Competency Requirements, General Education

 

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Basic Composition (BC) Requirement

Critical and Analytic Thinking (CT) Requirement

Intermediate Composition (IC) Requirement

Mathematics Competency (MC) Requirement

Writing-Intensive Course in the Major (WI) Requirement

Written Communication (BC, IC, WI)

 

For a complete description of all General Education courses see: General Education Courses.

Success in college and the ability to function as an educated citizen require not only the ability to master areas of substantive knowledge, but also a series of fundamental skills that underlie and make possi­ble the acquisition of knowledge. Since competencies or skills are preconditions for higher education, basic competencies should be demonstrated early in one's academic career. Multiple methods of demonstrating competency are available, including satisfactory com­pletion of designated courses or earning appropriate scores on des­ignated examinations.

Competency Requirements, with the exception of the Writing-Inten­sive Course in the Major (WI), should be met early in a baccalaureate degree program. Students who fail to meet the specified deadline will be allowed two additional semesters (or equivalent) in which to sat­isfy the competency requirement. During this time, they must be actively involved in taking the appropriate course or otherwise pre­paring themselves to demonstrate competence. After the two-semes­ter limit, students who have not satisfied the requirement may be barred from enrolling in courses other than those which satisfy the competency requirement until the requirement has been completed.

The following general principles apply to all competency require­ments:

1. Students who satisfy any Competency Requirement by passing a prescribed Wayne State University placement, qualifying, screening, competency or proficiency examination shall be excused from equiv­alent course work but shall receive NO course credit.

2. Course credit granted for satisfactory completion of an Advanced Placement, CLEP, International Baccalaureate, or Departmental Examination will satisfy the appropriate Competency or Group Requirement; credit so earned will be applicable to a baccalaureate degree.

3. Courses used to satisfy Competency Requirements shall not gen­erally be used to satisfy Group Requirements.

Written Communication (BC, IC, WI)

Writing ability is a cornerstone of academic studies and is often con­sidered the touchstone of a university education. Skill and effective­ness in writing serve the individual throughout life — in career, in community, and in social and leisure activities. The ability to write well must be developed so that specialized audiences within profes­sional fields as well as general audiences can be addressed effec­tively. While writing proficiency may be honed and refined in composition courses, writing is a skill that serves many purposes; one that requires constant renewal. The requirement in Written Com­munication is structured not only to provide training in how to write well, but also to insure that writing skills continue to be exercised and enhanced throughout the undergraduate years. The progression of the Written Communication requirements reflects the important notion of 'writing across the curriculum.' This requirement contains the following three components:

Basic Composition (BC) Requirement

All students must demonstrate competence in basic English compo­sition prior to completing thirty credits. Basic composition compe­tence shall be determined by satisfactory completion of a designated course, or its course equivalent or earning credit for basic composi­tion through a national standardized test.

All students must demonstrate competence in basic composition by:

a) Completing successfully an approved course in basic composition with a grade of C or better: ENG 1020, 1050; (Schools and colleges may also have specific requirements, such that careful course selec­tion can lead to meeting both General Education and college require­ments. Please consult the College/School listing for specific requirements); OR

b) Earning credit for basic composition through Advanced Placement CLEP or International Baccalaureate; OR

c) Transferring credit received for successful completion of a compa­rable course completed with a grade of C or better at another college or university.

Intermediate Composition (IC) Requirement

All students must complete satisfactorily a designated intermediate, or more advanced, course in which the teaching of English composi­tion and rhetoric is a major component prior to completing seventy-five credits. Satisfactory completion requires a grade of C or better. Courses currently approved for intermediate composition are: AFS 2390; ENG 2100, 2110, 2120, 2210, 2310, 2390, 2420, 2560, 2570, 3010, 3020, 3050. (Schools and colleges may also have specific requirements, such that careful course selection can lead to meeting both General Education and college requirements. Please consult the College/School listing for specific requirements.)

Writing-Intensive Course in the Major (WI) Requirement

Prior to graduation, all students must demonstrate that they have developed the ability to communicate effectively with specialized or professional audiences by completing successfully the writing requirements, or courses which incorporate major writing assign­ments, specified by the departments or professional schools in which they are seeking a degree. Completion of the IC requirement (see above) is prerequisite to all WI courses. Satisfactory course comple­tion requires a grade of C or better. (Schools and colleges may also have specific requirements, such that careful course selection can lead to meeting both General Education and college requirements. Please consult the College/School listing for specific requirements.). For a list of all Writing Intensive courses, see Writing Intensive Com­petency (WI).

Mathematics Competency (MC) Requirement

All educated individuals should master the underlying mathematical concepts and skills to study academic subjects in which mathemati­cal formulations comprise an integral part of the subject matter, to deal with mathematical manipulations which might be required in their careers, to manage their personal finances, and to understand mathematical elements relevant to public issues.

Competency in basic mathematics must be demonstrated by all stu­dents prior to completion of the first thirty credits taken at Wayne State University. Mathematics competency shall be demonstrated by:

a) Satisfactory completion of MAT 1000 or 1050 with a grade of C or better if taken at Wayne State University; OR

b) Placing into a mathematics course above the level of MAT 1000/1050 on the Mathematics Placement Examination; OR

c) Achieving appropriate scores on national standardized tests; OR

d) Transferring credit received for successful completion of a course equivalent to or higher than MAT 1000 completed with a grade of C or better at another college or university.

Oral Communication (OC) Requirement

Educated persons should be comfortable in situations which require them to make oral presentations, be able to convince others of a point of view, or make appropriate remarks in an informal setting. Along with an ability to write cogently, communicating orally is men­tioned most frequently by employers and others who evaluate the preparedness of college students as a fundamental skill to be able to compete in contemporary society. Consequently, oral communication is a crucial skill needed for success in virtually every field of endeavor.

All students must demonstrate competency in the fundamentals of oral communication prior to completing sixty credits. Oral communi­cation competency shall be demonstrated by:

a) Completing successfully an approved course in oral communica­tion: COM 1010; ENG 3060 (Schools and colleges may also have specific requirements, such that careful course selection can lead to meeting both General Education and college requirements. Please consult the College/School listing for specific requirements.); OR

b) Passing the Oral Communication Competency Examination; OR

c) Transferring credit received for successful completion of a compa­rable course taken at another college or university.

Critical and Analytic Thinking (CT) Requirement

The ability to reason critically and to analyze information is essential to the acquisition of knowledge in any discipline and may therefore appropriately be regarded as a fundamental skill, one to be acquired by students as early as possible in their education. Critical and ana­lytic thinking includes: formulating and identifying deductively- and inductively-warranted conclusions from available evidence; recogniz­ing the structure of arguments (premises, conclusions, and implicit assumptions); assessing the consistency, inconsistency, logical implications, and equivalence among statements; and recognizing explanatory relations among statements. Competency in critical thinking must be demonstrated by all students prior to completion of the first seventy-five credits earned toward a bachelor degree. Com­petency shall be demonstrated by:

a) Completing successfully an approved course in critical thinking:
B A 1010; COM 2110; PHI 1050 (Schools and colleges may also have specific requirements, such that careful course selection can lead to meeting both General Education and college requirements. Please consult the College/School listing for specific requirements.); OR

b) Passing the Critical Thinking Competency Examination; OR

c) Transferring credit received for successful completion of a compa­rable course taken at another college or university.