Wesleyan’s faculty, students, and administration recently completed an academic plan to ensure the relevance of liberal arts education in the 21st century. The plan for curricular renewal in the liberal arts and sciences is a multifaceted, multiyear project that involves changes in the curriculum, hiring additional faculty members, and using advanced computer technology to support students in their course selection and academic planning. One aspect of this initiative is a modification of Wesleyan’s degree requirements, which was voted by the faculty after the 1998—2000 catalog went to press. These requirements, as described below, will apply to the Class of 2004 and beyond (i.e., beginning with those students entering in the fall of 2000).

Wesleyan University confers only one undergraduate degree, the bachelor of arts. The requirements for this degree are: (l) satisfaction of requirements for concentration(s); (2) satisfactory completion of 32 course credits; (3) a cumulative average of 74 percent or work of equivalent quality; and (4) at least six semesters of full-time residence at Wesleyan for students entering in their first year (for students entering as sophomore transfers, at least five semesters of full-time residence at Wesleyan; for students entering as mid-year sophomores or junior transfers, at least four semesters at Wesleyan). Full-time residence at Wesleyan means enrollment for at least three credits (with the normal course load being four credits) in a given semester. If conversion to semester hours is required, each Wesleyan credit may be assigned a value of four semester hours.

Students can count toward the total of 32 course credits required for the B.A. no more than 14 course credits in any one department (15 or 16 if a one- or two-credit honors senior project or thesis is included). Among the 14 course credits in any one department (15 or 16 with project or thesis) that can be counted toward the degree requirements, no more than 12 course credits numbered 201 or higher (13 or 14 with project or thesis) can be included, and no more than four course credits numbered from 101 to 200. If a given course appears in more than one departmental listing, i.e., is cross listed, it must be counted in the major department if it appears there.

The following is the maximum number of credits a student may count toward the 32 credits needed to complete the degree:

  1. Physical Education and Student Forum Courses
    - no more than one credit in physical education;
    - a maximum of two credits from student forum courses;
    - a combined maximum of two credits in physical education and student forum courses

  2. Teaching Apprenticeships
    - a maximum of two teaching-apprentice credits

  3. Tutorials
    - a combined maximum of four individual and group tutorial credits

  4. Independent Study and Education-in-the-Field
    - a total of four independent study and education-in-the-field credits

While there are limits on the number of credits that will be counted toward the Wesleyan degree, all credits earned at Wesleyan will be listed on the student’s transcript.

Wesleyan will apply towards graduation a maximum of two credits of any kind earned before matriculation by entering first-year students. While a maximum of two credits will be counted toward the Wesleyan degree, all such credits that have been duly approved by Wesleyan departments will be listed on the student’s transcript.

This limit applies to Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and A-Level exams as well as any college courses taken elsewhere. Wesleyan will accept for listing on the transcript college courses taken with college students and taught by a college teacher in a college setting, provided that the course meets Wesleyan’s transfer credit criteria. Aside from AP credits and other credits regularly awarded on the basis of centrally administered examinations, no course that is listed for credit on a student’s high school transcript may be used for Wesleyan credit.

A student who has achieved a score of four (honors) or five (high honors) in an Advanced Placement examination may be granted Wesleyan credit. The department may condition the award of Advanced Placement credit upon the successful completion of any course or courses at any level in any department of the University. In each case, the precise number of credits will be determined at the discretion of the relevant department.

Degrees are awarded once a year at Commencement. Students who complete the requirement for the degree at other times during the year will be recommended to receive the degree at the next Commencement.

Spring 1999