Students must follow the graduation requirements in effect at the time of their enrollment. Students who enroll and subsequently interrupt enrollment (i.e. withdrawal or suspension) for more than two years must complete the requirements in effect at the time of re-entry. While academic advisors, faculty and staff provide significant academic planning and related assistance to students, completion of all degree requirements, and the process of monitoring progress to that end, is ultimately the responsibility of the student.
Students earn the Bachelor of Arts degree or Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree as follows:
1) Complete a total of 120 credit hours for the Bachelor of Arts degree or complete 136 credit hours for the Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree.
2) Complete no more than 20 credits of internship or practicum.
3) Complete no more than 60 credits of course work taken in the major discipline counting toward the total 120 credits required for the bachelor of arts degree or the 136 credits required for the bachelor of science (engineering) degree. This limitation applies to disciplinary/departmental majors only.
4) Complete at least 20 credits of course work at the 300-level or above.
5) Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.000.
6) Complete all requirements for at least one approved academic major with a minimum GPA of 2.000 in all courses applied toward the major(s). Students are required to complete the major requirements in effect at the time the major declaration form is submitted to the registrar’s office.
7) Complete all Central Core requirements as outlined below.
8) Satisfy the following residency requirement. The two semesters (summer not included) just prior to graduation and a minimum of 60 credits, including 30 of the last 60 credits, must be completed in residence. Students in good academic standing with fewer than 9 credits to complete toward the Central College degree may be granted permission to complete their remaining hours at another accredited college or university with the permission of the academic advisor, major department chair, and the registrar. Students approved to participate in any of Central’s dual degree programs must complete the two semesters (summer not included) just prior to enrollment at the dual degree granting institution and a minimum of 60 credits in residence; 30 of the last 60 credits must be completed in residence or at the dual degree granting institution. “In residence” is defined as enrollment at a Central College location (the Pella campus, Central College’s approved study abroad/international programs, Chicago Semester, or The Washington Center). Note: An associate dean of academic affairs may grant exceptions to this residency requirement.
Application for Graduation. Students must submit an application for graduation at least two semesters prior to the awarding of the degree. For more information, see “Academic Policies” in the current catalog, or the current academic calendar.
Complete all of the following core requirements: integrative studies, disciplinary studies, global perspective, global sustainability and writing intensive. Core courses are identified throughout the academic catalog at the end of the course description and on the online searchable schedule.
Integrative Studies (7 credits). Complete I and II.
Disciplinary Studies (3 credits in each of the following areas; 21 credits total). Each course may be used toward only one disciplinary designation; however, some courses may also be used to count for the global sustainability, global perspective and writing intensive requirements.
Global Sustainability (GS) 3 credits
Global Perspective (0-14 credits). Complete component I and component II as follows:
I. Second Language (0-8 credits). Choose one of the following:
Note: Students who place beyond the first semester, complete additional language course work, and earn a grade of “C” or better are eligible for credit by proficiency (see “Credit by Proficiency” section of this catalog).
II. Elective (6 credits). Complete option a or b as follows*:
a) Successfully complete an approved study abroad program.
b) Complete a minimum of 6 credits of coursework. Credit by proficiency and first-year language courses do not count.
* Chicago and Washington D.C. programs and faculty-led programs do not satisfy option a. Faculty-led program courses may count as International Studies or Intercultural Studies with permission of the Curriculum Approval Committee.
Writing Intensive (WRT) 4 courses. Complete each of the following:
Note: Transfer students who are not required to take LAS 110 must take three writing-intensive courses in addition to LAS 410, Liberal Arts Seminar, which must be completed at Central College. The other writing intensive requirements may be satisfied either by courses at Central or by coursework accepted for transfer. At least one of these courses must be at the 200-level or above. Students who wish to apply transfer credit toward this requirement may need to provide a course syllabus to the registrar.