The Commitment of Pine Manor College to its Students
- Pine Manor graduates are able to communicate with skill and clarity through writing, speaking and visual display. They convey an understanding of the purpose and audience of their work, and with the ability to draw on evidence and information to appropriately support the purpose of their communication, and that demonstrates insight and mastery of the topic.
- Pine Manor College graduates possess the habits of mind that enable them to explore the complexities of ideas, problems and events with insight and care. They are able to gather and assess appropriate evidence and logic in ways that challenge assumptions and allow them to reach informed conclusions.
- Pine Manor graduates possess the skills and experiences that enable them to effectively engage in cooperative and collaborative problem-solving with a diverse group of others and in a variety of settings.
- Pine Manor graduates possess the experience and insight to work effectively with people from a variety of backgrounds. They are empowered to use their understanding of the world, as well as their specific skills and knowledge, to be engaged in civic life.
- Pine Manor graduates are prepared for continuing engagement in their professions and communities with a background of knowledge and skills that enable them to creatively and effectively adapt to new situations.
College Core Competencies and Portfolio
Presentation and submission of learning portfolios is a graduation requirement for all Pine Manor College students. The formal presentations of the portfolio takes place during the senior year on designated days in the spring semester. The portfolio contains evidence of and reflections upon student learning related to the general education core competencies and accomplishments within the major. Pine Manor College’s Core Competencies represent the commitment of our learning community to develop the capacity for success in all of our students. The portfolio is facilitated through participation in select courses throughout all four years.
For students starting Fall 2014 and after, the sophomore portfolio has been removed as a graduation requirement. All students will formally present their portfolio during their senior year on designated days in the spring semester. The portfolio contains evidence of and reflection upon student learning and intellectual development related to the core competencies and accomplishments within the major. The senior portfolio is facilitated through participation in junior/senior portfolio sessions presented within each major. Accommodations will be made for transfer or out-of-phase students to integrate them into the portfolio process.
General Education Core Curriculum Requirements
Distribution Requirements for Students Entering in Fall 2016 and later
All undergraduate degree-seeking students who enter Pine Manor College on or after August 2016 are required to meet the requirements for general education in the Common Curriculum. Students enrolled prior to August 2016 must complete the Breadth of Knowledge requirements to satisfy degree requirements (see description below). Courses accepted in transfer from other institutions are evaluated on an individual basis.
1. Ideas, Values, and Meaning:
How do we examine humanity’s enduring questions?
In these courses students examine relevant, enduring questions by reflecting on their scientific, ethical, and social dimensions. Students explore how ideas, values and meanings shape responses to these questions. Courses integrate philosophical, literary, and historical foundations to address practical and contemporary problems.
- FYS101 First Year Seminar IDEAS I: First Year Seminars have three primary objectives. First, seminars are designed to foster successful academic and social transition to the College. Second, all seminars introduce students to the College's learning outcomes of communication, critical thinking, collaboration, citizenship, and integrated/applied learning in a climate that encourages respect for the many points of view represented in our diverse community. Finally, each individual seminar engages its students in learning on a particular topic that poses a significant question – such as “How do we live in a multicultural world?”, “What is the role of dissent in a democratic society?” or “How does sport reflect social values and beliefs, especially those dealing with race, gender, class, power and privilege, and religion?”
2. Art & Literature:
How do the arts portray the human experience?
In these Arts and Literature courses, students explore the ways in which writers and artists throughout history have endeavored to portray humanity and the world. Students gain an understanding of the creative process and the ways in which writers and artists express cultural values and beliefs as well as their own individual identity in their work. By investigating the arts across diverse cultures, from ancient forms to new media, students learn interpretive and expressive tools to deepen their understanding of the human experience.
- AH 105 Space, Place, and Experience: This is an architectural history course that focuses on the spaces and places in our built environment and our experiences that are shaped by them. Students explore the following questions: How and why are spaces and places conceived and planned? How do people experience spaces and places? How do individuals interact with others in spaces and places? How is individual and group identity defined by spaces and places? What do spaces and places reveal about our personal and broader cultural values? Spaces and places will be viewed in their historical contexts (ancient through post-modern) through the lenses of architectural/urban history, anthropology, sociology, and psychology. SIGNATURE COURSE
- EN232 American Writers: Faith, Race and Gender: Provides grounding for all further study of American literature. A consideration of how a wide variety of American authors, both women and men, black and white, wrote innovative narratives, poetry, and essays that created new versions of the American experiment. Interdisciplinary approach. Writers include Nathaniel Hawthorne, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Mark Twain. Required for English majors
3. Social Systems:
What is the relationship between the individual and society?
