The Foundation Seminar

Students will develop writing, reading, speaking, listening, and information literacy skills necessary for collegiate-level academic work.

Students will develop capacities for independent academic work and become more accountable for their own learning.

Foreign Language

Students will study language as a complex multifunctional phenomenon -- as a system for communicating thought and information and as an essential element of human thought processes, perceptions, and self-expression -- that allows them to understand different peoples and their communities.

Students will learn to examine the world, their own culture, and their own language through the lens of a foreign language and culture.

Integrated Perspectives

Students will be able to recognize, construct, and evaluate connections among different intellectual methods, ways of learning, and bodies of knowledge.

Laboratory Science

Students will develop a unified understanding of scientific theory and practice in modern natural science.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the development of science as an intellectual pursuit and of the ways in which scientific ideas are formulated, modified, and come to be accepted.

Students will demonstrate skill in the application of scientific techniques and methods, including the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, and communication of the results.