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The Wright State Core and Integrated Writing Courses - Appendix C

Writing Across the Curriculum

In January 2010, as part of Wright State’s conversion to a semester calendar, the Faculty Senate approved the Wright State Core as the general education program to be completed by all Wright State University students. The Wright State Core provides students with the breadth of skills, knowledge and understanding expected of university graduates.

Wright State Core

The Wright State Core is divided into the following six elements, each with it own learning outcomes.

WSU CORE ELEMENT ELEMENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
1. Communication
The foundational skills students need in academic discourse, research, and documentation in an electronic environment
  • Adapt rhetorical processes and strategies for audience, purpose, and type of task
  • Organize and produce texts that meet the demands of specific genres, purposes, audiences, and stances
  • Employ appropriate mechanics, usage, grammar, and spelling conventions
  • Find, analyze, evaluate, summarize, and synthesize appropriate source material from both print and electronic environments
  • Present focused, logical arguments that support a thesis
  • Use reliable and varied evidence to support claims, incorporate ideas from sources appropriately, and acknowledge and document the work of others appropriately
  • Use electronic environments to draft, revise, edit, and share or publish texts
2. Mathematics
The foundational skills required to use and interpret mathematics and statistics
  • Identify the various elements of a mathematical or statistical model
  • Determine the values of specific components of a mathematical/statistical model or relationships among various components
  • Apply a mathematical/statistical model to a real-world problem
  • Interpret and draw conclusions from graphical, tabular, and other numerical or statistical representations of data
  • Summarize and justify analyses of mathematical/statistical models for problems, expressing solutions using an appropriate combination of words, symbols, tables or graphs
3. Global Traditions
Historical analysis and global perspectives necessary to understand our diverse world
  • Critically describe some of the political, social or economic systems; historical, cultural or spiritual traditions; and/or technological innovations around the world
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of people or traditions in our world in ways that promote effective engagement, both locally and globally
  • Use political, social, economic, historical, cultural, spiritual or technological knowledge to evaluate contemporary issues
4. Arts / Humanities
Tools for analysis and appreciation of the arts, philosophy, and religious thought
  • Critically analyze significant creative, literary, philosophical or religious works
  • Understand and discuss the complex blend of imaginative vision, socio-cultural context, ethical values, and aesthetic judgment in creative, philosophical or religious works
  • Recognize, evaluate and respond to creative, philosophical or religious works
  • Develop appropriate and ethical applications of knowledge in the humanities or the arts
5. Social Science
Perspectives on human behavior and culture informed by the disciplines of the social sciences
  • Critically apply knowledge of social science theory and methods of inquiry to personal decisions, current issues, or global concerns
  • Explain and critique the methods of inquiry of social science disciplines
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues involved in the acquisition or application of social science knowledge
  • Demonstrate, from a social science perspective, an understanding of the responsibilities of an informed and engaged citizen to the success of democratic society
6. Natural Science
Introductions to the scientific understanding of physical and biological phenomena
  • Understand the nature of scientific inquiry
  • Distinguish between science and technology and recognize their roles in society
  • Demonstrate an awareness of theoretical, practical, creative and cultural dimensions of scientific inquiry
  • Discuss fundamental theories underlying modern science

Integrated Writing Courses

As of June 3, 2012, the following Wright State Core courses had been approved for the IW designation. Other Core courses may be added as new courses are approved for the Core and for the IW designation.

Element 2—Mathematics

EGR 1010—Introductory Mathematics for Engineering Applications

Element 3—Global Traditions

AFS 2000—What is the African and African American Experience?
CST 2210—Comparative Non-Western Environments
CST 2310—Comparative Non-Western Literature
CST 2320—Comparative Non-Western Religions
CST 2410—Comparative Non-Western Cultures
CST 2420—Comparative Non-Western Cultures: Music
CST 2430—Comparative Non-Western Cultures: Art
CST 2510—Comparative Non-Western Social Systems
EC 2510—Economic Systems of the Global south
EC 2900—Global Economics, Business and Social Issues
RST 2610—Regional Studies: Japan
RST 2620—Regional Studies: China
RST 2710—Regional Studies: Africa
RST 2810—Regional Studies: Latin America
RST 2910—Regional Studies: Middle East
RST 2920—Regional Studies: India
URS 2000—Growth and Change in Urban Society

Element 4—Arts/Humanities

CLS 2040—Great Books: Classical Beginnings
CST 2310—Comparative Literature: Non-Western Literatures
CST 2420—Comparative Nonwestern Cultures: Music
ENG 2040—Great Books: Literature
MUS 2900—African-American Music: America and Beyond
PHL 2040—Great Books: Philosophy
REL 2040—Great Books: Bible and Western Culture
UH 2010—Studies in Humanities

Element 5—Social Science

EC 2000—Economic Life
EC 2500—Economic Systems of the Global South
EC 2900—Global Economic, Business, and Social Issues
PSY 1010—Introduction to Psychology
SOC 2000—Introduction to Sociology
SW 2720—Multicultural Competence in a Diverse World
UH 2020—Studies in Social Sciences
WMS 2000—Approaches to Women’s Studies

Element 6—Natural Science

BIO 3450—Concepts in Biology for Early and Middle Childhood Education
CHM 1070—Chemistry of Our World: Energy and the Environment
HPR 2500—Basic Anatomy and Physiology
SM 1010—Scientific Literacy for the 21st Century