College of Arts and Sciences


Bachelor of Arts
Group I: Foundation Courses

English Composition

Every student must demonstrate the ability to use correct, clear, effective English. The student may satisfy this requirement in either of the following ways:

  • By being exempted students who wish to be considered for exemption must take the SAT or ACT Examination. A score of 660 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading Examination and on the SAT Writing Examination, or 30 or higher on the combined English/Writing portion of the ACT, will be sufficient for exemption.
  • By completing ENG W131 Elementary Composition I (3 cr.), with a grade of C (2.0) or higher


May be fulfilled in one of the following ways:

  • By earning a minimum test score of 650 on the SAT Mathematics examination or a 29 on the ACT Mathematics examination.
  • By completing, with a grade of C (2.0) or higher, one of the following courses: MATH M100, MATH M118, MATH M119, MATH M125, or MATH M215.
  • By exemption (without credit) through an appropriate examination as determined by the Department of Mathematics.

Intensive Writing

Two intensive writing courses must be completed after completing the ENG W131 requirement:

  • By completing one or two intensive writing course at the 200 level or above in the English department, or
  • By completing one or two "Intensive Writing Course" in any arts and sciences department. If so designated, the course may also be counted toward fulfilling other arts and sciences degree requirements (e.g., distribution, major, 300-400 level).

An intensive writing course is one in which the writing component is fully integrated with the content and objectives of the course. Thus, a student would not be able to pass the course without fulfilling the intensive writing component and, conversely, it would be equally impossible for a student to pass the intensive writing component and not receive a passing grade in the course.

Oral Communication

Every student must demonstrate the ability to deliver presentations with logical organization, proper grammar, appropriate word choices, coherent sentence structure, and that take the characteristics of the audience into account. Students may satisfy this requirement by completing SPCH S121 Public Speaking with a grade of C (2.0) or higher.

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