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Integrative Liberal Studies  

Learning Foundations

Learning Foundation courses in academic writing, foreign language, health and wellness, laboratory science and  mathematics offer students an opportunity to develop intellectual breadth and to lay the groundwork for their later studies.


All students take these foundation courses:

LANG 120, Foundations of Academic Writing (4 semester hours)

Students will develop their academic writing skills. The course emphasizes writing as a tool of discovery and analysis; practice in active, critical reading; and attention to audience, purpose and structure. It also introduces students to writing conventions of various discourse communities and serves as an Information Literacy Intensive course.

Foreign Language ( 0-6 semester hours) 

Students must fulfill the foreign language requirement by demonstrating competence through the first-year level or above. This can be done either through a placement exam or through completion of the appropriate level course work.

Health and Wellness (2-3 semester hours) 

Students will be exposed to the role of exercise, nutrition, lifestyle choices, stress management, and substance abuse in the promotion of health and wellness. They will also assess their own lifestyle and health and consider changes that would contribute to improvements in personal health and wellness.

Laboratory Natural Science course (4 semester hours)

Since understanding the methods of science is critical to evaluating its quality and value, students are required to take at least 4 semester hours of a lecture/laboratory course or a two-course combination in the natural sciences that includes a laboratory. Appropriate courses are from ASTR, ATMS, BIOL, CHEM, ENVR and PHYS. Although a lab science course may be part of a Topical Cluster, students may not use the same class for both the Laboratory Science course and the ILS Topical Cluster requirement.

Mathematics or Statistics course (4 semester hours)

Mathematics is valued as one of the cornerstones of liberal education because of its inherent beauty and elegance as well as its utility. The study of mathematics also facilitates the development of the critical and analytical thinking processes central to a liberal education. The course a student takes to fulfill the mathematics requirement cannot be used to satisfy the Quantitative Intensive requirement.

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