Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Rock Studies 2 Program

ROCK STUDIES 2 PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The Rock Studies 2 Program at Slippery Rock University is the general education requirements for all academic majors for incoming freshman. Since some majors prescribe specific courses within each category, student should use this guide along with the curriculum guide and the My Rock Audit to make course selections in consultation with their adviser.

THE ROCK (15 CREDITS)

THE ROCK

SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1,23
ENGL 102Critical Writing 13
ENGL 104Critical Reading 13
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning 13
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice 1
Ethics and Civil Discourse 1
Civil Discourse and Democracy 1

 INTEGRATED INQUIRY (15 CREDITS)3

CREATIVE AND AESTHETIC INQUIRY (3 CREDITS)

ART 130Visual Art Inquiry3
DANC 130Dance: Art and Culture3
MUSI 130Exploring Music3
THEA 130Art of Theatre3

 HUMANITIES INQUIRY (3 CREDITS)

ENGL 180Society on the Screen3
GNDR 180Disability and Social Justice3
HIST 180Spotlight on the Past3
MODL 180Introduction to World Cultures3
PHIL 180Philosophical Inquiry3

SOCIAL SCIENCE INQUIRY (3 CREDITS)

COMM 170Communicology3
CRIM 170Crime: Why Do We Do It?3
GES 170Discover Geography3
HSS 170Lenses of Catastrophe3
INDP 170Making Sense of Our Social World3
PE 168Physical Activity and Wellbeing in Society3
POLS 170Investigating Politics3
SOWK 170Cultural Competence and Social Change3

NATURAL SCIENCES INQUIRY (3 CREDITS)

SCI 101Science of Life3

PHYSICAL SCIENCES INQUIRY (3 CREDITS)

SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3

THEMATIC THREADS (12 CREDITS)

THEMATIC THREADS

  • Students should declare a thread in consultation with their academic adviser.
  • Select 12 credits including one course from each category (World, Past, Present, Future).
  • Six credits must be 300-level or above.
  • No more than 4 credits from one subject area.
  • Specific courses required in first major, regardless of prefix of course, cannot also be used to satisfy thread requirements.
  • Any course with same prefix as student’s first major cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements, even if it is not a course in the first major. 
  • Courses can share with second majors /concentrations, minors, and certificates.
  • Students may take more than one thread, but courses cannot be shared between threads.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

POLICY AND PROCEDURE NOTES:

  • Students must earn a total of 42 credits in Rock Studies 2 coursework.
  • Students exempted from any Rock Studies 2 category must still earn a total of 42 credits in Rock Studies 2 coursework.
  • Students may use Rock Studies Thematic Thread courses to complete a second major, minor, or certificate.
  • Pass/No Credit courses may not be used to satisfy any Rock Studies 2 Requirement.
  • Students who withdraw from the university and then return are responsible for the Rock Studies 2 requirements in effect the time of their return.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.
  • Thirty of the final 60 credits prior to graduation must be earned at SRU. In addition, individual departments may establish residency requirements for their majors and minors. Students should check with their academic adviser to determine the requirements for the academic program.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 42 credits of Rock Studies 2 Coursework.
  • Students must complete 48 credits of upper-level coursework. Thirty-nine of the 48 credits must be at the 300 level or higher, the additional 9 credits may include 100 or 200 level courses requiring a 3-credit prerequisite. At least 24 of the 48 credits must be completed at SRU.
  • Bachelor of Arts degrees require language proficiency at the 103-class level. Exemption by placement or examination is offered.
  • Students must complete at least 45 credits at SRU to be considered for Latin Honors at the point of graduation.
  • Students who wish to earn two degrees must complete 150 credits, all requirements for both degrees, and meet the language requirement if one of the degrees is a BA. Students only need to meet the Rock Studies requirement for the first degree/major.

TRANSFER STUDENTS:

  • New transfer students follow the Rock Studies 2 Program requirements beginning in Summer 2022.
  • Transfer courses valued as a percentage: 2.33, 2.5, etc. may be used to meet requirements, however, students must still earn a total of 42 Rock Studies 2 credits.
  • Students transferring 24 or more credits are exempt from Foundations of Academic Discovery.
  • Transfer students must still earn a total of 42 credits in the Rock Studies 2 program, unless the criteria of general education completion is met as defined in the Board of Governors Policy 1999-01-A The Student Transfer Policy.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY:

All students at SRU must demonstrate computer competency through one of the following methods:

  • Equivalent transfer coursework or successfully complete one of the following courses at SRU:
  • Pass the SRU Computer Competency Exam - CPSC 099

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION (DEI):

All students must complete a course with the “DEI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion” attribute before they graduate from SRU. The DEI course can come from any department and can be used anywhere in your degree
requirements.

BEGINNING ALGEBRA (ESAP 110):

All students must demonstrate competency through MATH SAT or ACT scores, appropriate high school coursework, or the ALEKS placement test. If competency is not met, students must complete Beginning Algebra and complete 123 credits for graduation.

READMITTED STUDENTS:

  • Students readmitted to the university follow the Rock Studies 2 Program requirements.
  • Students with at least 24 or more credits are exempt from Foundations of Academic Discovery.