Academics

Core class photoAt UW Tacoma, we have designed our Core curriculum to be an intellectually stimulating experience that will help students make connections within their learning community and between academic disciplines.

Freshmen take courses as part of a close-knit community of students — a cohort — who take their first-year Core courses together. In the Core curriculum's small learning community, students truly get to know their professors and classmates. Our Core courses promote an interdisciplinary approach to learning that deepens student understanding of the world and how it works.

The Core is a series of courses designed to help students develop critical thinking and writing skills as well as understanding of a wide variety of subjects. Students may earn credit in art and economics one quarter, history and sociology the next. Discussion, lectures, reading, writing and projects help first-year students engage topics in ways that broaden their perspective and encourage inquiry.

Freshmen may also take TCORE 100, a 2-credit course designed to assist students in preparing for academic writing at the college level.

In addition to registering for your core classes, full-time students also choose electives. As part of the Core learning community, academic advisors assist students in educational planning. That includes identifying prerequisites — such as science and math courses — that must be taken prior to application to a major. Academic advisors also help students find academic and co-curricular support they may need as they adjust to college life.