Through a series of five required foundational courses, students will begin to develop the fundamental skills of information literacy, problem-solving, written communication, and global learning and social responsibility, all of which are required for academic, professional, and personal success. Level one of the core requires five courses — all of which have been either created or reconstructed specifically for the new core. In addition to taking the First Year Seminar (FYS), the Foundations area requires you to take the following two courses in your first year:

Writing 101: Academic Writing I
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the tasks of college-level writing through specific and often intense attention to the processes used to arrive at a written essay. In addition to emphasizing mechanics, form, audience, and style, Writing 101 teaches close reading skills, develops reading comprehension, introduces concepts like inference drawing, and helps students understand how to make meaning. Furthermore, it introduces rhetorical concepts and terms students will use throughout their undergraduate careers—such as argument, audience, claims, evidence, and so forth — that will be further developed as students progress through the sequence.

Writing 102: Academic Writing II
The second course in the Writing Program sequence reinforces the skills introduced and developed in Writing 101 by examining a variety of written and visual texts from a variety of disciplines. The aim of this course is to introduce students to various texts — including but not limited to literature, art, case studies, advertisements, essays, academic articles, and so forth — and to strengthen students’ interpretive, analytic, and information literacy skills. Writing 102 will help students recognize conventions specific to discipline as well as conventions that appear across multiple disciplines. Furthermore, this course will also introduce the elements of research at the college level. Prerequisite: Writing 101

You are also required to take two courses to fulfill the following two area requirements:

Quantitative Literacy
To fulfill this area, you must take at least one course in Math or a related area that will develop the skills necessary for you to connect quantitative thinking to real-world problems and everyday life situations. For purposes of general education, rather than the specific education required for mathematical fields and disciplines, this course should push students to understand the broad applicability of quantitative literacy and thinking – polls, charts, probability, statistics, economic data, and problem-solving.

Scientific Reasoning
To fulfill this area, you must take at least one course in the Sciences in order to advance the process of exploring issues, objects, or works through the collection and analysis of evidence that results in informed conclusions or judgments. Grounded in the scientific method, the course(s) challenges students to think about cause and effect as key concepts in the field of scientific inquiry, particularly in its application to real-world problems.