Courses in the Social Systems area of learning explore how institutions and social groups shape the relationship between the individual and society. Students examine various social systems, around the world and over time, from the family to the ethnic group and from the nation-state to the global economy. Students gain knowledge about the foundations and development of the social sciences, and the analytical tools of these disciplines in order to understand social issues.
- PS125 Globalization: This course examines the contemporary interconnections of the human community – globalism – and the process of globalization. We trace these connections by focusing on three arenas: the movement of people, culture and ideas; the relationships of production and exchange; and the consequences for conflict and climate. On each of these we will explore the background and basic concepts, develop an understanding of the processes of globalization that are taking place now, and examine political actions on each topic. SIGNATURE COURSE
- PS145 POLITICS AND ECONOMICS IN THE US: Economic activity profoundly influences politics in the US – and vice versa. In this course, students gain an understanding of basic concepts, such as markets, supply and demand, and innovation. They also understand the role of government in regulating economic activity, such as through fiscal and monetary policies. The approach is both historical and contemporary – so students understand the evolving nature of the political economy and how that shapes contemporary issues. SIGNATURE COURSE
- PY206 Social Psychology: This course focuses on the scientific study of how a person’s behavior is changed by interactions with others. Topics include interpersonal attraction, conformity, prejudice, attitude-changing behavior in groups, and leadership. SIGNATURE COURSE
- PY234 Cross Cultural Psychology: This course is an introduction to the field of cross-cultural psychology. Most courses in psychology are based on western ideas and research; assuming what is true for western cultures is true of all human beings. This course will focus on the relationship between culture and behavior. It will expose students to the profound effect that culture has on individual development and the development of social norms. Students will learn techniques on how to effectively interact with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. Particular emphasis is placed upon how culture shapes identity, perception, cognition, development, emotions, personality, and social relations. The course also examines the research methods used in cross-cultural psychology and ethnocentric biases in research SIGNATURE COURSE
4. Scientific Understanding:
How does understanding the scientific process empower us to become informed citizens?
These courses investigate topics that emphasize the foundations of science, science as a way of knowing, and the uses of science. Courses incorporate discovery-based learning and critical thinking to make connections between observation and interpretation of natural phenomena. Students gain an understanding of the scientific method: hypothesis formation and testing, collection of data, analysis of data, and interpretation of data in the context of hypotheses. Students are able to use the sciences to address social and political issues and become critical thinking citizens.
- BI101 Principles of Biology: Bi101 provides an introduction to the basic principles of biology and a structure/function analysis of the cell. Topics include: chemical principles, cell structure and function, energy, cellular metabolism and growth and an introduction to Mendelian genetics. A weekly lab complements lecture material with appropriate experiments and demonstrations.
- IDS 105 Environmental Studies from Global Perspectives: This course includes basic framework required for a sustainable future, discusses economics, politics, and public policy on the environmental topics, and reviews basic ecology of living things. In addition, it also includes topics relevant to human population and essential resources such as water, soil, crops etc. The focus is also on harnessing energy for human societies such as energy from fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewable energy. The course also discusses global climate change, atmospheric pollution, water pollution, solid waste disposal, and hazardous chemical waste. SIGNATURE COURSE
- PY101 Introduction to Psychology: This course is an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. In addition to the history and methods of psychology, the following areas will be covered: learning, memory, biological foundations of psychology, sensation and perception, human development, consciousness, theories of personality, social psychology, psychological disorders and their treatment. Lab sections will provide students with an opportunity to observe and experiment with psychological phenomenon.
5. Lifelong Skills:
Writing and Quantitative Reasoning:
All of the courses within this cluster help students develop key skills – effective writing and quantitative reasoning – that are considered not only important for the development of lifelong learners, but essential for helping students successfully meet the challenges of career, community and citizenship in today's global society. These courses will help students develop effective writing through the use of persuasive essays, public speaking, and research papers. Courses in Quantitative Reasoning (QR) will help students develop practical quantitative skills relevant to their everyday life and professional success. This list includes courses already approved in our academic catalog for writing and QR.
