Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree Programs
NOTE: The information that follows applies to students entering beginning Fall 1999, under the Centers of Distinction Curriculum. Students previously enrolled and transfers entering prior to Fall 2000, should consult the 1998-99 academic catalog for their requirements.
To earn a bachelors degree the student must pass no fewer than 33 academic units (including at least one intensive learning experience), two one-quarter unit physical education activities (or the equivalent) and a one-quarter unit co-curricular requirement for a total of 33 3/4 units or the equivalent. At least 30 of the 33 academic units used to meet degree requirements must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, the student must meet a standard of computer literacy set by his or her major program.
A minimum of 17 of the academic units must be earned at Roanoke College toward the degree. If a student is granted competency for one physical education activity, the one-half unit of physical education required for graduation is reduced to one-quarter unit. The student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all courses (excluding courses offered and passed on a "pass/fail" basis.) In addition, the student must meet the requirements for a major and must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all courses in that major. In any major, prerequisite courses which are not themselves required for the major are not included in the major cumulative grade point average.
Students must satisfactorily complete General Education requirements and major requirements. Since these may be completed without reaching the total of 33 3/4 course units, students must elect courses to fulfill the remaining work. These elective studies may be used to satisfy areas of personal interest or professional need. Some students choose to use these subjects to qualify for a second major, a minor, or an area of concentration.
DECLARATION OF DEGREE CANDIDACY
By no later than the middle of the term preceding that term in which graduation is expected, students anticipating graduation must submit to the Office of the Registrar an application for degree candidacy and meet with the Registrar to complete the senior review.
Up to two of the last eight units of degree credit may be taken at another approved institution, but no more than one of the final four units may be taken at another institution. All courses taken at another institution must be approved in advance by the Registrar. Approval will not be granted for courses previously failed at Roanoke College. Credit will be Granted for work in which a grade of "C-" or higher has been earned. Transfer grades will neither appear on the Roanoke College transcript nor be used in calculation of the cumulative or major grade point average. Students majoring in medical technology are naturally in residence at their approved hospital and are excused from this rule. Also, students participating in Study Abroad receive a waiver. Special permission for others to waive this rule may be granted upon successful appeal to the Panel on Admissions, Readmissions, and Appeals.
Rapid changes in the content and methodologies of academic disciplines make it necessary to require that ones program of study not be outdated by long delays in qualifying for the degree. Consequently, the College imposes certain conditions on those who fail to complete their programs within a stipulated time.
Students seeking their first bachelors degree are subject to the degree requirements and the academic regulations governing classification and scholarship as described in the Catalog current at the time of their first enrollment at Roanoke, provided that they qualify for a degree within 10 calendar years of the date of first enrollment. For transfer students, the period will be dated from the earliest enrollment at an accredited institution from which transfer credit is recorded.
Students who do not qualify for the degree within the 10year period must meet the degree requirements and be subject to academic regulations governing classification and scholarship which apply for the next year in which the student re-enrolls. Applicable requirements and regulations shall be based thereafter on those prevailing at five-year intervals.
At any time after the conclusion of the tenth year following initial enrollment, the faculty of the department of major study may review the currency of the students program and may, with the concurrence of the Registrar, require the student to repeat certain courses or otherwise make up deficiencies.
Upon completion of the College career, one becomes a member of the Roanoke College Alumni Association, a non dues- paying organization of Roanoke College alumni now numbering over 21,000.The Alumni Association is governed by an Executive Council which represents the geographic areas and interests of alumni (including Honor Guard, Hall of Fame, Roanoke Fund, and area chapter). The Alumni Executive Council President serves as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees and works with the Parents Council to coordinate activities and programs to promote the College.
All alumni are given the opportunity to receive the Roanoke College Magazine, may attend the Spring Alumni Festival held on campus annually, and are invited to participate in area chapter events and activities. Alumni chapters focus on involvement of area alumni, parents, and friends in the promotion of the College through social events, admissions efforts, career networking, and development and are active in Atlanta, Baltimore,Washington, D.C., Hampton Roads, New England, New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, and the Roanoke Valley. Other events throughout the year are also held in California, Chicago, and Florida.
SECOND MAJORS AND SECOND BACHELORS DEGREES
The College recognizes that some individuals have a need for a broader based education than that which can be obtained through the traditional single-major, single-degree program. This circumstance is particularly true for those who wish to have highly flexible career opportunities at the time of graduation and for graduates who may wish to pursue new career directions which require additional education.
To accommodate these needs, the College offers two opportunities: (1) a single degree with two majors, which is open only to those who are pursuing or who have earned a degree from Roanoke College, and (2) a second bachelors degree, which is available to graduates of Roanoke or any other regionally accredited college or university.
A graduate of the College may subsequently earn a second major under the conditions described above The requirements of the major shall be those set forth in the catalog for the session in which re-enrollment occurs. Transfer credit earned elsewhere after graduation may not be used to satisfy these requirements.
Second Bachelors Degree
Holders of a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college or university may earn a second bachelors degree by fulfilling the conditions outlined below.
Roanoke College graduates must meet the major requirements in effect at the time of re-enrollment. Those graduates who completed General Education requirements as part of their first degree will not be required to complete the Centers of Distinction requirements. A minimum of eight units must be earned at Roanoke beyond those earned for the first degree. Units in excess of 33 3 /4 earned while working toward the first degree will not be counted as fulfilling the eight needed for the second degree. Courses offered for the first degree may be used to satisfy General Education and major requirements, provided that they were taken at the College or taken elsewhere prior to first enrollment at the College. Credit earned elsewhere after graduation will not be accepted for transfer credit toward the second degree. If a second major has been earned as part of the first degree program, a second degree will not be awarded for a major in that field.
Graduates of other accredited institutions will be admitted as transfer students and must fulfill the General Education and major requirements for the degree program as set forth in the Catalog for the session in which enrollment first occurs. Transferable credit and credit earned at Roanoke must total at least 33 3 /4 (or the equivalent).A minimum of 17 of these units (excluding the physical education and co-curricular activities) must be earned at Roanoke after completion of the original degree. Transferable courses taken in the first degree program may be used to meet General Education requirements. No more than one-third of the minimum units required for the major may be satisfied by transfer credit.
If, in the judgment of the faculty in the major area, the earlier work of a student does not adequately cover more recent advances or needs in the field, the student may be required to repeat certain courses or otherwise make up the deficiency.
Such requirements should be established at an early date and must have the approval of the chairperson in the major field and the Office of the Registrar.
Academic requirements: All holders of a bachelors degree will be subject to the academic requirements and regulations for seniors. Such students will not, however, be eligible for any scholastic awards or recognition except the Deans List and honor societies. To qualify for a degree, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 for all course work completed at Roanoke College to meet the requirements of the second degree. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 must also be attained in all major courses taken at Roanoke.
Second-degree candidates may not enroll in an elective course on a pass/fail basis but may enroll in internships, which are automatically graded on that basis.
BACCALAUREATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS WHEN TRANSFERRING EARLY INTO A GRADUATE PROGRAM