2019-2020
Overview of the Foundations and Core Program

The Foundations

Foundations 111 and 112

All entering freshmen will take Foundations 111 and 112 in their first two semesters. The fall semester Foundations 111 course is designed to equip students with foundational skills in academic inquiry, analysis, argument, critical thinking and discussion, and expression of ideas. Students will cultivate these skills while exploring a set of significant works from literature, philosophy, religion, the natural and social sciences, and the fine arts. The course materials will be historically organized and will engage issues within a theme of perennial or pressing concern. The spring semester Foundations 112 course is designed to reinforce the skill development from Foundations 111, but the work will be done in modestly interdisciplinary courses engaging a variety of topics.

Essential Proficiencies

Students will develop essential proficiencies in writing, mathematics, a world language, and wellness. To develop basic writing and quantitative proficiencies, students will complete the freshman composition and math requirements. Students will also demonstrate an essential proficiency in a world language, enabling them to communicate at an intermediate level in a second language and explore the culture of that language. Finally, students will obtain an essential proficiency in wellness by exploring the relationships between physical activity, nutrition, and health and fitness.

The Core

Areas of Inquiry

Students will acquire a core of knowledge addressing major questions in the following Areas of Inquiry, including courses at introductory and higher levels.

Fine Arts

The study of the ways in which visual art, music, and theatre are created and encountered.

Humanities

The study and analysis of human experience, ideas, and cultures using the methods and traditions of philosophers, historians, and writers.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

The study and analysis of behavioral, social, political and economic processes and organizations using the standards and practices of scientific inquiry.

Natural Sciences

The study and analysis of the natural world using modern scientific methodology and laboratory and field experiences.

Religious Studies

The study and analysis of the Christian Scriptures, cultural and historical religious phenomena, Christian theology, and world religions.

Flags

Writing Flags will provide opportunities for students to apply basic composition skills to more sophisticated tasks and receive further instruction in the writing process as they take on discipline-specific projects. Please note:

  • Students must complete their Essential Proficiency Writing requirements before they can receive credit for a Flagged Writing class.
  • Students may receive writing credit for no more than one Writing Flag in any one semester.

Quantitative Flags will allow students to apply their basic quantitative skills by modeling and analyzing problems in a variety of disciplines. These flagged courses will reinforce the foundational writing and quantitative skills in courses throughout the curriculum.

Cultural Awareness Flags are designed to expand students’ understanding of different cultural traditions and minority perspectives in courses that include a significant focus on these goals.

Continuous Enrollment in English Composition

Students must enroll continuously in the Writing Sequence until successful completion. Students eligible to begin the sequence with ENG111 or HON200 must enroll in one of those classes their first fall semester. Students eligible to begin with ENG112 must enroll no later than their first spring semester. For a student to drop one of these four classes, the drop slip must be signed by the chair of the English Department, the Writing Program Coordinator, or the Provost. The chair of the English Department or the Writing Program Coordinator may waive this continuous enrollment policy as appropriate.

Continuous Enrollment in Quantitative Proficiency Courses

Students with strong backgrounds in mathematics will be placed at course levels commensurate with demonstrated ability. After earning twenty-four credit hours, any student who has not completed the quantitative proficiency requirement must enroll in a course that completes this requirement and in each subsequent semester must enroll in such a course until he/she completes the course with a grade of D or better or transfers in a course deemed to satisfy the requirement. For students falling under the requirement of continuous enrollment, drops during the semester can only be approved by the MPC Department Chair or the Mathematics Program Coordinator. For students with a math subscore on the ACT of less than 19 (or its equivalent), initial placement is in MAT115 (Liberal Arts Mathematics). Exceptions to this placement can be made by the MPC Department Chair, the Mathematics Program Coordinator, or the Provost.

Language Proficiency

Students must demonstrate proficiency through the intermediate level in a language other than English. Students for whom English is a second language and/or who are heritage speakers should contact the chair of the Department of World Languages as they are potentially eligible for an exemption from the world language requirement in the Foundations & Core program.

Language Placement Guidelines

Spanish

SPA101 credit will not be given to students who have completed two years or more (level II or higher) of high school Spanish. A student can demonstrate proficiency in Spanish by passing SPA201, passing SPA230, or by passing a departmental 201 proficiency exam. The online Spanish placement test is intended to establish a student’s appropriate class level, but is not a measure of proficiency.

French

Students with less than two years of high school French (level II or higher) desiring to continue in French should register for FRE115 in the spring semester. Students with three or more years of French at the high school   who feel reasonably comfortable with the language should enroll in FRE201 in the fall semester. Students who have successfully completed 200-level courses will not be allowed to take 100-level courses unless approved by the WLN department chair. This policy applies to students who have taken language courses at Georgetown College or another college/university.

German

Students with less than two years of high school German should register for GER101 in the fall semester. Students with two years or more of German at the high school level should enroll in GER102 in the spring semester or GER201 in the fall semester. Students who have successfully completed 200-level courses will not be allowed to take 100-level courses unless approved by the WLN department chair. This policy applies to students who have taken language courses at Georgetown College or another college/university.

Japanese

Students with two years or more of Japanese at the high school level desiring to continue in the same language should consult with the WLN department chair for placement.

Latin

Students with two years or more of Latin at the high school level desiring to continue in the same language should consult with the WLN department chair for placement.

Technology Literacy

Technology proficiency, as demonstrated in the successful completion of Foundations & Core program coursework, is a requirement for graduation. Students must demonstrate basic proficiencies in the use of computers and related information technology resources.

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