Academics

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Course Catalog

A successful academic program involves a partnership between strong majors and a comprehensive general education (GE) program. Students are not only involved in their respective fields of study, but also broadly integrated in the college's GE program. The heart of the college's academic program is the GE curriculum that continues throughout the four years of a student's course of study. It begins with two courses in the freshman year entitled Human Experience: Then and Now and Human Experience: Selves and Others. The GE program continues with students in their sophomore and junior years wherein students select courses, one each from the four classic liberal arts academic areas of the Natural Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts. In addition, in recognition of the importance of global and cross cultural issues and the challenges humans face in environmental sustainability, students take one course designated as a Global Perspective course and one course designated as an Environmental Perspective course. Finally, in the senior year each student completes the Quest for Meaning course, which focuses on constructive responses to some of the critical issues of our time.

FD 1: Leadership & Self Discovery
An optional freshman course held during winter term, the Leadership and Self-Discovery Program enables students to develop a better understanding of their own personal attributes and possibilities while improving their learning skills, like planning skills, and leadership skills. By permission of instructor only.

FD 125: Self-Discovery, Service, Success
Examine concepts relevant to understanding that one's freedom to choose affects the creation of a meaningful life. Through selected readings and personal evaluative instruments, learn how current choices have direct implications on the development of careers and self-concept.

FD1 126: Foundations in Applied Learning - 1st semester
Year-long course examining how metacognition enhances academic success, personal decision making, values identification, career choice and career planning. Executive functions, learning styles, and self-management skills will be reviewed and applied to current coursework. Two semesters required for one course credit.

FD2 126: Foundations in Applied Learning - 2nd semester
Continuation of year-long course examining how metacognition enhances academic success, personal decision making, values identification, career choice and career planning. Executive functions, learning styles, and self-management skills will be reviewed and applied to current coursework. Two semesters required for one course credit.

FD 210: Understanding Information
This course examines the larger concepts surrounding information and its role in shaping our culture. Throught his lens, topics include all aspects of information in a global society: searching, evaluation, management, production, value, and ethics.

FD1 280: Peer Mentoring Internship - 1st semester
The year-long Peer Mentoring Internship class is designed to link upperclass and first year students to develop interpersonal communication and group leadership skills. Peer mentors are nominated by faculty and invited by permission of instructor only. Two semesters required for one course credit.

FD2 280: Peer Mentoring Internship - 2nd semester
Continuation of the year-long Peer Mentoring Internship class designed to link upperclass and first year students to develop interpersonal communication and group leadership skills. Peer mentors are nominated by faculty and invited by permission of instructor only. Two semesters required for one course credit.

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