College awards the bachelor’s degree to students who have fulfilled the
all study required in one of the five degree programs offered. (Bachelor of
Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in
Business Administration or Bachelor of Music).
120 semester hours of credit for graduation in major programs unless otherwise
noted for a major degree program.
average of C
(grade point average of 2.0) on all work taken at the College and a minimum
average of C (grade point average of
2.0) in those courses constituting the major subjects or field. These are
minimum requirements, some programs may require higher levels of achievement. By
definition, the major subject or field consists of all courses listed as
“major requirements” in the major program curriculum plus all additional
courses taken in the same discipline as the major, except those courses which
may be specifically excluded by the major department. Students choosing to minor
in a field of study must have a 2.0 GPA in courses in that field of study.
will take at least 2 writing-intensive courses.
||Removal of any
||All students must pass proficiency tests in computer competencies.
||A minimum of 25
percent of the degree credit must be earned at Longwood, with 30 credit hours at
the upper level. (Exceptions: A. Biology majors with a concentration in Medical
Technology, pre-physical therapy, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry or pre-veterinary
medicine who take 300-400 level courses at affiliated institutions will be
allowed to count that course work toward fulfilling the 30 hours upper-level
graduation requirement; B. students who participate in international exchange
programs may request an exception to the 30 hour upper-level graduation
requirement. Exceptions must be approved in writing by the student’s school
dean prior to the study abroad.)
||Not more than
14 hours of credit by correspondence.
||Approval of the
individual by the general faculty as a candidate for graduation.
||A formal Application for
Degree. This application for graduation must be filed in the Office of
Registration at least one full year prior to the date of graduation.
Seminar (LSEM 100) is a one-credit orientation course required of all first-time
entering freshmen and transfer students who are entering at the freshman level.
Through Longwood Seminar, students can expect to learn academic strategies that
will promote college success; become more aware of interpersonal strategies that
will enhance personal and social success; explore the methods, techniques, and
philosophies relevant to an academic field of study; identify personal strengths
and values and their relationship to career goals; build a network of strong
support relationships within the Longwood community.
The goal of the Longwood Seminar is to help develop citizen leaders
for the common good by promoting critical thinking and analysis in all aspects
of the students’ lives and by developing the knowledge and skills that lead to
college success. 1 credit.
must pass computer proficiency tests. Students
are strongly encouraged to satisfy this requirement by the end of their
sophomore year. Major programs may
specify additional computer competencies.
purpose of the General Education Program of Longwood College is the development
of disciplined, informed, and creative minds. The program is defined by ten
goals (see the General Education section for a
complete description of this program). Students may choose among the core
courses listed for each goal. Each of the courses listed under each goal has
been specifically designed to address that goal. A course used by the student to
satisfy a general education requirement may not be used by that student to
satisfy a major program requirement except for Goal 10. The Dean may authorize
an exemption for any goal when a student, due to major requirements, must take
at least two courses listed for that goal. A total of 33 hours of core courses
is required for the General Education Program.
Requirements for Specific Degrees
addition to the 33 hours of core courses required for the General Education
Program, students must fulfill the following requirements for specific degrees:
||Bachelor of Arts Degree
Humanities (6 credits) – in at least two disciplines and not in the
discipline of the major.
Foreign Languages (3 credits) – at the 202 level or above
Modern Language majors must complete the degree requirement in a language
other than their language of concentration.
Students who are not native speakers of English may be exempted from the B.A. language requirement provided that they have received their high
school diploma, or its equivalent, from a school in their native land where the
language of instruction was other than English.
Fine Arts Degree
Humanities (6 credits) – in
at least two disciplines and not in the discipline of the major
Foreign Language/Social Science (3 credits) – students must take one of
the following courses: 3 credits at the 202 or above level in a foreign language
or History 200, 320, 325, 336, 354, 359, 360; Geography 241, 352; Political
Science 314, 336, 337, 375, 395, 469.
Mathematics or Computer Science (3 credits)
Social Science (3 credits)
Natural Science (4 credits)
Science in Business Administration Degree
Mathematics 181 or 261 or 267 (3 to 5 credits)
Economics 217 (3 credits)
Natural Science (4 credits)
Humanities (9 credits) – in at least two disciplines and not in the
discipline of the major
following disciplines fall within the categories of Humanities or Social Sciences:
specific major requirements of individual disciplines are listed separately in
the Academic Programs section of this catalog. A few majors require a general
education core course as part of their major program; in those cases, that core
course satisfies a major program requirement and cannot be used to satisfy a
general education requirement. The Dean may authorize an exemption for any
general education goal when a student, due to major requirements, must take at
least two courses listed for that goal.
Writing Intensive Course Policy
students will take at least two writing-intensive courses beyond courses
required for General Education. Writing-intensive courses shall be designated in
the Catalog, in the registration schedule, and on the course syllabus. Each
major discipline should offer at least one writing-intensive course each year.
Class sizes normally should not be larger than 25 to 30 students for
qualify as writing-intensive, a course
must meet the following guidelines:
courses should require at least 10 pages of formal writing from each student,
preferably over three or more papers so students have an opportunity to apply
faculty feedback to future written work. (This does not include essay
writing-intensive courses are encouraged to require informal writing (reading
journals, brief in-class writings, pre-writing for formal papers) to lead
students to explore and articulate course content. Students could use this
informal writing to develop ideas for formal papers.
writing-intensive courses should be assigned and instructed in specific forms
and processes of writing used in professions related to the course discipline.
writing-intensive courses should give explicit instruction in how to complete
the required writing assignments. This explicit instruction must include giving
detailed written assignment sheets and a scoring
guide showing the explicit criteria, including grading scale, used to score
the assignment. If possible, this information should be attached to the course
syllabus. Other explicit instruction might include discussing procedures for
gathering and organizing information, providing models of appropriate forms,
assigning and responding to drafts, and encouraging revision and editing.
writing-intensive courses should note major errors in Standard Written English,
but not be responsible for instruction in how to correct them. If students have
problems with correctness, they should be referred to the Learning Center.
Students with an average grade of D or
F on written work must be referred to
the English Proficiency Committee for testing and possible placement on
communication condition. A statement to this effect must be included on the
||The quality of
writing must be a factor in the grading of papers for a writing-intensive
course. Instructors must return graded work before the next paper is due or
before the exam period (if only one paper is assigned), noting areas of strength
and weakness on the scoring guide along with the overall grade.
solely the responsibility of the candidate for graduation to meet all of the
above requirements, including the completion of 120 semester hours, unless
otherwise noted for that major degree program.
those students who have completed the degree requirements established by
Longwood College will participate in graduation ceremonies. Graduating students
will receive their diplomas on the day of Commencement.
students who have earned 57 or more hours at Longwood College and whose general
averages for all Longwood credits offered for a degree are 3.35 or above are graduated with the
The College also recognizes
graduating seniors who have successfully completed an honors program in a
specialized academic area.
Cum Laude -- 3.35-3.54
Magna Cum Laude -- 3.55-3.74
Summa Cum Laude -- 3.75-4.00
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