Common Core Clusters and Transdisciplinary Minors

(Optional and available to students of the 2017-18 intake and thereafter)

If you are a student of the 2017-18 intake and after, you may pursue an organized course of interdisciplinary study tailor-made to your interests. The Common Core has launched five thematic options as follows:

  1. Sustaining Cities, Cultures, and the Earth (SCCE) (applicable to cohorts admitted in or after 2017-18)
  2. The Quest for a Meaningful Life (UQM) (applicable to cohorts admitted in or after 2020-21) / The Universe and the Question of Meaning (UQM) (applicable to cohorts admitted in 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20)
  3. Creative Arts (CA) (applicable to cohorts admitted in or after 2021-22)
  4. The Human Life Span (HL) (applicable to cohorts admitted in or after 2021-22)
  5. Gender, Sexuality, and Diversity (GSD) (applicable to cohorts admitted in or after 2021-22)

The clusters will offer you a self-chosen pathway for you to personalize your Common Core experience that will be acknowledged on the Academic Attainment Profile.

What are Common Core Clusters and Transdisciplinary Minors?

A cluster consists of four Common Core courses, and a Transdisciplinary Minor consists of six courses, all drawn from the same thematic cluster. In all cases, there are many courses to choose from.

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How do You Declare a Common Core Cluster or Transdisciplinary Minor?

There is no prerequisite requirement for completing a Common Core Cluster. If you have completed four courses from the same thematic cluster before graduation, the Common Core Cluster will be recorded on the Academic Attainment Profile.

In cases where the four Common Core courses you have completed can fulfill more than one Cluster, you will be asked to indicate before graduation the intended Common Core Cluster you wish to be recorded on the Academic Attainment Profile.

You will be eligible to declare a Transdisciplinary Minor after completing four courses from the same thematic cluster. In other words, completing four courses from the same thematic cluster is the prerequisite requirement for declaring the Transdisciplinary Minor of that thematic cluster. After declaring the Transdisciplinary Minor, you will be given priority to enroll on the final two courses belonging to the same cluster you need to complete for the Minor.

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Please visit http://intraweb.hku.hk/reserved_1/sis_student/sis/reference-materials/students_guide_to_cc_course_selection.pdf for detailed procedures on Common Core Cluster indication / Transdisciplinary Minor declaration.

* IMPORTANT: Common Core Cluster indication and Transdisciplinary Minor declaration are available during the pre-enrollment period and add/drop periods. You will NOT be allowed to indicate or make changes to your Cluster intention or Minor declaration during the course selection period in August.

If you have completed a Common Core Cluster or a declared Transdisciplinary Minor, it will be recorded as an accomplishment on the Academic Attainment Profile, for which all full-time final year students can apply.

Keep in mind that while the Common Core requirements are mandatory for all undergraduate students to fulfill before graduation, both the Clusters and Minors are optional. If you embark on a cluster or minor, you will still need to fulfill the requirement of successfully completing six Common Core courses, one from each AoI and not more than two from any AoI, and the non-permissible combinations of courses will still apply.