College awards the bachelor’s degree to students who
have fulfilled the following requirements:
of 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
of 120 semester hours of credit for graduation in
major programs unless otherwise noted for a major
minimum average of
(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.
students will take at least 2 writing-intensive
of any communication condition.
students must pass proficiency tests in computer
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.)
more than 14 hours of credit by correspondence.
of the individual by the general faculty as a
candidate for graduation.
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.
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
Students 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
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
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:
of Arts Degree
Humanities (6 credits) – in at least two
disciplines and not in the discipline of the
Languages (3 credits) – at the 202 level or
Language majors must complete the degree
requirement in a language other than their
language of concentration.
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.
of Fine Arts Degree
Humanities (6 credits) –
in at least two disciplines and not in
the discipline of the major
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.
of Science Degree
Mathematics or Computer Science (3 credits)
Social Science (3 credits)
Natural Science (4 credits)
of Science in Business Administration Degree
Mathematics 181 or 261 or 267 (3 to 5 credits)
217 (3 credits)
Science (4 credits)
of Music Degree
Humanities (9 credits) – in at least two
disciplines and not in the discipline of the
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 examinations.)
in 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.
in writing-intensive courses should be assigned
and instructed in specific forms and processes of
writing used in professions related to the course
in 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.
in 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 syllabus.
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.
pass computer proficiency tests. Students are strongly
encouraged to satisfy this requirement by the end of their
sophomore year. Major programs may specify additional
is 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 following honors:
College also recognizes graduating seniors who have
successfully completed an honors program in a specialized
Laude -- 3.35-3.54
Magna Cum Laude -- 3.55-3.74
Summa Cum Laude -- 3.75-4.00