We want our graduates to leave Capilano University empowered to take charge of their career paths and ready to stand out from the competition.

What is Cap Core and why is it a program requirement?

Today’s graduates need a broad knowledge base to take with them beyond university.

To thrive in a job market that’s constantly evolving, university grads must be critical thinkers and excellent problem-solvers. Employers want to hire good communicators with strong interpersonal skills. And all graduates will have greater success if they combine these skills with social and environmental awareness.  

The aim of Cap Core is to help you become a well-rounded, successful graduate, with the broad knowledge base and skills needed to support your lifelong learning and intellectual growth.

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Cap Core implementation & requirements

Cap Core is a set of courses grouped by theme. Each theme contains several courses at different levels. As you progress through your credential, you’ll work through the themes and levels.

Effective fall 2018, students in baccalaureate degrees are required to earn 30 Cap Core credits as part of their program.

Beginning in fall 2020, students in certificate and diploma programs must complete Cap Core.

Cap Core themes and credits

Foundation (6 credits)

Establish the fundamentals in Literacy & Numeracy.

  • Normally completed in the first year.
  • Degrees require 3 credits each of Literacy & Numeracy

Integration (18 credits)

Understand the world through a variety of perspectives. Incorporated into degrees only.

  • At least three credits in each of the following subject areas:
    • Culture and Creative Expression
    • Science and Technology
    • Self and Society
  • May be completed across the four years of your degree.

Professional Practice (6 credits)

Put what you’ve learned into practice through Experiential learning & Capstone courses.

  • Completed in the final year.

Cap Core courses

Here are the most up-to-date lists of Cap Core courses.

New courses are added each month. Check back regularly to see what’s new.



Professional Practice

If you have questions, please contact capcore@capilanou.ca.