Curricula vs curriculums

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Curricula are the subjects in a course of study at a university or other institution. Curricula is the plural form of curriculum, the alternate plural form is curriculums. The adjective form is curricular. Curricula and curriculums are adapted from the Latin word, curriculum, meaning a running course, career. Latin words appropriated by the English language usually form their plurals by the English method of adding an “s”, however the dropping of -um and adding a is currently the much-preferred method of forming the plural of curriculum, according to Google’s Ngram.


The government will change the education policy and curricula for relevance to market needs, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said. (The Star)

President Pranab Mukherjee has asked higher educational institutions to regularly update their curricula and also make arrangements for value-based education to build “character” of students. (The Deccan Herald)

“We have designed specialized curricula for the children for different ages,” said Paulo Swerts, CEO of Ronaldo Football (China) Co., Ltd. (Xinhua News)

Bill Murray’s line is the excuse for the American university’s indulgence of macabre, niche courses in today’s college curricula: The kids love them. (The Huffington Post)

Undergraduate business schools nationwide are increasingly adopting “mega-classes,” new curriculums that combine all of the functions of business into an integrated 12-credit, semester-long course. (USA Today)

His plan relies on partnerships between businesses and the state’s colleges to develop curriculums, certificate programs and dual-enrollment classes allowing high school students to take college courses. (The Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

BML Munjal University has introduced risk management as a part of its MBA course structure this year, in keeping with its core philosophy of creating curriculums that provide information relevant to challenges being faced by the corporations of today. (The Economic Times)

The religious premises fell away, the classical curriculums were displaced by specialized majors, the humanities ceded pride of place to technical disciplines, and the professor’s role became more and more about research rather than instruction. (The Lexington Herald Leader)