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General Education Requirements

Accelerated Programs for Adults

Transfer credit, credit by examination, and credit for successful Prior Learning Assessment portfolios (PLA) are acceptable in lieu of most General Education requirements. Exceptions include, but are not limited to, College Writing I (ENG 0160) and College Writing II (ENG 0170). Students should consult with their academic advisor about maximizing credits for transfer credits, credits by examination and prior learning.

College Writing Requirements

To best prepare students to succeed in Rosemont's accelerated adult undergraduate tracks and programs, all of which are writing-intensive, students must fulfill two writing courses: ENG-160 College Writing I and ENG-170 College Writing II, prior to taking any further coursework at Rosemont. 


The first of the course’s three principle assumptions is Rosemont College’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) undergraduate programs are “reading and writing” intensive; students’ opportunities for academic success are directly related to skills such as comprehension, interpretation, analysis and oral and written communication.

The college’s tradition and philosophical underpinnings of “meeting the needs of the age” inspire the second assumption: Rosemont’s SGPS programs target both the traditional student and the adult learner, i.e., individuals who are working, possibly raising a family, and may have been out of formal academic settings for years.

The SGPS provides courses for learners who may not have the opportunity to continue or complete education within traditional educational settings. This open-ended acceptance of students from all walks of life, across all age cohorts, and across a diversity of living and educational experiences calls for all learners to begin their academic endeavors with a course that introduces concepts, clarifies expectations, and provides guidance for success.

The third assumption is based on the “learning curve.” Because acceptance into the SGPS is not predicated on standardized test scores, students of all levels of experience and expertise enter the program equally. However, not every student is prepared for the demand and expectations that govern accelerated degree requirements. This particular course intends to identify those different levels of writing competence and guide students toward appropriate intervention when needed.

This introductory course will help allay anxiety, assess needs, and direct learners toward a path of academic success. This course is designed to assist all learners to reflect, assess, and plan the path best suited for their personal development.

This course, the second in a series of two, (Pre-requisite ENG 0160 College Writing I: Composition and Critical Thought), focuses on generating and organizing ideas, conducting library research and learning to use the APA citing format.

Emphasis is placed on developing papers using principles of logical reasoning (Argumentative/Persuasive). Language style and audience are also stressed. A library seminar is included in the course.

Rosemont College's general education requirements are designed to provide all students with the knowledge, skills, and attributes that will support their further learning, incorporate the College mission in their understanding, and prepare them to enact the mission in their professional, social, and civic lives. They include:

  • College Writing I and II - 6 credits
  • Oral Presentation - 3 credits
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking - 6 credits
  • Humanities - 6 credits
  • Social Science - 6 credits
  • Science - 3 credits
  • Sustainability - 3 credits
  • Theology and Religious Studies  - 6 credits
  • Multiculturalism and Gender - 3 credits
  • Global Awareness - 6 credits

Transfer credit, credit by examination, and credit for successful Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolios are acceptable in lieu of all General Education requirements except College Writing I (ENG-0160) and College Writing II (ENG-0170). Students should contact their advisors about PLAs.

Courses Fulfilling General Education Requirements

The list below includes a small sample of courses that satisfy general education requirements. No one general education listing may be used to fulfill more than one general education requirement; however, a number of required and elective courses in the business and criminal justice programs may be used to fulfill both the program requirement and the general education requirement.

Inter-religious Dialogue on Global Issues intends to introduce students to the various positions within the scholarly study of religion that examine how different communities can stop the violence and enmity between them and work toward reconciliation. We will examine the history of the relationship between Muslims and Christians and various religious encounters in the United States.

Using student lead discussions to research the topic of oil and energy policy in the United States, the goal of this seminar course is to get students to evaluate a chosen thesis, while developing research, critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills. All students are expected to take a great deal of responsibility for their own learning and to actively participate in class.

This course introduces students to the millions of life forms that have lived during the 3.5 billion year record of life on earth. The course reviews the history and evolution of life on earth, and guides students in an exploration of the plants, animals, and other forms of life through lectures, class activities, and field observations.

Students will document their own observations through sketches and field notes, and will supplement their own observations with basic library and internet research. Through their own observations, students will discover how various organisms interact by forming and testing their own hypotheses, and documenting their results. The course also examines the challenges and opportunities faced by each form of life on a planet dominated by human activities.

This Turbo looks at new ways to understand a central fact of American historyImmigration. The course focuses on current issues in immigration to the United States and also encompasses selected aspects of 19th and 20th century immigration.

Through a combination of readings, discussion, and film, the course seeks to establish the history, politics, and sociology of immigration to the United States with emphasis placed on immigration as an active process within the larger event of global migrations.

Students have the opportunity to examine the impact of race, ethnicity, and gender on this process, and discuss and write about how the political, social, economic, and religious factors, to varying degrees, effected both immigration from the homeland and immigrant acceptance in America.

A music appreciation course designed to introduce the student to a variety of genres of music (Gregorian Chant, Classical, Jazz, Motown, Present Day).

This weekend/five (5) week course will enhance the skill of listening and provide exposure to composers and music literature. The enjoyment of listening will be a bridge using these five (5) periods of music to your daily life situations using therapeutic music activities.

This course explores the core concepts of successfully managing Energetic Materials/ WMDs in critical and emergency response. This course evaluates the threat posed to society by chemical, biologic, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons.

Students will learn about explosive and incendiary devices that could be used as terrorist weapons, and explore historic overview of suicide bombing, characteristics of a suicide bomber, and how emergency organizations can disrupt a terrorist's ability to carry out a suicide bombing.

Completion of this course will provide students with two certifications from the US Department of Homeland Security in Energetic Materials.

This course is a brief introduction to Western philosophical thought. The course focus is on the following themes, Western philosophy, the nature of philosophy, and questions of Faith and Reason. Topics such as Epistemology- The question of knowledge, and Ethics-The questions of virtue, morality and justice will also be explored.