Basic Literacy Requirements Students may satisfy any or all of the basic literacy requirements by appropriate validation for exemption as indicated below.
No credit is awarded for literacy requirements exempted through testing. Students must substitute electives for the requirements they pass by testing. Reading and Writing 0–6 The college believes that students must demonstrate basic college-level reading and writing skills. Students typically demonstrate these abilities by successfully completing RPW 110 and RPW 111 or their honors equivalents, HON 182 and HON 183.
Some students receive waivers for RPW 110 and RPW 111. RPW 110 is waived for students who score a 30 on the ACT exam, score 650 or higher on the SAT verbal, or earn a 4 on the AP Language and Composition exam. RPW 111 is waived for stu-dents who score a 32 on the ACT exam, score 700 or higher on the SAT verbal, or earn a 5 on the AP Language and Composition exam. Students who waive RPW 110 must take RPW 111, and they are strongly encouraged to take the honors version of the second course, HON 183. Students who waive RPW 110 and 111 are encouraged to enroll in an advanced writing course, such as RPW 210W or RPW 245W. Mathematics 0–3 The college believes that students must demonstrate basic college-level mathematics skills by successfully completing any mathematics course (except M 118) taught by the A&S Mathematics department. Choose one of the following (a or b): 0–6 a. Foreign Language The college believes that the study of foreign languages improves language skills.
Students may demonstrate skill in a foreign language in one of three ways: attain a score of 440 or better on the MAPS Test for Foreign Languages of the College Board; attain a score of 400 or better on the MAPS test for Foreign Languages and successfully complete a foreign language course numbered 111; or successfully complete foreign language courses numbered 110 and 111. or b. Oral Communication and Computer Skills Oral Communication. The college believes that the study of oral communication is one way of improving language skills. Students may demonstrate skill in oral communication by passing the School of Communication oral communication test or by successfully completing CMM 115 Improving Communication Skills. Computer Skills.
The college believes that one way of improving communication skills is through the study of computers and computer language. Students may demonstrate computer skills by attaining a score of 80 percent or higher on an examination given by the department on topics covered in CS 110, or by successfully completing any computer science course.