Cardinal Core Program

Through the Cardinal Core program students will explore multiple areas of knowledge in new and exciting ways and develop core skills that will enable them to succeed in any degree program and prepare them to live and work in a dynamic, global society.

Current Cardinal Core Listing: Cardinal Core Course Listing 2021-2022 (PDF)

In order for a course to be designated as a Cardinal Core course, it must go through the Cardinal Core Curriculum Committee's (CCCC) course proposal process. Cardinal Core courses may be at the 100, 200, or 300 level but should be open to registration by students in any undergraduate unit of the university and should have no prerequisites other than placement scores or other Cardinal Core courses (e.g., Math or English Composition). Cardinal Core course proposals are reviewed annually following the November 15th submission deadline. Courses that are approved during the review process become effective the following summer (start of the new academic year).

Course proposals must be submitted through the university's Course Inventory Management (CIM) system. Syllabi must be attached to the CIM request form as an MS Word document and follow the Cardinal Core Syllabus Guidelines. The Course Proposal Template is an optional resource to support course development. Please note that proposals require approval at the unit level prior to submission to the Cardinal Core Office in the CIM system.

For questions related to the Cardinal Core program, please contact the Cardinal Core Office (gecc@louisville.edu).


Cardinal Core Program Proposal - Approved February 2017 (PDF)
Cardinal Core Course Codes and Student Learning Outcomes (PDF)

Cardinal Core Syllabus Guidelines (PDF)
Course Proposal Checklist (PDF)
Course Proposal Templates (optional, but recommended)
Cardinal Core Program Assessment
Cardinal Core Learning Outcomes

Sample Syllabi:

Arts & Humanities (AH) Sample Syllabus (PDF)
History (SBH) and Global Diversity (D2) Sample Syllabus (PDF)
Oral Communication (OC) Sample Syllabus (PDF)
Science (S) Sample Syllabus (PDF)
Science Lab (SL) Sample Syllabus (PDF)
Social & Behavioral Sciences (SB) Sample Syllabus (PDF)
Social & Behavioral Sciences (SB) and US Diversity (D1) Sample Syllabus (PDF)
Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Sample Syllabus (PDF)
Written Communication (WC) Sample Syllabus (PDF)