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, 3 credits) is not organized around a particular topic, so its students can expect to write essays about a variety of different topics.


One of:

ENG 111
FYE 111 First Year Experience I

and one of

ENG 112
FYE 112 First Year Experience II

In their second semester, students may choose between ENG 112 (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.

ART 260 The Photograph
ART 265 Color & Film
ART 370 Museum Studies
BIO 222 Human Physiology
BIO 304 Developmental Biology
BIO 307 Plant Physiology
BIO 312 Ecology
BIO 313 Forest Ecology and Management
BUS 285 Organizational Communications
BUS 485 Strategic Management
CHM 230 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
CHM 321 Physical Laboratory I
CHM 322 Physical Laboratory II
DCOM 280 Technical Communications for Digital Media
DCOM 311 Information Law and Ethics
DCOM 380 Advertising
DCOM 382 Editing for Web and Mobile Communication
DCOM 383 Public Relations
DCOM 385 Storytelling with Data
DCOM 387 Social Media: History, Theory, and Practice
ECE 335 Literacy and Literature III
ECE 340 Teacher Researcher
ECN 230 Benefit Cost Analysis
ECN 332 International Trade
ECN 410 Senior Seminar
ENG 120 Introduction to Literature
ENG 231 Journalism and News Reporting
ENG 321 Poetry
ENG 322 The Novel
ENG 324 Shakespeare I
ENG 325 Shakespeare II
ENG 326 Major Poets
ENG 335 Editing
ENG 422 The Empire Writes Back: Post-Colonial Literature
EXSC 316 Exercise Testing and Prescription
HIS 215 Constitution, Presidency, and Congress
HIS 223 American Thought and Culture
HIS 240 American Military History
HIS 250 The Historian's Craft
HIS 251 Topics in Political History
HIS 252 Topics in Economic History
HIS 253 Topics in Comparative History
HIS 254 Topics in the History of the Americas
HIS 312 The American Revolution
HIS 315 The Civil War
HIS 499 Senior Seminar in History
LAW 316 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
LAW 499 Seminar in Law
MED 334 Choral Literature and Methods
MSC 343 20th Century Art Music
PHL 210 Ethics for Social Justice
PHL 311 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Philosophy
POL 215 Constitution, Presidency, and Congress
POL 245 International Relations
POL 312 United States Foreign Policy
POL 316 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
POL 345 Philosophical Foundations of Politics
PSY 211 Research Methods in Psychology
REL 311 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Religion
SOC 324 Medical Sociology
SPA 310 Advanced Grammar and Writing
SPE 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.