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INQ Basics for Students - Roanoke College


									                            Guide to INQ Requirements for Students                 Mar 2011

Students in the INQ curriculum need 33½ units to graduate. Within this total, they must complete a major and the
Intellectual Inquiry general education program. Any additional course units needed to reach the 33½ total can be
used as electives, or for minors or concentrations if desired.

Overview of requirements of the Intellectual Inquiry curriculum
See the INQ Checksheet for a visual representation of INQ requirements. To complete the INQ curriculum, a
student must complete each of these:
     INQ 110 Intellectual Inquiry
     INQ 120 Living an Examined Life
     Perspectives Courses
            o INQ 240 Statistical Reasoning
            o INQ 250 Scientific Reasoning w/ lab
            o INQ 241 or INQ 251, Mathematical Reasoning or Scientific Reasoning II (no lab)
            o INQ 260 Social Science Reasoning
            o INQ 260 Social Science Reasoning from a 2nd discipline
            o INQ 270 Human Heritage I (before 1500 AD)
            o INQ 271 Human Heritage II (after 1500 AD)
        -Each 200-level course is grounded in one of three perspectives: Western, Global or Natural World. A
        student needs to eventually take at least one course from each perspective. Students can tell the
        perspective of a course from its number. For example,
                        INQ 260PS-GB
        is a social science course (260) from the discipline Political Science (PS) with a Global perspective (G). INQ
        240-WA is a statistical reasoning course from the Western perspective (W). The final letter in the course
        number specifies which of several sections being offered this is. A is the first section; B is the second, etc.
        -Up to 3 disciplinary courses may substitute for 200-level INQ perspectives courses from the division of the
        disciplinary course. BUT, students must still take at least one INQ course from each division (Humanities,
        Social Science, and Math/Natural Science) and at least one from each perspective (Western, Global, and
        Natural World). If a student substitutes a disciplinary course for INQ 260, he or she must still take an INQ
        260 from a different discipline.
       INQ 300 Contemporary Issues, which cannot be taken until all 9 units above are completed
       Foreign Language through the 201 level
       HHP 160 first and then one HHP activity course (HHP 101-159)
       One Intensive Learning (May Term) course
       GPA for INQ courses must be 2.0 or higher in order to graduate

In the first year, a student should take
      INQ 110 Intellectual Inquiry
      INQ 120 Living an Examined Life
      Foreign Language if needed
      Several courses in a major or to help choose a possible major. After this, take 200-level INQ courses as time

In the second year, a student should take
      Foreign Language if the 201 course hasn’t already been completed
      Several courses in a major or to help choose a major.
      Several 200-level INQ requirements. (Students want to finish these by the junior year if possible)
      HHP 160 if not yet done and time permits
How do dual enrollment , AP and IB credits from high school count?
Dual enrollment credits, as well as other credits or competencies will appear on a student’s transcript. Credit
counts towards the required 33½ unit total units. Competency means the student doesn’t have to take an
equivalent course, but this doesn’t affect their total units. For example, if a student dual enrolled American
Government in high school, it will appear on his transcript as a POLI 101 credit. It counts as a credit towards
graduation. Because POLI 101 can substitute for a 200-level INQ course, it also counts towards that requirement. If
a student dual enrolled pre-calculus in high school, it will appear as Math-T, a math transfer credit because we
don’t teach that specific course at Roanoke. It is still a math credit. Check the table below to see that it could
substitute for INQ 240 or 241. What if a student took AP Biology and got a 3 on the test? As noted in the college
catalog, a score of 3 gets a student competency, but not credit. The transcript will show competency in BIOL 101.
It can substitute for INQ 250 or 251 but the student still needs to take 33½units. Not all courses can substitute for
200-level INQ requirements, however. (See table below) The same rules apply whether take a disciplinary course at
Roanoke College or have it through dual enrollment, AP, or IB. What about courses like English Composition (that
don’t count towards 200-level INQ courses) or additional units beyond the three allowed substitutions? These still
counts as units towards the 33½ units needed for graduation, so nothing gets lost.

