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Core Curriculum Overview

The academic requirements of the College Catalog in effect at the time of a student’s matriculation at Thiel are normative for his or her graduation; however, requirements may change without advance notice for any program subject to external certification.

Literacy Series

  1. Composition
    • ENG 101: College Writing (C- or higher)
  2. Presentation
    • INDS 101: Introduction to Presentational Literacy (C- or higher)
  3. Quantitative Reasoning

    • MATH 125: Quantitative Reasoning

    • Students must pass the mathematics placement test at the precalculus level or earn a grade of C minus or higher in MATH 125 or higher. Students must take the math placement test on campus and with supervision to be eligible for exemption from the requirement.

  4. Scientific Reasoning

    • Successfully complete one natural or physical science laboratory course, and successfully complete one computer science, mathematics, natural or physical science course—biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, geology, neuroscience, mathematics, physics. (Courses with the CIS prefix cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.)

  5. Creative

    • Successfully complete a course (or earn at least 3 CH) in art, music or theater.

  6. Socio-Political

    • Successfully complete one course in economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology or criminal justice studies.

  7. Foreign Language

    The foreign language requirement may be satisfied in one of the following ways:

    • Earn a final grade of C or better in two years of the same foreign language in high school

    • Take the placement test and test out of a class or the requirement altogether

    • Complete (C minus or better) two semesters of a foreign language at the introductory level

    • Complete (C minus or better) one semester of a foreign language at the intermediate level

  8. Humanities

    • Students must successfully complete REL 120, or 121, or 122, or 123. (This course is to be taken after the completion of SEMS 110)

    • Students must successfully complete one additional course in English, history, languages, philosophy, or religion.

Seminar Series

The Seminar Series at Thiel College is designed to introduce students to engaged, participatory learning. This series of four courses is intended to be the centerpiece of the core curriculum, emphasizing student centered learning and investigation of big ideas, the interconnected nature of the disciplines, as well as creative and team-based problem solving.

  • SEMS 110: Introduction to Seminar Series (3 CH)
    • This seminar, taken during the student’s first year at Thiel College, is the first seminar within the core series. It is designed to introduce students to seminar style learning in a disciplinary context.
  • SEMS 200: Western Traditions (3 CH)
    • This seminar is to be taken during the student’s second, third, or fourth semester. Students will survey key themes of Western cultural history while emphasizing the interrelationship of ideas and their results. Each class is built on such features as a specific location, culture, object, literary work, scientific breakthrough that best embodies the conflicts and issues of that time period. (P: SEMS 100)

  • SEMS 250: World Cultures (3 CH)

    • This seminar is to be taken during the student’s second, third, or fourth semester. By the end of this seminar, students will have the resources to develop into mature, informed, critically thinking citizens through the exploration of similarities and differences between cultures. This seminar will be cross-listed with pre-approved courses that are discipline-specific. (P: SEMS 100)

  • SEMS 400: Global Issues (3 CH)

    • This is the final seminar in the core seminar series. The topic will be determined by the instructor and the consulting faculty. The purpose of the course is for the class to give an in-depth analysis of an issue of current global importance. Students will be expected to bring their own experience from the previous seminars as well as their expertise from their own major to bear on the issue at hand. (Recommended P: junior or senior standing and SEMS 100, 200, and 250)

  • Learn about the First-Year Experience and the First Year Seminar

Practicum Series

Thiel College hopes to engage our students in activities that build their appreciation for and participation in healthy activity, giving back to their community, becoming leaders in their community, exploring their world, and adding their original work to the academy.

Practicum Requirements

Thiel College hopes to engage our students in activities that build their appreciation for and participation in giving back to their community, becoming leaders, exploring their world and adding their original work to the College. The four categories described below are high-impact practices that can help students discover a vocation that aligns with their values and interest. These same practices can also substantially improve marketability for post-graduate employment. To that end, students are required to complete projects/experiences in two of the following Practicum areas prior to graduation.

Although students may fulfill these requirements through course work (for which they earn credit hours), they may also complete this portion of the Practicum Series without earning credit hours toward graduation. In most cases, a project must be approved in advance.

Before you begin the project:

  • Obtain the correct Practicum application form from the relevant coordinator (listed below) or the website.
  • Discuss your project idea with your advisor and the relevant coordinator to ensure that it is appropriate. Scholarship projects also require the approval of a faculty member in a related discipline before the coordinator will consider them.
  • Submit a completed pre-approval form (including a typed project description) to the coordinator. Your project description needs to include enough detail so that the coordinator can understand what you will do and determine how it relates to that practicum area. This will generally require between a paragraph and a page of text.  Coordinators may reject poorly written or incomplete project descriptions and/or request a meeting to discuss your project prior to approval.

After you have approval:

  • Complete your project and then submit the 2-3 page reflective essay described on page 2 of the application forms.  Typically, Practicum projects will be completed within the same semester in which they are approved, but exceptions may be allowed at the discretion of the coordinator.

Download the full list of Practicum Requirements:


Citizenship Coordinator - VPAA Liz Frombgen, Ph.D.; 2nd floor Roth Hall

Potential projects:

  1. Service-learning component within a Thiel course (traditionally arranged by the course instructor)
    1. On-campus Example: Conducting a student satisfaction survey for a Communications class
    2. Off-campus Example: Updating a company’s HR manual for a Technical Writing class
  2. Semester or Summer-long Projects (may be arranged with an on-campus or off-campus community-focused organization)
    1. On-campus example: serve as a TLC peer mentor for a fellow football player
    2. Off-campus example: teach a Junior Achievement financial literacy class for elementary students
  3. Intensive 1-2 week projects (May be arranged with an on-campus or off-campus community-focused organization)
    1. On-campus example: serve as liaison/organizer of an event such as Thiel’s Relay-for-Life or Night-to-Shine
    2. Off-campus example: participate in a Habitat-for-Humanity or His Work, His Way building project


Leadership Coordinator - VPAA Liz Frombgen, Ph.D.; 2nd floor Roth Hall

Potential projects:

  1. Internships over 3 credit hours (credit bearing) or the equivalent if non-credit bearing (> 50 hours)
  2. Student Teaching Experience
  3. Attendance at a recognized leadership conference
  4. Successful completion of an approved campus leadership position

Study Abroad/Study Away

Study Abroad Coordinator - Cindy Sutton, Ph.D.; Sociology department, Science 103B

Potential projects:

  1. Thiel Sponsored Study Abroad Program (10 days or longer)
  2. Student Developed Study Abroad Program  (10 days or longer)
  3. Participation in the Washington Semester, off-campus research experience for undergraduates (REUs), or similar experience


Scholarship Coordinator – Jared Hanneman, Ph.D.; Sociology department, Science 103C

Project must be original research, scholarship, or artistic work presented in a public forum beyond the normal classroom setting.  A faculty member in a related academic department must approve scholarship projects before they will be considered by Dr. Hanneman.

Potential venues for presentation of the scholarship:

  1. Present at a national, state, or regional conference
  2. Present at the fall DHI Student Research Symposium or the spring Scholarship & Arts Symposium
  3. Publish an article in an approved journal
  4. Be featured in an art show