Creative Arts and Humanities
Courses give students a better understanding and appreciation of the
visual and performing arts, of aesthetic forms, designs, or
craftsmanship, or of literary, philosophical, and intellectual
traditions. Courses may focus on a single aesthetic form or
intellectual tradition, or cross-cultural differences or similarities.
History and Cultural Change
Courses provide students with an understanding of the sources and forces
of historical change in ideas, beliefs, institutions, and cultures.
Courses may address social, cultural, intellectual, economic,
technological, artistic, scientific, and political development, changes
in a discipline, or globalization and its effects.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Courses provide students with an understanding of the behavior of
individuals and social groups in the context of their human and natural
environments. Courses emphasize the empirical findings, applications,
and methods of the social and behavioral sciences.
Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology
Courses provide students with an understanding of fundamental and/or
applied concepts and phenomena of mathematics, logic, and the natural
and physical sciences, and methods used to approach and solve problems.
The laboratory component provides exposure to the working methods of
Second Writing Requirement
The intention of the second writing requirement is:
- to provide students with a significant expository writing experience in English prose; and
- to provide students the opportunity to practice and improve written
communication skills that will be applicable to their academic and
The members of the Arts and Science Educational Affairs Committee agree
that the most effective way to produce improvement in writing skills is
to provide students with expert guidance in conceptualizing and
organizing their assignments, thorough feedback on their written work,
and opportunities to apply that feedback to subsequent assignments. The
committee recognizes that these goals may be achieved through a variety
of writing experiences, and it encourages all departments in the
college to offer second writing courses that require writing in formats
appropriate to their disciplines. The committee offers the following
criteria for the approval of second writing courses:
- Format: Second writing courses must require one or more
assignments, written in English, that total at least 3,000 words. The
instructor must provide thorough written or oral critiques of the
required papers. Students must then apply the critiques to one or more
subsequent assignments, which will be evaluated by the instructor. For
example, students may be required to revise and resubmit their critiqued
paper(s), or they may be asked to write a series of papers that build
on the technical and rhetorical skills emphasized in the critiques.
- Class Size: Whereas the second writing courses demand
significant interaction between faculty and students, enrollment in a
second writing section must not exceed 30 students.
- Grading: To fulfill this requirement, students must earn a minimum grade of "C-" and cannot be given a communication condition.
Adopted by the College Senate 5-19-03