The three-course First-Year Experience (FYE) is required of all first-year students
for full implementation beginning with the 2005-2006 academic year. The FYE will
1) A First-Year Colloquium (FYC) that will
2) A 4-credit course devoted to the development and reinforcement of writing
skills. Ordinarily this course is taken in conjunction with the FYC sometime during
the first year.
3) Speech instruction and evaluation by speech communication professionals
will be coordinated with the FYC instructor.
4) Community-wide co-curricular activities required of all FYC students.
These activities will be primarily thematically based and intended to stimulate
on-campus engagement and to provide a potential resource for FYC colloquia.
The Randolph-Macon faculty is dedicated to the full development of students' skills
in written and oral communication. In particular, any course that meets an Areas
of Knowledge Requirement in Civilizations, Arts and Literature, Social Sciences,
and Natural and Mathematical Sciences will be attentive to students' competence
in writing and/or speaking as appropriate to the context of the course.
Randolph-Macon's curriculum goals make clear the College's intent to provide students
with an education
Since none of these goals is particular to a single discipline or even to a single
area of knowledge, Randolph-Macon offers courses in various areas that are designated
as addressing these goals and requires each student to include certain numbers of
these designated courses in his/her program of study. Courses throughout the curriculum
may be designated as being especially attentive to up to three cross-area designations.
However, a student (with their advisor) is limited to selecting any two of these
designations to apply toward their general education requirement.
a travel or study-abroad course,
a research experience,
a field study, or
a student-teaching assignment
Areas of Knowledge Requirements
The Areas of Knowledge Requirements outline a set of courses that all students must
complete successfully in order to receive a degree from Randolph-Macon College.
A course may be designated to satisfy an Area of Knowledge requirement in up to
two areas, but a student is limited to selecting one of these areas to apply toward
their general education requirement.
* The term "Mathematical Sciences" here is meant to include mathematics, statistics,
and computer science.