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Foundation Seminar Courses

Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  


Portfolio Development

0 credit hours

This is an independent study course that will introduce the theory and practice of creating a portfolio to obtain credit for prior learning. Students will be guided how to document and verify college-level learning through a conceptual and systematic approach based on their personal and professional experiences. Students wishing to develop a portfolio must complete this seminar.


Foundation Seminar: Mathematics

3 credit hours

P: ENGL-120 COMM-101

This course provides an exposure to the richness of mathematics through a unique examination of its history, creators and cultural influences. Various branches of mathematics will be surveyed. Formulas and calculations will be required. There is no mathematics prerequisite for this course.


Business Communications

3 credit hours

P: ENGL-120 COMM-101

The business community demands business communication to be clear, concise, courteous and correct. In addition, the ever-changing technological environment demands business executives to present information in a variety of electronic formats. This course examines the techniques for communicating effectively and efficiently in business situations. A project applying to the student's current work situation is required.


Ideas, Methods and Research

3 credit hours

P: ENGL-120 COMM-101

This requirement is met by a wide array of 200 and 300 level courses that require close and careful reading of academic texts, critical thinking about those texts, and comprehensive analysis, ideally with attention to interdisciplinary themes.


Senior Seminar/Project

3 credit hours

This course is met by a wide array of 300 level courses that require "a significant writing component." Students must select courses in their area of concentration, e.g., students concentrating in Business must select a Business course, and students concentrating in Natural Science, Social Science and the Humanities must do the same. Although courses approved to meet FOSEM 350 can be designated as a "writing intensive course" for the purposes of the General Education Program, they need not be. Liberal Studies majors should be seniors when taking FOSEM 350.