October 17, 2016

ENCORE Engagement Series

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Looking for a way to connect your Mason Core courses? Try ENCORE!

How does the Engagement Series work?

Creating more opportunities for students to make meaning of the Mason Core educational offerings, to draw greater connections to the larger university community, and to develop additional marketable skill sets, the Mason Core Engagement Series (ENCORE) begins Fall 2016 with the entering freshmen class. This program is an optional pathway for students interested in combining academic coursework with co-curricular activities towards a completion certificate in a specific area of engagement

Academic connections

Each ENCORE program combines courses within the Mason Core categories with co-curricular activities that enhance classroom learning. Courses are identified in the catalog and in the schedule of classes, enabling a student to select those relevant to the specific engagement series. Out of the approximately 40 credits of Mason Core requirements, at least 18 credits must be related to the relevant ENCORE program.

Mason Core: Engagement Series – Sustainability

Required: 19 credits

Sustainability programs at Mason seek to guide students as they critically assess the environmental, social, economic and ethical impacts of technology and policy decisions.  The Engagement Series in Sustainability identifies Green Leaf Programs and Courses designated offerings that contribute significantly to students’ understanding and practice of sustainability. These offerings extend beyond environmental management, natural resources protection and conservation studies alone to embrace economic development and social responsibility.  Both sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses may receive the green leaf designation.

Students who complete the Engagement Series in Sustainability will be able to:

  1. Characterize the meaning of sustainability (including its focus on fulfilling needs and its social, economic and ecological dimensions).
  2. Distinguish sustainable from unsustainable human activities and practices.
  3. Integrate concepts and principles of sustainability to analyze and address complex societal issues.
  4. Present working knowledge of the University’s sustainability history, goals, initiatives and pertinent decision-making processes.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to lead and apply sustainability knowledge to make a positive societal impact on campus and/or in our community.

The following courses have been identified as meeting the criteria for inclusion in the Engagement Series in Sustainability curriculum.

AVT 385 EcoArt (Mason Core) 3
BIOL 140 Plants and People (Mason Core) 3
BUS 200 Global Environment of Business (Mason Core) 3
CEIE 100 Environmental Engineering around the World (Mason Core) 3
CHEM 155 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry I (Mason Core) 4
CHEM 156 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry II (Mason Core) 4
CLIM 101 Global Warming: Weather, Climate, and Society (Mason Core) 3
CLIM 102 Introduction to Global Climate Change Science (Mason Core) 4
CLIM 111 Introduction to the Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science (Mason Core) 3
CLIM 112 Introduction to the Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science Lab (Mason Core) 1
CONS 410 Human Dimensions in Conservation (Mason Core) 3
CONS 490 RS: Integrated Conservation Strategies (Mason Core) 3
CONS 491 RS: Conservation Management Planning (Mason Core) 4
ECON 105 Environmental Economics for the Citizen (Mason Core) 3
EVPP 201 Environment and You: Issues for the Twenty-First Century (Mason Core) 3
EVPP 480 Sustainability in Action (Mason Core) 4
GEOL 101 Introductory Geology I (Mason Core) 4
GEOL 102 Introductory Geology II (Mason Core) 4
GEOL 134 Evolution and Extinction (Mason Core) 3
GEOL 420 Earth Science and Policy (Mason Core) 3
GGS 102 Physical Geography (Mason Core) 3
GGS 103 Human Geography (Mason Core) 3
GGS 121 Dynamic Atmosphere and Hydrosphere (Mason Core) 4
GGS 303 Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core) 3
GGS 304 Population Geography (Mason Core) 3
PHIL 243 Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core) 3
PHIL 343 Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core) 3
PHYS 111 Introduction to the Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science (Mason Core) 3
PHYS 112 Introduction to the Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science Lab (Mason Core) 1
SOCI 320 Globalization and Social Change (Mason Core) 3

Mason Core: Engagement Series – Well-Being

The ability to thrive and succeed as students, employees, organizations, and in life, directly correlates to one’s sense of well-being. Mason has committed to being a “Well-Being University” focused on helping students, faculty and staff build lives with vitality, purpose, and resilience. The Engagement Series in Well-Being identifies offerings that contribute significantly to students’ understanding and practice of well-being. These offerings include both well-being-focused and well-being-related courses that are designated in the catalog and in the schedule of classes.

Students who complete the Engagement Series in Well-Being will be able to:

  1. Describe and apply methods to enhance interpersonal communication and empathy. This will help the student to create sustainable, quality relationships and social support networks, at a one-on-one and small group level.
  2. Demonstrate skills for communication (written, oral, and/or somatic) about well-being.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to practice methods to enhance well-being, self-care, self-awareness, and awareness of others.
  4. Articulate societal factors impacting community and global well-being, and/or to engage in practices which build greater sensitivity to the needs of others and the inter-dependent nature of life on the earth.
  5. Describe the science of stress and its effects – both constructive and destructive – as well as the methodologies used to respond to stress, promote resilience, and enhance well-being.

The following courses have been identified as meeting the criteria for inclusion in the Engagement Series in Well-Being curriculum.  Please note, in several of these courses only specific sections will count for meeting the requirement.

AVT 385 EcoArt (Mason Core) 3
DANC 125 Modern/Contemporary Dance I (Mason Core) 3
DANC 145 Ballet I (Mason Core) 3
HEAL 230 Introduction to Health Behavior (Mason Core) 3
PHIL 243 Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core) 3
RELI 341 Global Perspectives on Spirituality and Healing (Mason Core) 3
Only specific sections of the following courses will fulfill the well-being requirement:
ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core) 3
COMM 101 Fundamentals of Communication (Mason Core) 3
HIST 390 The Digital Past 3
GLOA 101 Introduction to Global Affairs (Mason Core) 3