Capacities

A. Writing (bi-level program)
Clear and effective writing is inseparable from clear and coherent thinking. Each student must demonstrate the attainment of an acceptable level of skill in written communication by fulfilling the requirements of a bi-level writing program.

      Level I (W1). To meet the Level I writing requirement a student must

  • receive a “C” or above in ENGL 110 Introduction to Academic Writing, or ENGL 210 Advanced Academic Writing at Hendrix; or
  • receive a grade of “C” or above in a course at Hendrix from the category Introduction to Literary Studies (These courses are identified by the code “W1” in the Schedule of Classes and in this Catalog); or
  • receive a grade of “C” or above on an examination in written English administered by the Writing Center at Hendrix and certified by the English Department.

Students must meet this requirement during the first or second year. International students should read the section titled "English Course Placement for International Students" that appears in the Hendrix College Catalog.

      Level II (W2). To meet the Level II writing requirement, a student must receive writing proficiency certification (including making a grade of “C” or higher) in a writing intensive course offered by any department of the College. Writing intensive courses are identified by the code “W2” in the Schedule of Classes and in this Catalog.

The following guidelines apply to all Level II courses:

  • Level II courses (writing intensive courses) will be sophomore-level and above;
  • Level II courses may be used to meet other requirements, as appropriate; and
  • Level II certification will not be given until a student has completed Level I, in particular, a student may not complete Level II and Level I in the same semester.

Students may not use credits received from the Advanced Placement exam (AP), International Baccalaureate exam (IB), or from transfer courses to satisfy either the Level I or Level II requirement. Moreover, successful completion of the Level I writing examination willnot satisfy the Literary Studies (LS) Learning Domain.

B. Foreign Language (two-semester equivalent)
Students should achieve the degree of competence in a foreign language necessary to encounter another culture on its own terms. This level of ability requires being able to understand, analyze, and use a foreign language. Such a capacity increases subtlety of mind, sharpens sensitivity to the use of one’s own language, and more fully opens another culture for exploration.

Students can fulfill the foreign language requirement by satisfying at least one of the following:

  • Passing the second semester of any foreign language at the College;
  • Passing an examination demonstrating proficiency at a level equivalent to the second semester of a foreign language taken at the College;
  • Receiving transfer credit for the equivalent of two semesters of a foreign language from an accredited institution.
  • In the case of international students whose native language is not English, by completing the Writing Level I (W1) requirement.

C.Quantitative Skills (QS) (one-semester equivalent)
As our society becomes more technologically and analytically based, it is important that students develop quantitative skills that are necessary in a large and growing number of careers. Mathematical models form the basis for many fundamental concepts and modes of analysis in a diverse number of disciplines. Students need to possess sufficient quantitative skills in order to understand, manipulate, and interpret these models. It is, therefore, important that students possess a base level of mathematical/computing skills necessary for the development of those quantitative skills they will need in their chosen disciplines and in their lives.

To complete the quantitative skills capacity requirement, students must successfully receive credit for a Quantitative Skills course by one of the methods listed below:

  • Passing a Quantitative Skills course offered by the College;
  • Earning an appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit;
  • Transferring from any accredited institution a course that is comparable in academic quality and content to a Quantitative Skills course.

D. Physical Activity (PA) (two-semester equivalent)
Students are encouraged to develop and practice a lifestyle that promotes wellness, physical fitness and incorporates recreational activities on a regular basis. All students must meet the Physical Activity requirement unless exempted by the Physical Activity Coordinator.

Students can fulfill the physical activity requirement by receiving credit for two different physical activity classes offered at the College.

Successful completion in a varsity sport for one season qualifies as an activity class for this purpose. However, no more than one unit may be earned from participation in varsity sports. Transfer courses may be considered for learning domain credit. Contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.


Capacities Learning Goals

Writing Level I (W1) Learning Goals

The Level 1, or W1, courses serve as the gateway to the College's writing requirement. As such, these courses are designed to "increase the student's skill in writing expository prose," by enabling the student to understand that "effective communication reflects coherent thinking and that both require clarity, precision, and forcefulness."

Writing Level 2 (W2) Learning Goals

Expectations for Writing Intensive (W2) Courses

A student will be able to organize a short paper which articulates and develops an argument. The prose will be grammatically correct, the diction appropriate to the audience and topic, and the sentences well-structured and clear.

  • Organization and Coherence. A student who earns W2 credit has demonstrated his or her ability to write fluent, clear, and logical short papers, marshaling the necessary information to respond to a well-structured and clearly explained assignment. The student is able to present this information to an educated audience, simultaneously conveying the student's viewpoint on the topic.
  • Thesis. A student who earns W2 credit has learned to formulate, develop, and summarize a thesis. In the thesis statement the student indicates the direction of the paper and then develops this thesis with supporting illustrations and arguments. The conclusion creates an effective sense of closure that does not simply repeat the thesis.
  • Grammatical Correctness. Students who earn W2 credit have demonstrated their ability to proofread their papers and to spell and punctuate properly. Many student,s however, continue to have difficulty with these three skills. Every professor, therefore, needs to stress these skills constantly and to offer assistance and encouragement when needed. Among the common grammatical problems a successful W2 student is expected to avoid are fragments, run-on sentences, dangling modifiers, lack of agreement, inconsistent use of tenses, vague pronoun reference, and errors in common usage.
  • Diction and Sentence Structure. W2 courses help students to improve their diction and use fairly sophisticated sentence structure. A W2 student learns to choose appropriate words for the assigned audience and topic. In order to be competent writers, students also learn to subordinate their ideas properly through the use of both simple and complex sentences. Sophisticated vocabulary and sentence structure develop over time as the student reads more widely.

Foreign Languages (FL) Learning Goals

  • Students will achieve the degree of competence in a foreign language necessary to encounter another culture on its own terms.
  • This level of ability requires being able to understand, analyze, and use a foreign language.
  • Such a capacity increases subtlety of mind, sharpens sensitivity to the use of one's own language, and more fully opens another culture for exploration.

Quantitative Skills (QS) Learning Goals

  • Upon completion of a course in this learning domain, students are able to:
  • Use mathematical/computing techniques to analyze and solve models.
  • Quantitatively interpret results of analysis as they apply to real world problems.

Physical Activity (PA) Learning Goals

  • Content Knowledge. Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of rules and/or skills neede dto be successful in physical activity classes.
  • Social. Students will use physical activity as an opportunity for enjoyment and social interaction.
  • Value Physical Activity and Fitness. Students will articulate the value of physical activity to improve health and well being of individuals, and that physical activity can foster self-expression, development, and learning.