Core Curriculum Requirements
All undergraduate students, regardless of major, are required to complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of core courses. These courses must be taken in accordance with the distribution of credit hours by area of study described below, and must be selected from the list of core course titles on the following list of approved substitutes noted below. Some courses must be taken in sequence and in both semesters of courses which are offered over two semesters.
Students will be placed on academic probation for failure to maintain an acceptable cumulative grade point average in courses taken to fulfill the core curriculum requirements. Students who have attempted 30 credits or above will be placed on academic probation if their cumulative grade point average for core requirements is below 2.0. A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average both overall and in the core curriculum is required to graduate with a baccalaureate degree.
Students who have taken English Composition at Misericordia University or at another college/university and have received a grade of "C" or better in that course are exempted from the two writing intensive course requirements.
*Mathematics Bank I
Determined by Mathematics Department
Mathematics Bank II
Specified by Program
* Courses with an asterisk require a stronger background in mathematics and science.
Students are required to choose among the American History, Western Civilization, or political science sequences. Students must take 6 credits in each of the humanities disciplines: history/political science, literature, fine arts, philosophy and religious studies. Credits must also be distributed as follows: 6 credits of courses designated ancient and medieval (C); 6 credits of modern (M); and 6 credits designated global/multicultural (G). The designation will appear in the schedule of classes offered each semester.
Courses taken as part of a minor, specialization, or certification may be included as the nine credits of free electives, provided that they are outside the major. Students are encouraged to take additional free electives whenever their program of study permits.
Writing Proficiency Requirement
The writing proficiency requirement is a non-credit graduation requirement for all undergraduate students at Misericordia University. Transfer students who have taken an English composition course prior to matriculating at Misericordia University and who received a grade of "C" or better are exempted from this requirement. The requirement may be satisfied in one of two ways:
Students are eligible to sit for the writing proficiency examination after completion of 30 credits, provided that they have completed at least one writing intensive course in the past or are currently enrolled in a writing intensive course. If they do not pass the examination the first time, students may take the examination a second time during the second semester of their sophomore year (or after the completion of 45 credits). Students who have not passed the examination by the beginning of their junior year (after 60 credits) must attend mandatory workshops sponsored by the Writing Center and the Student Success Center during the first half of the first semester of their junior year before they can sit for the examination that semester. Students who fail the examination a third time will be required to take Composition (ENG 103), and receive a grade of "C" or better before they may graduate from Misericordia University.
Non-traditional students participating in Expressway and online course programs whose first semester of enrollment will be Spring 2012 or later can plan on sitting for the writing proficiency exam at their site campus arranged through the Center for Adult and Continuing Education. Specific information regarding their requirement for the writing proficiency exam will be detailed in the student's formal admissions letter.
For questions regarding the writing proficiency exam, please contact the Coordinator of Writing at 570-674-6191.
Technical Competency Requirement
The technical competency requirement is a non-credit online course designed to provide all incoming students with core technology competence for application throughout the academic experience and beyond.
All entering, full-time, matriculating students will automatically be registered for this course. The course should be completed within the first three (3) semesters or 45 credit hours. Successful completion of the technical competency requirement is a graduation requirement for all undergraduate students at Misericordia University.
The course will consist of four (4) modules, as follows:
The technical competency requirement will use a grading system of "S" or "U." If the student does not complete the courses in the first semester, they will receive an "IP" (which WILL NOT rollover to an "F"). The student who does not complete this competency will be automatically re-enrolled the following semester in the technical competency course.
Students who complete (or have completed) either Basic Computer Technology (BUS 105) or Educational Technology (TED 121) with a "C" or higher automatically meet the technology competency requirement.
The Misericordia University Guidelines for Appropriate Computing Behavior will be applicable.