CATALOG • 2010-2011
Bachelor’s Degree Requirements and Procedures
Liberal Arts Curriculum Requirements
Students continuing uninterrupted work will graduate according to the liberal arts curriculum requirements in effect at the time of matriculation unless students choose to graduate according to provisions enacted by the faculty and stipulated in subsequent catalogs.
Students re-entering the College after an official leave of absence greater than three calendar years, a withdrawal or unapproved absence will graduate according to the liberal arts curriculum in effect at the time of re- enrollment unless students choose to graduate according to provisions enacted by the faculty and stipulated in subsequent catalogs.
An explanation of all liberal arts curriculum requirements is found on page 45.
Declaration of Major
Students should declare their major any time after the completion of their first semester of study or 12–15 earned credits. Students are required to declare their major once they have completed 45 credits. Transfer students are encouraged to declare their major after the completion of 24 credits at Cedar Crest. An education major or co-major may be declared only after three semesters of full-time study or 45 credits, and successful completion of the Praxis I.
The official declaration of a major is initiated with a form available from the Registrar’s Office. Students declaring a major that may lead to either the B.S. or B.A. degree shall specif y at the time of declaration which program they are entering and which degree they are seeking. A student must satisfy a minimum of 18 credits of major requirements through Cedar Crest College coursework. Individual departments may specify higher residency requirements for major coursework or establish further restrictions on the types of transfer credits accepted toward major requirements. Students will graduate according to the major requirements listed in the College catalog and in effect at the time they enter the College, provided the students declare their major within four years of matriculation. After four years, the student will graduate under the requirements in effect at the time of declaration. If the requirements for the major change after a student has declared a major, students may choose to graduate according to curricular changes enacted by the Faculty and stipulated in subsequent catalogs.
Co-majors must be completed in conjunction with a regular academic major. Details of such programs may be found in departmental descriptions found in the College Catalog or may be discussed with appropriates.
Any change in major, including change of B.S. or B.A. program within the same department, shall be processed through the Registrar’s Office and have departmental approval. Students declaring a major must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000; some majors require a higher GPA for declaration. Students should consult with academic departments.
Declaration of a self-designed major: Matriculated students may design their own major and seek its approval from the Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee. Such proposals will only be considered if the courses required are available at Cedar Crest or within the LVAIC and meet the standards for an academic major at Cedar Crest. A formal petition shall be made indicating her expected degree and be approved by the relevant Department Chairperson before submission to CAPC. For information, see the Registrar. Students are required to declare a self-designed major by the time they have completed 90 credits.
Declaration of more than one major: Students may complete requirements for more than one major. Students declaring additional majors shall indicate one as their primary major. The primary major shall determine the degree to be awarded, i.e., B.S. or B.A.
Declaration of an academic minor: Some departments offer minors. Completion of a minor is optional if it is not required for graduation. A student initiates declaration of a minor with the completion of a form available from the Registrar’s Office. A minor must be a minimum of 18 credits with one-half taken at Cedar Crest College.No course with a grade of less thanC-may be counted to satisfy a minor requirement. Some departments have higher requirements. A course taken Pass/Fail will not satisfy aminor requirement unless it is a course offered on a Pass/Fail basis only. The minimum cumulative grade-point average for aminor is 2.000.
Matriculated students may design their own minor and seek its approval from the Curriculum and Academic Policy Committee. A formal petition shall be made, including required documentation as set forth by the Registrar, and be approved by the relevant Department Chairperson before submission to CAPC. Students are required to declare a self-designed minor by the time they have completed 90 credits. A minor must include a minimum of 18 credits with half the credits taken at Cedar Crest College. No more than 3 credits may be completed in independent study. All policies pertaining to a minor apply to the self-designed minor.
Declaration of concentration/certification: Some departments offer concentrations or certifications. A student declares a concentration/certification by completing the appropriate form available from the Registrar’s Office.
Academic major course requirements: A course with a grade of C- or better may be counted to satisfy a major requirement. Some departments have higher requirements. Students should consult with individual departments for exact requirements. A course taken Pass/Fail will not satisfy a major requirement unless it is a course offered by the department on a Pass/Fail basis only. The minimum cumulative grade-point average for coursework in the major is 2.000. Some departments require a higher cumulative GPA in themajor.
If a student re-enters the College to continue a major after an official leave of absence greater than one academic year, the student will graduate according to major requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment. A student may complete more than one major within one degree.
Declaration of Dual Degrees: A Cedar Crest graduate may be awarded a second bachelor’s degree, either B.A. or B.S., if the student completes a minimum of 30 additional approved credits at Cedar Crest with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0 and satisfies the requirements for an additional major. A student may pursue a second bachelor’s degree to be awarded either at the same time as the first degree or at a time subsequent to the awarding of the first degree, provided that the pursuit of the second degree reflects a second distinct and comprehensive program of study. The option for the second bachelor’s degree is limited to the departmental majors and programs listed in the catalog.
Study Leading to a Second Degree: A student who has earned a baccalaureate or associate’s degree at an accredited institution may pursue a program of study leading to a second degree at Cedar Crest College. Credits earned as part of the first degreewill be evaluated for applicability toward major requirements and liberal arts curriculum requirements. The student must satisfy all graduation requirements and adhere to all other academic policies.
Graduation Degree Audit: Before registering for the senior year, a degree audit will be generated by the Registrar’s Office for each studentwith a copy sent to the student and the faculty advisor listing total academic credit requirements for graduation which have been fulfilled. However, graduation auditsmay be requested at any time throughout a student’s career. All students, once they have declared a major, should consult with their faculty advisor tomonitor progress toward fulfillment of all academic major requirements. All students are responsible for knowing the requirements for the degree they propose to earn and for arranging the program of study accordingly.
Declaration of Intent to Graduate: One year before a student’s intended date of graduation, the student must complete a graduation application, which is available in the Registrar’sOffice or onMyCedarCrest.