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
- Level II courses may be used to meet other requirements, as appropriate;
- 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
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 will not satisfy the Literary Studies (LS) Learning Domain.
B. Language (LA) (two-semester equivalent)
Students should achieve the degree of competence in a language other than English necessary to encounter another culture on its own terms. This level of ability requires being able to understand, analyze, and use the language. Such a capacity increases subtlety of mind, sharpens sensitivity to the use of language, and develops global citizenship.
Students can fulfill the language requirement by satisfying at least one of the following:
- Passing the second semester of any beginning sequence for a language other than English at the College;
- Passing an examination demonstrating proficiency at a level equivalent to the completion of the second semester of a beginning sequence for a language other than English at the College;
- Receiving transfer credit for the equivalent of two semesters of a beginning sequence for a language other than English (including a two course sequence in American Sign Language) from an accredited institution;
- For international students with native competence in a language other than English, by completing the Writing Level I (W1) requirement. This option is available to students enrolled as international students with permission from the Languages Department Chair.
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
- 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 with the following learning goals:
- Reading and Textual Understanding: To draw on, engage, and
cite the ideas of source texts to lend clarity, insight, and rhetorical
force to one’s own writing.
- Writing-Ideas: To generate insight; to
convey significant ideas in writing.
- Writing-Structure: To write with
organizational purpose, reflecting a coherent and meaningful order, both
at the paragraph level and in the essay as a whole.
- Writing-Mechanics & Style: To write effective prose in
keeping with standard English patterns of grammar, usage, punctuation,
sentence structure, and style.
- Process: To develop an understanding
of how a process of preliminary writings, drafting, and revision can
improve an essay’s ideas and shape as well as the writer’s control over
written language and prose style.
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
students, 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.
Languages (LA) Learning Goals
- Students will achieve the degree of competence in a language other than English necessary
to encounter another culture on its own terms.
- This level of ability requires being able to understand, analyze, and use
a language other than English.
- 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
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.