Core Curriculum

Department chairs may check the lists below to confirm whether a faculty member has completed FYS or CT training:

All undergraduate students matriculating in Fall 2010 or thereafter, must complete the MU Core Curriculum, designed to help students establish a strong framework for critical thinking and integrative thinking across the disciplines. Core I consists of three courses: First Year Seminar (FYS 100) and two additional 100-/200-level courses in the disciplines that carry a “Critical Thinking” (CT) designation. Core II consists of 8 courses: two in composition, plus one in each of the following discipline clusters: communication studies, fine arts, humanities, mathematics, natural/physical science, and social science. Click here for more information about the Core Curriculum.

The CTL Faculty Development Office provides two kinds of support for faculty undertaking the important work of teaching first-year students in Core I courses.

Faculty Preparation for FYS 100

CLICK HERE for more information about joining the
FYS faculty or to enroll in the next FYS Faculty Institute

FYS 100 is an interdisciplinary seminar designed to provide first-year students with a shared core experience early in their careers at Marshall. Taken by all non-transfer freshmen in their first or second semester, FYS 100 serves as a foundation not only for the Core Curriculum but also for work in the major, leading up to the capstone. The course emphasizes inquiry, intercultural thinking, information literacy, life-long learning skills (metacognition) and integrative thinking. Limited to an enrollment of 22 students, FYS courses are active, energetic, hands on. They involve debate, asking essential questions, experimentation, writing to learn, the leveraging of failure, and adaptation.

Because the course is interdisciplinary, full-time faculty members from across the university are eligible to teach the course, with chair and dean approval. A commitment to join the FYS Faculty requires teaching at least four sections within a two-year time period during fall and/or spring semesters. New FYS Faculty must complete the FYS Faculty Institute during the semester immediately prior to teaching the course for the first time.

Faculty Preparation for “CT” Courses

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CT Faculty or to enroll in the next CT Faculty Development Workshop

All instructors (full-time, adjunct, TA) are eligible to teach a course in the disciplines that also carries the “CT” (critical thinking) designation. CT Faculty Development Workshops are offered in both face-to-face and online formats twice per Fall, Spring, and Summer. Instructors scheduled to teach a CT course should complete the workshop in advance of teaching the course. (Note: Faculty members who have completed the FYS Faculty Development Institute are approved to teach CT courses; no further training is necessary.)