English Communications (2 courses)
Writing Requirement (3 courses)
This component recognizes the central role communication plays in
learning and in life. Courses teach the principles of clear and
effective communication and provide opportunities to practice and refine
them throughout a student’s college career.
English Communications [EC]
Two courses are available to satisfy the first-semester of the Communications requirement. Each course focuses on the development of competencies such as writing, information literacy, and critical reading. FYE 111 First Year Experience I
(First-Year Experience, 4 credits) is a theme-based seminar with an academic component that meets for 3 hours per week and a 1-hour per week companion component focusing on the successful emotional and intellectual transition to college. ENG 111 English Communications I
(English Communications, 3 credits) is not organized around a particular topic, so its students can expect to write essays about a variety of different topics.
ENG 111 English Communications I
FYE 111 First Year Experience I
and one of
ENG 112 English Communications II
FYE 112 First Year Experience II
In their second semester, students may choose between ENG 112 English Communications II
(English Communications II, 3 credits) and FYE 112 First Year Experience II
(First-Year Experience II, 4 credits). Both courses provide a foundation in the skills essential to information literacy, i.e., the ability to find, evaluate, and make effective use of source material relevant to a research topic. Like FYE 111 First Year Experience I
, FYE 112 First Year Experience II
is theme based and includes an additional 1-hour per week component focused on developing a personal curricular plan and career exploration.
Writing Requirement [WP]
In addition to English Communications, students must complete three courses designated Writing Process,
preferably one each during the sophomore, junior and senior years.
Requirement: Three courses from the following approved list.
AMS 223 American Thought and CultureART 260 The PhotographART 350 Topics in Art History and Visual CultureART 365 The CinematicART 370 MuseologyBIO 304 Developmental BiologyBIO 307 Plant PhysiologyBIO 312 Ecology IBIO 322 Vertebrate PhysiologyBIO 324 Invertebrate PhysiologyBUS 285 Organizational CommunicationsBUS 485 Strategic ManagementCHM 230 Inorganic Chemistry LaboratoryCHM 321 Physical Laboratory ICHM 322 Physical Laboratory IIDCOM 280 Technical Communications for Digital MediaDCOM 311 Information Law and EthicsDCOM 380 AdvertisingDCOM 382 Editing for Web and Mobile CommunicationDCOM 383 Public RelationsDCOM 385 Storytelling with DataDCOM 387 Social Media: History, Theory and PracticeDSP 335 Religion and LiteratureDSP 340 Myths and Their MeaningDSP 370 Junk Science and Paranormal PhenomenaECE 335 Literacy and Literature IIIECE 340 Teacher ResearcherECN 230 Benefit Cost AnalysisECN 332 International TradeECN 410 Senior SeminarEDU 450 Curriculum and Instruction for the Young AdolescentENG 120 Introduction to LiteratureENG 231 Journalism and News ReportingENG 321 PoetryENG 322 The NovelENG 324 Shakespeare IENG 325 Shakespeare IIENG 335 EditingENG 422 Post-Colonial LiteratureFRN 405 Readings in French and Francophone LiteratureFRN 480 Capstone Senior Seminar in FrenchGLB 499 Synthesizing the Global ExperienceGMN 410 Readings in GermanGMN 440 German in PennsylvaniaGMN 460 Genres in German LiteratureGMN 480 Capstone Senior Seminar in GermanHIS 207 Europe in the 20th CenturyHIS 215 Law and GovernmentHIS 217 Women in Modern Europe, 1750 to the PresentHIS 250 The Historian's CraftHIS 251 Topics in Political HistoryHIS 252 Topics in Economic HistoryHIS 253 Topics in Comparative HistoryHIS 254 Topics in the History of the AmericasHIS 310 Seminar on World War IHIS 312 The American RevolutionHIS 315 The Civil WarHIS 499 Senior Seminar in HistoryLAW 215 Law and GovernmentLAW 316 Civil Liberties and Civil RightsLAW 499 Seminar in LawMED 334 Choral Literature and MethodsMSC 201 Music of the United StatesMSC 343 20th Century MusicNEU 299 Mind and BrainPHL 210 EthicsPHL 229 Culture and Conflict in Modern AmericaPHL 230 Philosophy of ReligionPHL 270 Seminar in the History of PhilosophyPHL 301 Key AuthorsPHL 311 Interdisciplinary Seminar in PhilosophyPHL 417 Seminar in LawPHL 451 Undergrad. Research SymposiumPHY 328 Experimental Physics IIPOL 207 Europe in the 20th CenturyPOL 245 Conceptions of Global Power and World PoliticsPOL 312 American Foreign PolicyPOL 313 Contemporary Global SecurityPOL 314 Global Politics of Wealth and PovertyPOL 316 Civil Liberties and Civil RightsPOL 345 The Philosophical Foundations of PoliticsPOL 499 Seminar in PoliticsPSY 211 Research Methods in PsychologyPSY 245 PersonalityPSY 363 Cognitive SciencePSY 443 History and TheoryREL 230 Philosophy of ReligionREL 280 Theorizing Culture and Interpreting ReligionREL 311 Interdisciplinary Seminar in ReligionREL 313 The Search for JesusREL 451 Undergrad. Research SymposiumSOC 311 Research Methods in SociologySOC 324 Medical SociologySOC 331 CriminologySOC 499 Senior SeminarSPA 310 Advanced Grammar and WritingSPA 385 Latinos in the United StatesSPA 450 Modern Latin American Literature and 21st CenturiesSPA 480 Capstone Senior Seminar in SpanishSPE 250 Cognitive Development of Diverse Learners
Criteria for Writing Process courses:
- Course teaches students to write according to the conventions and expectations of a particular discipline.
- Writing will be taught as a process, beginning with thinking about (and perhaps conducting research on) a topic, then articulating a tentative thesis or hypothesis, drafting an outline, and working through successive drafts of an essay before arriving at the finished product.
- Faculty will offer instruction in writing and will provide substantive written or oral feedback on students' written performance during the writing process.
- Evaluation of writing quality shall be an important factor in determining the course grade.
- Students in writing process courses will write a minimum of 3,000 words in formal writing (i.e. case studies, discipline specific documents). In-class examinations and quizzes, laboratory notebooks, journals, diaries, and essays of fewer than 500 words may count toward the final course grade, but shall not count toward the 3,000-word minimum requirement. Exception: A course taught in a language other than English shall be held to the 3,000-word minimum requirement, but shall be permitted to count reflections, journals, and in-class writings as part of the writing process.
- The number of students in a writing-process course shall be capped at a level no higher than 22 students.
- Equivalent courses taken at other institutions may not necessarily include a writing component and therefore will not automatically satisfy the WP requirement. Students who wish to meet the Writing Process requirement off-campus must petition the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for approval.