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Exploratory Requirement

The College of Arts and Sciences exploratory requirement provides students with a depth and breadth in multi- and interdisciplinary knowledge needed in today’s complex world. Through concentrated intellectual engagement in disciplines outside a student’s major, this requirement offers expanded horizons and progressive challenges to more fully develop the scope of a student’s understanding, abilities and accomplishments.

In addition to satisfying the university-wide general education requirements, all students with majors in the College or Arts and Sciences* are required to complete at least three courses outside of their major rubric for a minimum of 12 credits. A student may select these courses from either of the following:

  1. A single rubric of their choosing (e.g., AH, ENG, SOC, etc.) within the College of Arts and Sciences.**
  2. A pre-defined thematic set of courses.  Courses have been identified by faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences to assist students in selecting courses to satisfy this requirement.  The initial list of pre-defined sets (printer friendly) are listed below (as of September 1, 2014).

LIN1 Set title: Language, Culture, and Society

Examines the role of language in culture and society. The ease with which we use language belies its intricacies, not only in the grammar, but also in its social and cultural use. Students will learn how various social and cultural contexts influence the use of language and the various kinds of meaning that humans convey in different contexts. These courses also examine the inextricable connection between language and socio-cultural identity.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • LIN 2207 Meaning in Language (4) 
  • ALS 4374 Cross-Cultural Communication (4) 
  • or ALS 4375 Language and Culture (4) 
  • ALS 4376 Language and Society (4)

MTD1 Set title: Compose Your Own Music

A basic introduction to creating original music, designed for novice composers, but also helpful to those with prior experience. Students are invited to participate at their own level of proficiency and experience. The applied music courses are included to enable students to develop some basic performance skills to enhance their capacity to compose. The listening courses are included to provide students with some analytical skills to help them understand how a piece of music is put together.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • MUS 2020: Computer-based Music Composition (4)
  • MUS 2025: Song and Songwriting (4)
  • MUS 1000: An Introduction to Music (4)
  • MUS 1001: What's on your Playlist?  (4)
  • MUS 1100: Vocal Techniques for Non-Majors (2)
  • MUS 1101: Beginning Piano for Non-Majors (2)
  • MUS 1103: Beginning Guitar for Non-Majors (2)
  • MUS 1104: Intermediate Guitar for Non-Majors (2)

MTD2 Set title: Explore the Performing Arts

A basic introduction to the three performing arts, music, theatre, and dance. Learn the basic concepts of the three disciplines and gain insight into how practitioners of these disciplines frame and understand their work.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • DAN 1373: Dance History and Appreciation (4)
  • DAN 1375: Dance in American Culture (4)
  • MUS 1000: An Introduction to Music (4)
  • MUS 1001: What's On Your Playlist? Aesthetic Experiences in Music (4)
  • THA 1000: Introduction to Theatre (4)

MTD3 Set title: World Music

Provides multiple opportunities for students to develop understanding of the nature of global music traditions, of varied musical systems found throughout our world, and of connections among those systems. Opportunities to learn about the historical and socio-cultural contexts of these music traditions and opportunity to learn to perform some of the music. No prior performing experience required for MUE 345 or 346.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • DAN 1375: Dance in American Culture (4)
  • MUS 1010: Exploring African Music (4)
  • MUE 3045: African Ensemble (1) (can be repeated 3 times for credit)
  • MUE 3046: Steel Band (1) (can be repeated 3 times for credit)
  • MUE 3048: World Percussion Ensemble (1) (can be repeated 3 times for credit)

PS1 Set title: American Political Actors and Processes

This exploratory set will introduce students to a variety of actors and processes in American politics. Students taking this set will be introduced to candidates for office (PS 324), political parties (PS 322),interest groups (PS 322), the media (PS 327) and others. In addition, they will be introduced to what these actors do in an important dynamic in our nation -- elections (PS 324) and how the public thinks about many of these actors (PS 325). These courses fit nicely together in that they capture many of the same actors in different arenas of American politics -- especially campaigns. The purpose of the set is to provide students with an interest in American politics an opportunity to explore different actors in our system through different lenses -- public opinion, campaigns, and the media's role, for instance.

