Core Curriculum

For Current Students

Advising and Registration

General information about Core advising and registration:

If you have questions about USM Core advising and registration please contact your academic advisor or Advising at 207-780-4040. 

Core Courses by Requirement Area (non-schedule)

Catalog Core Course List

Pre-2011 Core Course List

How to Find Core Courses in Maine Street (schedule)

Core Curriculum Policies

Overview of Requirements

Transfer Credits and the USM Core (includes study abroad information)

Advising Check List

Advanced Electives, Clusters, Minors, Second Majors

Department Capstones

Prior Learning and Test Credits



EYE-Living Learning Communities-COR co-curricular labs (advising overview)

Advising Announcements:

Effective Fall 2015: new UMS General Education Transfer Block for Students Transferring within the University of Maine System

To facilitate transfer within the University of Maine System, a general education transfer block is in effect beginning fall 2015.  Students complete with a grade of C minus or better a block of at least 35 credit hours of specified general education requirements on any University of Maine System campus, and satisfy a corresponding block on any other UMS campus.  Up to 10 additional credits may be required by the receiving campus.  For students with a verfied completed block, USM requires no additional credits, except the capstone and any specific courses required by the student’s major.

How Students Qualify: Students transferring TO USM should complete the Transfer to USM General Education Block Verification Form. Students transferring FROM USM to another system campus should complete the Transfer FROM USM General Education Block Verification Form.  We hope to have an automated process for verification in place soon.

Effective spring 2015, new USM Core transfer policy for the Associate of Arts Degree

 With the exception of the capstone, and any other particular USM Core courses specifically required by the student’s major, USM Core requirements are waived for students with a completed Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies/Liberal Arts from a regionally accredited community or other college.  This policy does not apply to any other associate degrees.   This policy is effective beginning spring 2015 and is not retroactive. Student records are automatically reviewed for eligibility.

Living Learning Communities for Residential Students and EYE-COR courses

For fall 2016 USM is extending our pilot project involving living-learning communities, EYE and co-curricular learning labs (COR) for our residential students.  Residential students select their preferred Entry Year Experience (EYE) course and are registered for a corresponding 1-credit co-curricular learning lab (COR). Based on the selected theme of the EYE and COR, students are assigned to thematically centered student housing.  EYE and COR sections are tied to each other to facilitate registration.

In this project, faculty,  staff, and students work together to connect classroom, campus, and community experiences. Student response to the fall 2015 pilot was very positive.  We are pleased to offer this experience again to our first year residential students.

Note regarding College Writing:

The following courses are considered equivalents meeting the same outcomes as College Writing and will not be allowed for additional credit, but instead will follow the USM Repeat Policy and count as a repeat of the previous grade: ENG 100, ENG 101, ENG 104, ESL 100, HON 100, LCC 110, LCC 111, RSP 100 and RSP 104.