Requirements for All Degrees
To earn an undergraduate degree from Radford University, students must fulfill both REAL Curriculum requirements and the requirements associated with a specific degree and major, as well as sufficient electives to complete the minimum semester hours required for graduation.
REAL Curriculum requirements are detailed below. They are followed by an outline of requirements associated with specific degrees (B.A., B.S., etc.). Details of the requirements for specific degrees and majors can be found in the department sections.
Radford University is committed to the development of mature, responsible, well-educated citizens. The REAL Curriculum requires depth of study in four important areas: Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning, Humanistic or Artistic Expression, Cultural or Behavioral Analysis, and Applied Learning. In addition to acquiring a diverse depth of knowledge in these areas, RU graduates will possess a love of learning and a range of intellectual skills that enable them to meet the challenges and realize the promise of living in a complex, multicultural, and ever-changing world.
The REAL Curriculum requires students to select majors or minors that have documented development of competencies in all four REAL areas. Through study and credentialing in these four areas, students are armed with skills and depth of knowledge to ensure their success far beyond our campus.
The REAL Curriculum requirements address several competency categories:
- Foundational Writing (3 hours)
- Foundational Math (3 hours)
- Writing Intensive (6 hours)
- Personal and Professional Development (3 hours or 45 hours of activity/engagement)
- Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning (major or minor hours will vary)
- Humanistic or Artistic Expression (major or minor hours will vary)
- Cultural or Behavioral Analysis (major or minor hours will vary)
- Applied Learning (major or minor hours will vary)
TOTAL: 15-120 hours
Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning (6-8 hours)
The goal of Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning courses is for student to apply scientific and quantitative reasoning to questions about the natural world, mathematics, or related areas. Students will
- apply scientific and quantitative information to test problems and draw conclusions; and
- evaluate the quality of data, methods, or inferences used to generate scientific and quantitative knowledge.
Humanistic or Artistic Expression (6-8 hours)
The goal of Humanistic or Artistic Expression courses is for students to explore humanistic or artistic expression through inquiry or creativity. Students will
- demonstrate understanding of diverse ideas, languages, products, or processes of humanistic inquiry or artistic expression; and
- critically evaluate, synthesize, or create forms of human expression or inquiry.
Cultural or Behavioral Analysis (6-8 hours)
The goal of Cultural or Behavioral Analysis Courses is for students to examine the context and interactions of culture(s) and/or behaviors. Students will
- describe behaviors, beliefs, cultures, social institutions, and/or environments; and
- analyze the interactions of behaviors, beliefs, cultures, social institutions, and/or environments.
REAL Curriculum Foundational Requirements
Foundational Writing (3 hours)
The goal of Foundational Writing is to develop students’ understanding of the principles and elements of effective written communication through applied practice, self-evaluation, and revision. Students will
- employ reading strategies to facilitate written communication;
- engage in the recursive writing process, including pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading to improve written communication; and
- will use appropriate vocabulary, mechanics, grammar, and style.
Foundational Writing Course:
ENGL 111 - Principles of College Composition (GE)
Foundational Math (3 hours)
The goal of Foundational Math is for students to apply the tools of mathematics to conceptualize and solve problems in everyday life. Students will
- translate information among various mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words);
- successfully solve problems using appropriate mathematical tools; and
- draw appropriate conclusions based on mathematical evidence.
Foundational Math Course(s):
Majors and minors may have specific foundational math requirements. Please check the catalog entry for your intended program for those requirements.
Or placement in higher mathematics course or competency assessment or course deemed foundational math by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
REAL Curriculum Cornerstone Requirements
To complement students’ plans of study and build the necessary skills for successful completion of majors and minors, the REAL Curriculum requires development in two key areas: Writing Intensive coursework and Personal and Professional Development.
Writing Intensive (6 hours)
Within the REAL Curriculum, intentional and meaningful writing instruction is part of developing the skills to successfully navigate majors and minors. To this end, writing intensive courses must meet the following conditions:
- Substantially integrate sole-authored student writing within the course objectives and assessments.
- Use discipline-specific reading strategies to facilitate effective written communication.
- Engage students in a recursive writing process that includes revision supported by consistent, detailed instruction and the incorporation of feedback.
These courses fulfill the following learning goal and outcomes:
Learning Goal: Through instruction and feedback, students become more adept at producing appropriate and effective written work.
- Students demonstrate proficiency in the writing conventions of a discipline.
- Students communicate through writing their understanding of disciplinary content and/or texts.
Any course designated as WI (Writing Intensive). For a complete list of Writing Intensive courses please visit the REAL Curriculum website or search the academic catalog for “(WI)”. Many majors and minors incorporate WI courses within the required program requirements. Review those catalog entries for additional information. Some of these courses may be restricted to certain majors or may have prerequisites. Check with your academic advisor.
Personal/Professional Development (3 hours)
Under the REAL Curriculum, students must complete an innovative personal and professional development (PPD) requirement. The opportunities for pursuing personal and professional development are diverse and help students set goals and achieve those! PPD can be fulfilled by coursework or engagements and activities offered across our campus. Look for the PPD badge all over campus to find enriching opportunities!
These courses, engagements, and activities fulfill the following goal and outcomes:
Learning Goal: To prepare students for lifelong success, students explore an area of physical, social, emotional, financial, scholarly, spiritual, cultural, and/or professional development.
- Students identify a personal or professional goal(s) through engagement in activities or coursework.
- Students reflect on their progress in achieving a personal or professional development goal(s), including how it affects themselves and/or those around them.
Any course designated as PPD (Personal and Professional Development) or completion of 45 documented hours of engagement or activity that have been approved for PPD fulfillment. For a complete list of Personal and Professional Development courses please visit the REAL Curriculum website or search the academic catalog for “personal and professional”. Many majors and minors incorporate PPD courses within the required program requirements. Review those catalog entries for additional information. Some of these courses may be restricted to certain majors or may have prerequisites. Check with your academic advisor.