Academic Reading and Writing (EN 101 and 102) introduces students to the ways that writing is grounded in reading and that inquiry is essential to learning. Through close reading of academic texts, students are given authority as learners to undertake serious intellectual projects that emphasize critical and creative thinking. Instructors guide students through sequenced reading and writing assignments, and highlight the revision process of multiple-draft writing that leads to increasingly complex thinking and rhetorical presentation. As a community of learners, students begin to recognize academic writing as a site where knowledge is produced, understood and communicated. Full-time students are expected to have completed EN 101 and EN 102 by the end of three semesters. Click here for more information on EN101 and EN102.
First Year Seminar (FYS 101) introduces students to the Quinnipiac education and provides a foundation for inquiry. In FYS, students practice inquiry through an investigation of one (or a few) fundamental issues or questions: in doing so, students experience inquiry as a process that involves the systematic investigation of questions or problems from multiple approaches and perspectives and that includes the collection, analysis, and evaluation of various types of evidence. Students will examine the similarities and differences in how inquiry works in each of the four disciplinary areas (Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences). Finally, students will begin to develop a guiding question that they wish to explore throughout their undergraduate experience in light of the skills and knowledge that they acquired throughout FYS. Click here for more information on FYS.
Math courses introduce students to the deductive reasoning that characterizes mathematics and the numeracy that is necessary for quantitative reasoning. These provide a foundation for students to succeed in courses throughout the curriculum, in their chosen field, and as informed and responsible citizens. Math courses numbered 110 or higher fulfill the math requirement. Click here to access the math placement grid, and click here for more information on math courses.