be responsible for approving proposed courses and reviewing them periodically; providing assistance with transfer reviews; overseeing assessment; identifying faculty development needs; and overseeing policies and procedures. Review and approval of courses for inclusion in the USM Core Curriculum shall respect and give appropriate deference to the expertise and academic freedom of individual faculty to teach what they know and to determine the content, pedagogy, required student activities, and teaching practices of each course."

General Faculty Resources:

How to Submit Grades in Maine Street

Title III grants

CCC Fall 2018 Meeting Dates:

All meetings are Fridays, 9-11, in 205 Payson on our Portland campus.

Sept. 14
Sept. 28
Oct. 12
Oct. 26
Nov. 9
Nov. 30
Dec. 14

CCC Spring 2019 Meeting Dates:

All meetings are Fridays, 9-11am, in 203 Payson on our Portland campus. 

Feb. 1
Feb. 15
Mar. 1
Mar. 15
Mar. 29
Apr. 5
Apr. 19
May 3

CCC Membership

CCC members represent programs, schools and colleges across the University.  Composition follows policy set by the Faculty Senate in 2011. Representatives are elected by processes in place in their college/program/school.  Contact for information.

CCC membership 2018-2019

CCC membership 2017-2018

CCC membership 2016-2017

Course Proposal and Review

CCC proposal review process

Writing a Successful USM Core Proposal

Assessment Resources

For Programs submitting Capstone proposals:

The CCC is asking all programs with placeholder Capstones that have yet to be reviewed to submit proposals to assess alignment between course and Core Capstone outcomes.  Programs have been contacted by the assistant provost with information on this process, which also appears below.  The CCC requested that proposals be submitted by the end of fall semester, 2018.

Capstone proposal form

     Sample Capstone proposal BIO 419

     BIO 419 addendum: foundational concepts

     Sample Capstone proposal BIO 407

     Sample Capstone Proposal HTY 400

     Sample Capstone Proposal SOC 400

Department Capstones (placeholders included)

Other Core Courses:

For courses in cultural interpretation or sociocultural analysis please contact Susan McWilliams at for guidance and proposal forms. 

Entry Year Experience

            a. sample EYE proposal

Creative Expression

Cultural Interpretation

Quantitative Reasoning

Science Exploration

Sociocultural Analysis

Ethical Inquiry, Social Responsibility, and Citizenship

     Sample EISRC proposal

Thematic Clusters

      Sample Thematic Cluster proposal

Adding a course to an existing cluster


     Sample Diversity proposal


     Sample International proposal


     See above for sample proposals.

 Prior to fall 2011, the Core Curriculum was based on the following course criteria:

Pre-fall 2011 Core Course Criteria