Upon satisfactory completion of requirements, Georgetown College confers the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in the following fields: American Studies, Art, Commerce, Language and Culture, Communication and Media Studies, Economics, English, European Studies, French, German, History, Information Systems, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Music-Instrumental, Music-Vocal, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Security Studies, Sociology, Spanish, and Theatre and Performance Studies. The Bachelor of Science degree is conferred with majors in the following fields: Accounting, Athletic Training, Biology, Business Administration, Business Administration/Management Information Systems, Business Administration/Ethics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Elementary Education, Engineering Arts (dual degree), Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Health Science, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Nursing Arts (dual degree), and Physics. The College also offers the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Master of Arts in Education degrees.
Georgetown College recognizes that superior academic achievement may result in levels of scholarship that exceed customary academic expectations. In appropriate circumstances, the College may choose to award two separate degrees to a student upon graduation, if the student so desires. Minimum criteria for such would include two majors (one being either a BA or BS program of study) and two minors or three majors (with no more than one being a BM or BME); a total of 160 semester hours; and at least 25% of each degreeâ€™s coursework earned at Georgetown College.
For a Bachelor of Arts degree, a department may require no fewer than 24 hours nor more than 33 hours (36 hours in art and foreign language) in the major field (exclusive of applied music), with a maximum total requirement of 42 hours if allied courses are also required for that major. A student may apply no more than 48 semester hours (56 hours in music) from one department toward a Bachelor of Arts degree. For a Bachelor of Science degree, a department may require no fewer than 30 hours nor more than 42 hours (or no more than 51 hours including allied courses) for a department major (exclusive of accounting). A student may apply no more than 57 hours from one department toward a Bachelor of Science degree (or a Bachelor of Arts degree when major and minor are both languages). (For a minor, no fewer than 15 hours nor more than 21 hours, exclusive of applied music, may be required.) Degree requirements and limits for the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, and Master of Arts in Education degrees may be found in the appropriate sections of this catalog.
Area majors require no fewer than 50 and no more than 60 hours. Area minors shall require no fewer than 21 and no more than 27 hours, with a concentration of at least nine hours in one department and at least nine hours at the 200 level or above. Interdisciplinary majors require no fewer than 45 and no more than 60 hours. Interdisciplinary minors shall require no fewer than 21 hours, with a concentration of at least nine hours in one department and at least nine hours at the 200 level or above. Area majors and interdisciplinary majors do not require a minor.
Students have considerable freedom in planning their course schedules in conjunction with their faculty advisors. It is the responsibility of the student, however, to meet all requirements for graduation.
The student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, including core curriculum requirements, upper division course requirements, and requirements in the major area and minor area of study. This requirement is exclusive of the three-year liberal studies program. Students should be aware that some combinations of majors and minors require more semester hours than others and may create degree programs of more than 120 semester hours. A required level of achievement is a grade point average of 2.0 or better. At least 25% of coursework for a degree must be taken at Georgetown College including those stipulated in the Residence Requirement.
The General Education curriculum requirements at Georgetown College are distribution requirements, allowing each student considerable choice of courses to meet requirements yet ensuring that the student has experience with a broad range of ideas and subjects. Courses are required in seven significant areas of knowledge and human experience.
Students must demonstrate a language proficiency through the intermediate level. Students with two years or more of German or Latin at the high school level desiring to continue in the same language must take the departmental placement exam. Students with two years of French or Spanish at the high school level desiring to continue in the same language must enroll in the 102 level course, or they may take the placement exam to attempt to place into 201. Those with more than two years of high school study in French or Spanish are required to take a placement exam to determine placement in 102 or higher. Students for whom English is a second language are exempt from the foreign language requirement in the General Education Curriculum. Heritage speakers should consult with the chair of MCLC.
Technology proficiency, as demonstrated in the successful completion of general education coursework, is a requirement for graduation. Students must demonstrate basic proficiencies in the use of computers and related information technology resources.
Candidates for graduation must submit an application for a degree to the Registrarâ€™s Office during the semester preceding the semester in which they intend to graduate. Candidates for graduation must attend the practice session, Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises unless they obtain an exemption in writing from the Provost.
A candidate for a degree may choose to graduate under the regulations of the catalog in force at the time of enrollment or any subsequent catalog provided that the catalog chosen is not more than seven years old. A student must have been enrolled under the catalog chosen and must conform to the degree requirements of that catalog.
