Arts and Science (CAS)

CAS 131. Practical English Grammar for English Language Learners. (3)

Designed to help students develop competence in using the English grammatical structures necessary to succeed in oral and written communication in both the university setting and everyday life. It will approach grammar as a system for “meaning-making,” rather than as an abstract set of rules. As much as possible, assignments and activities will be anchored to functions and communicative situations based on authentic academic interactions. Course enrollment is restricted to non-native speakers of English.

CAS 133. Advanced Communication Strategies II: Speaking and Listening for Academic Contexts. (3)

For students for whom English is not their first language. Intensive practice in English speaking and listening skills for academic contexts including understanding lectures, note-taking, class discussion, formal and informal presentation, and pronunciation. Open only to non-native speakers of English.

CAS 134. Critical Reading & Discussion in Academic Contexts for English Language Learners. (2)

Designed to offer international students intensive reading and discussion practices necessary for the American university setting. Essential reading strategies learned and developed in the course will prepare students for various discipline-focused courses. A systematic approach to the reading will be utilized, starting from standard reading skills to higher-order analytical and critical response skills. Finally, students will develop and deliver their own arguments by analyzing written and visual texts. This course is only open to non-native speakers of English.

CAS 301. Profesional Pathways for Arts and Science Students. (1)

Students will explore and more fully understand the critical links between a strong liberal arts undergraduate education and diverse career paths including choices in business, government, and the private non-profit sector. Through selected readings, facilitated discussions, and experiential exercises students will examine a variety of foundational skills that are all grounded in experiences within majors and minors in the College of Arts and Science, including: critical, strategic and analytic thinking; writing competence; quantitative literary, transformative leadership; and professional ethics and integrity. Students will also explore practical applications of those skills and dispositions in diverse careers.

CAS 340. Internship. (0-20)