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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 science.

Second Writing Requirement

The intention of the second writing requirement is:

  1. to provide students with a significant expository writing experience in English prose; and
  2. to provide students the opportunity to practice and improve written communication skills that will be applicable to their academic and professional goals.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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