Program requirement revisions


INQ 110 for GST 101.

INQ 251 as a second Math/Science requirement.

INQ 260 as a Social Science requirement [from an appropriate discipline].

EDUCATION (Student Teaching)

Policy for Oral Defense Evaluation

For successful completion of the oral defense, the student teacher must achieve an average of 3 or above on each goal.  If a preservice teacher receives an average score below 3 on a goal, he or she will be asked to revise the portfolio for that goal and present it to the college supervisor for reevaluation.  The student teacher will not be recommended for licensure until a 3 or above is received as assessed by the college supervisor.  (Implementation Fall 2009)

Policy for Student Teaching Grade

For successful completion of EDUC 402/404 (EDUC 480/480 in Teaching in the Diverse Classroom program) Student Teaching, the student teacher will not be recommended for licensure if the student teaching grade is below a C-.  Roanoke College policy will be followed for receipt of course credit.   (Implementation Fall 2009)

Policy for Student Teacher Evaluation

For successful completion of student teaching and recommendation for licensure, an average of 3 or above must be achieved on each goal listed on the Final Evaluation of Student Teaching Performance.  The student teacher’s progress is monitored throughout the student teaching experience, and all student teachers are informed by mid-semester if there are areas of concern.   If the student teacher receives a score below 3 on the Midterm Evaluation of Student Teaching Performance, he or she must meet with the college supervisor to determine an early intervention plan (EIP) for improvement and compliance.   Successful completion of student teaching will be contingent on completion of the EIP.  A description of the EIP process is available in the Education Department Handbook.  (Implementation Fall 2009)

EDUC 492 will replace EDUC 490/491 in the following teacher licensure programs:

EDUC 490 OR EDUC 491 OR EDUC 492 may be taken to fulfill the student teaching requirement in the following teacher licensure programs:

Professional Licensure Program (PLP) students must achieve passing Praxis II scores prior to admission to EDUC 490, 491 or 492, not prior to program admission.

EDUC 490/491/492:  The minimum number of required hours in schools will be 400.


The Honors Program is designed for students with excellent academic performance, broad extracurricular interests, and leadership abilities. Approximately 40 freshmen and first semester sophomores are admitted to the Honors Program each year. Honors students must pass at least 33 academic units, including at least one unit of intensive learning, two one-quarter unit physical education activities (or the equivalent), and a one quarter unit co-curricular requirement for a total of 33 ¾ units or the equivalent. Honors students must complete the Honors curriculum (described below) in place of the Intellectual Inquiry curriculum, maintain a 3.2 overall grade point average, and participate in the Honors Plenary Enrichment Program each semester they study on campus. Students who fail to achieve a grade point average of 3.0 in any term will be evaluated by the Honors Program Director.

The Honors Program substitutes a coordinated sequence of interdisciplinary courses for a portion of the core requirements. This sequence of courses includes:
Honors 101 Plenary Enrichment Program 1/4 unit
Honors 102 Plenary Enrichment Program (After the first year, required each term the student studies
on campus, graded; no credit)
Honors 105 The Freshman Experience
Honors 170 Values Practicum
Honors 201 The Human Journey I
Honors 202 The Human Journey II
Honors 301 Topics in Honors (Two units from different divisions)
Honors 411 Contemporary Challenges
Honors 412 Independent Elective/Study Project or Independent study in the student’s major-one unit

In addition, Honors students are required to complete either 1) three one-unit courses from the mathematical and natural sciences and two units from the social sciences, as described in Option I below, OR 2) two one-unit courses from the mathematical sciences, two units from the natural sciences, and one unit from the social sciences, as described in Option II below. For both options, any one-unit introductory lab course in biology, chemistry, or physics as well as INQ 250 and/or 251 (without regard for discipline) may count toward the science requirement; any one-unit introductory course in anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology or sociology, as well as INQ 260 may count toward the social science requirement.

Option I Course Requirements:
(a) MATH (111 or higher) or STAT course (INQ-240 or STAT)
(b) Lab Science course
(c) Science course in different discipline from (b); or CPSC; or MATH (111 or higher); or INQ-241; or STAT course (INQ-240 or STAT) (if STAT course not taken in (a) above);
(d) Two Social Science courses (different disciplines)
(e) One of the HNRS 301 courses must be from the science division

Option II Course Requirements:
(a) MATH (111 or higher) or STAT course (INQ-240 or STAT)
(b) CPSC course; or MATH (111 or higher); or STAT course (INQ-240 or STAT) (if STAT course not taken in (a) above); or INQ-241
(c) Two Science courses (different disciplines), at least one with lab
(d) One Social Science course
(e) One of the HNRS 301 courses must be from the social science division

Honors students must also demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate level (202). In cases where a student presents a language at the introductory level but one which Roanoke College does not offer through the 202 level, completion of only one year of a modern foreign language at Roanoke College will be required. Students must complete two physical education activities. One of these must be HHP 160 (Fitness for Life); the other may be a one-quarter unit course in a different activity or participation in a varsity sport. A Plenary Enrichment Program of supplemental activities, a special scholarship, and a distinct recognition on the diploma and transcript are provided to Honors students.

Honors Elective

An Honors elective at Roanoke College may be chosen by any student, not just Honors students, who have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average at the time of applying or the approval of the Honors Program Director. The elective consists of a student project that is guided and evaluated by a committee of three qualified persons, two chosen from the department of principal interest and including the project advisor, plus one other evaluator. The committee may request other specialists to join in the final evaluation of the student’s work, which is to be the subject of an oral examination by the full committee. For additional details, consult the Honors Program Director. Honors in the major is not part of this Honors Elective option.


Revision of the Substitution Policy within the “Perspectives” category of the Intellectual Inquiry Curriculum:
Students must take seven of these courses:  three in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics (240, 250, and either 241 or 251), two in the Social Sciences (260) from different disciplines, and two in the Humanities and Fine Arts (270 & 271). 

Up to three substitutions are allowed as described below.  However, students applying substitutions still must take at least one INQ course in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, one in the Social Sciences, and one in the Humanities and Fine Arts.  At the same time, all students must complete at least one INQ course from each of the three perspectives: Western, Global, and Natural World. Substitutions cannot be used to meet a “Perspective” requirement.


A standard of computer literacy would no longer be required for graduation; instead, assessment of discipline-specific technological competencies would be charged to the major program to be documented in annual assessment plans, as appropriate. 11/09