With Woods Core, our very own version of general studies courses, you will be encouraged to develop new perspectives so that you can think differently about issues that can change lives. You will learn how to analyze complex problems from multiple angles, so that you are not caught off guard in a crisis. In other words, you will be ready for a career that fulfills your life.

Plus, with only 39 credit hours needed to complete Woods Core, you’ll have more time for second majors, minors, internships or study abroad, giving you ample opportunities to grow.

Woods Core Courses

Woods Core courses are offered on a rotating basis. To assist with course planning, you may refer to the Woods Core grid, the Woods Core Course Rotation schedule, or contact your academic advisors. The following is the recommended order of participation in the Woods Core to ensure that you have only one critical thinking and writing course per semester and that these courses are taken throughout the time you are developing academically. If you are transferring courses or other college credit, Woods Core courses may be taken in other combinations with the provision that no more than two of the critical thinking/writing courses may be taken simultaneously.

Bachelor's Degree Students

Required Courses

WC 100 and TH 200 courses must be taken at SMWC, as they introduce and reinforce the values central to the College ethos. WC 100, EN 111, PH 200, and TH 200 courses are designated as Critical Thinking and Writing courses.

WC 100 Into the Woods, Out of the Woods, Communities and Education
Campus | 3 Credits
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WC 100 uses the concept of communities, and how they have influenced societies, education and the world to introduce the concept of the SMWC community and its particular values and ideas. Includes emphasis on critical thinking and writing, as well as information literacy. Serves as a foundation to help students identify their individual goals and values. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
CO 111 Introduction to Human Communication
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course provides students with a theoretical foundation and application practice in a variety of communication contexts. Students examine the principles of effective communication and behaviors in intrapersonal, interpersonal, electronic and public communication. Class activities and oral assignments engage students in the practical application of these principles with the aim of preparing students for leadership roles. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisite: PowerPoint competency attained.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 111 English Composition and Research Writing
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course explores strategies of critical reading, thinking and writing to improve students’ skills in writing to a professional audience. Analysis of texts and arguments are featured, and peer editing and revision are used as important tools for improving each student’s writing process in several essay formats, including multimedia. Citation skills and Standard English are addressed. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisite: EN 110 or placement.

Campus 3 Credits
HI 222 World History Since 1900
Campus | 3 Credits
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A survey of major events and developments worldwide since 1900. Topics include independence movements in Europe’s colonies, the two world wars, the Holocaust, revolutions, communism, fascism, socialism, laissez-faire capitalism, economic globalization, women’s liberation, cultural trends including diversity, and the role of technology in shaping today’s world. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 211 Introduction to Literature
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduces to the creative and critical processes in literature. Using examples of poetry, fiction, and drama this course emphasizes methods of writing and reading critically about literature. Fulfills Woods Core requirement.

Campus 3 Credits
PH 200 Introduction to Philosophy
Campus | 3 Credits
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A philosophical examination of the foundations of the responses of Western and non-Western traditions to the perennial questions of human existence. What is there? How do we do it? What am I? What should we do? Students will read major contributions to these questions. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Every semester.

Campus 3 Credits
TH 200 Introduction to Religion and Spirituality
Campus | 3 Credits
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TH 200 is a study of religion and spirituality and their relationship to social justice, women’s issues and environmental sustainability. The course introduces students to the nature of religion and spirituality and examines how they can generate and support a vision of life focused on service and a commitment to social justice. The vision and ministries of the Sisters of Providence will be taken as examples and illustrations of a service-oriented lifestyle that is grounded in spirituality and religion. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisite: WC 100

Campus 3 Credits

MATH

Choose one:

MA 117 Quantitative Reasoning
Campus | 3 Credits
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The study of mathematics from a liberal-arts perspective. Introduces students to logic, critical thinking, and problem solving using everyday activities and real-world problems. Incorporates proportional reasoning, mathematical modeling, and an introduction to probability and statistics. Remaining topics to be chosen by the instructor may include number theory, basic set theory, and/or various application of mathematics. Prerequisite: MA 101 or placement.

Campus 3 Credits
MA 253 Statistics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Elementary introduction to statistical reasoning, including sampling, organization and presentation of data, elementary probability, statistical inference and data analysis. In particular, topics covered include: the nature of probability and statistics; organization and presentation of data; measures of central tendency, variation and position; probability; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation and confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; z and t tests, correlation and regression, and chi-square tests; applications to the natural and social sciences, business, education, and government. Use of appropriate computer software and technology resources. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Prerequisite: MA 105 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Social Science

SO 211 and BU 131 courses are designated as Critical Thinking and Writing courses. Choose one:

PS 111 General Psychology
Campus | 3 Credits
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An overview of contemporary psychology introducing students to: human development, cognition and language, learning, memory, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, biological basis of behavior, social psychology, personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy. The focus of the course is on both the scientific method of acquiring psychological data, as well as the theories which interpret that data and help guide further research in the field. For majors and non-majors, this course also serves as the prerequisite for most psychology classes.

