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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)

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Practice in informal speaking and writing and in listening and reading. For those non-native speakers of English not enrolled in a degree program who wish to improve their English and are not required to carry a full course of study in the United States. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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Individualized schedule of instruction in one or more skills at appropriate level(s) for students enrolling in AEC courses. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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Individualized tutorial instruction in one or more skills at appropriate level(s). Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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Practice in a laboratory setting in speaking, listening, reading, writing, or grammar. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LAB
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A course designed to provide beginning English students practice in pronunciation, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension. Students work with several topics during the semester, building skills in listening to academic and conversational texts and taking notes. Speaking and presentation skills include discussing and summarizing the content of oral text, creating and editing recorded work, and using software to create visual aids for large group presentations. Written work is also required. Five credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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A course designed to teach beginning students strategies for improving their reading and writing. There is an emphasis placed on taking notes from academic texts to demonstrate and gain an understanding of the organization of English writing. At this level, students focus on increasing writing fluency and building a foundation of high-frequency vocabulary. Five credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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A communicative course designed to help beginning students acquire basic sentence- and discourse-level grammar and basic vocabulary to allow them to begin to express meaning appropriately and accurately in spoken and written English. Five credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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A course designed to provide practice at the level appropriate for lower-intermediate English students in pronunciation, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension. Students work with several topics during the semester, building skills in listening to academic and conversational texts, taking notes, discussing content, and summarizing. Speaking and presentation skills include leading panel discussions, creating and editing digital recordings, and using software to create formal class presentations. Written work is also required. Five credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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A course designed to teach lower-intermediate students basic strategies for improving their academic reading and writing. At this level students work toward improved fluency and vocabulary, with emphasis placed on writing complex sentences, paragraphs, and leading to developing academic skills such as writing essays and integrating ideas from several sources into academic writing. Five credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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A communicative course designed to help lower-intermediate students acquire sentence- and discourse-level grammar and vocabulary to allow them to express meaning appropriately and accurately in spoken and written English. At this level, students are introduced to more and increasingly complex sentence structures and vocabulary, which they practice in a wide variety of in-class and out-of-class activities including group projects. Five credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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A course designed to provide practice at the level appropriate for upper-intermediate English students in pronunciation, fluency, vocabulary development, and comprehension. Students work with several topics during the semester, building skills in listening and responding to oral texts, taking notes, discussing content, debating, and giving presentations. Written work is also required. Five credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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A course designed to teach upper-intermediate students basic strategies for improving their academic reading and writing. At this level emphasis is on increasing fluency and comprehension, deepening vocabulary, and refining academic skills such as note-taking, paraphrasing, summarizing, revising, and integrating ideas from several sources. Critical reading and writing and the process of writing a research paper are introduced. Five credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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A communicative course designed to help upper-intermediate students acquire sentence- and discourse-level grammar and vocabulary to allow them to express meaning appropriately and accurately in spoken and written English. At this level, students are introduced to more and increasingly complex sentence structures and vocabulary, which they practice in a wide variety of in-class and out-of-class activities including group projects. Five credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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Specialized English language and/or orientation courses for students in short-term programs at the elementary or intermediate level, focused on the use of English in particular fields of study or employment. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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Practice of communication skills: pronunciation, fluency and vocabulary development, question and answer techniques, paraphrasing and discussion; video-recorded practice teaching mini-lectures or demonstrations with feedback by instructor in tutorial sessions and by other native speakers during presentations. Open only to graduate students or seniors near graduation. Four credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Students must have completed all AEC courses except ESLP 126 or ESLP 128, have a score of at least 35 on the SPEAK test; and have written permission from the Applied English Center. LEC
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Final proficiency test. Required of all students enrolled in one or more Applied English Center courses, except AEC 82. Graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. LEC
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Individualized schedule of instruction in one or more skills at appropriate level(s) for students enrolling in AEC courses. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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An advanced listening course emphasizing pronunciation, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary development with a focus on college level content. Students work with and listen to lectures and interviews in order to build skills in understanding oral material, taking notes, discussing content, interviewing, summarizing, and giving presentations. Written work and analysis are also required. Five credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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A course designed to teach advanced students strategies for improving their academic reading and writing. At this level students work to achieve a high level of fluency, vocabulary, and academic skills such as summarizing, responding to test questions, and integrating ideas from several sources. There is strong emphasis on critical reading and writing, and the production of a research paper. Five credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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A communicative course designed to help advanced students acquire sentence- and discourse-level grammar and vocabulary to allow them to express meaning appropriately and accurately in spoken and written English. At this level, students master increasingly complex sentence structures and vocabulary, which they practice in a wide variety of in-class and out-of-class activities. Five credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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Individualized tutorial instruction in one or more skills at appropriate level(s). Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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Practice in a laboratory setting in speaking, listening, reading, writing, or grammar. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LAB
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A content-based capstone course offering advanced instruction in university-level written and spoken materials. Students are required to write response papers, essays, and a research paper; take essay tests; make oral presentations; develop their notetaking skills in lectures; and complete a portfolio of their work for assessment at midterm and semester end. Seven credits in the fall and spring semesters; six credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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A course designed to help very advanced English students polish oral presentation and listening comprehension skills necessary for success in an academic setting. Students work with several topics during the semester, building skills in listening to oral texts, taking notes, discussing content, interviewing, summarizing, and giving presentations. Written work is also required. Four credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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A course intended for graduate students who are in the early stages of their degree programs. Students will read and analyze the structures of texts and improve reading comprehension. In the work on writing, students will first be asked to write summaries and summary critiques and then write investigative reports that set up final research papers or reviews, in which they will be asked to integrate material from readings around a central argument, comment on data or ideas, and critique primary sources. Emphasis will be placed on learning to cite and quote primary materials, organize the content logically, and improve English grammar and usage. In conferences students will receive feedback on the content, organization, and cohesion of papers. Grammar/editing tutorials will be a required component of the course. Four credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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An individualized web-based course designed to help very advanced students analyze and correct errors in writing, and write a passing essay within a time limit by reviewing sentence- and discourse-level grammar and vocabulary. Students write weekly essays in the AEC computer lab, and receive feedback and individualized grammar assignments via e-mail. Students also have several face-to-face conferences with their instructor. Four credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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A course designed to help very advanced students polish strategies for improving their academic reading and writing. There is continued emphasis on increasing fluency, building vocabulary, developing academic skills such as note taking and summarizing. As preparation for college-level academic course work, students work with university course material in a variety of academic areas. Four credits in the fall and spring semesters; three credits in the summer term. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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An individualized course designed to help very advanced students review sentence- and discourse-level grammar and vocabulary to allow them to express meaning appropriately and very accurately in written English. Students write weekly essays in the AEC computer lab, and receive feedback and individualized grammar assignments by email from their instructor. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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Specialized English language and/or orientation courses for students in short-term programs at advanced levels, focused on the use of English in particular fields of study or employment. Prerequisite: Placement in this course by the Applied English Center. LEC
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