Oct 24, 2020  
SCPS College Catalog 2020-2021 
    
SCPS College Catalog 2020-2021

The Core Program


The School of Continuing and Professional Studies: Core Program

The Core Program

The Core Program supports the goals expressed in the Mission Statement of Elizabethtown College and the Mission Statement of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.  Through the School’s Core Program, Elizabethtown College offers each undergraduate student a broad exposure to the liberal arts and sciences in a manner respectful of learning needs and styles.  Students experience a core curriculum that complements and enriches major and elective courses. 

Learning Outcomes of the Core Program

Adult students completing the Core Program offered by Elizabethtown College through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies will be able to:

  • Integrate the skills of critical thinking to their lives, workplace and the world around them.
  • Explain how knowledge can be applied to problems relevant to our contemporary world.
  • Critically evaluate cultural influences that have shaped societies.
  • Evaluate ethical and social issues and their impact across different cultures.
  • Solve problems through use of well-considered and applicable methods and techniques.
  • Illustrate the elements of effective persuasive communications in oral or written presentations.

Baccalaureate Core Program Structure

The Baccalaureate Core Program is divided into two basic categories – common learning experiences (Foundations for Accelerated Learning and the Core Program Capstone), which total six credits; and learning experiences in eight Areas of Understanding, which vary from twenty-one to thirty-one credits, depending on the major. This Core Program is based upon broad learning themes to form a cohesive and useful liberal arts foundation for more intensive learning in the major.

The Baccalaureate Common Core

All adult students matriculated in baccalaureate degree programs offered by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies share in the Common Core by successfully completing the following two courses:

FS 1500 Foundations for Accelerated Learning  

Adult students successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Identify academic success skills for learning in an accelerated program.
  • Demonstrate college-level writing, research, and oral communication skills.
  • Develop key writing skills to avoid plagiarism.
  • Identify personal strengths and areas of improvement related to effective learning.
  • Utilize APA format in college-level writing

Foundations for Accelerated Learning should be taken in the first three sessions of an adult student’s entry or re-entry into college.

We will accept transfer credits from learners who have previously taken an accelerated course similar to our Foundations for Accelerated Learning course (e.g., University of Phoenix).

IDC 4900 Core Program Capstone  

Adult students successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Write clearly and persuasively incorporating APA guidelines.
  • Develop a persuasive presentation incorporating research.
  • Analyze arguments and positions that support a thesis.
  • Solve problems logically and creatively.
  • Identify the impact of liberal arts core coursework in the past, present, and future.
  • Apply concepts from a number of different disciplines in examining a contemporary problem.

Normally, the Core Program Capstone should be taken only after adult students have satisfied Power of Language, Foundations for Accelerated Learning, and Math Analysis requirements; those taking Core Program Capstone should also have junior or senior status at the College.

Areas of Understanding

Areas of Understanding represent broad, thematic approaches to college-level learning and appear in the Baccalaureate Core Program because of their importance in building a useful and valuable liberal arts learning experience for adult students at Elizabethtown College.  Areas of Understanding are described below and each area’s learning outcomes are listed.  Courses, taken at Elizabethtown or accepted in transfer, that fulfill these Area of Understanding requirements, should meet a majority of the listed learning outcomes.

Power of Language: 3 credits

The hallmark of a liberally educated person is the ability to articulate ideas clearly and persuasively in any number of settings and contexts, ranging from the academic world to the business world.

After successfully fulfilling this requirement, the student will be able to:

  • Use language clearly and persuasively to articulate ideas.
  • Read and listen carefully and critically.
  • Assess the quality of other people’s use of language.
  • Analyze and synthesize ideas.
  • Speak and write clearly and persuasively.

This requirement is met for all programs with EN 1000 Writing and Language. Other English, communications, and philosophy courses can be evaluated for transfer to fulfill this requirement.

Mathematical Analysis: 3 credits

Mathematical Analysis fosters competency in quantitative reasoning and the mastery of problem solving skills.

After successfully fulfilling this requirement, the student will be able to:

  • Argue and present using numbers and statistics.
  • Respond, critically, to arguments and positions that use numbers and statistics.
  • Model real world phenomena, using numbers and statistics.
  • Problem-solve

The following courses offered by the SCPS fulfill this area:

Other mathematics courses can be evaluated for transfer to fulfill this requirement.

Creative Expression: 3 credits

This Area of Understanding fosters the student’s appreciation of the diversity of human perception and its expression.  This includes the history, theory, creation, performance, and/or criticism of art forms from music, painting, cinema, architecture, sculpture, and the graphic arts.

After successfully fulfilling this requirement, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the basic concepts and the vocabulary employed in the creation and analysis of works of art.
  • Make informed aesthetic judgments.
  • Discuss the value that an artistic medium has, beyond simple utility.
  • Appreciate that creative art forms affirm humanity and express innermost, human feelings.

The following courses offered by the SCPS fulfill this area:

Other art, English, music, and theatre courses can be evaluated for transfer to fulfill this requirement.

Western Cultures: 3 credits

While the United States today reflects the blending of many different cultures, Western European cultural traditions form the underlying context within which this blending has occurred.  Critical analysis of significant human endeavors from those traditions forms the foundation of this Area of Understanding.  This analysis will help students to understand themselves and their society better.  Subject areas discussed in the course of this analysis may include art, government, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion, science, and social institutions.

After successfully completing this requirement, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss important aspects of the western cultural heritage of the United States.
  • Analyze the relationship of the western cultural past to the contemporary world.
  • Interpret knowledge in a variety of different ways.
  • Contextualize culture, historically.
  • Analyze critically and use, effectively, primary texts, secondary sources, and other forms of evidence.

The following courses offered by the SCPS fulfill this area:

Other art, English, history, music, philosophy, religion, and theatre courses can be reviewed for transfer to fulfill this requirement.

World Cultures and International Studies: 3 credits

The World Cultures and International Studies Area of Understanding promotes analysis of the global human experience.

After successfully completing this requirement, the student will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the diverse experiences of culture groups across the world.
  • Discuss the interdependence of the world’s peoples and countries.
  • Demonstrate intercultural awareness and responsiveness.

The following courses offered by the SCPS fulfill this area:

Other anthropology, history, political science, and religion courses can be reviewed for transfer to fulfill this requirement.

Natural World: 3-4 credits (must include lab)

This Area of Understanding promotes the systematic study of the natural world through content and methodology.

After successfully completing this requirement, the student will be able to:

  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Apply the scientific method of inquiry.
  • Discuss major concepts associated with the scientific disciplines.
  • Demonstrate the criticism, challenge, and revision of scientific theories.

The following courses offered by the SCPS fulfill this area:

Other biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and psychology courses can be reviewed for transfer to fulfill this requirement.

Social World: 3 credits

The Social World Area of Understanding investigates the ways in which human behavior is shaped, ranging from self-formation to international relations.

After successfully completing this requirement, the student will be able to:

  • Explore, analyze, and interpret the influences on human thought, feelings, and behavior.
  • Apply the methods and procedures of social research.
  • Discuss major concepts, theories, and texts that interpret and explain human behavior and interaction.
  • Discuss the diversity and/or integration of social worlds.
  • Analyze the organization and functions of one or more social worlds.

The following courses offered by the SCPS fulfill this area:

Other communications, economics, history, psychology, religion, sociology, and social work courses can be reviewed for transfer to fulfill this requirement.

Values, Choice and Justice: 3 credits

The Values, Choice and Justice Area of Understanding reflects the values of the College’s Brethren heritage and tradition; it affirms human dignity, social justice, peace, and non-violence.  Through this Area of Understanding students engage value-based decision-making and are encouraged to consider the personal and social aspects of their choices.

After successfully completing this requirement, the student will be able to:

  • Define self-values.
  • Make thoughtful decisions based on self-values.
  • Think independently and critically.
  • Evaluate options and outcomes.
  • Apply all of these skills to the exercise of responsible citizenship and other kinds of service.
  • Discuss works that represent aesthetic, cultural, historical, religious, or philosophical approaches to values.

The following courses offered by the SCPS fulfill this area:

Other English, history, philosophy, political science, and religion courses may be reviewed for transfer to fulfill this requirement.

Other Requirements to Complete the Baccalaureate Core Program

  • Adult students should take the Foundations for Accelerated Learning within the first three sessions of their academic program.
  • Normally, the adult student should have completed the Foundations for Accelerated Learning, Power of Language, and Mathematical Analysis Core requirements before taking any upper-level Core courses.
  • Completion of the Core Program requires three 2000-level or above (upper level) Core courses.
  • The Core Program Capstone must be taken at Elizabethtown College.

Associate Core Program Structure

The Associate Core Program is divided into two basic categories – common learning experiences, which total six credits; and learning experiences in Areas of Understanding, which vary from nine to thirteen credits, depending on the major. This Core Program is based upon broad learning themes to form a cohesive and useful liberal arts foundation for more intensive learning in the major.

The Associate Common Core

All adult students matriculated in associate degree programs offered by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies must complete the following: ​

FS 1500 - Foundations for Accelerated Learning  3 credits (1 course)

Power of Language: 3 credits

The hallmark of a liberally educated person is the ability to articulate ideas clearly and persuasively in any number of settings and contexts, ranging from the academic world to the business world.

After successfully fulfilling this requirement, the student will be able to:

  • Use language clearly and persuasively to articulate ideas.
  • Read and listen carefully and critically.
  • Assess the quality of other people’s use of language.
  • Analyze and synthesize ideas.
  • Speak and write clearly and persuasively.
  • This requirement is met for all programs with EN 1000 Writing and Language. Other English, communications, and philosophy courses can be evaluated for transfer to fulfill this requirement.

Mathematical Analysis: 3 credits

Mathematical Analysis fosters competency in quantitative reasoning and the mastery of problem solving skills.

After successfully fulfilling this requirement, the student will be able to:

Areas of Understanding

Areas of Understanding represent broad, thematic approaches to college-level learning and appear in the Associate Core Program because of their importance in building a useful and valuable liberal arts learning experience for adult students at Elizabethtown College.  These Areas of Understanding are further described in the Baccalaureate Core section. All associate degree students, except for Human Services majors, must complete three courses (totaling 9-10 credits) from any three different Areas of Understanding that follow:

  • Creative Expression
  • Western Cultures
  • World Cultures & International Studies
  • Natural World (must include a lab component)
  • Social World
  • Values, Choice & Justice

Because Human Services majors have extensive requirements in the Social World domain, their program requires two courses (totaling 6-7 credits) from any two different Areas of Understanding above other than the Social World.

Weekend Seminars (IDC)

Students may elect to participate in 3-day seminar courses for variable credit.    These courses cover a range of timely and relevant topics.  Previous seminar topics have included climate change, generational differences, addiction, and women in business.

Students who elect to take the seminar for 3-credits may use it to fulfill specific core or program requirements dependent on topic; students who elect to take the 1-credit option may only use it to satisfy general elective credits needed for degree completion.

Students are not limited to the number of seminars they may take for core or general electives, but may only take two seminars to meet major program requirements.   Students are strongly encouraged to work with their academic advisor to determine best fit for program progress and degree completion.

Courses Transferring into the Core Program

Students admitted to Elizabethtown College through the Office of Admissions with an earned associate degree, consisting of at least 40 corresponding general education credits, will be recognized as meeting all of the requirements of the Elizabethtown College Core Curriculum with full junior Standing.  The foregoing provision does not supersede curricular prerequisites or departmental program requirements established in the College catalog.  Nor does it exclude the student from completing the Foundations for Accelerated Learning (FS 1500) and the Core Program Capstone (IDC4900) requirement, or residency requirements, for completion of a bachelor’s degree.  Elizabethtown College is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Elizabethtown College will accept the transfer of credits up to a maximum of sixty-four applicable semester credit hours from a two-year institution.   Students may earn up to a maximum of 32 credits earned through examination (i.e., AP, IB, CLEP, etc.).   Official certification of exam scores and official college transcripts are required for credit transfer.   Please refer to the Elizabethtown College Catalog Academic Policies for more detail on graduation, residency, etc. 

We will waive FS1500 Foundations of Accelerated Learning and IDC4900 Core Program Capstone for those students who already have a bachelor’s degree.