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General Education Requirements

Competency Requirements

CMU expects its graduates to be competent in written English, oral English, and mathematics. Prior to graduation, all students must demonstrate their competency as detailed in this section.

Written English Competency Requirement

To satisfy the Written English Competency Requirement, stu- dents must complete three separate but related tasks:

I. Freshman Composition

Students should satisfy the requirement for freshman com- position during their freshman year. Students can satisfy the requirement in one of three ways:

  • 1.

    Earning a grade of C (2.0) or better in ENG 101, Freshman Composition, (Students should be aware that ENG 101 has a prerequisite of ENG 100 or a satisfactory Freshman Writing Placement Score.) OR

  • 2.

    Successfully completing one of the following: CLEP Eng- lish Composition General Examination with Essay, the AP English Language and Composition Examination, the AP English Composition and Literature Examination, or the International Baccalaureate English Language Examina- tion (higher or subsidiary level), OR

  • 3.

    Earning a grade of C (2.0) or better in ENG 103, Fresh- man Writing, and earning credit for ENG 099, Writing Workshop.

Students wishing to fulfill this requirement by passing the CLEP English Composition General Examination with Essay must take the exam by the end of their first semester at CMU. The best place to obtain exam information is from the Computer- based and Placement Testing Center (for more information, see www.cmich.edu/cbptc/ or call 989-774-1092).

Students wishing to fulfill the requirement by taking ENG 101 or ENG 103 must enroll in that course in either their first or second semester at CMU and continue to enroll in subsequent semesters until the requirement is satisfied.

  • II.

    Writing Across the University Program After completing the basic freshman composition requirement, students should continue to enroll in courses in the University Program. Each of the courses in the University Program re- quires a significant amount of meaningful writing. Completion of the University Program constitutes demonstration that the writing skills developed in ENG 101 (or its equivalent) have been sustained and developed by writing assignments in courses across the program.

  • III.

    Intermediate Composition Students must complete ENG 201: Intermediate Composition. This course is a sophomore-level course; it must be taken after students have completed ENG 101 or its equivalent but before they have completed 56 hours of coursework. This requirement is met by earning a grade of C or better.

Oral English Competency Requirement

Oral competency must be completed before 56 hours of course- work.

There are two ways by which a student may satisfy the Oral English Competency Requirement:

1. Earning a grade of C (2.0) or better in one of the following courses:

COM 101 Introduction to Speech Communication COM 267 Introduction to Debate COM 269 Practicum in Debate - Forensics COM 357 Public Speaking TAI 170 Fundamentals of Interpretative Reading TAI 302 Voice and Diction

Students who wish to use this option will be screened for pos- sible speech or hearing disorders as part of the course.

2. Successfully completing the Oral English Competency Exami- nation. Students who wish to take this option must obtain a screening for possible speech and hearing disorders. Students seeking to satisfy the Oral English Competency Requirement by successfully completing the Oral English Competency Ex- amination must pass the exam by the time they have completed 54 hours of academic credit. Students who transfer more than 54 credit hours to CMU may take the competency examination only during their first semester at CMU.

Oral English Competency Examination

The Oral English Competency Examination includes the de- velopment and delivery of a ten to fifteen minute public speech accompanied by a properly typewritten, detailed outline. The student will deliver the speech to a hypothetical audience and will be evaluated by a judge.

Exam results are reported in writing to the student. Students who receive notice of unsatisfactory examination results will be allowed to retest. A student may retest only once. Students who fail twice must enroll in one of the Oral English Competency courses.

The Oral English Competency Examination is administered twice a year, prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Guidelines, registration materials, and fee information maybe obtained. Guidelines, registration materials, and fee information may be obtained by contacting the Office of Academic Affairs, 312 Warriner Hall, 989-774-3631.

Screening for Speech and Hearing Disorders

The screening for speech and hearing disorders for option two above incurs a cost of $12.50. The screening takes place at the CMU Speech and Hearing Clinic in the Carls Center for Clinical Care and Education. The following classes incorporate screening as part of their requirements: COM 101, COM 267, COM 357, TAI 170, TAI 302, ELI 199, and HON 110. Teacher education students transferring speech classes to CMU should take the test during the second or third week of the fall or spring semester during regularly scheduled group times, which can be obtained by visiting or calling the office. Other testing may be arranged by calling the CMU Speech and Hearing Clinic. Testing is not available between semesters, during registration week, during the last week of the semester, or during exam week. The Carls Center for Clinical Care and Education is located in the Health Professions Building and may be reached at 989-774-3904.

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