Graduation honors are awarded for high academic achievement according to grade point average (G.P.A.). Attainment of a:
Each student selects one major and one minor or two majors and no minor or one major and, in lieu of a minor, students may complete 15 credit hours of 300/400 level courses outside of the major department and major allied requirements. The major and minor may not be in the same department with the exception of Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures and Math, Physics, Computer Science. (A second minor may be awarded from the same department as the major but must consist of at least 70% of credit hours in a subject area other than that of the major.) An interdisciplinary or area minor must include at least 15 hours that the student does not count towards the major or another minor (exclusive of allied requirements) and at least 12 hours outside the major field. Specific requirements for majors and minors are listed at the beginning of the course descriptions for the departments. Matters related to major and minor requirements should be checked with the chair of the department involved. Students must declare the major and minor selected at the beginning of the junior year. A form for this purpose is supplied by the Registrarâ€™s Office and, after approval by the appropriate department chair, is filed in that office. Courses in which grades below â€śCâ€ť have been earned are not acceptable toward either major or minor, including required allied courses. Prerequisite satisfaction is at the discretion of the department. At least 12 semester hours in courses numbered 300 or above must be included in the major. In the event that a student desires to transfer substantial credit from another college toward a major or minor, the chair of the department involved shall evaluate the studentâ€™s previous experience in terms of Georgetown College major or minor requirements. The chair will also determine what additional courses are needed at the College to validate the major and minor, generally including at least six semester hours within a major and three semester hours within a minor. All department headings in the Catalog list the requirements for majors and minors and the degrees which are conferred.
Each senior is required to pass a comprehensive examination in the major field of study. This special examination will be held during the final year of the candidateâ€™s residence at least 30 days prior to the end of the final term. The comprehensive examination will be given under the direction of the chair of the department, and may be oral or written, or both, as the faculty of the department may require.
Each student must complete 39 semester hours of upper division courses (300 and above) toward the required minimum total of 120 semester hours. Freshmen may not take courses numbered 300 and above without the approval of the Provost.
Thirty of the last 36 semester hours prior to graduation must be taken in residence at Georgetown College.
Designed to supplement the educational experience offered, each student must attend a total number of CEP events, (no more than 48), equal to six times the number of regular semesters (fall and spring) one is enrolled as a full-time student on campus at Georgetown College. CEP events are classified in four groups. Group A consists of worship; Group B, lectures; Group C, music; and Group D, art, theatre, and all other events. The group designation for each event will be indicated. A student may receive credit for no more than 24 events (or one-half of the total events required) from one group in completing the Cultural Enrichment Program.
Each semester a list of events that count toward CEP is posted on my.georgetowncollege.edu. Students will receive a ticket to complete and turn in at the conclusion of each event they attend. These are then tabulated, and a cumulative report of the total number of CEP events attended is made a part of the studentsâ€™ records. Students should attend a minimum of six CEP events per each full-time semester at Georgetown College to assure timely completion of the degree program, although no more than 48 CEP credits will be required of any graduate. It is the studentâ€™s responsibility to monitor his/her progress in meeting this graduation requirement. If a student has CEP deficiencies, a Cultural and Aesthetic Values course may be taken and passed at Georgetown College. A 2-hour course will remove 6 CEP deficiencies; a 3-hour course will remove 9 CEP deficiencies. Contact the registrar before registering. The above requirements shall be in addition to the 16-hour Cultural and Aesthetic Values requirement and all other degree requirements.
The following courses have limitations on the amount of credit earned that can be applied to graduation: GSC (seven semester hours); independent study and correspondence (15 semester hours); ROTC (16 semester hours); and internship (nine semester hours total). Elementary and secondary student teaching is exempted from this requirement. Note: A maximum of six semester hours of independent study/correspondence and internship may be taken in any one semester.
Courses taken at an accredited college or university will be accepted as credit earned at Georgetown College provided that the courses are similar in content to courses taught at Georgetown College and provided that grades of â€śCâ€ť or above were earned in the courses. Courses transferred to Georgetown College will be accepted as credit earned only and will not be figured in the grade point average. Work transferred from a two-year institution will not be counted toward the upper division course requirements.
The maximum amount of transferable credit from an accredited junior college is 66 semester hours but subject to the provision above that the courses be similar in content to courses taught at Georgetown College and that grades of â€śCâ€ť or above were earned. In all cases, 30 of the last 36 semester hours must be taken at Georgetown College. Transfer of credit from institutions without regional accreditation is considered on an individual basis. The student must complete 16 semester hours at Georgetown College with a 2.0 grade point average before any work from one of these non-regionally accredited institutions will be accepted.
