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Updated 2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

Goal Area 1: Communication


    Two courses
    Six credits


To develop writers and speakers who use the English language effectively and who read, write, speak, and listen critically. As a base, all students should complete introductory communication requirements early in their collegiate studies. Writing competency is an ongoing process to be reinforced through writing-intensive courses and writing across the curriculum. Speaking and listening skills need reinforcement through multiple opportunities for interpersonal communication, public speaking, and discussion.

Critical Thinking

The practice of critical thinking skills that are particular to the written and oral communication process, including the ability to gather and apply factual information, the imagination to seek a variety of interpretations and perspectives, the skill to analyze logical connections between facts and assumptions, and the ability to recognize and articulate the value assumptions made by ourselves and others.

Student Competencies

Students will be able to:

  • understand/demonstrate the writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing and presentation.
  • participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.

  • locate, evaluate, and synthesize in a responsible manner, material from diverse sources and points of view.

  • select appropriate communication choices for specific audiences.

  • construct logical and coherent arguments.

  • use authority, point-of-view, and individual voice and style in their writing and speaking.

  • employ syntax and usage appropriate to academic disciplines and the professional world.

    Courses that satisfy this goal area include

    ENGL 1151 Composition (3 credits)
    ENGL 2152 Argument and Exposition (3 credits)
    or ENGL 3150 Writing In The Disciplines (3 credits)
    or SPCM 1100 Public Speaking (3 credits)