• Recommended Curriculum

    One of the advantages of a liberal-arts education is the diverse set of courses you must take as a part of your general education requirements. At Hamline University, the general education requirements are defined by the Hamline Plan. The Hamline Plan requires students to take a number of courses both in and outside their major to help them develop several goal-oriented skills in such areas as writing, speaking, computing, and cultural awareness. Many of the skills the Hamline Plan helps students develop are also Valued Characteristics of Graduates by employers, the foundation of the HIPAL program. Below is a list of current Hamline course offerings that HIPAL students are recommended to take to meet their Hamline Plan requirements, Breadth of Study requirements, and help them develop the characteristics that employers and professional/graduate schools value. Please note that the day and time these courses are offered may change from semester to semester. Check the day/time courses are offered in Piperline to ensure they do not conflict with HIPAL meetings.

    The Hamline Plan

    See Also: Valuable Minors

    Writing Intensive (W) 

    Any writing intensive course in your major.

    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Communicates well (written, oral, computer)

    COMM 3390 – Organizational Communication
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Communicates well (written)  
    • Understands organizations 

    ENG 1800 – Introduction to Professional Writing and Rhetoric
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Communicates well (written)  

    ENG 3370 – Topics in Professional Writing: Writing for Diverse Organizations and Cultures
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Communicates well (written)
    • Possesses cultural competencies

    Speaking Intensive (O)

    Any speaking intensive course in your major.

    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Communicates well (written, oral, computer)

    CFST 1100 - Introduction to Conflict Studies
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Possesses cultural competencies
    • Communicates well
    • Demonstrates proven team-working abilities and knowledge of group dynamics
    • Shows leadership qualities and conflict resolution experience

    COMM 1110 – Public Speaking
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Communicates well (oral)

    COMM 1650 – Argumentation and Advocacy
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Communicates well (oral)
    • Demonstrates competence in problem solving and critical thinking

    COMM 3380 – Small Group Communication
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Communicates well (oral)
    • Demonstrates proven team-working abilities and knowledge of group dynamics
    • Posses interpersonal skills, including flexibility and ability to work with a group
    • Shows leadership qualities and conflict resolution experience

    Reasoning (R and M)

    CSCI 1250 - Introduction to Computer Science
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop: 

  • Communicates well (written, oral, computer)
  • Demonstrates technical and intellectual ability
  • Demonstrates competence in problem solving and critical thinking

    MATH 1200 - Applied Modeling & Statistics 
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop: 

    • Demonstrates technical and intellectual ability
    • Demonstrates competence in problem solving and critical thinking
    • Possesses computer-based quantitative data analysis skills

    PHIL 1130 - Logic
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Demonstrates technical and intellectual ability
    • Demonstrates competence in problem solving and critical thinking
    • Provides evidence of broad-based education

    QMBE 1320 - Introduction to Business Analytics
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Demonstrates technical and intellectual ability
    • Demonstrates competence in problem solving and critical thinking
    • Possesses computer-based quantitative data analysis skills

    Disciplinary Breadth (F, H, N, S)

    Humanities (H)

    PHIL 1140 - Ethics
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Possesses cultural competencies
    • Communicates well

    Social Sciences (S)

    COMM 1100 - Introduction to Communication Studies
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Possesses cultural competencies
    • Communicates well (oral)
    • Demonstrates proven team-working abilities and knowledge of group dynamics
    • Shows leadership qualities and conflict resolution experience

    COMM 3380 – Small Group Communication
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Communicates well (oral)
    • Demonstrates proven team-working abilities and knowledge of group dynamics
    • Posses interpersonal skills, including flexibility and ability to work with a group
    • Shows leadership qualities and conflict resolution experience

    ECON 1310 – Microeconomic Analysis
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Demonstrates technical and intellectual ability
    • Provides evidence of broad-based education

    ECON 1320 – Macroeconomic Analysis
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Demonstrates technical and intellectual ability
    • Provides evidence of broad-based education

    PSCI 1110 – American Government and Politics
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Understands organizations
    • Provides evidence of broad-based education

    Diversity (D)

    Any Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced Intermediate Language course
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Possesses cultural competencies
    • Communicates well
    • Provides evidence of broad-based education

    CFST 1100 - Introduction to Conflict Studies
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Possesses cultural competencies
    • Communicates well
    • Demonstrates proven team-working abilities and knowledge of group dynamics
    • Shows leadership qualities and conflict resolution experience

    PSCI 1110 – American Government and Politics
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Understands organizations
    • Provides evidence of broad-based education

    PSCI 1430 – World Politics
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Possesses cultural competencies
    • Understands organizations
    • Provides evidence of broad-based education

    LEAP: Liberal Education as Practice (P)

    INTD 3990 - Internship
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Has successfully completed an internship
    • Exemplifies a strong work ethic: is a “self-starter,” an independent learner with an entrepreneurial attitude
    • Demonstrates proven team-working abilities and knowledge of group dynamics
    • Possess interpersonal skills, including flexibility and ability to work with a group

    Other Recommended Courses toward Breadth of Study

    PHYS 1980 – Special Topics: Innovation
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Exemplifies a strong work ethic: is a “self starter,” an independent learner with an entrepreneurial attitude
    • Comprehends the concept of total quality
    • Demonstrates competence in problem solving and critical thinking
    • Provides evidence of broad-based education

    LGST 3560 – Law of Business Organizations
    HIPAL characteristics this course can help you develop:

    • Understands organizations
    • Provides evidence of broad-based education

    Valuable Minors outside of the Natural Sciences for HIPAL studentS to pursue:

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