What’s New in the Mason Core?
The Mason Core Committee and COVID-19 Updates
University Faculty and Staff are following the guidelines shared by President Holton, outlined here: https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus
Currently, Mason Core meetings are schedule to be held remotely, via Webex. For information on Webex access and use, please visit: https://its.gmu.edu/service/webex/
Mason Core Conversations:
Dr. Samaine Lockwood, Director of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of English will serve as Mason Core Faculty Fellow for Summer 2019 and the 2019-2020 academic year. The Faculty Fellow will work to facilitate conversations about the Mason Core and gather evidence about what is and is not working well in the Core. The Faculty Fellow will share information and work closely with the Mason Core Committee as the committee explores possible ways to strengthen the Mason Core.
Interested in providing feedback about the Mason Core? Please visit the Mason Core Conversations page
Mason Core Committee Information
The Mason Core
The Mason Graduate is an Engaged Citizen and Well-Rounded Scholar who is Prepared to Act. The Mason Core is Mason’s general education program that builds the foundation for The Mason Graduate. The Mason Core is a set of required courses that create the foundation of your undergraduate degree. All undergraduates seeking a baccalaureate degree must complete Mason Core requirements. The Mason Core provides a breadth of liberal education courses, complementing the depth of knowledge and skills you build in their majors and minors. The Mason Core helps you become a Mason Graduate: an engaged, well-rounded scholar who is prepared to act.
The Mason Core is divided into three sections: Foundation, Exploration, and Integration (formerly named Foundation, Core and Synthesis/Capstone).
Foundation courses strengthen your foundation in key knowledge and skills needed for academic success. Exploration courses provide a breadth of learning across the university. Integration courses include upper-division courses that are designed to integrate knowledge and skills learned from Foundation and Exploration courses into learning in the major. Courses in each category are guided by specific student learning outcomes that are assessed on a regular basis through the student academic experience.
For certain degrees or majors, specific courses are used to fulfill the Mason Core. Please see the Catalog and your academic advisor to understand the specific requirements for your academic program. See the table below for a list of course categories. Click on the category name to see approved courses for that category.
|Mason Core Section||Course Categories|
|Foundation Courses||Written Communication--Lower Division (ENGH 101, 3 credits)
Oral Communication (3 credits)
Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
Information Technology and Computing (3 credits)
|Exploration Courses||Arts (3 credits)
Global Understanding (3 credits)
Literature (3 credits)
Natural Science (7 credits)
Social and Behavioral Science (3 credits)
Western Civilization or World History (3 credits)
|Integration Courses||Written Communication--Upper Division (ENGH 302, 3 credits)
Writing-Intensive (3 credits*)
Synthesis (3 credits)
|Total: 40 credits|
|*Most programs include the writing-intensive course designated for the major as part of the major requirements; this course is therefore not counted towards the total required for Mason Core.|
For approved Mason Core courses and accurate course descriptions please click HERE for the current catalog.