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Degree Requirements

1. Number of Credits and Minimum Index: A candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree completes 120 credits and a candidate for a Bachelor of Science degree completes 126 credits. These credits must be distributed in accordance with the requirements of the curriculum the student is pursuing. A candidate for the baccalaureate degree must have a minimum cumulative index of 2.0.

2. Core Curriculum: The Core Curriculum embodies, channels and concretizes the philosophy of education contained in the Mission Statement of the College. It extends
over four years, providing a core of shared learning, and a common intellectual experience for all students. All students take the same core courses. 

The Core Curriculum maintains the liberal arts identity of the College and its offering of values-centered education in the three interlocking divisions of core courses. In Core
Foundation courses, students explore the contemporary world and try to assess their place in it; they also focus on the past and come to some understanding of their own cultural heritage. Students learn about similarities among various social groups and develop respect for cultural diversity. Core Area courses provide students with knowledge vital to the demands of life in a technologically advanced society; students   learn the importance of computer literacy, the scientific method, inductive reasoning, critical analysis, and effective communication. The Core Enrichment course on the junior level helps students to augment their knowledge of Western literature by the study of non-Western literary masterpieces.  The junior and senior integrated courses emphasize the integration between disciplines and encourage student growth through the exploration of ethics and values.  Both of these courses will address questions on ethical and spiritual values.  In keeping with the history and traditions of the College, the senior integrated course will explicitly involve religious studies as one of the disciplines studied. The integrated courses endeavor to synthesize the results of each student’s educational experiences.

Core Foundation Courses:  Four sets of paired courses and the writing requirement Freshman:   

Literature and Psychology   6 credits
Fine Arts and History          6 credits
Writing                               3 credits

Sophomore:   Philosophy and Religious Studies  6 credits Economics and Sociology   6 creditsTo fulfill the Core writing requirement, students enrolled in ENGL114-115 or 115, 203, 219, or 304, must receive a grade of “C” or better or must repeat the course.

Core Area Courses:  Four courses to be completed by the end of junior year:
            Natural Sciences I (Biological Sciences)    3 credits
            Natural Sciences II (Chemistry)                3 credits
            Computer Science                                    3 credits
            Mathematics                                             3 credits

Core Enrichment Courses:
          World Literature       3 credits
          Integrated course      3 credits
         Integrated course involving Religious Studies  3 credits
         * should a student choose to take an elective from a list or approved religious studies offerings, any integrated class may be taken during the senior year.

Foreign Language
All students are required to complete six credits of a foreign language at a level recommended by the Modern Foreign Language Department based on the student’s background. Special provisions are made for students whose native language is not English and for Adult students.

Credits   Core Foundation         27 credits
              Core Area                  12 credits
              Core Enrichment           9 credits
              Language                      6 credits
                                       Total   54 credits

3. Major: To major in a chosen field, the student is expected to secure the approval of the Chairperson/Director of the department. Each department lists required courses for its major. The student must maintain a cumulative index in the major of 2.0 by the end of junior year (90 credits) in order to register for major senior courses. To be eligible for graduation, the student must maintain the 2.0 index throughout the senior year.

Students with a major in nursing must have a cumulative index of 2.5 by the end of their sophomore year in order to register for clinical courses.  A student must maintain a 2.50 index throughout junior and senior years in order to be eligible for graduation.  Students who do not maintain a 2.5 index will be dropped from the nursing major.

4. Upper Level Courses: Upper Level Courses: To be eligible for graduation  students must take 30 of their 120 (or 126) credits in courses numbered 300 or 400,  planned with guidance, according to their aims and interests.

5. Optional: Second Major: Students may elect a second major with the permission of
the chairpersons of both departments and if scheduling permits.

6. Minor: Minors may be earned in most major disciplines of the College. The requirements for each minor are determined by the department and include a minimum of 18 credits in the discipline. A contract for the minor indicating the required courses must be signed by the chairperson and the student no later than the first semester of the student’s Junior year. Minimum grade requirements for the minor are the same as for the major. Students who elect a second major may not have a minor.

Only students matriculated through the  School of Professional & Continuing Studies are eligible for the associate degree. Candidates for this degree complete 62 credits, distributed in accordance with the requirements of the curriculum they are pursuing.

Within the 62 credits, 36 must be in core curriculum courses (18 in Humanities, 9 in Social Sciences and 9 in Mathematics/Computer Science and Natural Sciences). At least 20 of these credits must be completed at the College.