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Is there a process for submitting an appeal concerning the way quarter GE courses have been applied to semester Core requirements?
Yes, there is a process. Students with questions should meet with their academic advisors. In many cases, academic advisors will be able to resolve any issues. If not, they can inform the student of the next step to take.
Why does DARS show the science category incomplete even though I have two science courses complete?
For students who first enrolled at Wright State before fall 2012, DARS audits are set for three natural science courses in General Education (GE). Unless your major requires specific science courses, you will have completed the distribution requirement for the Core (a) if you completed two natural science courses in the quarter GE program or (b) if you completed one natural science course in the GE program and one in the semester Core program. However, you may need to complete additional hours to reach the minimum total hours required for the Core. See your advisor to determine the best course of action, including any adjustments to your DARS report to indicate completion of the distribution requirement.
What do I do if I have every Element complete but am short in Core hours?
All transition students (students who began on quarters) must complete the equivalent of at least 37 semester hours in the Core. If you are a transition student and have completed the distribution requirements but still have fewer than 37 semester hours in the Core, see your advisor to determine the best course of action to complete this requirement.
What should I do if a class that was counting in General Education on quarters isn't counting in WSU Core on semesters?
All courses that counted toward General Education should count toward requirements of the Core. However, some majors require specific courses within the Core. Consult your advisor to determine why the course is not being counted and to determine the best course of action.
What is the difference between CORE IW and Major IW requirements?
All students are required to complete at least two designated Integrated Writing (IW) courses in the Core and two designated IW courses in their major. All IW courses are intended to help students grow as writers, encourage them to use writing as a tool to learn, and help them learn discipline-specific ways of writing. IW courses in the Core tend to focus more on writing to learn. Those in the major are more discipline based, and the assignments are more extensive.
What is Integrated Writing?
Integrated Writing (IW) courses are courses within Wright State University’s Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program. WAC is a comprehensive program extending writing throughout each student's undergraduate career. All Wright State students are required to complete at least two designated WI courses in the Wright State Core and at least two designated IW courses in the major. The WAC website contains a full description of the program.
What do IW, MC, and TM stand for?
IW indicates that the course counts toward the Integrated Writing requirement for the Core.
MC indicates that the course counts toward the Multicultural Competence requirement for the Core.
TM indicates that the course has been approved for the Ohio Transfer Module and that the course would be applied to the approved Transfer Module at any other Ohio public institution of higher education.
How will students who started under the old General Education system finish under Wright State Core?
Transition students will complete the requirements using a combination of the GE courses already taken and new Core courses. Together, these courses should satisfy the course distribution in each Core Element and total at least 37 semester hours. A guide for transition students is available online.
I began my degree program a few years ago under the old General Education system and completed all my GE requirements. Will I have to fulfill any new Wright State Core requirements?
Students who complete the quarter General Education program prior to fall 2012 will have completed the requirements of the Wright State Core. However, if your major requires any course within the Core and you have not taken an equivalent course on quarters, you must meet the requirements of your major.
Why do I need an arts or humanities course when I'm not a major in those fields?
University graduates need the ability to apply insights from multiple disciplines to engage effectively with a diverse world. Studying the arts and humanities provides one route to a greater understanding of others with whom we interact.
Why do I need to take math or science when I'm not a major in those fields?
University graduates need the ability to apply insights from multiple disciplines to engage effectively with a diverse world. An understanding of the principles of mathematics and science plays a critical role in understanding the complexity of today’s world.
What is the purpose of the Wright State Core?
A university degree goes beyond preparing graduates for a profession. The Wright State Core helps students develop the knowledge and skills essential for critical thinking, creative problem solving, meaningful civic engagement, multicultural competence, appreciation for the arts, and life-long learning. Wright State graduates should have the ability to apply insights from multiple disciplines to engage effectively with a diverse world.
Writing Across the Curriculum
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) at Wright State is a comprehensive program extending writing throughout each student's undergraduate career. The WAC program consists of two parts--Writing in the Wright State Core and Writing in the Major.