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Program Requirements

Each student who earns a degree from Young Harris College is required to complete a certain number of Writing and Speaking Intensive courses. Course requirements vary depending on the student’s academic program. 

Course Requirements

  • WI/SI requirements apply only to students who enter the College fall semester 2011 or later.
  • Each student graduating with a baccalaureate degree must successfully complete at least six WI/SI courses. At least two of these courses must be 3000/4000-level courses.
  • Each student graduating with an associate degree must successfully complete at least four WI/SI courses.
  • All students must complete at least two WI courses and at least two SI courses. 
  • Students who successfully complete a course designated WI and SI (listed as WI/SI on the course schedule) will receive credit for completing both a WI course and an SI course.
  • To complete a course successfully, a student must earn a “C” or better. Otherwise, the student does not earn WI/SI credit for the course.
  • All courses used to complete WI/SI requirements must be at least three credit hours, with the following exception. Certain 3000/4000-level courses fewer than three credit hours within a student’s major program of study may be designated as WI/SI courses by the director of the Rhetorica Program and used to fulfill upper-level WI/SI course requirements. Such courses will be designated on the course schedule.

Course Requirements for Transfer Students

Students who transfer to the College with fewer than 60 credit hours must fulfill the program requirements provided above.

Students who transfer to the College with 60 credit hours or more must fulfill the following requirements.

  • Each transfer student of this type must successfully complete one WI and one SI course in order to earn a baccalaureate degree.
  • At least one of these courses must be a 3000/4000-level course.
  • Students who successfully complete a course designated WI and SI (listed as WI/SI on the course schedule) will receive credit for completing both a WI course and an SI course.
  • To complete a course successfully, a student must earn a “C” or better. Otherwise, the student does not earn WI/SI credit for the course.
  • All courses used to complete WI/SI requirements must be at least three credit hours, with the following exception. Certain 3000/4000-level courses fewer than three credit hours within a student’s major program of study may be designated as WI/SI courses by the director of the Rhetorica Program and used to fulfill upper-level WI/SI course requirements. Such courses will be designated on the course schedule.

Course Exemptions

The following courses are foundational courses in which students develop the skills necessary for effective writing and speaking in other college courses. These introductory-level courses may not be used to satisfy Rhetorica Program course requirements.

  • ENGL 1101: Composition
  • ENGL 1102: Composition and Literature
  • COMM 1000: Introduction to Human Communication
  • COMM 1100: Introduction to Public Speaking 

The requirements reflect the programmatic philosophy of Rhetorica.  Requiring students to complete at least two Writing Intensive and at least two Speaking Intensive courses ensures that they improve both aspects of their communication skills. Requiring baccalaureate degree-seeking students to complete at least two upper-level WI/SI courses ensures that writing and speaking instruction is not confined to the General Education Core curriculum, as is often the case in higher education, and that students continue to hone their writing and speaking skills throughout their college career.

Although a certain number of WI and SI courses are required for graduation, the hope is that many students will take more than the minimum number.  Indeed, the intent is that writing and speaking, which is already an important part of the curriculum, will become an indispensable aspect of the academic culture of the institution. Given the College’s low faculty to student ratio (14:1) and small class sizes, it is feasible for the faculty to assign papers and presentations, encourage discussion activities, and assist students to write and speak more effectively in virtually every course in each discipline. Each element of the Rhetorica Program reflects this desire to enhance the role of writing and speaking in the academic experience of every student at Young Harris College.