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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)
    • Writing Intensive Courses
      • Writing Intensive Courses (five WIC courses) Combinations of major, minor, core, and elective courses that are designated as WIC can be used to fulfill this requirement. However, to fulfill the requirement no more than three courses can be in the same discipline.

    • Writing Intensive Course List
  2. Presentation
    • INDS 101: Introduction to Presentational Literacy (C- or higher)
    • Presentation Intensive Courses
      • Presentation Intensive Courses (three PIC courses) Combinations of major, minor, core, and elective courses that are designated as PIC can be used to fulfill this requirement. However to fulfill the requirement no more than two courses can be in the same discipline.

  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

    • Either pass a proficiency examination in a foreign language upon entrance to Thiel College OR successfully complete (C minus or higher) two semesters at the introductory level of a foreign language OR successfully complete (C minus or higher) one semester at the intermediate level of a foreign language. Students must take the foreign language placement test on campus and with supervision to be eligible for exemption from the requirement.

  8. Humanities

    • REL 120: Interpreting the Jewish and Christian Scriptures (This course is to be taken after the completion of SEMS 100)

    • 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 101: Introduction to Seminar Series (2 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

To that end Thiel students will be required to fulfill two of the following areas for graduation. Although students may fulfill these requirements through course work (for which they earn credit hours), they may complete this portion of the Practicum Series without earning credit hours toward graduation.

Citizenship

Students endeavoring to fulfill their practicum requirement through the Citizenship section have options such as taking a course that has been designated as a service-learning course or participating in a pre-approved service project. The types of service projects that would qualify would be semester-long projects or intensive 1-2 week projects. The Citizenship component is overseen by the Associate Dean of Career Development, who will approve service-learning courses and service projects. Projects must be approved before they are completed. For more information, please contact the Career Development Office.

Potential projects:

  1. Service-learning course
  2. Semester-long Projects (roughly 15-20 hours with an organization over a semester/summer.) Could be arranged with an on-campus organization or individually.
  3. Intensive 1-2 week projects (i.e. Nicaragua Trip.) Could be arranged individually.
  4. Students can design and propose additional projects

Leadership

Students endeavoring to fulfill their practicum requirement through the Leadership section have options such as completing a credit bearing internship, student teaching, attending pre-approved leadership conferences, or completing a pre-approved leadership project. The Leadership component is overseen by the Associate Dean of Career Development. For more information, please contact the Career Development Office.

Potential projects:

  1. Internships over 3 credit hours (Credit Bearing/Non-Credit Bearing)
  2. Student Teaching Experience
  3. Attendance at a recognized leadership conference
  4. Successful completion of an approved campus leadership position

Study Abroad/Study Away

The Study Abroad/Study Away section of the core practicum series is designed to encourage students to explore the world beyond Thiel and their home community. Students endeavoring to fulfill their practicum requirement through the Study Abroad/Study Away component have options such as studying in another country or another part of the United States. These programs could vary from as short as 10 days or as long as one semester. The Study Abroad/Study Away section is overseen by the Study Abroad Coordinator, who must preapprove all study abroad or study away programs. For more information, please contact the Study Abroad Director.

Potential projects:

  1. Thiel Sponsored Study Abroad Program (10 days or longer)
  2. Student Developed Study Abroad Program  (10 days or longer)
  3. Washington Semester
  4. Completion of a 3 Plus Program

Scholarship

The Scholarship section of the core practicum series is designed to encourage students to take an active role expanding the knowledge base of the wider community. Students endeavoring to fulfill their practicum requirement through the Scholarship component have options such as presenting their work at a national or regional conference or at a College sponsored forum beyond the normal classroom setting. The department overseeing the scholarship content-area must approve the quality of student scholarship and the presentation setting. The Scholarship section is overseen by the Associate Academic Dean, who coordinates the scholarship program. For more information, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

Potential projects:

  1. Present at a national, state, or regional conference
  2. Present at Thiel Academic Research Day
  3. Present at GNC Symposium
  4. Publish an article in an approved journal
  5. Be featured in an art show

Concern for Physical Well-Being (4 CH)

These courses are designed to promote an intellectual understanding of physical well-being and development to provide  the opportunity for students to apply theory in a variety of structured options.

  • Successful completion of two credit hours of theory courses such as AH 105, Taking Care of your Health, AH 115, Food Patterns and Health, HPED 198, Slimnastics, or HPED 199, Fitness for Life and Wellness.
  • Successful completion of two structured activity units such as two seasons of intercollegiate athletics, activities offered through the health and physical education department, or other documentable alternative activities approved by HPED that apply wellness theory to the development of healthy lifestyles.
  • Academics


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