Choose 12 credits from amount the following:

  • PS 1100 -- Introduction to American Politics
  • PS 3155 -- Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • PS 3165 -- Elections and Voting Behavior
  • PS 3230 -- Public Opinion
  • PS 3160 -- Media and Politics

PS2 Set title: American Political Institutions

Exploratory set will introduce students to the central components of American national government – the Congress (PS 302), the presidency (PS 301), the courts (PS 342), and the bureaucracy (PS 350). Students completing this exploratory set will have a fundamental understanding of how the three main branches of our government work and relate to each other. Students choosing to include PS 350 will gain an understanding of one aspect of American politics that is not well understood -- how laws that are created are administered and executed on a daily basis.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • PS 1100 -- Introduction to American Politics
  • PS 3110 -- American Presidency and the Executive Process
  • PS 3105 -- Congress and the Legislative Process
  • PS 3115 -- The Judicial Process
  • PS 3305 -- Public Administration

PS3 Set title: Comparative Politics

Exploratory set will introduce students to the politics of a number of different nations and/or regions of the world. Students interested in questions or topics with an international focus are perfect for this exploratory set. Students will explore different parts of the world and be able to compare them to one another when finished with the set.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • PS 1400 -- Comparative Politics
  • PS 3420 -- European Political Systems
  • PS 3415 -- Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
  • PS 3410 -- African Politics
  • PS 3430 -- Political Systems of Asia
  • PS 3405 -- Politics of Latin America
  • PS 3425 -- The Russian Political System

PS4 Set title: International Relations

Exploratory set will introduce students to the field of international relations. Students will explore several facets of the field from theory (PS 314) to international organizations (PS 361), and from human rights (PS 317) to economic issues (PS 330 and 338; we recommend students take only one of these in their set). Students also have the option to take a United States focused course -- US Foreign Policy (PS 315) -- should they want to keep their focus on the US. This set of courses is ideal for students in other disciplines who want to learn about how nations interact with other nations and actors but do not want to take the other requirements of the IR degree; it is also a good set of courses for those interested in pursuing graduate school.

Choose 12 credits from amount the following:

  • PS 1600 -- Issues in World Politics
  • PS 3040 -- International Politics: Theory and Practice
  • PS 3610 -- US Foreign Policy
  • PS 3710 -- International Politics of Human Rights
  • PS 3550 -- Politics of Development
  • PS 3640 -- International Political Economy
  • PS 3630 -- International Organizations

PS5 Set title: Law and Courts

Exploratory set will introduce students to concepts important to the United States legal system including both foundational aspects and advanced topics. In general, it is a broad survey of several aspects of the legal and court systems. Courses focus on institutions (PS 342) and procedures (PS 241), as well as case law and theoretical aspects of our legal system (PS 340, 341, and 343). This set is ideal for students who are thinking about law school.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • PS 1100 -- Introduction to American Politics
  • PS 3250 -- Law and Politics
  • PS 3255 -- Constitutional Law
  • PS 3260 -- Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • PS 3115 -- The Judicial Process
  • PS 3265 -- Women and the Supreme Court

PS6 Set title: Political Theory

Exploratory set will allow students who have a deep interest in theory to explore it from a political perspective. Each upper-level course examines political, social, economic and other questions from theoretical points of view that have developed through history. PS 374 does so with the use of short stories, plays and essays. This set would be ideal for students interested in exploring political and social questions from a theoretical perspective and who might be majoring in disciplines like philosophy, history, and other social sciences or humanities.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • PS 1100 -- Introduction to American Politics
  • PS 3020 -- American Political Thought
  • PS 3005 -- Western Political Thought I
  • PS 3010 -- Western Political Thought II
  • PS 3070 -- Politics Through Literature
  • PS 3050 -- Communism

