University Core A: Core Foundations

The Core A courses use a custom e-textbook written in house by Radford University faculty. It is freely available to all students and instructors in pdf, epub, or Kindle formats:


Course Number Course Name Course Description
CORE 101 Essentials of Written and Oral Communication Introduction to college-level reading, writing, and speaking, with attention given to the writing process, genre, style, audience, and standard written English. The course will also introduce students to basic oral communication skills.
CORE 102 Advanced Written and Oral Communication Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CORE 101. Further development of students’ writing and speaking skills with attention to applied critical thinking and information literacy. The course will introduce students to basic elements of reasoning and critical thinking and their use in persuasive communication. Students will develop competency in information literacy and will learn the basic mechanics of public speaking by making oral presentations.
HNRS 103* Written and Oral Communication-Honors Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Academy. Development of students' writing and speaking skills with emphasis on logic and information literacy. Students will form and support claims, attending to the assumptions underlying arguments. The course will introduce students to elements of logic, including fallacies and inductive reasoning, and their use in persuasive written and oral communication.

CORE 201/

HNRS 201/ MKTG 201/ POSC 201

Topics in Critical Inquiry Three hours lecture. Prerequisites: CORE 102 or CORE 103. Further development of students’ skills in critical thinking, including a rigorous introduction to informal fallacies, deductive logic and inductive reasoning. Students will also learn how to recognize, analyze, and evaluate arguments in written and oral communication. Students will continue to develop competency in information literacy as they read and critique persuasive writing and communication and create their own arguments. (MKTG 201 and POSC 201 are equivalent to CORE 201 and have been approved for CORE credit.)

CORE 202

/HNRS 202/ POSC 202

Topics in Ethical Inquiry. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CORE 201. Further development in students’ skills in technology, reading, writing, oral communication, research, and critical thinking. This course includes a broad introduction to ethical theories and methods of ethical reasoning. Students will strengthen their skills in the recognition, analysis, and evaluation of written and oral arguments. Students will critique texts and create their own sustained line of reasoning regarding an ethical topic. (POSC 202 is equivalent to CORE 202 and has been approved for CORE credit.)

*CORE 103.  Written and Oral Communication—Honors will replace CORE 101 and CORE 102 for those new students in the RU Honors Academy whose backgrounds and competence indicate that they are prepared for this course. While a few Honors Students may first be asked to complete an Honors Section of CORE 101, CORE 103 will be completed by all students in the Honors Academy.