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  Nov 30, 2020
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Writing & Contemporary Thought (B.S.)

The Writing & Contemporary Thought program is comprised of English, Humanities, and Philosophy courses. With an emphasis on the power of language, students will develop high proficiency in integrative and analytical thinking, problem solving, and effective skillful writing. Writing & Contemporary Thought students choose an emphasis: Writing or Practical Philosophy, depending upon their individual intellectual and career interests. Internship opportunities, experiential learning, technological competence for research and presentation, and an interdisciplinary curriculum are central aspects of the program.

The Writing & Contemporary Thought program features employability skills for the rapidly shifting world of work. These valued, enduring, transferable skills include: creativity; flexibility; knowledge construction; the ability to analyze, synthesize, organize, and evaluate information; critical thinking; reflective and careful reading; effective writing, speaking and listening; problem solving; the ability to formulate essential, meaningful questions; the capacity to make informed, independent decisions; ethical awareness; the ability to work cooperatively and with self-confidence and self-understanding; appropriate use of technology; and respect for cultures and diverse perspectives.

Learning goals:

  • Communication Competence: The graduate understands the power of language and can read, write, speak, listen, summarize and synthesize information thoughtfully.
  • Creative and Critical Thinking Competence: The graduate can make connections, construct knowledge, solve problems, analyze, question, reflect, evaluate, draw inferences, recognize fallacies, and research.
  • Adaptive-Anticipatory Competence: The graduate understands creative process and employs imagination in order to anticipate, innovate, adapt, and promote change.
  • Contextual-Conceptual Competence: The graduate understands cultural contexts within which creativity is practiced and has appreciation for theoretical and historical foundations of creative process and product.
  • Motivation: The graduate understands the value of exploration and questioning as well as the need to continue the acquisition and construction of knowledge.
  • Career Marketability: The graduate possesses sound critical, communication, and technological skills, flexibility, and creativity and is well equipped to advance within the profession or to move between professions.
  • Leadership and Ethical Sensitivity: The graduate can organize materials and processes, collaborate, negotiate, practice civil discourse, and demonstrate the respect for other people that is necessary for successful workplace and personal relationships.
  • Technology Competence: The graduate can perform technological tasks necessary for effective research, presentation, communication, and creative exploration.
  • Global Awareness: The graduate demonstrates sensitivity for other cultures and communities.

Program Requirements : 57 credits

Core : 21 credits
Complete all of the following:
ENG 332 Sowing & Reaping: Ref on Life
HUM 113 Language and Human Experience
HUM 314 The Creative Life
HUM 340 Principles and Techniques of Research
HUM 341 Hum Applied: Experiential Learning
HUM 403 Senior Seminar: Community As Text
PHL 341 Values in Life & Work: Applied Ethics

Humanities Electives : 9 credits
Complete 9 additional credits in ENG, HUM, or PHL.

General Electives : 12 credits
Complete 12 additional credits in any discipline.

Emphasis : 15 credits
Choose an emphasis listed below.

Choose one of the following:

Writing Emphasis

Complete one of the following: HUM 320 Writing and Illustration or ENG 235 Intro to Technical Writing
Complete one of the following: HUM 325 Writing Life’s Stories or ENG 330 Creative Nonfiction
Complete one of the following: PHL 230 Ways of Thinking or PHL 220 Perspectives on Nature or PHL 211 Myth, Religion and Art
Complete one of the following: HUM 200 Contemp World Lit and Cultures or ENG 331 Fire & Ice: Poetry in Translation
Complete one of the following: ENG 231 Creative Writing I or ENG 241 Poetry

Practical Philosophy

Complete PHL 201 Introduction to Philosophy
Complete one of the following: PHL 206 Ethics or PHL 209 Critical Thinking
Complete one of the following: PHL 230 Ways of Thinking or PHL 220 Perspectives on Nature
Complete one of the following: PHL 204 Comparative Religion or PHL 211 Myth, Religion, and Art
Complete one of the following: PHL 340 Beauty and the Philosophy or Art or PHL 348 Selected Topics

Degree Completion Notes

Total credits required for graduation (minimum): 120 credits
Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.000
1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage (minimum)
Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.200
Completion of all required General Education  coursework.