PS7 Set title: Public Policy and Administration

Exploratory set is ideal for students who are interested in the more practical side of politics and government. These courses are taken from our public administration curriculum and touch on issues of budgeting (PS 453), management (PS 454), policy making (PS 353) and theory (PS 350). Students who are interested in exploring opportunities that could lead to employment in the public sector – local government, non-profits, etc. -- are idea candidates for this exploratory set.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • PS 1100 -- Introduction to American Politics
  • PS 3305 -- Public Administration
  • PS 3310 -- American Public Policy
  • PS 3320-- Public Budgeting
  • PS 3325 -- Human Resource Management

PS8 Set title: The Politics of Diversity

Exploratory set is ideal for students who are interested in questions of diversity or issues related to gender, race, and/or ethnicity. Students taking courses from this set will examine issues of diversity from many different perspectives including, how the courts deal with them (PS 343), how different groups have engaged in the political process (PS 312), political participation (PS 311), and representation (PS 311). PS 364 examines similar questions from the international relations perspective.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • PS 1100 -- Introduction to American Politics
  • PS 3210 -- Women and Politics
  • PS 3215 -- The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
  • PS 3715 -- Gender and International Relations
  • PS 3265 -- Women and the Supreme Court

PSY1 Set title: Explorations in Psychology

Explorations in Psychology will provide non-majors the opportunity to explore the psychology in greater depth. PSY 225, biological, cognitive, and social development across the lifespan will be examined, revealing differences among age groups, mechanisms of change, and developmental theories. PSY 235 provides students with a survey of main themes in social psychology, such as group behavior, altruism, persuasion, and influence. PSY 245 is an overview of different theories of personality and an examination of individual differences.

Courses:

  • PSY 2250 Introduction to Life-Span Developmental Psychology (4)
  • PSY 2350 Introduction to Social Psychology (4)
  • PSY 2360 Introduction to Individual Differences and Personality Psychology (4)

BIO1 Set title: Explorations in Biological Psychology

Explorations in Biological Psychology will provide non-majors the opportunity to explore the field of biopsychology in greater depth. PSY 311 will teach about the different approaches to the basic sensory systems and perceptual processes. PSY 315 will give students an introduction to the biological and social principles of evolutionary psychology. PSY 318 will provide students with an in-depth knowledge about the biological bases of behavior of humans and related mammalian species.

Courses:

  • PSY 3110 Sensation and Perception (4)
  • PSY 3030 Evolutionary Psychology (4)
  • PSY 3180 Physiological Psychology (4)

WRT1 Set title: Professional and Technical Writing

Examines writing for particular purposes in corporate, non-profit, or public settings. Students will develop argumentative and stylistic skill in a variety of rhetorical contexts with application in business, communication, industry and government.

Choose 3 from the following list of annually offered courses:

  • WRT 3085: Writing for HRD (4)
  • WRT 3063: Writing and Service Learning (4)
  • WRT 3082: Business Writing (4)
  • WRT 3081: Science Writing (4)
  • WRT 3064 Writing about Culture
  • WRT 3086: Creative Nonfiction

WRT2 Set title: Writing and New Media

Examines 21st century literacies involving interactive digital media- composing with print, images, audio, video in digital contexts; using social media; creating animation and interactive media. Students will explore effective communication practices through the rhetorical, ethical, and aesthetic choices made by designers and composers, and produce their own texts utilizing new media while reflecting on those practices and decision-making strategies.

Choose 3 from the following list of annually offered courses:

  • WRT 2070: Writing for New Media (4)
  • WRT 3070: Digital Culture (4)
  • WRT 3071: Composing Audio Essays (4)
  • WRT 3072: Rhetoric of Web Design (4)
  • WRT 3073: Digital Storytelling (4)
  • WRT 3083: Rhetoric and Video Game Culture (4)

INT1 Set title: Studies of the Family

The student who fulfilled the Social Science requirement of General Education either by taking PSY 100, Foundations of Contemporary Psychology, or SOC 100, Introduction to Sociology, may consider building upon this study.

Courses:

  • COM 4401 Family Communication
  • SOC 3410 Family and Community Processes
  • SOC 3400 The Family
  • HST 3275 History of American Families

INT2 Set title: Professional Ethics

The student who fulfilled the Western Civilization requirement of General Education by taking PHL 103, Introduction to Ethics, may consider building upon this study.

