noun, plural curricula [kuh-rik-yuh-luh] , curriculums.
the aggregate of courses of study given in a school, college, university, etc.: The school is adding more science courses to its curriculum.
the regular or a particular course of study in a school, college, etc.

1625–35; < Latin: action of running, course of action, race, chariot, equivalent to curr(ere) to run + -i- -i- + -culum -cule2

curricular, adjective
precurricular, adjective
precurriculum, noun, plural precurriculums, precurricula. Unabridged
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curriculum (kəˈrɪkjʊləm)
n , pl -la, -lums
1.  a course of study in one subject at a school or college
2.  a list of all the courses of study offered by a school or college
3.  any programme or plan of activities
[C19: from Latin: course, from currere to run]

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Word Origin & History

1824, modern coinage from L. curriculum "a running, course, career," from currere (see current). Used in English as a Latin word since 1630s at Scottish universities.
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Example sentences
The curricula for music and other areas of the fine arts, more often than not,
  begin in the freshman year.
The local independent school district has full control over teachers and
Contemporary curricula strongly emphasize the study of tropical rain forests.
Students learn better when challenged to find the answers themselves, say
  creators of a technology-rich science curricula.
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