B. Requirements for Graduation
B 1 Credits and Grades. To be recommended for the degree of bachelor of arts a student must have earned 36 credits with passing grades within a period equivalent to 14 terms of college and must have maintained a grade point average of 2.0 or above in courses counted for graduation.
B 2 Residence. Students must earn in residence at Knox at least 13.5 credits. Students must complete in residence at least two of the final three terms immediately before graduation and at least six of the final twelve credits. The final term must be in residence except for students in approved off-campus programs. "In residence" means taking classes taught on the Knox campus by Knox faculty. The normal period for earning a degree is four years. Students may graduate in less than four years of total college enrollment (at Knox and other colleges) if they have completed all requirements, including residence, by the end of their last term at Knox and if they notify the Registrar of their wish to graduate early.
B 3 Specialization. To be recommended for a degree a student must complete a major and either a minor or second major.
B 3.1 Majors. The major is completed (a) by fulfilling the requirements of an established major as specified in the College Catalog or (b) by completing an self-designed major approved by the Curriculum Committee.
To qualify for the degree the student must pass those courses used to meet the requirements of the major with an average grade of C (2.0) or better. In computing this average when a course is repeated, the first grade earned in the course will be disregarded.
B 3.2 Double Major. A student may, with permission of the Curriculum Committee, undertake the completion of the requirements for the degree with two majors. He or she must complete the requirements for each major. The usual procedures for declaring each major must be followed.
B 3.3 Minors. In addition to completing requirements for the degree with one major, a student may choose to complete a minor (a) by meeting the requirements of an established minor as specified in the College Catalog, or (b) by obtaining Curriculum Committee approval for an self-designed minor. An independent minor must consist of five to six credits or credit-equivalents from multiple departments. A student proposing an self-designed minor must provide a written rationale for approval by the Curriculum Committee.
A student may choose to complete up to two minors if there is no double major.
Students who choose to include a minor in their degree programs must pass those courses used to meet the requirements of the minor with an average grade of C (2.0) or better. In computing this average when a course is repeated the first grade earned in the course will be disregarded.
B 4 General Education Program. Each student must complete the General Education Program of the College by addressing Foundations (B.4.1), Key Competencies (B.4.2), and Experiential Learning (B.4.3)
B 4.1 Foundations. All students must satisfactorily meet the Foundations goals.
B 4.1.1 Preceptorial. Students will pass First-Year preceptorial (Preceptorial 100)--an introduction to the liberal arts, including a strong emphasis on writing skills--in the first term of the first year. International students entering as first-year students may defer First-Year Preceptorial until the fall of the sophomore year.
Students who enter in the winter or spring term as first-year students and students who enter as sophomores, juniors or seniors, or who enter having at least one year of previous full-time college attendance, are not required to take First-Year Preceptorial (see 4.1.2 below).
B 4.1.2 Area courses. A student must also pass one credit or credit-equivalent in each area of the curriculum (Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and History and Social Science.) Courses in the student?s areas of specialization, as well as courses which address key competencies and/or experiential education may also count toward the Foundations requirement.
Students who are not required to take FP must do one of the following: (1) complete FP, or (2) complete both an additional writing intensive course and an additional courses designated as DV.
The Curriculum Committee shall determine in what area or areas a course may be counted.
Transfer credits and credits from off-campus programs may be approved by the Registrar as satisfying Foundation requirements.
B 4.2 Key Competencies
- Writing. Each student must develop writing proficiency.
Every student is required to complete with a grade of C or better three writing-enhanced (W) courses, as approved by the Curriculum Committee (ENGL 101 does not count as a W course), including the following:
- First-Year Preceptorial. Students who do not receive a grade of C or better are required to pass with a grade of C or better an additional W course. (Transfer students not required to take FP must transfer in the equivalent of ENGL 101 or 102, or pass an additional W course beyond the following requirements.)
- One course in a student's major. A student with two majors need satisfy this goal for only one major.
