Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication - BS


This worksheet is a planning tool and enrollment guide for use during your enrollment appointment. The first section (in purple) identifies the required major related courses and Cluster One GenEd course you need to enroll in your first semester. The green area contains courses that are required for your major but are optional for the first semester. If you do not enroll in the optional courses your first semester you will do so in a later semester. The last section lists GenEd course options you may add to your schedule to create a final schedule of 14-16 credit hours, unless indicated otherwise in the Departmental Recommendations instructions. The worksheet should be saved and printed with your identified selections for use during your enrollment appointment.


Departmental Recommendations:

1. If you do not have AP, IB, CIE, or Dual Enrollment credit for WRTC 103, enroll in WRTC 103. You must complete WRTC 103 by the end of your freshman year; if you are unable to do so, you should plan to take one of the online sections offered in the summer.

2. If you have AP, IB, CIE or Dual Enrollment credit that has been sent to the JMU Office of the Registrar, you may try to enroll in WRTC 200. If you are expecting credit, you need to be sure that you requested your scores/transcripts to be delivered to JMU, otherwise these scores will not post and you will not receive credit. If the credit is not in the JMU system, the MyMadison system will prevent you from enrolling. Enroll in a full schedule of 14 - 16 credit hours without WRTC 200 and you may make adjustments to your schedule when you meet with your advisor during your Summer Springboard Orientation session.

3. Enroll in one course from the Cluster One Critical Thinking OR Human Communications requirement section.

4. Consider enrolling in a course under the Optional Course Requirements section. If you do not enroll in one this semester you may enroll in a future semester.

5. Select from the General Education options to create a full schedule of 14 - 16 credit hours.

6. If you are interested in Pre-professional Health Preparation, refer to the information in Module 3 under Special Student Categories for information on selecting General Education courses




Placement Exam Scores: This major does not require a specific mathematics course such as statistics or calculus, but you need to know your Math Placement Exam scores if you enroll in a mathematics course other than MATH 103. Enter your scores in the field below so you may determine your recommended mathematics course using the information below. MATH 103 does not require a specific score for enrollment.

You also need to know your JMUFL foreign language placement score to determine the appropriate placement level. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a course other than your placement recommendation.

 

                                                How to find your placement scores

 


 

Required First Semester Courses

Major Requirements:

 

Course/Subject/Number/Course Title Credits
 
3

Enroll in WRTC 103 unless you have AP, IB, CIE, or dual enrollment credit or are waiting for credit

 

If you have WRTC 103 credit & the credit transcript has been sent to JMU, try to enroll in WRTC 200. If you receive an error message, the credit has not been entered in the MyMadison system and you may adjust your schedule when you meet with your advisor during your orientation session. In the meantime, continue to create a full schedule of 14 - 16 credit hours without the WRTC 200 class.

WRTC 103 Critical Reading and Writing
WRTC 200 Introduction to Studies in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
   

Cluster One Requirement:


Critical Thinking OR Human Communications
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Check the boxes of all the courses that interest you, but only enroll in ONE of these courses for your first semester. You will take the other in your second semester. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in both a critical thinking and a human communications course.                                                              
 3
BUS 160 Business Decision Making in a Modern Society
HIST 150 Critical Issues in Recent Global History
ISAT 160 Problem Solving Approaches in Science and Technology
SMAD 150 Mediated Communication: Issues and Skills
PHIL 120 Critical Thinking
PHIL 150 Ethical Reasoning
SCOM 121 Human Communication: Presentations
SCOM 122 Human Communication: Individual Presentations
SCOM 123 Human Communication: Group Presentations
 

Optional Major Courses:

Mathematics Options:

This major does not require a specific mathematics course. You may enroll in any of the math courses below to fulfill your GenEd Track I, Group 1 requirement. If you do not enroll in math the first semester you may enroll in a later semester. The MyMadison system will not permit you to enroll in a class higher than your STAT or CALC placement score. MATH 103 does not require a specific STAT or CALC score.

 

Calculus

Course/Subject/Number/Course Title

 

Enroll in ONE of these courses based on your MPE CALC score.

MPE Score                Course


30-45                         MATH 235

23-29                         MATH 231

18-22                         MATH 231+MATH 199*

15-17                         MATH 155*
*
<15                            MATH 156**

MATH 235 Calculus I- 4 cr hrs
MATH 231 Calculus with Functions I - 3 cr hrs
MATH 155 College Algebra** - 3 cr hrs
MATH 156 College Algebra** - 3 cr hrs
* MATH 199 is a gateway co-requisite designed to assist students who want to start calculus but need to review fundamental mathematics to be successful in MATH 231. Students will be enrolled in 4 credit hours. The course is self-study-based and he only required meetings will be drop-in proctored test-taking on Friday evenings. Grades are completely determined by the number of semester weeks that pass before the student successfully completes all the exams. Once the exams are passed the student is no longer required to attend on Friday evenings. Students whose schedules prevent them from attending Friday sessions should enroll in MATH 155.
**MATH 155 and MATH 156 are prep courses for calculus. These classes do not fulfill your GenEd or major math requirement. The course material is identical, the difference is MATH 156 meets 4 times a week while MATH 155 meets 3 times a week.
   