Should a student use a substitution for a 200-level INQ course?
Students don’t have to ever use a substitute, but may wish to when their major requires a specific introductory
course or when they have taken some introductory courses in several areas while trying to choose a major. Here
are just two examples:
      Student 1 is a business major. The business major requires MATH 111 (which can substitute for INQ 241)
         and ECON 121 (which can substitute for INQ 260), so he uses those substitutions.
      Student 2 is undecided at first. She takes BIOL 120, CHEM 111 and PSYC 101 to explore these majors. She
         later decides to declare a major in Spanish. BIOL 120 subs for INQ 250, CHEM 111 subs for INQ 251, and
         PSYC 101 subs for INQ 260. But she needs to be careful and take her second INQ 260 from a discipline
         other than PSYC.
But, remember that students only get to use 3 substitutions, and must still take at least one INQ course from each
division (Humanities, Social Science, Math/Natural Science) and at least one INQ course from each perspective
(Global, Western, Natural World)
      Note that the PSYC major will accept one INQ 260PY for that major and that the SOCI major will accept one
         INQ 260SO for that major. Most other majors on campus will NOT accept INQ courses to satisfy major

Specific allowed substitutions for 200-level INQ Perspectives Courses with examples for INQ 270/271
What can substitute for . . .   Disciplinary Courses
INQ 240                         Any MATH or STAT course
INQ 241                         Any MATH, STAT, or CPSC course
INQ 250 or 251                  Any laboratory course from BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS
INQ 260                         Any ANTH, CJUS, ECON, GEOG, IR, POLI, PSYC, or SOCI course
INQ 270                         Any Humanities course focused on a time before 1500, including ARTH 146, ENGL
                                330, 334, FREN 421, HIST 125, 222, 223, 230, 281, MUSC 261, PHIL 251, 253,
                                301, 302, RELG 201-211, 215-217, 282, THEA 315.
                                Courses without a time period focus may not be used. These include language
                                acquisition, studio art, creative writing, communications, or other topics lacking a
                                time period focus.
INQ 271                         Any Humanities course focused on a time after 1500, including ARTH 156, ENGL
                                240, 250, 256, 260, FREN 420, 431-480, GRMN 205, 314-321, HIST 150, 175, 231,
                                233, 241-274, 282, 284, 285, MUSC 262, PHIL 255, 265, 266, 267, RELG 212, 214,
                                240, 246, 250, 284, 286, SPAN 313-323, THEA 316.
                                Courses without a time period focus may not be used. These include language
                                acquisition, studio art, creative writing, communications, or other topics lacking a
                                time period focus.
Can I take extra INQ courses?
Believe it or not, some students enjoy the topics of INQ courses so much that they are tempted to take extra ones.
Unfortunately, you cannot take extra INQ courses for elective credit. If you have already taken INQ 270 and then
sign up for another section, the second course will REPLACE the first one. You don’t get another unit toward
graduation and the second grade replaces the first one. That can be a good thing if you need to bring up your gpa.
(Remember that you need a 2.0 in INQ, so retaking one in which you got a low grade is a fast way to improve your
gpa.) But, if you had a good grade the first time, you don’t want to retake. You will work hard, without having any
credit to show for it.

When should I take INQ 300?
You must complete INQ 110, 120, and the 200-level INQ requirements before taking INQ 300. Once you have the
200-level requirements done, complete the Declaration of INQ Substitutions form and submit it to the Registrar’s
Office. They will double check your record and make sure that you have everything in place. No surprises later.
You do NOT need to complete May Term before taking INQ 300.

What counts in that INQ GPA?
Any course with an INQ prefix counts in your INQ gpa. That means that disciplinary substitutes don’t count. Your
May Term course counts if you take it with an INQ prefix. Some May courses are cross listed. If you take one with
a disciplinary prefix, it doesn’t count in your INQ gpa.

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