Written and Oral Communications (6-12 hours)
1. Depending on placement, the first courses in English for entering freshmen are ENGL 90 , Fundamentals of Composition and Grammar, non-graduation credit (3); ENGL 101 , Composition and Rhetoric (3); or ENGL 102 , Composition and Rhetoric (3).
Initial placement in ENGL 90 or ENGL 101 is determined by the student’s score on one of the following:
the English section of the Enhanced ACT
the Critical Reading (formerly termed Verbal) section of the SAT
the English section of the ASSET test
and, additionally, in some cases by a writing sample.
Initial placement in ENGL 102 is determined by both of the following:
(1) the student’s score on one of the test sections indicated above, and (2) demonstration of writing proficiency beyond the ENGL 101 level. (Contact the Chair of the Division of Languages and Literature for further information.)
- A student who scores below 18 or who has no scores at the time of enrollment will be placed in ENGL 90 .
- A student who scores between 18 and 24 in ACT English will be eligible for initial placement in ENGL 101 . However, if a writing sample indicates a need for more basic instruction, the student will be transferred to ENGL 90 .
- A student who scores above 24 in ACT English will be eligible for placement in ENGL 102 if, in the judgment of at least two English faculty members, the student’s writing demonstrates adequate mastery of the skills taught in ENGL 101 .
*In special circumstances, students whose writing ability appears to be inappropriate for the type of freshman-level course in which they are enrolled may be transferred to a different course within two weeks after classes begin should two of three faculty members concur with the instructor of the course.
NOTE: A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 90 , ENGL 101 , and ENGL 102 . An incoming student must enroll in an English class at the appropriate level in the entering semester and continue to do so each semester until this course sequence has been satisfactorily completed.
2. In oral communication, students will complete CART 101 , Fundamentals of Speech (3). Teacher education majors are referred to the section on Admission to Teacher Education for additional requirements.
Literature (6 hours)
Non-English majors will complete ENGL 203 , World Literature I (3) and ENGL 204 , World Literature II (3); or they may substitute three Special Topics Mini-courses (1, 1, 1) for either ENGL 203 or ENGL 204 (not both), as indicated below:
Two or more courses with identical course numbers cannot be used for substitution purposes (example: only one ENGL 203A can be used).
ENGL 203A courses may be used toward substitution for ENGL 203 .
ENGL 204A courses may be used toward substitution for ENGL 204 .
ENGL 207A courses may be used toward substitution for either ENGL 203 or ENGL 204
Both ENGL 203 and ENGL 204 are required for B.A. English and B.S. Education English/Language Arts majors.
The Arts (6 hours)
Students must complete two of three courses:
The Social Sciences (12 hours)
Students must complete four courses with at least three of the following disciplines represented.
No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline and be counted toward meeting the general studies requirement.
Only one Economics course may be counted toward the general studies requirement.
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Education degree must take three hours of history. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Education with the Elementary content specialization must take six hours of history.
Natural Sciences and Mathematics (14-15 hours)
- Students will complete one college level course offered by the Department of Mathematics for at least three semester hours.
- Students will complete two four-hour laboratory science courses offered by the Department of Physical Sciences (GEOL, CHEM, PHYS, PHSC) or the Department of Biology (BIOL) for eight semester hours.
- Students will complete an additional four-hour laboratory science course from BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, PHYS, PHSC; or N SC 300C -N SC 300D (3); or MATH 105 , Elementary Statistics (3); or CS 201 , Introduction to Computer Programming I (3). Teacher education majors are referred to the section on Admission to Teacher Education for additional requirements.
BIOL 201 , Ecology and Field Methods, cannot be used to satisfy a General Studies science requirement.
Physical Education (2 hours)
Students will complete the following:
Foreign Languages (6 hours)
In certain cases, a two-semester sequence of courses in the same foreign language can be substituted for up to two General Studies courses for exceptions. Both courses in this two-course sequence must be passed before General Studies credit can be awarded. Foreign language courses can be used to substitute for no more than ONE General Studies course per Academic Division.
Students entering Concord with no high school credit in a particular language may substitute the 101-102 sequence of courses in that language for up to two General Studies courses.
Students entering Concord with one year of high-school credit in a language may take the 101-level course in that language for credit toward graduation, but not for General-Studies course substitution purposes. A two-course sequence in that language that begins at the 102- or 110-level (or higher) may be substituted for up to two General Studies courses.
Students entering Concord with two or more years of high school credit in a particular language may take the 101- 102 course sequence (or the 110-level course) in that language for credit toward graduation, but not for General-Studies course substitution purposes.
A two-course sequence in that language beginning at the 201-level (or higher) may be substituted for up to two General Studies courses. Students fulfilling foreign language program requirements MAY take 101 and 102 of a language studied in high school to fulfill program requirements, but may NOT substitute for general studies requirements with the same language.
Any student enrolled in the Honors Program may elect to substitute the 400 level capstone course for any General Studies course not required in his or her program, except that there is no substitute permitted for ENGL 101 - ENGL 102 , or the General Studies mathematics requirement.
Remedial Courses (0-10 hours)
Students admitted provisionally or who do not achieve adequate scores on entrance examinations may be required to complete one or more of the following courses:
Students scoring 17 or above on the reading section of the Enhanced ACT, 340 or above on the verbal section of the SAT, 36 or above on the reading skills test of the ASSET, or 30 percentile or above on the Nelson-Denny Reading Test will be considered to have met minimal reading skill requirements. It is recommended that students not meeting this standard complete a developmental course in reading EDUC 90 and/ or EDUC 91 .
Grades and credits earned in courses numbered less than 100 will not be calculated in the student’s academic status, standing or grade point average.
Grades and credits earned in UNIV 100 and UNIV 400 classes will be calculated in the student’s academic status, standing, and grade point average.