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General Education

--General Education


General Education

--General Education

This coursework will generally be completed in the student’s first two years at XWC, and, for the most part, the courses will be at the 100- or 200-level. However, some upper level courses may also satisfy the general education (core) requirements. The study abroad experience, an internship or an independent study is normally expected to be completed during the fourth semester of study. During their fourth semester, students will be expected to apply for admittance into a concentration.

A few courses are mandatory for all students, but in most cases students can choose courses from a set of options in each category to fulfill their general-education (core) requirements.

Communication (Speaking): 3 hours, one course

COMM 101 Public Speaking
COMM 150 Debate
ENGL 150 Acting

Communication (Writing): 6 hours, two courses

ENGL 101 Introduction to English: Freshman Reading and Writing Skills; (this course is a prerequisite for all other courses designated as meeting core writing requirements)

Any other writing-intensive — or “W” designated — course, meeting the following requirements and approved by the curriculum committee:

A course in any discipline may qualify as writing intensive. English 101, the pre-requisite to all other writing intensive courses, will have covered thesis statements, organization, topic sentences, transitions, summary, quotation, and the MLA citation format. Writing intensive courses will build on these topics by teaching students how to apply the skills they have learned to discipline-specific writing assignments. Moreover, they will teach students research skills: for example, evaluating and synthesizing sources specific to the discipline.
1. Students in the course will write at least three formal, analytic papers.
2. The total number of pages required for all formal papers will be at least 15 pages.
3. For at least two of the papers, revision is required.
4. Students should have frequent informal writing assignments (at least twice a week).
5. Students should meet with their professor at least twice during the block to discuss their writing.
6. Professors should give feedback, whether in writing or in conferences, on all formal papers.
7. The course should assign a writing handbook in addition to other required texts.
8. Some portion of the course should be dedicated to talking about writing and the writing process. Workshops geared towards specific writing topics (such as thesis statements or organization) are encouraged.
9. Some portion of the course should be dedicated to talking about research specific to the discipline.

Quantitative Reasoning: 6 hours, two courses

COMP 101 Introduction to Computer Science
COMP 201 Data Structures and Algorithms
MATH 101 Pre-calculus
MATH 110 Statistics
MATH 201 Calculus 1
MATH 210 Calculus 2
MATH 220 Math for Business
MATH 240 Math and Society

Life and Physical Sciences: 6-8 hours, two courses

ASTR 101 Introduction to Astronomy: Stars, Planets and the Milky Way
BIOL 101 Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics
BIOL 102 Introduction to the Diversity of Life
BIOL 103 Human Anatomy and Physiology
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I: Molecular Structure and Properties
CHEM 102 General Chemistry II: Chemical Reactivity
ENVI 101 Introduction to Environmental Sciences
ENVI 220 Energy Use and Climate Change
GEOL 101 Physical Geology
GEOL 110 Physical Processes in the Atmosphere
GEOL 120 Physical Processes in the Ocean
PHYS 101 General Physics I: Introduction to Classical Mechanics
PHYS 102 General Physics II: Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism, Optics, and Modern Physics

Cultural Studies: 6 hours, two courses

ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 201 Contemporary Chinese Society and Culture
ARTS 101 Art Histories
ENGL 110 Introduction to Linguistics
ENGL 201 World Literature
ENGL 210 Women Writers across Cultures
ENGL 250 Shanghai Modernism
GEOG 201 Human Geography
HIST 220 The Silk Road
PHIL 210 Comparative Philosophy
POLI 201 Globalization and International Relations
POLI 210 The Media and World Politics
POLI 220 Comparative Political Theory: China and the West
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 210 Cross-Cultural Psychology
RELI 110 Comparative Religion
PHIL/RELI 121 Religions of Shanghai
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 201 Social Issues in Trans-Pacific Perspective
SOCI 210 World Megacities: Greater Shanghai and Beyond

Ethics and Human Values: 6 hours, two courses

ANTH 210 Ethnography
ARTS 110 Censorship in the Arts
BIOL 201 Introduction to Conservation Biology
ENGL 220 The Haunting Past: Trauma and History in Twentieth Century Fiction
ENGL 222 Science Fiction
ENGL/PHIL 230 Existentialist Literature
ENGL 243 Short Stories
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 102 Introduction to Asian Philosophy
PHIL 110 Ethics
PHIL 120 Topics in Applied Ethics
PHIL 201 Introduction to Aesthetics
POLI 110 Introduction to Political Theory
POLI 230 Public Policy
PSYC 220 Human Sexuality
RELI 130 Moral Traditions in World Religions
SOCI 120 Diverse Societies

Principles of Business: 3 hours, one course

ACCO 101 Introduction to Accounting
BUSI 101 Introduction to Business
ECON 101 Macroeconomics
ECON 210 Issues in International Business
FINA 101 Introduction to Finance
SOCI 230 Money and Banking Across Cultures

Chinese Political Thought: 7 hours, three courses

CPOL 101 Cultivation of Ideology and Moral Character and the Basis of Law
CPOL 102 Mao Zedong Thought and the Theoretical System of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics
CPOL 103 Current Affairs

College Success: 1 hour, one course

XING 100 College Survival Skills

Study abroad/internship/independent study/electives: 14-16 hours

Working closely with their advisors, students will plan a study-abroad, internship, or independent study/research activity worth 14-16 credit hours. These hours will normall be satisfied during their fourth semester at Xingwei College.

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