Courses:

  • JRN 4020 Ethical Issues in the Media
  • ENV 3680 Fundamentals of Hazardous Materials Regulations
  • PHL 3310 Ethics, Language and Reality
  • PHL 3510 Ethics in Business
  • PHL 3500 Bioethics
  • WRT 3070 Digital Culture

INT3 Set title: Studies of Interpersonal Interaction

The student who fulfilled the Social Science requirement of General Education either by taking PSY 100, Foundations of Contemporary Psychology, or SOC 100, Introduction to Sociology, and has an interest in interpersonal interaction may consider building upon this study.

Courses:

  • COM 3400 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 3403 Interpersonal Conflict
  • LIN 2207 Meaning in Language
  • PSY 2350 Introduction to Social Psychology
  • PSY 3370 Interpersonal Processes & Group Behavior
  • SOC 2110 Small Groups
  • SOC 3100 Interpersonal Relationships

INT4 Set title: Exploring the Arts

Students who are interested in exploring the world of the arts may be interested in experiencing a variety of fine and performing arts introductory courses.

Courses:

  • ART 1150 Drawing for Non-majors
  • ART 1170 Painting for Non-majors
  • ART 1160 Photography for Non-majors
  • DAN 1003 Fundamentals of Ballet Technique
  • DAN 1013 Fundamentals of Modern Technique
  • MUS 1101 Beginning Piano for Non-Majors
  • MUS 1103 Beginning Guitar for Non-Majors
  • THA 1004 Acting for Non-Theatre Majors

INT5 Set title: Writing in Many Forms

Experiences with college--‐level writing should not end with WRT 160. Students who want to explore diverse writing forms may enjoy some of these writing courses.

Courses:

  • AH 2000 Critical Thinking and Writing in Art History
  • CW 3600 Playwriting
  • JRN 2000 Newswriting
  • MUS 2025 Song and Songwriting
  • WRT 2070 Writing for New Media
  • WRT 3073 Digital Storytelling

INT6 Set title: Multidisciplinary Perspectives of Cinema

The student who fulfilled the Arts requirement of General Education by taking CIN 150, Introduction to Cinema, and/or the Global Perspectives requirement by taking ENG 260, Masterpieces of World Cinema, may consider building upon this study.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • AN 3140 Culture and Society Through Film
  • ENG 3675 Adaptation: Fiction, Drama, Film
  • MUS 1006 Exploring Film Music
  • LIT 2905 Studies in Foreign Film
  • PS 3240 Politics Through Film

INT7 Set title: Race Relations in America

The student who has fulfilled the U.S. Diversity requirement in General Education may wish to focus further study on the question of race relations in America.

Choose 12 credits from among the following courses:

  • AN 3127/SOC 3610 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • COM 3300 Multicultural Communications
  • COM 3301 Race and Communication
  • HST 3280 The Civil Rights Movement in America
  • PS 3215 The Politics of Race and Ethnicity

INT8 Set title: Formal Logic

The student who enjoyed their course satisfying the Formal Reasoning requirement may consider continuing their exploration in this area by completing this exploratory set.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • PHL 1070 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
  • PHL 3000 Advanced Symbolic Logic
  • PHL 3420 Theories of Truth
  • PHL 4100 Philosophy of Language
  • LIN 4307 Introduction to Semantics
  • APM 3430 Theory of Computation
  • MTH 3002 Introduction to Advanced Mathematical Thinking

INT9 Set title: Art & Theory Through the Ages

This course set examines the practice of aesthetic judgment and criticism, and examines art in its cultural, historical, and social contexts.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • AH 3120 Greek Art
  • AH 3220 Early Medieval, Byzantine, and Romanesque Art
  • AH 3310 Renaissance Art in Italy
  • AH 3410 Nineteenth Century Art
  • AH 3420 Modern Art 1900-1945
  • AH 3430 Art Since 1945
  • AH 3000 Critical Theory
  • PHL 3130 Aesthetics

