All students who graduate from Antioch College are expected to be able to write the English language with fluency and grace, and to be able to comprehend and use visual and numerical information effectively. By the end of their second year of study, and preferably within the first year, all students must complete the writing and quantitative requirement. Students may complete writing and quantitative requirements by successfully completing a GSW 105 or GSQ 105 course.
Quantitative Seminar (2 credits)
Quantitative Seminars are theme-based workshops that seek to improve students’ skills in quantitative reasoning and help students understand how real-world problems and social-environmental issues can be analyzed using the power and rigor of mathematical and statistical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, charts, etc. These courses address one of the vital features of contemporary academic, personal, professional, and public life: a reliance on information and arguments involving numbers. Students will work with problem-focused real data and learn how to collect, summarize, and analyze them; they will be able to interpret quantitative information and be able to critically evaluate representation, reasoning, and inferences or conclusions that are based on quantitative information. Although the course involves some calculation, quantification, and measurement, its primary focus will be on interpretation, reasoning, and problem solving. Quantitative Seminars share themes with Global Seminars, but they are delivered and graded independently.
GSW 105/ENG 105
Writing Seminar (2 credits)
Writing Seminars are theme-based workshops that seek to improve students’ skills in writing for academic purposes. Particular attention will be paid to documentation and the use of secondary sources; close reading and textual analysis; and scholarly personal narrative. Assignments will include the examination of texts on writing craft; review and analysis of published texts in various styles and genres; discussion; peer review; and proofreading and revising original works. Writing Seminars share themes with Global Seminars, but they are delivered and graded independently.