Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum Committee

Fall 2016 meeting dates:

Fridays, 9-11, 410 Luther Bonney, Portland; Sept. 9, 23; Oct. 14, 28; Nov. 18; Dec. 2, 9

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."

If you need additional information on responsibilities of members please contact Peggy Moore, current CCC chair, or Susan McWilliams, Assistant Provost for d Core Curriculum  (, or

CCC proposal review process

Writing a Successful USM Core Proposal

Course proposal forms

For new courses in CE, CI, SE or SCA please contact Susan McWilliams at for guidance and proposal forms. 

Entry Year Experience

            a. sample EYE proposal

Quantitative Reasoning

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


     Sample Capstone proposal\


Course Blueprints for "Grandfathered" Core Courses

Please do not use blueprints for new course proposals. The Blueprints are for review of previous "letter" Core courses only.

Please read the first link for important instructions.

"Grandfathered" Core Courses-- Senate approved process and timeline for course review

Sample Blueprints

Creative Expression

Cultural Interpretation (forthcoming)

Science Exploration

Sociocultural Analysis

Please submit your blueprint via e-mail to (wo

Creative Expression

Cultural Interpretation

Science Exploration

Sociocultural Analysis


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

Pre-fall 2011 Core Course Criteria