INT10 Set title: Cognitive Science

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary field drawing on philosophy and research in the sciences. The student will gain knowledge and skills related to the philosophical and scientific study of mind and language.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • ALS 1101 The Humanity of Language
  • ALS 4335 Psycholinguistics
  • LIN 1182 Language and the Brain
  • LIN 2201 Introduction to Linguistics
  • LIN 4304 Introduction to Syntax
  • LIN 4305 Phonetic Theory
  • LIN 4307 Introduction to Semantics
  • LIN 4357 Cognitive Linguistics
  • PHL 1070 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
  • PHL 3810 Consciousness and Persons
  • PHL 3800 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHL 4100 Philosophy of Language
  • PSY 2500 Introduction to Research Design
  • PSY 2510 Statistics and Research Design
  • PSY 3160 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 3180 Physiological Psychology
  • PSY 3120 Psycholinguistics

INT11 Set title: Language and Reality

Since the “linguistic turn” of the 20th century, philosophers and linguists have engaged in an investigation of the relationship between logical structure, linguistic structure, and the structure of reality itself. This set explores key issues of existence in relation to language and logic through rigorous philosophical inquiry.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • LIN 4304 Introduction to Syntax
  • LIN 4307 Introduction to Semantics
  • PHL 1070 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
  • PHL 3210 Twentieth Century British and American Philosophy
  • PHL 3310 Ethics, Language and Reality
  • PHL 3410 Theories of Knowledge
  • PHL 3810 Consciousness and Persons
  • PHL 3400 Metaphysics
  • PHL 3420 Theories of Truth
  • PHL 3000 Advanced Symbolic Logic
  • PHL 3800 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHL 4100 Philosophy of Language

INT12 Set title: Classics

Examine the flourishing of classical civilization in the Greek city--‐states and the Roman Empire, as well as the continuing influence of Greek and Roman civilization in the medieval period and in modern religious thought.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • AH 3110 Art of the Ancient Near East
  • AH 3120 Greek Art
  • AH 3130 Roman Art
  • AH 3220 Early Medieval, Byzantine, and Romanesque Art
  • ENG 3660 Classical Mythology
  • HST 3310 Ancient Greece and Rome
  • PHL 2200 Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • PHL 2210 Medieval Philosophy
  • REL 3420 Jewish History
  • REL 3730 Early Christian Spirituality

INT13 Set title: Studies in History and Culture of Judaism

The study of Judaism through courses in history, culture, Hebrew language, and Jewish thought.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • HBR 1140 Introduction to Hebrew Language and Culture I
  • REL 1200 Introduction to Judaism
  • REL 3420 Survey of Jewish History
  • REL 3900 Archeology of Israel from Ancient to Roman times
  • REL 3710 Written traditions of Judaism

INT14 Set title: Studies of African History and Culture

The student who fulfilled the Global Perspective requirement of General Education by taking either IS 230, Introduction to Africa, or MUS 236, Music in African Culture, may consider building upon this study of the region by taking additional courses on Africa and African culture.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • IS 2300 Introduction to Africa
  • HST 3730 Postcolonial Conflicts in African History
  • HST 3710 Ancient and “Medieval” African Civilizations
  • HST 3720 Modern African History since 1800
  • HST 3715 African Cultural History
  • HST 3740 African Environmental History
  • MUS 1010 Exploring African Music

INT15 Set title: Studies of Chinese History and Culture

The student who fulfilled the Global Perspective requirement of General Education by taking IS 210, Introduction to China, may consider building upon the study of China.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • AH 1003 Introduction to Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • AH 3020 Chinese Art
  • AN 3250 Peoples and Cultures of China
  • HST 3810 China’s Last Dynasty: The Qing 1644-1911
  • HST 3815 China in Revolution 1911-1949
  • HST 3830 Women in China 1700 to the Present
  • HST 3820 China since 1949

INT16 Set title: Studies of Japanese History and Culture

The student who fulfilled the Global Perspective requirement of General Education by taking IS 220, Introduction to Japan, may consider building upon the study of Japan.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • IS 2200 Introduction to Japan
  • AH 1003 Introduction to Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • AH 3010 Japanese Art
  • HST 3870 Origins of Modern Japan
  • HST 3875 Twentieth-Century Japan

