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 I (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 English Communications I
FYE 111 First Year Experience I

and one of

ENG 112 English Communications II

FYE 112 First Year Experience II

In their second semester, students may choose between ENG 112 English Communications II

(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.

AMS 223 American Thought and Culture
ART 260 The Photograph
ART 350 Topics in Art History and Visual Culture
ART 365 The Cinematic
ART 370 Museology
BIO 222 Human Physiology
BIO 304 Developmental Biology
BIO 307 Plant Physiology
BIO 312 Ecology
BIO 322 Vertebrate Physiology
BIO 324 Invertebrate Physiology
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
DSP 335 Religion and Literature
DSP 340 Myths and Their Meaning
DSP 370 Junk Science and Paranormal Phenomena
ECE 335 Literacy and Literature III
ECE 340 Teacher Researcher
ECN 230 Benefit Cost Analysis
ECN 332 International Trade
ECN 410 Senior Seminar
EDU 450 Curriculum and Instruction for the Young Adolescent
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 Post-Colonial Literature
FRN 405 Readings in French and Francophone Literature
FRN 480 Capstone Senior Seminar in French
GLB 499 Synthesizing the Global Experience
GMN 410 Readings in German
GMN 440 German in Pennsylvania
GMN 460 Genres in German Literature
GMN 480 Capstone Senior Seminar in German
HIS 207 Europe in the 20th Century
HIS 215 Law and Government
HIS 217 Women in Modern Europe, 1750 to the Present
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 310 Seminar on World War I
HIS 312 The American Revolution
HIS 315 The Civil War
HIS 499 Senior Seminar in History
LAW 215 Law and Government
LAW 316 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
LAW 499 Seminar in Law
MED 334 Choral Literature and Methods
MSC 201 Music of the United States
MSC 343 20th Century Music
NEU 299 Mind and Brain
PHL 210 Ethics
PHL 229 Culture and Conflict in Modern America
PHL 230 Philosophy of Religion
PHL 270 Seminar in the History of Philosophy
PHL 301 Key Authors
PHL 311 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Philosophy
PHL 417 Seminar in Law
PHL 451 Undergraduate Research Symposium II
PHY 328 Experimental Physics II
POL 207 Europe in the 20th Century
POL 245 Conceptions of Global Power and World Politics
POL 312 American Foreign Policy
POL 313 Contemporary Global Security
POL 314 Global Politics of Wealth and Poverty
POL 316 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
POL 345 The Philosophical Foundations of Politics
POL 361 The Presidency and Congress
POL 499 Seminar in Politics
PSY 211 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 245 Personality
PSY 363 Cognitive Science
PSY 443 History and Theory
REL 230 Philosophy of Religion
REL 280 Theorizing Culture and Interpreting Religion
REL 311 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Religion
REL 313 The Search for Jesus
REL 451 Undergraduate Research Symposium II
SOC 311 Research Methods in Sociology
SOC 324 Medical Sociology
SOC 331 Criminology
SOC 499 Senior Seminar
SPA 310 Advanced Grammar and Writing
SPA 385 Latinos in the United States
SPA 480 Capstone Senior Seminar in Spanish
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.