2008-09 Catalog Archive (Archived August 21, 2008)

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Core Curriculum

Penn College has established a core curriculum for each of its credentials. The core is intended as a broad foundation that will extend the competence students develop within their majors. The core corresponds with the College Philosophy which speaks to "personal enrichment…prosper in a complex and changing society...think independently, value logical and tested conclusions, develop problem-solving abilities, and function effectively with other people." Through the courses that satisfy core requirements, students are challenged to integrate knowledge from a variety of disciplines and to extend their learning experience to areas beyond the major. The intended goals of the core curriculum are integrated with and are indirectly measured by students' demonstrated competence in their major courses.

Goals of the Core Curriculum

Degree-Specific Cores

Baccalaureate Core

Communications: 9 credits, including ENL 111, ENL 121 or ENL 201, and any SPC course

Mathematics: 6 credits

Science: 7 credits, including one lab science

Humanities: 3 credits

Social Science: 3 credits

Arts: 3 credits

Humanities/Social Science/Arts/Foreign Language/Applied Art/International Field Experience: 6 additional credits as defined within the major

Liberal Arts: 3 credits as defined within the major

Health and Fitness: 2 credits

Computer Information: CSC 110

Special-designation courses that may also satisfy other requirements: Cultural Diversity, Science/Technology/Society, Writing-Enriched

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Associate Core

Associate of Arts

Communications: 9 credits, including ENL 111, ENL 121, and SPC 101 or SPC 201

Mathematics: 6 credits

Science: 7 credits, including one lab science

Humanities/Art/Social Science/Foreign Language: 12 credits

Health and Fitness: 2 credits

Computer Information: CSC 110

Additional requirement: Cultural Diversity elective

 

Associate of Applied Arts and Associate of Applied Science

Communications: 6 credits, including ENL 111

Mathematics: 3 credits

Science: 3 credits

Humanities/Social Science/Art /Foreign Language/Applied Art/ International Field Experience: 3 credits

Health and Fitness: 1 credit

Computer Information: CSC 110

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Certificate Core

Majors leading to a certificate in a special field of study focus on occupational preparation and skill development. They range in length from two to four semesters. Core requirements include

Communications: 3 credits

Mathematics: 3 credits

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