Statistics

Course/Subject/Number/Course Title

Enroll in ONE of these courses based on your MPE STAT score. The MyMadison system will not allow you to enroll in a math course higher than your placement level.

MPE Score                Course


16-30                         MATH 220

   <16                         MATH 105
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MATH 105 Quantitative Reasoning in Context***
*** MATH 105 is a prep course for MATH 220 and fulfills the GenEd Cluster 3 mathematics requirement.
 

MATH 103

 

MATH 103 does not require a specific MPE score and will fulfill the cluster 3 mathematics requirement.

MATH 103 The Nature of Mathematics
 
 

Optional General Education Courses


You may have a full schedule of 14-16 credit hours based on the major requirements above. If you need additional courses to reach a full schedule, select from the General Education program courses on the remaining pages of the worksheet and add them to your schedule when you enroll. You do NOT need to enroll in a course from every cluster. Only select from within the cluster areas to supplement your schedule.

To facilitate a faster search of open classes within a specific cluster area, use the cluster area code (e.g. C2HQC). A tutorial on conducting cluster area searches is available at http://isapps.jmu.edu/ecampus/ecampus_SearchGenEdClasses.htm
 

Cluster Two- Arts and Humanities


Identify as many courses that interest you but, if you enroll in a course from this cluster, do not enroll in more than one course per cluster area.
Each course is 3 credit hours.
     
Human Questions and Contexts (C2HQC)
AMST 200 Introduction to American Studies
ANTH 205 Buried Cities and Lost Tribes
HIST 101 World History to 1500
HIST 102 World History since 1500
REL 102 God, Meaning, and Morality
HUM 250 Modern Perspectives (options include: Greek, Renaissance)
HUM 251 Modern Perspectives (options include: Enlightenment, Romanticism, Human Rights)
HUM 252 Global Cultures
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
REL 101 Religions of the World
 
Visual and Performing Arts (C2VPA) ART 200 Art in General Culture
ARTH 205 Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance
ARTH 206 Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern
MUS 200 Music in General Culture
MUS 203 Music in America
MUS 206 Introduction to Global Music
THEA 210 Introduction to Theatre
 

Cluster Three: The Natural World


Identify as many courses that interest you but, if you enroll in a course from this cluster, do not enroll in more than one course per cluster area. All courses are 3 credit hours unless indicated otherwise. Some courses require a lab co-requisite. You must enroll in both the course and indicated lab simultaneously.
 
     
Group 2 Science (C3T1G2) ISAT 100 Issues in Energy and the Environment
ISCI 101 Physics, Chemistry and the Human Experience (Math is a prerequisite)
PHYS 121 The Physical Nature of Light and Sound (includes lab) 4 cr hrs
PHYS 140 College Physics (PHYS 140L is a required co-requisite.) 4 credit hours with the lab
PHYS 140L General Physics Lab (PHYS 140 is a required co-requisite.)

PHYS 215 Energy and the Environment (One college course in science or one in math is a prerequisite)
PHYS 240 University Physics I (PHYS 140L is a required co-requisite.) (Some sections are restricted to specific majors) 4 credit hours with the lab
PHYS 140L General Physics Lab (PHYS 140 is a required co-requisite.)
 
Group 3 Science (C3T1G3) BIO 103 Contemporary Biology
GEOL 110 Physical Geology (GEOL 110L is a required co-requisite.) 4 credit hours with the lab
GEOL 110L Physical Geology Lab (GEOL 110 is a required co-requisite.)
GEOL 200 Evolutionary Systems (includes lab) 4 cr hrs
GEOL 211 Introduction to Oceanography
GEOL 102 Environment Earth
GEOL 115 Earth Systems and Climate Change
ISAT 113 Biotechnological Issues in Science and Technology (includes lab) 4 cr hrs
     

Cluster Four: Social and Cultural Processes

Identify as many courses that interest you but, if you enroll in a course from this cluster, do not enroll in more than one course per cluster area.

 

The American Experience -

Do you have, or are you waiting for, credit for U.S. History or U.S. Government? Answer by clicking the appropriate button below.

   
 

You indicated you have credit, or are waiting for credit results, for U.S. Government or U.S. History, proceed to the other GenEd clusters to select classes to create a full schedule.

 
       

Select from the Cluster Four American Experience courses below. All are 4 credit hours.

HIST 225 U.S. History
POSC 225 U.S. Government - Do NOT enroll in this class and POSC 220 from the Global Experience.

 

 
     
 

Cluster Five: Individuals in the Human Community


Identify as many courses that interest you but, if you enroll in a course from this cluster, do not enroll in more than one course per cluster area. All courses are 3 credit hours.
     
Wellness Domain (C5WD) HTH 100 Personal Wellness - This course has a 15-hour physical activity requirement of your choice for the semester.
KIN 100 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness - This course is one lecture meeting per week and one physical activity meeting per week. Fitness options include swim conditioning (must be a swimmer), indoor cycling, cardio/strength, yoga, boot camp and others. See the NOTES section of the class when enrolling to identify the fitness option.
 
Socioculutral Domain (C5SD) PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 160 Life Span Human Development
SOCI 140 Microsociology : The Individual in Society
     
     
Once your have made your selections, save and print this worksheet for use during your enrollment appointment.