INT17 Set title: Studies of Latin American History and Culture

The student who fulfilled the Global Perspective requirement of General Education by taking IS 220, Introduction to Japan, may consider building upon the study of Japan.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • IS 2500 Introduction to Latin America
  • AN 3350 Peoples and Cultures of Mexico and Central America
  • AN 3360 Indians of South America
  • PS 3405 Politics of Latin America

INT18 Set title: Studies of Middle-Eastern History and Culture

The student who fulfilled the Global Perspective requirement of General Education by taking IS 270, Introduction to the Middle East, may consider building upon this study of the region.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • AH 1003 Introduction to Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • AH 3240 Islamic Art
  • HST 3510 The Modern Middle East
  • HST 3540 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • HST 3520 The Cold War in the Middle East
  • HST 3550 Modern Iran and Iraq
  • PS 3415 Politics of the Middle East and Northern Africa
  • REL 1150 Introduction to Islam
  • REL 1200 Introduction to Judaism

INT19 Set title: Multidisciplinary Perspectives of Religion

The student who fulfilled the Global Perspectives requirement of General Education by taking REL 150, World Religious Traditions, may consider building upon this study through historical, political, philosophical, and sociological perspectives.

Courses:

  • AN 3123 Magic, Witchcraft and Religion
  • HST 3290 History of Religions in the U.S.
  • HST 3295 Religion, Politics and American Culture
  • PHL 3150 Philosophy of Religion
  • SOC 3420 Sociology of Religion

PHL1 Set title: Natural Philosophy

An exploration of the foundations of natural science and its relationship to the mental, focusing on current theories of nature, mind, knowledge, consciousness, and persons.

Choose 12 credits from among the following courses:

  • PHL 3610 Philosophy of Biology
  • PHL 3700 Philosophy of Science
  • PHL 3720 Topics in Philosophy of Science
  • PHL 3410 Theories of Knowledge
  • PHL 3810 Consciousness and Persons
  • PHL 3820 Mental Causation
  • PHL 3800 Philosophy of Mind

PHL2 Set title: History of Philosophy

An examination of the history of Western philosophy from ancient Greece through the 20th century.

Choose 12 credits from among the following:

  • PHL 2200 Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • PHL 2210 Medieval Philosophy
  • PHL 2220 Early Modern Philosophy
  • PHL 3200 European Philosophy since Kant
  • PHL 3210 Twentieth Century British and American Philosophy
  • PHL 4200 Study of a Major Philosopher

PHL3 Set title: Ethics, Law and Government

An examination of the relationship between ethical ideals and both domestic and international practices of law and government, including philosophical theories about the importance and proper form of ethical reasoning in legal and political practice.

Choose 12 credits from among the following courses:

  • PHL 3610 Philosophy of International Relations: Law, War and Peace
  • PHL 3300 Advanced Ethics
  • PHL 3120 Philosophy of Law
  • PHL 3620 Global Justice
  • PHL 3600 Political Philosophy

LBS1 Set Title: Explorations in Liberal Studies

This exploratory set introduces students to interdisciplinary perspectives, methods ofinquiry and how they are used to understand and solve complex real world issues and problems. Each course in the set is organized around a central interdisciplinary theme or topic in which the students learn 1) the different disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives used to approach the theme, and 2) the characteristic methods used for understanding and solving the interdisciplinary issues/problems associated with the theme.

Complete 12 credits including the following:

  • LBS 1000 Exploration of the Arts and Sciences
  • LBS 2000 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Liberal Studies

Plus one of the following:

  • ENV 3080 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • WGS 1000 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • WGS 3810 Global Women / Global Issues
  • WRT 3060 Global Rhetorics
  • AMS 3000 Topics in American Culture

COM2 Set title: Communicating in Professional Contexts

This exploratory set examines communication theories and concepts which will enhance the ability ofstudentsto function successfully in a variety of professional contexts and in developing a professional ethos. Students will learn the complexity of organizational communication and the role that leadership, power, conflict, ethics and personal credibility play in their professional lives.

