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Intensive Courses

In addition to completing the above requirements, students must complete a designated “writing-intensive” course and a “speaking-intensive” course. In the writing-intensive course, students will demonstrate their knowledge of the course’s subject matter through constructive critical writing and the production of effective written assignments related to the field. These courses engage students in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly research in disciplines across the curriculum.

Writing-intensive courses require regular practice in and evaluation of writing through brief response papers, mid-length papers, and longer research projects. Assignments may include review essays, argumentative essays, critical essays, lab reports, research articles, policy memos, documented papers, personal responses to readings, business correspondence and other types of writing required by the discipline.

It is strongly recommended that students complete MSCM 1250 – Elements of Speech or MSCM 2200 – Public Speaking to satisfy the speaking requirement. Students may complete a course in another subject where they will receive instruction in oral communication and will have opportunities to further develop and practice oral communications skills.

In most speaking-intensive courses, speaking is not the subject matter of the course, but rather a part of the course methodology. Speaking-intensive courses may employ some combination of debates, oral exams, structured class discussion, oral presentations, panel discussions or other methods that use speaking elements in the teaching and learning processes. Writing-intensive and speaking-intensive courses may be listed in the General Education Curriculum, in the major, or as an elective. These courses are identified in the semester schedule of courses by the marker WI and SI.

General Education Curriculum requirements may also meet the requirements for the major, a minor, or a concentration. Courses that satisfy the General Education Curriculum and major requirements may meet the writing-intensive and speaking-intensive requirements if the courses are designated WI or SI in the semester course schedule. The writing and speaking-intensive requirements may therefore be completed within the General Education Curriculum or in the major.

Students who transfer to NCCU with the associate degree from a North Carolina community college are not required to complete the writing-intensive and speaking-intensive courses unless the courses are part of the major, a minor, or concentration.

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