The building blocks of academic inquiry and life-long learning.

Holistic learning through courses in diversity, writing, math and sciences prepare you for a world in which these skills are the foundation for success, wherever life takes you.

Communication Literacy Sequence

Communication Literacy is a two-course writing sequence recognizing that you communicate in a diverse world that is textual, digital, and highly visual. The first course establishes strong foundations in writing, rhetoric, and oral and visual communication, while developing strategies to organize, evaluate and manage enormous quantities of information. The second course adopts a “writing in the disciplines” model that transmits the skills required to develop a professional voice through opportunities to write on substantive issues arising from the major.

Communication Literacy 1

ENG 105 is approved to meet Communication Literacy 1 (CL1). The course features at least one assignment with a visual/digital component, at least one oral presentation, and a final portfolio of revised work from the course.

Communication Literacy 2

Communication Literacy 2 (CL2) is taught within the disciplines, providing you with a range of choices for competing the second course of the Communication Literacy sequence. Some majors, such as those in Nursing, Engineering and Management, require students to take a specific CL2 course as part of their major requirements. You should check with your advisor to determine if this is the case for you. However, many students are free to choose among the variety of courses we offer.

Math and Quantitative Reasoning

This course provides a basis for you to develop skills in mathematical and quantitative literacy, especially those skills that apply to issues arising in everyday life.

Scientific Literacy and Inquiry

This interdisciplinary sequence promotes scientific literacy through a basic understanding of the sciences covered, along with an active exploration of how scientific discoveries are made, how they are subject to forms of manipulation, how they have impacted society in the short and longer terms, and their ethical and cultural implications. Students complete a minimum of 2 courses totaling at least 7 credits, including a lab. 

Diversity in the United States

Cultural competence is a foundational skill that every student should be able to demonstrate prior to graduation. As such, Diversity in the United States courses serve to equip you with the cultural knowledge and awareness necessary to live, work and create with the diverse groups that characterize the United States.

An approved course can be taken anywhere in the program and may also satisfy the other aspects of the program (e.g., UB Seminar or Pathway course).