Courses:

  • COM 3401 Communication in Organizations
  • COM 3402 Communication in Leadership
  • COM 3403 Interpersonal Conflict
  • JRN 2400 Introduction to Advertising
  • JRN 2500 Introduction to Public Relations

COM3 Set title: Exploring Intimate Relationships

Using the foundation of intimate relationships, this exploratory set examines the role communication in everyday interactions including friendships, dating relationships, marriages, and families. Exploring intimate relationships will allow students to gain an understanding of key communication concepts and patterns of behaviors that either strengthen or weaken close relationships.

Courses:

  • COM 3400 Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 3403 Interpersonal Conflict
  • COM 3404 Nonverbal Communication
  • COM 4400 Advanced Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 4401 Family Communication

COM4 Set title: Leadership in Groups and Teams

Based in organizational and interpersonal communication theory, this exploratory set examines the role of leadership in groups and teams. Through an examination of verbal and nonverbal communication, listening, power, leadership, conflict and organizational structures, students will develop an understanding of how groups and teams solve problems, manage conflict, reach decisions, and facilitate discussion among members.

Courses:

  • COM 2403 Group Dynamics
  • COM 3401 Communication in Organizations
  • COM 3402 Communication in Leadership
  • COM 3403 Interpersonal Conflict

COM5 Set title: Leadership, Influence and Social Change

This exploratory set examines communication theories and concepts which will enhance student understanding of how individual and social attitudes, beliefs and behaviors are altered through the persuasive messages of key influencers in our society. Students will develop a theoretical , critical and applied understanding of how persuasive messages are crafted, delivered, and analyzed in an attempt to influence individual behavior or larger social movements.

Courses:

  • COM 2201 Argumentation and Debate
  • COM 2202 Persuasion and Social Change
  • COM 3200 Persuasion
  • COM 3201 Rhetoric and Public Address
  • COM 3402 Communication in Leadership
  • COM 4203 Women, Power and Persuasion

COM6 Set title: Mobile Journalists

Mobile wireless devices are dramatically changing the way we gather, deliver and consume news. In today's news media, professional journalists are writing, shooting, recording, posting, podcasting, tweeting and texting news and information. New-media companies such as MLive.com and Patch.com, TV and radio stations, and print newspaper companies with websites are rapidly hiring mobile journalists, sometimes called mojos.

Courses:

  • JRN 2000 News Reporting and Writing
  • JRN 3000 Media Editing
  • JRN 3310 Digital Photojournalism
  • JRN 4100 Reporting with the Internet
  • JRN 4200 Media Design

Please Note

  • Courses taken to fulfill the College exploratory requirement must be at the 100 level or above and must be in a subject taught within the College of Arts and Sciences, with the exception of non-College courses that are part of pre-approved thematic sets.  WRT 102, 104 and 150 cannot be used to satisfy the exploratory requirement.
  • Pre- or co-requisite courses with a rubric other than the major (e.g., CHM for biology majors) that are required for any major may be applied toward the exploratory requirement.
  • Courses used to satisfy the general education requirements for knowledge applications, U.S. diversity, writing intensive, and capstone may be applied to the exploratory requirement, as long as they are outside of the major rubric. Courses used to satisfy a student’s general education requirements in all other categories will not apply.
  • Only courses in which a student has earned at least a 2.0 may be applied to the exploratory requirement.
  • Students transferring courses from another institution may apply appropriate credits toward the exploratory requirement and must meet the 12-credit minimum requirement.
  • Students who have completed the MACRAO agreement at a community college must complete the exploratory requirement at Oakland University or another four-year institution.
  • Completion of a double major or a College of Arts and Sciences minor or concentration satisfies the exploratory requirement.

 *K-12 Music Education, K-12 Studio Art Education, B.M., and B.F.A. majors, Liberal Studies majors, students seeking a second degree and Honors College students are exempt from the exploratory requirement.

 **For the purposes of the exploratory requirement, Department of Mathematics and Statistics rubrics MTH, APM, MOR, and STA are regarded as a single rubric.