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]

Courses provide instruction in the elements of English composition and provide a wide range of opportunities for students to practice and sharpen their writing abilities. Courses also teach the related skills of speaking, reading, and critical thinking. ENG 112 provides 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.


One of:

ENG 111 English Communications I
FYS 100


ENG 112 English Communications II

First-year students must fulfill the communications component of the General Education Program by enrolling in either First-Year Seminar (FYS 100) or English Communications I (ENG 111). The primary goal of each course is to help first-year students become college-level writers. Students will be assigned the same amount of writing in both FYS 100 and ENG 111. An important difference between the two courses is that each FYS class is organized around a particular topic, and students will write in response to various aspects of that topic, whereas ENG 111 is not organized around a particular topic, so its students can expect to write essays about a variety of different topics. Students in FYS should expect to do more reading than students in ENG 111.

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 & Culture
AMS 229 Culture & Conflict/Modern Amer
ART 214 History of Photography
ART 312 Renaissance Art
ART 316 Baroque Art
ART 320 Art and Revolution: 1776-1863
ART 328 Modern Art
ART 351 Color and Culture
BIO 304 Developmental Biology
BIO 307 Plant Physiology
BIO 312 Ecology I
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 Comm for Dig. Media
DCOM 311 Information Law and Ethics
DCOM 380 Advertising
DCOM 382 Producing Web & Mobile Comm.
DCOM 385 Big Data & Storytelling
DCOM 387 Social Media: His, Theor, Prac
DSP 335 Religion and Literature
DSP 340 Myths & Their Meaning
DSP 370 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/Instr. for Yng Adol
ENG 126 Elements of Writing
ENG 213
ENG 315
ENG 341 Acting II
ENG 342
ENG 351
ENG 352
ENG 451 Advanced Creative Writing
FRN 310 Advanced Grammar & Writing
FRN 405 Authors & Movements in French
FRN 440 Cont French & Francophone Lit
FRN 450 Themes & Genres in French Lit
FRN 480 Capstone Senior Sem in French
GLB 499 Synthesizing the Global Exper.
GMN 310 Advanced Grammar and Writing
GMN 330 Intro to German Literature
GMN 410 Readings in German
GMN 440 German in Pennsylvania
GMN 460 Themes & Genres in German Lit
GMN 480 Capstone Senior Sem in German
HIS 206
HIS 207 Europe in the 20th Century
HIS 215 Law and Government
HIS 217 Women in Modern Europe
HIS 226 Age of Jefferson & Jackson
HIS 250 Historian's Craft
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 & Civil Rights
LAW 499 Seminar in Law
MBS 371 Intro. to the Music Business
MED 334 Choral Literature & Methods
MSC 201 Music of the United States
PHL 210 Ethics
PHL 229 Culture & Conflict/Modern Amer
PHL 230 Philosophy of Religion
PHL 270 Sem in the Hist. of Philosophy
PHL 301 Key Authors
PHL 311 Key Issues
PHL 345 Philosophical Foun of Politics
PHL 349 Genocide
PHL 417 Seminar in Law
PHL 499 Senior Seminar
PHY 328 Experimental Physics II
POL 207 Europe in the 20th Century
POL 245 Conceptions of Global Power
POL 312 American Foreign Policy
POL 313 Contemporary Global Security
POL 314 Global Politics Wealth & Pover
POL 316 Civil Liberties & Civil Rights
POL 345 Philosophical Foun of Politics
POL 451
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 Method and Theory in Religion
REL 311 Key Issues in Religion
REL 313 The Search for Jesus
REL 451 Undergrad. Research Symposium
REL 499 Senior Seminar
SOC 311 Research Methods in Sociology
SOC 324 Medical Sociology
SOC 331 Criminology
SOC 499 Senior Seminar
SPA 310 Advanced Grammar and Writing
SPA 431 Latinos in the United States
SPA 440 Spa Lit of the 20th & 21st Cen
SPA 445 Caribbean Literature & Culture
SPA 450 Modern Latin American Lit.
SPA 480 Capstone Senior Sem in Spanish
SPE 250 Cog Devel 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.