Curriculum Versus Disciplines

The terms curriculum and discipline are closely related. The term curriculum refers to a plan prescribing what students will be taught, while the term discipline refers to an academic field or area of study. The two terms are related because curriculum may refer to a higher education institution’s entire course offerings, which are drawn from and structured by the disciplines, or to the plan of study within a particular discipline.

This entry provides an overview of curriculum and disciplines, focusing on the disciplines as a curricular foundation for major fields of study and examining the relationship of the curriculum to core general education. It then presents multidisciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary elements that may appear in the university curriculum.

Defining Disciplines and Their Relationship to Curriculum

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