Welcome to PIO101 & PIO102!

PIO101 and PIO102 are classes designed for our first-year students.  These introductory classes in the PioPahtway General Education Program are focused on helping students make connections, transition to college life, and prepare for academic success at Marietta College.

What Is PIO101?

PIO101 is the first stop on the PioPathway General Education Program.  This  2-credit hour topics-based course is designed to help students begin to learn and develop critical thinking and information literacy skills that will be vital for their academic success, regardless of their major. As a topics-based seminar class, these courses cover a wide variety of subjects from "Think Like a Scientist” to "Comics and Superheroes." Regardless of the topic, each class is focused on providing those crucial information literacy skills while introducing students to the value of liberal arts learning. These skills are critical for all Marietta College courses, and PIO101 is foundational for your academic success. In PIO101 you will learn to:

  • Pose appropriate questions that will help you and others develop a deeper understanding of course content
  • Demonstrate your ability to engage in respectful, thoughtful academic-level discussions
  • Recognize primary, secondary, tertiary and peer-reviewed sources
  • Recognize types of sources (conference proceedings, newspaper articles, journal articles, books, anthologies)
  • Evaluate sources for credibility, relevance, accuracy, etc.
  • Understand plagiarism and academic dishonesty policies

Some PIO101 Topics Include:

  • Witches in Popular Culture
  • Dinosaurs + Cryptids
  • The Science of Sleep
  • The History of Rock & Roll
  • The Opioid Epidemic
  • TV and Film Musicals
  • Climate Change

PIO101 is a fun class that will help you on your journey to academic success. Be sure to choose a topic that interests you when you register for classes at the next PioSOAR registration

What is PIO102?

The 1-credit PIO 102 course, "Engagement and Success," fosters your engagement in academics, campus and community, and self-discovery. It connects you with resources across campus, helps you build meaningful relationships with people of different backgrounds, and provides just-in-time help in developing the interpersonal and academic skills that will empower you at Marietta College and beyond.

This class functions as the lab course for PIO101, so you will get to build connections with your classmates in 101, meet another on campus mentor to support your goals, and get an opportunity to see how you fit into the Marietta College campus community in the classroom and beyond.

PIO101 Director:

Z Comer, McCoy Associate Professor of Art & Design
Art Department Chair

PIO102 Director:

Amanda Mullen, Associate Dean of Students
Director of Campus Involvement