Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum Committee

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 Dec. 1, 2017.  If your program did not meet this deadline please contact Susan McWilliams.

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)

CCC Spring 2018 meeting dates:

All meetings are on Fridays, 9-11, 202 Payson.

Feb. 2, 16

March 2, 23

April 6, 20

May 4

CCC membership 2017-2018

CCC membership 2016-2017

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."

CCC proposal review process

Writing a Successful USM Core Proposal

Assessment Resources

Course proposal forms

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

Quantitative Reasoning

Science Exploration

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 top of page for sample proposals.


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

Pre-fall 2011 Core Course Criteria