EPS Courses - English for Professional Success (EPS) Courses

The Programs in Language, Culture, and Professional Advancement (PLCPA) unit offers courses in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) for international students and any interested domestic students. These courses are called English for Professional Success (EPS). In these courses, students are exposed to the different genres of academic and professional discourse. So, the EPS courses have a dual purpose: to ensure the academic as well as professional success of Fairleigh Dickinson University's students.

All new international students placed into the EPS course will register in:

  • EPS 1008: Academic Writing Skills (for Pre-University or UG students only, offered only at Metropolitan Campus)
  • EPS 1109: English for Occupational Purposes (for UG students only, offered at Metropolitan and Florham Campuses)
  • EPS 5008: Academic Writing Skills (for Pre-Masters students only, offered only at Metropolitan Campus)
  • EPS 5109: English for Occupational Purposes (for GR students only, offered at Metropolitan and Florham Campuses)

Domestic and International undergraduate students as well as International graduate students may also register in:

  • EPS 1201/EPS 5201: EPS: Global Exchange--New York City as a Classroom (language and culture/elective course)
  • EPS 5209: Advanced English for Occupational Purposes (for GR students only, offered only at Metropolitan Campus)
  • EPS 5219: Advanced English for Academic Purposes (for GR students only, offered only at the Metropolitan Campus)

All the EPS courses, except for EPS 1201/EPS 5201 have a co-requisite lab (i.e. EPS 0199, EPS 1119, EPS 5119. To exit the program, a student must meet the learning objectives set by the curriculum. Students who fail to meet the minimum standards required to pass the course will have to repeat.

Upon exiting the program, undergraduate students will take the Academic Writing (ENWR 1101) course at the Metropolitan Campus or the College Writing Workshop (ENGW 1101) course at the Florham Campus. Graduate students do not need to take any additional English or writing courses unless required by their own department.

Application of Credits for EPS Courses

International undergraduate students can fulfill a free elective (upon approval of individual academic departments) or partially fulfill the Language and Culture Liberal Arts requirement upon the successful completion of the EPS course:

  • Silberman College of Business: 3 credits may be applied as free elective.
  • Other Metropolitan Campus programs: 3 credits may be applied as language and culture or free elective.

The credits for the EPS courses are not figured into the grade point ratio for graduate students.


About the regular EPS courses:

EPS has been a course like no other. As part of the EPS curriculum, I not only got a chance to polish my reading, writing and speaking skills, but also got a chance to learn about countries and cultures different from my own. It gave me a chance to present my culture, ideas and beliefs to others and showed me how to provide and receive constructive criticism. I am glad to say I am leaving the EPS class well trained and more confident than ever to face the demands of today's professional culture.

--Deepa, India, Spring 2012

The EPS course is very useful and helped me to progress my academic writing a lot. Although we had a lot of writing and homework, I think that was the most helpful class for my aboard studying experience.

--Yen-Hung, Taiwan, Spring 2010

About the EPS New York City as a Classroom course:

I have really learnt a lot through the lecture classes and by actually going to NYC and seeing all the places we discussed in class.  Now going to New York is not about just sightseeing but about seeing how history reformed the place and how old NYC can still be seen in new NYC.

--Akua, Ghana, Spring 2011

I began to appreciate the city for what is really was worth and looked past all I had been sheltered [from]. I left New York each trip with my mind filled with enthusiasm and knowledge of this place called New York. Now I know why so many people come and visit [it] today because there is treasure at every corner.

--Kareema, USA, Spring 2013

At last the thing that I learned from New York City is how diversity, how respecting other cultures, how tolerating other religions, can create something Great…yes, NYC is GREAT!  

--Umar, Pakistan, Spring 2013