Foreign language study has an intimate and necessary connection with the educational goal of learning about oneself and one’s relationship to the world. Language is not just the primary vehicle for the communication of culture; it is culture. As such, foreign language study offers a unique window of perception regarding non-English speaking cultures, through which students can learn to:
Second language study also provides insight into the nature of language and its power to shape ideas and expression.
Foreign language competency courses may be double-counted toward a major. Students will complete this requirement by:
Personal health decisions are critical examples of people assimilating, understanding, and applying academic knowledge. In health and wellness courses, students will learn to apply basic scientific, sociological, and psychological constructs to everyday decisions that impact personal health. They will learn to discern facts from anecdotal stories in order to form intelligent models of behavior. Students will demonstrate mastery of these skills by assessing, on an individual basis, their own fitness level and lifestyle decisions and then analyzing those decisions using research-based models. This analysis will lead to an understanding of what constitutes a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Students will complete this requirement by:
Students may receive a medical exemption for the PEA requirement with appropriate documentation.
Responsible citizens make decisions that shape their lives, society, and the world. Decision-making requires a variety of skills that will be strengthened as students complete a mathematical thinking competency course. Students will develop and sharpen their deductive reasoning and critical-thinking skills, enabling them to construct and articulate sound, precise, and convincing arguments and evaluate the arguments of others. They will build and study mathematical and/or statistical models for real-world phenomena and hone their ability to make estimates, draw well-founded conclusions, and make reliable predictions. Students will demonstrate mastery of these skills as they apply them to issues they will encounter in their subsequent course work, career, and daily life.
Mathematical thinking competency courses may be double-counted toward a major. Students will complete this requirement by:
In a contemporary global society, one must be able to write coherently and thoughtfully in both public and professional spheres. To master the skills and rhetorical practices of writing within a given discipline, students must move beyond basic instruction to the complexities of audience analysis and engagement in the larger queries of an informed citizenry. Writing course work requires students to produce written assignments intended both to extend facility in English composition and deepen understanding of course content.
Writing competency courses may NOT be double-counted toward a major or minor. Students will complete this requirement by: