CARLOW COMPASS REQUIREMENTS: FIRST YEAR

 
CTC 101 Connecting to Carlow
This course introduces students to the Carlow University curriculum, vision, mission, and resources. It promotes intellectual engagement with the liberal arts and seeks to deepen a student’s skills in reflective self-exploration. In this course, students will analyze their own academic and career goals and develop a self-directed plan of study. The course takes a “big picture” or “meta-cognitive” approach, and helps students consider the connection between the liberal arts, their major, and career-readiness. This is a pass/fail course. 1 credit 
 
148 Critical Exploration 
All courses with a 148 number meet the critical exploration requirement. This course, which can be from any liberal arts discipline, focuses on specific topics related to the discipline. The course can be applied to a minor. It introduces and develops the Learning Outcomes of: Critical Reasoning, Written Communication, Liberal Arts Integration, and Information and Digital Literacy. This course can also be used in partial fulfillment of the Liberal Arts Breadth requirement (see below). Usually taken in the fall semester. 3 credits 
 
149 Contemplation and Action 
All courses with a 149 number meet the Contemplation and Action requirement. This course, which can be from any liberal arts discipline, focuses on the Mercy tradition of service through examination and analysis of societal issues, and development of reflective practice. This course can be applied toward a minor. It introduces and develops the Learning Outcomes of: Ethical and Social Responsibility, Critical Reasoning, and Written Communication. This course can also be used in partial fulfillment of the Liberal Arts Breadth requirement (see below). Usually taken in the spring semester. 3 credits 
 
 

SKILLS COURSES

 
SKC 101 Communication: Personal to Professional 
This course is designed to introduce students to the knowledge and skills needed to communicate effectively in both personal and professional situations, using traditional [face-to-face] and digital mediums. Students will study the essential concepts and models of communication; while designing and presenting formal presentations. Topics include: interviewing; ethics; nonverbal communication; team building; visual aids; demonstrating appropriate use of ethos, pathos and logos in the organization; and delivery of a presentation, demonstrating college-level research and critical thinking skills. All students will deliver individual and group presentations. It is recommended that this course be completed during the first year of study. 3 credits 
 
SKC100 Communications Lab
This communication skills course is seen as an extension of the learning that takes place in the SKC 101 course. Students will demonstrate the practical applications of the theories and skills in communication assessment, interviews, listening, communication ethics, research, evidence and team work. Additionally, students will construct digital forms of communication using best practices for effectiveness, including short visual aids and videos. The work in the SKC 100 class parallels the learning in the SKC 101 class. 1 credit 
 
SKQ 101 Quantitative Reasoning 
This course is designed to study the fundamental skills required to understand quantitative information in personal, societal, and career contexts and to use this information to effectively form conclusions, judgments, or inferences. These skills include the ability to consume quantitative information presented in many formats as well as the ability to articulate arguments using quantitative evidence to a variety of audiences. Topics include: critical thinking, number sense, statistical interpretation, basic probability, graphical representation, and analysis of data. Students will have the opportunity to consider the ethical issues surrounding the use of data as engaged citizens of the world. It is recommended that this course be completed during the first year of study. 3 credits 
 
SKQ 100 Quantitative Reasoning Lab 
This course provides an opportunity to expand on the skills developed in SKQ 101. Generally, this course will focus on applying quantitative reasoning to a range of public issues or in the practice of a disciplinary field of study. Students have repeated opportunities to practice thinking deeply about contextual numbers, communicating the results of that thinking in evidence-based arguments, and questioning the quantitative reasoning of others. Students develop confidence in working with quantitative information. PREREQUISITE: SKQ 101. 1 credit 
 
SKW 101 Foundations of Writing 
This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of college writing and research. These fundamentals include the basic elements of rhetoric (written or spoken communication): the organization of ideas, careful use of evidence, reasoned analysis, and coherent use of the fundamental mechanics and grammar of English diction and style. Students will practice drafting expository documents using the traditional techniques of effective written communication and will also be introduced to professional written communication. Several of the expository documents will involve college-level research, which requires proficient information literacy and appropriate use of citation styles. Students who register for this course should also register for the SKW 100 Writing Skills Lab. 3 credits 
 
SKW 100 Writing Skills Lab 
This introductory lab focuses on the development of basic reading and writing skills. It is designed to support SKW101 Foundations of Writing. Students will practice close/annotated reading and basic grammar and mechanics skills, learn the basics of information literacy, and have an introduction to APA and MLA documentation styles. The writing exercises in this lab will parallel the work being done in the SKW 101 course. 1 credit
 
 

CARLOW COMPASS REQUIREMENTS: SOPHOMORE, JUNIOR, SENIOR YEARS

 
Liberal Arts Breadth Requirement: (12-24 credits total) 
Students are required to complete two courses in different liberal arts disciplines in each of the following categories: 
 
Expression
One 100- or 200-level course from two different liberal arts disciplines from the following: Art, English, Music, Theater (1.5-credit mini-courses can be used to fulfill this requirement). Total of 3-6 credits 
 
Natural World
One 100- or 200-level course from two different liberal arts disciplines from the following: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology (1.5-credit mini-courses can be used to fulfill this requirement). Total of 3-6 credits 
 
Social Justice
One 100- or 200-level course from two different liberal arts disciplines from the following: Communication, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies (1.5 credit minicourses can be used to fulfill this requirement). Total of 3-6 credits 
 
Wisdom 
One 100- or 200-level course from two different liberal arts disciplines from the following: History, Philosophy, Theology (1.5-credit mini-courses can be used to fulfill this requirement). Total of 3-6 credits 
 
Liberal Arts Depth Requirement 
Students are required to take one 200- or 300-level, 3-credit course in a liberal arts discipline in which they’ve already completed a breadth experience. Students will be expected to engage in a deeper exploration of a topic within the course. This course must be a course outside the student’s major. 3 credits 
 
Upper-Level Ethics and Social Responsibility Requirement 
Students are required to complete one upper-level Ethics and Social Responsibility requirement. This course deepens understanding of the Mercy tradition of service and social responsibility. and builds on the Ethics and Social Responsibility Learning Outcome introduced in the Contemplation and Action course. Service Learning courses fulfill the Ethics and Social Responsibility requirement. 3 credits
 
Junior Anchor Course 
All students are required to complete a Junior Anchor course their junior year. This is a synthesis course where students engage in assignments that incorporate multiple liberal art perspectives. This course also guides students through a reflection on how the liberal arts connect to their majors. Students will also reflect on and engage with important aspects of career-readiness. This course serves as the signature course for transfer students starting in fall 2016. 3 credits 
 
 

CARLOW COMPASS REQUIREMENTS: SENIOR YEAR

 
Senior Capstone 
All students are required to complete a senior capstone experience. Students should consult with their major advisor regarding this requirement. Minimum 1 credit.