- EN 102 Persuasive Writing: Builds on the skills and processes introduced in EN 101/CC 110, but introduces more challenging academic writing. This class emphasizes the rhetoric of analytic and persuasive writing and information literacy in the context of the research paper.
- ENH 102 Honors Persuasive Writing: For students with exceptional achievement in EN 101/CC 110 or for those that have met the required Accuplacer score. This class emphasizes the rhetoric of analytic and persuasive writing and information literacy in the context of the research paper.
- BI 289 Biostatistics: This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistical analysis for students in the biological and health sciences. Topics covered will include data measurement, frequency distribution and graphic presentation, probability, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, chi square tests and correlation and regression. Additional topics will include relative risk, odds ratio, rates of fatality, rates of morbidity and life tables. The course will have particular focus on the design of experiments, probability theory and alternative methods of analysis. Data are drawn from labs, the lay and research literature. The course includes a weekly one-hour lab.
- IDS 123 A World of Patterns: Mathematics in Nature and the Arts: In this interdisciplinary course, the student examines the connections between the underlying scientific principles of number, ratio, and pattern in nature and how humans have employed them in a variety of ways. This course bridges the study of number, ratio, and pattern with the functional and symbolic numerical relationships underlying art, architecture, music, philosophy, religion, and science. Successful completion of this course fulfills the Pine Manor College quantitative reasoning requirement.
- MA 102 Essential Algebra: This course includes the study of exponents, solutions of linear equations, inequalities, factoring, coordinate geometry, and graphing. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving using algebraic techniques and practical applications. Successful completion of this course fulfills the Pine Manor College quantitative reasoning requirement.
- MA 103 Geometry and Measurement: This course includes the study of measurement, lines, planes, angles, triangles, circles, polygons, and three dimensional objects. Emphasis is placed on utilizing intuitive geometric reasoning, visualization techniques, and practical applications. Deductive and inductive reasoning will be utilized, and an understanding of proof and logic is developed. Students will have the opportunity to engage in geometric construction using straightedges, compasses, and protractors. This course fulfills the Pine Manor College quantitative reasoning requirement.
- MA 105 Data Matters: Do you buy lottery tickets? How likely are you to win? Is it true that the life expectancy in poor countries could be increased by giving televisions to the citizens of the countries? This course will prepare students to understand, present and assess statistical information, and to become critical and capable consumers of everyday statistics found in the news and in a variety of disciplines. Students who have completed MA 205 (Introduction to Statistics) may not enroll in MA 105. MA 105 will not replace MA 205 or BI 289 as a required course in the B.S. in Biology. Successful completion of this course fulfills the Pine Manor College quantitative reasoning requirement.
- MA 108 Algebra II: This course includes the study of polynomial and rational expressions, radicals, systems of equations, quadratics, and functions. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving using algebraic techniques and practical applications. This course fulfills the Pine Manor College quantitative reasoning requirement.
- MA 110 Precalculus: In this course, students explore the basic concept of functions and relations. Topics covered include the properties and graphs of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. This course is strongly recommended for students planning to major in education or science.
- MA 115 Calculus I: Students are introduced to the concepts of limits, continuity, differentiation of algebraic and trigonometric functions. The discussion of each of these topics includes the practical application of the mathematical concepts studied. Students have the opportunity to use graphing calculators to help create models and make reasonable predictions.
- MA 116 Calculus II: Methods of integration are introduced. Other topics include differentiation and integration of inverse trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions and improper integrals.
- MA 205 Introduction to Statistics: The fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistics, including the normal distribution, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, chi-square tests, and linear correlation and regression. Students learn to use statistical software. Each student completes an independent project involving the collection, presentation, and analysis of data
- PY 340 Research Design and Applied Statistics: This course introduces students to research methods and statistics used to answer questions posed in applied settings. The basic principles of research design including the posing of hypotheses, development of operational definitions and research measures along with selection of appropriate statistical analyses will be taught with the aim of applying these skills in a real world setting. Using a community-based research model students are partnered with community members to design a research proposal to answer questions posed by the community. Students learn various research designs, data collection techniques and appropriate statistics to develop a proposal to be carried out in PY 341: Community Based Research Practicum. There is a weekly two-hour lab.
