University Core A: Core Foundations

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. The course has been approved for Core Curriculum credit in University Core A.
CORE 102 Advanced Written and Oral Communication Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CORE 101. Development of students’ writing and speaking skills with attention to applied critical thinking and information literacy. The course will reinforce and develop elements of students’ reasoning and critical thinking and the use of these skills in written and oral communication. This course has been approved for Core Curriculum credit in University Core A.
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. Development of students’ skills in critical thinking, including how to recognize, analyze, and evaluate arguments in written and oral communication.  Students will develop competency in information literacy as they create their own persuasive arguments.

CORE 202

/HNRS 202/ POSC 202

Topics in Ethical Inquiry. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: CORE 201. Development of students’ skills in critical thinking, information literacy, and written and oral communication. This course focuses on ethical analysis of complex topics.  Students will strengthen their skills in the recognition, analysis, and evaluation of written and oral arguments. Students will work in teams to effectively examine ethical problems or dilemmas.

*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.