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Course Level

Undergraduate courses at William Woods University are given a number from 098 to 499. This numbers corresponds to the materials and activities in the course, as well as how much subject matter knowledge students are expected to have. Below is a broad overview of the expectations related to different course numbers.



To develop students’ skill levels in English composition and math in order to achieve success at the college level.


Courses introduce students to either a broad aspect or fundamental skill set in the discipline. Students will work to recall elements and details of content, including identification and illustration of important concepts.


  1. Students can proceed at a reasonable pace without encountering basic difficulties or comprehension;?
  2. Students can complete assignments involving reading and comprehending a specified amount of material, or preparing organized papers


Courses that explore specific facets of a discipline. Evolving communication and critical thinking skills are used to distinguish central concepts and identify patterns within the subject matter.


  1. Students are acquainted with the basic language, terminology, or methodology of the subject itself;
  2. Students are, in that subject, at a stage of understanding where they can progress towards some significant conclusions, experiments, or explorations.
  3. Students will accomplish a substantial amount of work, for example: study a number of books or work through a comprehensive textbook, write a number of papers, or demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the material covered.


Courses that involve the synthesis and application of knowledge in the discipline through making critical distinctions, investigations and critiques.


  1. Students will have completed necessary 100-200 level course work;
  2. Students have the ability to do research, or to obtain relevant information in the field;
  3. Students are fluent in the language of the field so as to read and assimilate relevant information;
  4. Students are able to combine the results of the research, or the reading, into cohesive (and possibly original) statements;
  5. Students are able to produce some substantial work, such as a paper, or a creative or experimental project,


Courses that culminate the undergraduate immersion, prompting discovery within the discipline. Students will master the ability to analyze and synthesize information independently in original and creative ways.


  1. Students will complete a major research project or paper.
  2. Students’ learning may be designed and applied through seminars, field experiences, internships or other capstone experiences
  3. Students will be expected to work independently under the guidance or supervision of an instructor.

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