Campus 3 Credits
SO 211 Introduction to Sociology
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the basic principles, perspectives and concepts of sociology. Broad overview with emphasis on social structure, social interaction, culture, socialization, groups, formal organization, stratification, social institutions and social change. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 131 Macroeconomics
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the fundamental principles of macroeconomics. Provides a working understanding of the economy as a whole, noting interrelationships among concerns of contemporary society, world affairs and government fiscal and monetary policies. Campus: Fall and Spring, every year; WOL: March.

Campus 3 Credits

Fine Arts

Choose one:

AD 200 Studies in the Visual Arts
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the development of formal and contextual criteria leading to an understanding of the visual language of art and its application to personal, societal, cultural and aesthetic concerns. Provides a knowledge base of information and visual literacy skills necessary for informed critical analysis, discussion, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts. Fulfills General Studies requirement. Campus: Fall and Spring, every year. WOL: Fall, Spring and Summer, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
MU 200 American Music: From Jamestown to James Brown and Beyond
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course introduces students to a rich and diverse history of American popular music. Students will listen critically to both recorded and live music, discussing and writing about the music itself and about its cultural and historical content and significance. Fulfills Woods Core requirement.

Campus 3 Credits

Culture

Can choose from any Spanish or French course or:

WC 150 Intercultural Communication
Campus | 3 Credits
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A comparative culture class in which students learn to communicate effectively with people of different cultural backgrounds. By examining the tenets of cultural and intercultural communication theories, students will have a better understanding of different cultures from their own. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits

Natural Science

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BI 101 Biology: Unity and Diversity
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This is a one semester non-majors course in biology. Students will practice science, science methodologies, critical thinking and problem solving techniques. Students will become informed on the basic biological processes important for maintaining life and diversity. In addition, they will become familiar with the diversity of biological organisms and how they interact with each other as well as understand evolutionary theory as a unifying concept in biology. Students will become practiced in the applications of scientific methodology through laboratory activities. Student comprehension of these concepts will help them make better informed decisions about their bodies and the environment. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Fulfills Woods Core Requirement. Course fee. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on mathematics placement exam or completion of MA 101.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
CH 101 Chemistry for Changing Times
Campus | 3 Credits
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Offers a basic knowledge of the science of chemistry as a tool for understanding the physical world. With this knowledge, we examine the following: how scientists approach and solve problems and how chemistry-related concepts appear in our day-to-day lives. No prior chemistry background is assumed. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Course fee. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on mathematics placement exam or completion of MA 101.

Campus 3 Credits

Capstone

Course must be taken at SMWC, as it introduces and reinforces the values central to the College ethos. All capstone courses are designated as Critical Thinking and Writing courses.

WC 401 Social Justice
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines social justice issues that have impacted present and recent social conditions world-wide. While the course will provide grounding for social justice topics in the associated areas in the social sciences, including sociology, business and economics; it will primarily focus on social justice movements in light of spirituality, specially how individual spirituality has impacted social justice movements. Spiritual roots of social movements in major faith traditions will be explored. In this context the course will also introduce students to some of the methods used by leaders of impactful social justice movements. Finally, the effect of advances in information and media technology on social movements will also be studied. It is one of three senior capstone courses available for the Woods Core. Prerequisites: WC 100, TH 200, and Junior or Senior standing or consent of the instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
WC 402 Sustainability
Campus | 3 Credits
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Introduce participants to the goals, principles, and practical applications of sustainability. Many organizations, companies, and institutions are increasingly interested in conducting their activities while becoming more sensitive to the environmental, social, and economic dimensions. In this course, we will examine the major environmental issues and trends happening in modern society from a scientific and practical perspective, including energy and resource use, pollution, climate change, water, and population. Five major themes in sustainability will be discussed: Sustainability and the link to the Sister of Providence, conservation, food sustainability, social justice, and financial sustainability. It is one of three senior capstone courses available for the Woods Core. Prerequisites: WC 100, TH 200, and Junior or Senior standing or consent of the instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
WC 403 Global Women Leading Change
Campus | 3 Credits
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An integrative view of women worldwide who have taken on leadership roles in their communities and initiated cultural changes. Students will examine transformative models of leadership that have addressed critical issues around the world. An introduction to international social norms and their influences on the struggles that women often face within their own countries and communities. A Vision of Change project is a required component of this course. It is one of three senior capstone courses available for the Woods Core. Prerequisites: WC 100, TH 200, and Junior or Senior standing or consent of the instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
Associate's Degree Students

Required Courses

WC 100 and TH 200 courses must be taken at SMWC, as they introduce and reinforce the values central to the College ethos. WC 100, EN 111, and TH 200 courses are designated as Critical Thinking and Writing courses.

WC 100 Into the Woods, Out of the Woods, Communities and Education
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

WC 100 uses the concept of communities, and how they have influenced societies, education and the world to introduce the concept of the SMWC community and its particular values and ideas. Includes emphasis on critical thinking and writing, as well as information literacy. Serves as a foundation to help students identify their individual goals and values. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
CO 111 Introduction to Human Communication
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

This course provides students with a theoretical foundation and application practice in a variety of communication contexts. Students examine the principles of effective communication and behaviors in intrapersonal, interpersonal, electronic and public communication. Class activities and oral assignments engage students in the practical application of these principles with the aim of preparing students for leadership roles. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisite: PowerPoint competency attained.