- One additional course.
Independent Studies and College Honors courses may count as W courses if the faculty sponsor certifies it will meet the appropriate criteria.
- Speaking. Each student must acquire oral presentation skills through practice and feedback in a manner determined by their major program and approved by the Curriculum Committee.
- Second Language. Each student must demonstrate understanding of a second language by satisfying one of the following:
- Pass a language course numbered 103 or above.
- Receive at least 1 credit granted through the Registrar's Office for a course numbered 103 or above. This can be accomplished through transfer work at the college level or through a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement exam.
A student who reads, writes, and speaks a language other than English may petition the Associate Dean of the College to have the requirement waived.
- Quantitative Literacy. All students must demonstrate both (i) proficiency in elementary mathematics and (ii) quantitative literacy.
- Proficiency in elementary mathematics is demonstrated by satisfying one of the following :
- Obtain a score of 24 or above on the ACT math component
- Obtain a score of 570 or above on the SAT Level 1 math component
- Pass a course in the mathematics department at the level of Math 121 or above
- Pass a 1-credit course with a grade of C or better at or above the level of College Algebra at another college or university.
- All students must demonstrate quantiative literacy by passing a 1-credit Mathematics course designated by the Curriculum Committee as QL, or by obtaining a grade of C or better in a 1-credit QL course from another department.
- Proficiency in elementary mathematics is demonstrated by satisfying one of the following :
- Information Literacy and Informed Use of Technology. Information literacy and informed use of technology are acquired in a variety of ways that may include workshops, participation in special programs, requirements of particular courses, or courses required of each major. Each Knox student must acquire information literacy and develop an informed use of technology in a manner determined by their major program and approved by the Curriculum Committee.
- Understanding Diversity. Each Knox student must demonstrate an understanding of diversity by passing with a grade of C or better a course designated by the Curriculum Committee as DV or by earning an approved credit-equivalent through experiential learning.
B 4.3 Experiential Learning. Each student's program of study must include at least one experiential learning project that involves the application of knowledge completed after the first year of study. Experiential learning may include internships, study abroad or other off-campus programs, courses that involve a substantial experiential component, community service, independent research, teaching assistantships or other activities as approved by the Curriculum Committee. An experiential learning project may earn academic credit, subject to the approval of a sponsoring faculty member.
B 5 Educational Plan. In consultation with his or her advisor, each student will develop an Educational Plan that meets the goals of general education specified in this section, and that satisfies the requirements for specialization. The plan is assessed and revised periodically throughout the student's years of study. Formal approval of a student?s current educational plan by his or her pre-major advisor is required prior to the end of the sophomore year or when the major is declared; the plan may subsequently be revised, subject to the approval of the major advisor.
While each student's plan will reflect his or her general preferences, aspirations, plans for off-campus study, career planning, etc., all plans must share the following features:
- Each student's plan must meet the goals described in Foundations (4.2.1), Key Competencies (4.2.2), and Experiential Learning (4.2.3).
- Each plan must satisfactorily address Specialization (B.3.)
B 6 Cooperative Degree Programs. Cooperative programs with other institutions combine undergraduate study with professional study and lead to both a Knox degree and a degree from the cooperating institution. The Faculty must approve the establishment of new fields of study for cooperative programs. Within each approved field of study the Curriculum Committee must approve institutional agreements with individual cooperative programs, within the rules set forth in this regulation. Students may propose their own cooperative degree programs with institutions not on the approved list, subject to Curriculum Committee approval with the rules set forth in this regulation. Student initiated programs must also be in an approved field of study.
B 6.1 Prior to starting study at the cooperating institutions a Knox student must: (a) have received at least 27 credits with at least a 2.0 average; (b) have been in residence on the Knox campus at least 6 terms and have earned at least 18 Knox credits; (c) have completed all the requirements for a Knox degree except the requirements (i) for the major, (ii) for total credits, and (iii) that the last credits and terms before the degree be in residence; (d) be recommended for the program by the Dean of the College or, upon the Dean's request, by the faculty program advisor.
