Building Essential Abilities 4-10 Credits

In 2019-20, an ad hoc committee will be formed consisting of the registrar, a member of Programs, a member of the Curriculum Oversight Committee, and the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning to review existing courses that will be designated as Writing Intensive or Encounters, QR Intensive or Encounters,or IL Intensive or Encounters. The role of the committee is to work with faculty to ensure that courses are addressing the learning outcomes.

Starting in 2020-21, proposals for new and existing courses that will be designated as Writing Intensive or Encounters, QR Intensive or Encounters,or IL Intensive or Encounters will be reviewed by the Academic Programs Committee. The role of the committee is to work with faculty to ensure that courses are addressing the learning outcomes.

Writing —1 credit Intensive course and 1 credit Encounter course; or 3 credits Encounter courses

In addition to the All-College Seminars that emphasize writing, students must also either take one Writing Intensive and one Writing Encounter course or take three Writing Encounter Courses. Students must take one of these designated Writing courses (either an intensive or encounter) within one of their majors.

Quantitative Reasoning—1 credit Intensive Course or 2 credits Encounter Courses

Quantitative reasoning is the developed ability to analyze quantitative information and to determine which skills and procedures can be applied to a particular problem to arrive at a solution. Quantitative reasoning has an essential problem-solving focus and includes the ability to create and clearly communicate (in a variety of formats) arguments supported by quantitative evidence.

Intercultural Literacy—1 credit Intensive Course or 2 credits Encounter Courses

Intercultural literacy is the possession of knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to appropriately and effectively include, communicate, cooperate, and collaborate with diverse individuals in a variety of settings. In Intercultural Literacy-designated classes, students focus on developing intercultural literacy, communication and critical thinking abilities, and understanding power structures, in order to prepare them for local and global citizenship. Courses focus on identifying and comparing cultural patterns and the relationship between experiences, ideologies, and culture; focusing on cultural self-awareness, cultural knowledge, and intercultural communication.

Foreign Language

Demonstration of foreign language competency at the 103 level or above. International students whose native language is other than English satisfy this requirement through meeting the admissions requirements.