Campus 3 Credits
EN 111 English Composition and Research Writing
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

This course explores strategies of critical reading, thinking and writing to improve students’ skills in writing to a professional audience. Analysis of texts and arguments are featured, and peer editing and revision are used as important tools for improving each student’s writing process in several essay formats, including multimedia. Citation skills and Standard English are addressed. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisite: EN 110 or placement.

Campus 3 Credits
TH 200 Introduction to Religion and Spirituality
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

TH 200 is a study of religion and spirituality and their relationship to social justice, women’s issues and environmental sustainability. The course introduces students to the nature of religion and spirituality and examines how they can generate and support a vision of life focused on service and a commitment to social justice. The vision and ministries of the Sisters of Providence will be taken as examples and illustrations of a service-oriented lifestyle that is grounded in spirituality and religion. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisite: WC 100

Campus 3 Credits

Math

Choose one:

MA 117 Quantitative Reasoning
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

The study of mathematics from a liberal-arts perspective. Introduces students to logic, critical thinking, and problem solving using everyday activities and real-world problems. Incorporates proportional reasoning, mathematical modeling, and an introduction to probability and statistics. Remaining topics to be chosen by the instructor may include number theory, basic set theory, and/or various application of mathematics. Prerequisite: MA 101 or placement.

Campus 3 Credits
MA 253 Statistics
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Elementary introduction to statistical reasoning, including sampling, organization and presentation of data, elementary probability, statistical inference and data analysis. In particular, topics covered include: the nature of probability and statistics; organization and presentation of data; measures of central tendency, variation and position; probability; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation and confidence intervals; hypothesis testing; z and t tests, correlation and regression, and chi-square tests; applications to the natural and social sciences, business, education, and government. Use of appropriate computer software and technology resources. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Prerequisite: MA 105 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Social Science

PS 111, SO 211, and BU 121 courses are designated as Critical Thinking and Writing courses.

PS 111 General Psychology
Campus | 3 Credits
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An overview of contemporary psychology introducing students to: human development, cognition and language, learning, memory, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion, biological basis of behavior, social psychology, personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy. The focus of the course is on both the scientific method of acquiring psychological data, as well as the theories which interpret that data and help guide further research in the field. For majors and non-majors, this course also serves as the prerequisite for most psychology classes.

Campus 3 Credits
SO 211 Introduction to Sociology
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the basic principles, perspectives and concepts of sociology. Broad overview with emphasis on social structure, social interaction, culture, socialization, groups, formal organization, stratification, social institutions and social change. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 131 Macroeconomics
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys the fundamental principles of macroeconomics. Provides a working understanding of the economy as a whole, noting interrelationships among concerns of contemporary society, world affairs and government fiscal and monetary policies. Campus: Fall and Spring, every year; WOL: March.

Campus 3 Credits

Fine Arts

Choose one:

AD 200 Studies in the Visual Arts
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Studies the development of formal and contextual criteria leading to an understanding of the visual language of art and its application to personal, societal, cultural and aesthetic concerns. Provides a knowledge base of information and visual literacy skills necessary for informed critical analysis, discussion, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts. Fulfills General Studies requirement. Campus: Fall and Spring, every year. WOL: Fall, Spring and Summer, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
MU 200 American Music: From Jamestown to James Brown and Beyond
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course introduces students to a rich and diverse history of American popular music. Students will listen critically to both recorded and live music, discussing and writing about the music itself and about its cultural and historical content and significance. Fulfills Woods Core requirement.

Campus 3 Credits

Science

Choose one:

BI 101 Biology: Unity and Diversity
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

This is a one semester non-majors course in biology. Students will practice science, science methodologies, critical thinking and problem solving techniques. Students will become informed on the basic biological processes important for maintaining life and diversity. In addition, they will become familiar with the diversity of biological organisms and how they interact with each other as well as understand evolutionary theory as a unifying concept in biology. Students will become practiced in the applications of scientific methodology through laboratory activities. Student comprehension of these concepts will help them make better informed decisions about their bodies and the environment. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Fulfills Woods Core Requirement. Course fee. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on mathematics placement exam or completion of MA 101.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
CH 101 Chemistry for Changing Times
Campus | 3 Credits
Show Course Description

Offers a basic knowledge of the science of chemistry as a tool for understanding the physical world. With this knowledge, we examine the following: how scientists approach and solve problems and how chemistry-related concepts appear in our day-to-day lives. No prior chemistry background is assumed. Two one-hour lectures and one two-hour lab per week. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Course fee. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on mathematics placement exam or completion of MA 101.

Campus 3 Credits

You will work closely with your advisors to ensure that you are taking the appropriate courses because some courses may be required in your major(s) and minor(s).