Interdisciplinary Analysis and Critical Reasoning Proficiency Certificate

No matter what field you plan to enter, the ability to think critically and understand the world in a variety of contexts is an indispensable skill. Likewise, the ability to interpret complex ideas and convey them in writing can be a huge asset when working towards managerial, consulting, and higher-level roles in any organization. Though your chosen field may be technical by nature, disciplines across the board require these skills for writing, organizing, and conducting research, putting together reports, communicating with customers or vendors, and more. Students who plan to enter honors programs at four-year universities would find this certificate to be a perfect precursor.  

Our Liberal Arts: Honors program has created this certificate to allow students outside of the major to enhance their degree paths by integrating honors coursework and modes of thinking into their academic plan. These classes will challenge you to engage in discourse to strengthen your professional speaking and listening skills and to better understand the world around you through a historical lens. Critical modalities such as race, gender, class, sexuality, culture, and time period will be explored through media like essays, films, plays, novels and poetry. Students will be in a small to medium-sized cohort with students in the program meaning they will build trust with their classmates to foster deeper levels of conversation, analysis, and academic growth.  

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Human Resources Specialists – est. salary $73,892
Legal Secretaries and Administrative Assistants –
 est. salary $64,321
Fundraisers – est. salary $61,604

**EMSI Data, 2022; Philadelphia County, PA; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher. 

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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Interdisciplinary Analysis and Critical Reasoning Proficiency Certificate degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.
Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors) or
ENGL 102H - The Research Paper (Honors) or
ENGL 195H - Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences I (Honors) or
ENGL 196H - Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences II (Honors)
For ENGL 102H: ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H with a grade of "C" or better
For ENGL 195H: ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H
For ENGL 196H: ENGL 195H
3 credits

IDS 297H - Seminar in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Ancient and Medieval (Honors) or
IDS 298H - Seminar in the Humanities and Social Sciences - Modern (Honors)

ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H 3 credits
Choose 3 of the following:
ART 103H - History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance (Honors) or
ART 104H - History of Art: Renaissance to Modern (Honors) or
HIST 297H - Intellectual History: Ancient and Medieval (Honors) or
HIST 298H - Intellectual History: Modern (Honors) or
ENGL 297H - Literature in the Context of Intellectual History: Ancient and Medieval (Honors) or
ENGL 298H - Literature in the Context of Intellectual History: Modern (Honors) or
PHIL 297H - Philosophy in the Context of Intellectual History: Ancient and Medieval (Honors) or
PHIL 298H - Philosophy in the Context of Intellectual History: Modern (Honors)
For ENGL 297H, ENGL 298H, PHIL 297H, and PHIL 298H: ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H 9 credits
ART 101H - Visual Communication (Honors) or
EASC 111H - Environmental Conservation (Honors) or
HIST 103H - United States and Pennsylvania History: The 20th Century (Honors) or
HUM 101H - Cultural Traditions: Ancient to the 13th Century (Honors) or
HUM 102H - Cultural Traditions: 14th century to the Present (Honors) or
IDS 299H - Interdisciplinary Seminar: Comprehensive Timeline or Thematic Approach (Honors) or
PHIL 101H - Introduction to Philosophy (Honors) or
POLS 111H - American Government (Honors) or
PSYC 101H - Introduction to Psychology (Honors) or
PSYC 215H - Developmental Psychology (Honors) or
SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
For IDS 299H: Grade of "B" or higher in at least one Honors course and/or Approval of Honors Coordinator
For PHIL 101H and POLS 111H: ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently
For PSYC 215H: PSYC 101 PSYC 101H or BIOL 109
3 credits

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