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The Texas Core

Marketable Skills

A student who can effectively market their skills to potential employers can secure employment that pays competitively. 

Marketable skills include interpersonal, cognitive and applied skill areas. They are valued by employers and complement your major. Marketable skills are acquired by students through experiences in class and out of class.  They include both technical skill and soft skills. 

The General Education Core 

Given the rapid evolution of necessary knowledge and skills and the need to take into account global, national, state, and local cultures, the The General Education Core must ensure that students will develop the essential knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, in a career, in their communities, and in life.

Core Objectives - Marketable Skills

These student rubrics were designed to help you learn these core skills.  Keep these targets in mind when completing your coursework to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of these skills. These skills are very important when you are looking for a job or transferring to a  university. 

  • Critical Thinking Skills (CT) - creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills (COM) - effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills (EQS) - manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions
  • Teamwork (TW) - ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal
  • Social Responsibility(SR) - intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
  • Personal Responsibility (PR) - ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making

Foundational Component Areas

General Education Core is divided into component areas. Students are asked to complete a set number of hours from each area. Some of these numbers are different depending on which degree you are working toward. 

  • Communication (6 SCH)
  • Mathematics (3 SCH)
  • Life and Physical Sciences (6 SCH)
  • Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 SCH)
  • Creative Arts (3 SCH)
  • American History (6 SCH)
  • Government/Political Science (6 SCH)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 SCH)
  • The Component Area Option (6 SCH)

The Table of Foundational Component Areas provides a summary of this information.

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