Educating a new generation

Forging the Future, UAB’s Strategic Plan, calls for the development of a Signature Core Curriculum, a curriculum unique to UAB focused on modeling and developing socially conscious global leaders and citizens.

What is the core curriculum?

The UAB Core Curriculum is the shared body of courses that all undergraduates take, usually in their first two years. It provides the skills and knowledge that students need to succeed in any discipline, and it is the foundation for their futures as lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and productive members of their communities.

Why do we need a new core curriculum?

The current core curriculum was established in the 1990s and has not been updated since. In the meantime, however, the needs and goals of our students have changed significantly. A new Signature Core Curriculum will provide competencies that are critical for a 21st century curriculum and will better equip students to meet their post-graduation goals.

Who is reviewing the core curriculum?

The Signature Core Curriculum committee is being chaired by faculty members Susan Spezzini from the School of Education, Alison A. Chapman from the College of Arts of Sciences and Suzanne Judd from the School of Public Health. Every school at UAB that teaches undergraduates has at least one voting representative on the committee, and a student, parent, and community member are also represented. Each academic department at UAB that teaches undergraduates also has a department liaison to the Signature Core Curriculum committee.

How does this effort relate to previous revisions of the core?

Both the General Education committee, established by former Provost Linda Lucas in 2015, and then the Faculty Senate’s Curriculum Committee began exploring ways that the UAB Core could be updated and improved. The Signature Core Curriculum committee’s goal is to continue and complete this work.

How can I get more involved?

There are many ways for you to ask questions and share your thoughts about the core curriculum.

  • We will be holding listening sessions all over campus in the coming year. For a bird’s eye view, see our timeline. To find out about specific events, see our events page.
  • Want someone to come talk with your group? Fill out the “Request a Presentation” form below , and we’ll contact you to arrange a conversation.
  • Contact your department liaison or the committee member who represents your unit.
  • Visit the Questions and Comments page or email us directly at
  • See the Learn More page for a listing of resources about the challenges and opportunities of general education reform.

Request a Presentation

If you would like to have the co-chairs and/or members of the committee come talk to people in your unit, department, or program, please let us know.

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