B 6.2 The student shall be eligible to be voted a Knox degree upon satisfactory completion of at least one year of study in the approved program at the cooperating institution provided the student has completed all requirements for a Knox degree except the requirement that the last credits and terms be in residence. To complete the total of 36 credits required, all credits earned with satisfactory grades at the other institution shall be counted toward this total. To complete a major, credits earned at the other institution may be accepted where applicable, according to the same rules as govern the use of any transfer credits for the major.
B 6.3 The following fields of study are approved: Architecture, Business Administration, Engineering, Forestry and Environmental Management, Law, Medical Technology, Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Optometry.
B 7 College Honors Program. The College Honors Program shall provide a program of special instruction and research to students of high motivation, talents, and initiative.
B 7.1 The Academic Standing Committee shall administer the program. The committee shall (1) maintain uniform quality of honors candidates and work in all departments, (2) admit eligible students as candidates for honors, (3) approve for each candidate an honors committee consisting of three or more faculty members (at least two different programs or departments must be represented within the committee), (4) transmit the final recommendation on the candidate's qualifications for honors to the Faculty for action.
B 7.2 A student who wishes to be a candidate for college honors must: (1) have the support of his or her major department and of the department in which the work will be done if different from the major department; (2) have the support of a faculty member who will direct the honors study; (3) have a program of study approved by the Academic Standing Committee; the Committee may ask the Associate Dean to act on its behalf. The Academic Standing Committee may appoint members of the faculty to special subcommittees to review proposals.
The program of study must include independent study which results in some tangible product appropriate to the field of study. The program must (1) be distributed over three terms (or two where special permission has been granted by the Honors Subcommittee in recognition of previous research or other special circumstances) and may not be begun before the junior year, (2) represent a minimum of one credit or a maximum of two credits during any one term, (3) not exceed a total of five credits.
The work undertaken for honors may be either in addition to or in place of regular departmental requirements for a major.
If the honors work is satisfactory and continuing only the mark P may be given for honors courses prior to the final evaluation by the honors committee.
If the honors work is not satisfactory or if for any reason it is deemed advisable to terminate an uncompleted honors project the chair of the honors committee shall terminate the project and award quality grades (A through F) for the work completed.
B 7.3 A candidate's qualification for the award of college honors is to be demonstrated by (1) tangible evidence of independent study, (2) a written examination on subject matter of the honors studies in those cases in which no other written report or composition is part of the student's honors program (3) an oral examination conducted by the honors committee. This honors committee will include a visiting examiner who should participate in all evaluations of a student's honors program. Upon receiving information regarding the student's qualifications, the Academic Standing Committee may recommend to the Faculty that the student be graduated "with College Honors in (departmental or inter-departmental field)." The granting of college honors shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty.
B 8 Educational Development Program. Knox College offers the Educational Development Program for a limited number of students who because of their socio-economic and concomitant educational deficiency ordinarily would not have the opportunity to attend Knox. These students are permitted to extend their time at Knox to one year beyond the regularly allotted time for normally enrolled students.
B 9 Conferring Degrees. The Faculty will recommend to the Board of Trustees for degrees the names of those students who have satisfactorily completed the requirements for a degree. When there is to be no faculty meeting scheduled shortly after the end of a term, the Registrar may, at a meeting prior to the end of the term, request tentative approval of students who will complete the degree requirements at the end of that term. Final recommendation of such students is contingent upon confirmation by the Executive Committee after the end of the term.
B 9.1 Diplomas shall be classified by vote of the Faculty according to the student's scholastic standing as follows: rite, cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude.
B 9.2 Students are graduated as of the class of the calendar year in which they complete the degree requirements except that those recommended at the end of the fall term are graduated as of the class of the following spring.
B 9.3 No degrees shall be conferred upon students who have not settled their debts to the College, nor shall transcripts of records be issued for such students.