- AC206 Accounting 2: A continuation of Accounting I, this course focuses on generally accepted accounting principles. Students are exposed to the way accounting data are used in the decision-making process. Accounting for partnerships and corporations, financial statement analysis, and the Statement of Cash Flow is examined. Prerequisite: AC 205.
Signature Courses are courses designated for the General Education curriculum and define the PMC brand. They seek to unite undergraduates in the exploration of compelling topics that span disciplines and challenge our existing ideas about the world we live in. These courses highlight Pine Manor’s particular strengths in promoting active interchange between faculty and students through engaging in experiential learning. They are designed to facilitate students’ intellectual curiosity and success outside the classroom as well as develop skills for their careers. Signature courses are meant to promote breadth of knowledge about the social and natural world, and key skills in analysis, literacy, and numeracy. Signature courses are designed as courses focusing on skills in reading, writing, discussion, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and group work
Signature Courses adhere to the following criteria:
- Prompts awareness of interdisciplinary connections between different areas of study (Ideas Courses are specifically designated as interdisciplinary)
- Incorporate experiential learning
- Address each of the 4 General-Education Core Competencies (Communication, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Citizenship)
- Challenge existing ideas about the world we live in
Distribution Requirements for Students Entering Prior to Fall 2016
Students will demonstrate learning that encompasses a Breadth of Knowledge of the Contemporary World and Its Roots. In order to familiarize students with a range of approaches and ways of understanding the complexities of the contemporary world and its roots, students shall, by the end of senior year, demonstrate breadth of knowledge by having taken any two courses of their own choosing (excluding exceptions as noted), from each of the four groups described below. The student must select eight courses, two from each of the four disciplinary groups. Each course must have a unique disciplinary designation. Required Composition or required Mathematics courses may not satisfy this outcome. Courses in a student’s major may be counted. Students may select any of the courses currently in the Pine Manor College curriculum to address this requirement, as long as they meet the criteria described above and are 4-credit (or paired, 2-credit courses, such as Dance 101/102).
Group I: Humanities
Courses in Group I familiarize students with cultural landmarks and with close contextual and critical analysis of artistic, literary, linguistic, or philosophical work. Included are courses in Art History, English (except EN 100), French, Humanities, Philosophy, Religion, and Spanish.
Group II: Social Sciences
Courses in Group II study human beings in a social order: how societies evolve, social processes, and the institutional and legal frameworks of a society. Included in Group II are courses in Accounting, Anthropology, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Education, Finance, History, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Sociology, and Social and Political Systems.
Group III: Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Courses in Group III introduce the student to science as a discipline, expose the student to the scientific method, teach problem-solving techniques, and require the use of analytical and/or quantitative thinking. To fulfill the Natural and Behavioral Sciences requirement, students must complete at least one 5-credit course with a laboratory component and any other Group III courses. Group III includes courses in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.
Group IV: Arts and Communication
Courses in Group IV expose students to ways of communicating ideas, observations, beliefs, and feelings. Each field of study seeks to express content through its own unique form. Creativity, aesthetics, and technique are fundamental to each field. Courses in Communication, Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts fulfill Group IV requirements.
IDS (Interdisciplinary Knowledge)
Students must also select a ninth course that has been designated by as supporting learning that explicitly crosses and combines more than one traditional field of inquiry. These courses may be designated directly as interdisciplinary (IDS), or have a dual designation (e.g., EC/PS). They also include courses in Women’s Studies (WS), and other specific courses on a list approved and updated periodically. See the listing of Interdisciplinary Courses in the Courses section of the catalog.
First Year Seminars
All incoming first-year students are enrolled in First Year Seminars, which take place each fall. These required one-semester courses carry four credits and focus on a variety of topics and activities designed to foster successful academic and social transition to the college. Seminar instructors will also serve as first-year advisors for students in their class and throughout the first year. Seminars topics may change from year to year.
English Writing/College Composition
Every student must complete the English Writing/College Composition sequence with a passing grade of C or higher or satisfy the requirement through a portfolio of work.
Students are required to demonstrate competence in Quantitative Reasoning through the college assessment process or successful completion of a designated QR course.