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curriculum

[kuh-rik-yuh-luh m] /kəˈrɪk yə ləm/
noun, plural curricula
[kuh-rik-yuh-luh] /kəˈrɪk yə lə/ (Show IPA),
curriculums.
1.
the aggregate of courses of study given in a school, college, university, etc.:
The school is adding more science courses to its curriculum.
2.
the regular or a particular course of study in a school, college, etc.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin: action of running, course of action, race, chariot, equivalent to curr(ere) to run + -i- -i- + -culum -cule2
Related forms
curricular, adjective
precurricular, adjective
precurriculum, noun, plural precurriculums, precurricula.
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Examples for curricular
  • Supervise student interns, participate in department and college curricular and programmatic development.
  • It's also important when it comes time to make curricular changes in times of great upheaval.
  • It follows on the heels of new curricular innovations enacted this year.
  • Our successes have also provided motivation for broader curricular and pedagogical initiatives.
  • It's also unfortunate that the ranking does not incorporate student extra-curricular opportunities for development.
  • Poor kids cannot participate in extra-curricular and charitable activities.
  • The kids are pulled from their expensive extra-curricular activities.
  • It is designed for cross-curricular integration and focuses on a variety of learning styles and applications.
  • When colleges and universities revamp curricular requirements, disciplines can become winners or losers.
  • He has a varied extra-curricular background and is also an athlete.
British Dictionary definitions for curricular

curriculum

/kəˈrɪkjʊləm/
noun (pl) -la (-lə), -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
Derived Forms
curricular, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: course, from currere to run
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Word Origin and History for curricular
adj.

1798, "pertaining to driving carriages;" from Latin curriculum (see curriculum) + -ar.

curriculum

n.

1824, from Modern Latin transferred use of classical Latin curriculum "a running, course, career" (also "a fast chariot, racing car"), from currere (see current (adj.)). Used in English as a Latin word since 1630s at Scottish universities.

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