Students are responsible for providing data necessary to verify that coursework meets the standards and stipulations listed above. Students enrolled at Georgetown College who wish to take courses at other accredited institutions for credit toward a Georgetown College degree should ensure that a particular course intended for transfer may be credited for the major, minor, or core curriculum requirements by processing a Transfer/Correspondence form, available in the Registrarâ€™s Office, prior to enrolling in the course. Transfer students should carefully read the previous sections titled Upper Level Hours and Major and Minor Requirements.
Georgetown College accepts for credit college level courses taken before graduation from high school provided that such work:
High school students enrolled at Scott County High School may enroll in a dual credit program providing high school students the opportunity to earn high school credits and college credit hours simultaneously. Georgetown College instructors are assigned to Scott County High School for course delivery. For additional information contact the Guidance Office of Scott County High School.
Students who possess considerable knowledge and skill in English and Math courses as documented by ACT/SAT I test scores may bypass certain general education requirements. Bypassing courses involves no credit awarded, though competency has been demonstrated, and students are eligible to take additional courses as if prerequisites have been completed.
Students who have completed college-level work and who wish to receive advanced placement with college credit should take the advanced placement tests given by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). With the approval of the department concerned, a student who makes a CEEB advanced placement score of 3, 4, or 5 may receive 3 to 6 semester hours credit.
The College Level Examination Program is intended to reward college-level achievement without regard to how that level of achievement was attained. Only subject examinations, which are essentially end-of-course tests developed for selected undergraduate courses, are utilized at Georgetown College. A student may take any number of CLEP examinations and receive credit for the commensurate course provided he/she achieves the minimum score. (Contact the Office of the Registrar for information regarding CLEP scores.) Registration information, costs, and payment procedures may be obtained from the Registrar. To receive Georgetown College credit on the basis of CLEP, a student must:
CLEP examinations not taken at Georgetown must be approved by the Office of the Registrar.
|American Government||50||Political Science 100||3|
|American History I||54||History 223||3|
|American History II||54||History 225||3|
|Business Law||50||Business Administration 330||3|
|Business Management||50||Business Administration 357||3|
|Calculus w/ Elem. Functions||50||Mathematics 125||3|
|College Algebra||54||Mathematics 107||3|
|College French||56||French 201||3|
|College French*||66||French 230||3|
|College German||54||German 201||3|
|College German*||56||German 230||3|
|College Spanish||56||Spanish 201||3|
|College Spanish*||66||Spanish 230||3|
|Freshman College Composition*||50||English 111||3|
|Freshman College Composition**||60||English 112||3|
|General Chemistry||40||Chemistry 102||3|
|General Chemistry||54||Chemistry 111||4|
|General Chemistry||60||Chemistry 111, 112, 113||8|
|Introductory Psychology||50||Psychology 111||3|
|Introductory Accounting||50||Business Administration 210||3|
|Principles of Marketing||50||Business Administration 326||3|
|Introductory Macroeconomics||50||Economics 221||3|
|Introductory Microeconomics||50||Economics 223||3|
|Introductory Sociology||50||Sociology 111||3|
|Western Civilization I||54||History 111||3|
|Western Civilization II||54||History 113||3|
*Plus departmental examination in composition.
**Plus departmental examination in research technique, documentation and paraphrasing.
Students who possess considerable knowledge in the subject matter of a given course may obtain college credit for that course by passing a departmental test and paying the appropriate fee. If a department develops its own tests for credit by examination, the examination must be approved by the Academic Policy Committee.
Georgetown College recognizes the International Baccalaureate and will offer credit for IB courses passed with grades of 5, 6 or 7 on the Higher Level examinations.
The Deanâ€™s List honors students who have earned a grade-point average of 3.7 or above in at least 12 graded (not Pass) credit hours of classes during a semester at Georgetown.
The College grading system is as follows:
* Not figured in computing the grade point average
** â€śWithdrawn Failingâ€ť is figured in computing the grade point average
Students may designate up to 14 semester hours of coursework in their Georgetown College career (and no more than six per semester) for the Pass/Fail option. With the exception of Art studio courses for non-majors or non-minors, courses so chosen must be elective (outside the major, minor, and general education curriculum requirements). Language courses numbered 101/102/201 may not be taken Pass/Fail unless one has otherwise satisfied the language requirement. The studentâ€™s selection of P/F grading is known only to that student and the Registrar.
Incomplete grades indicated on the record by an â€śI,â€ť including an â€śIâ€ť in a mini or summer term, become an â€śFâ€ť if not removed within the next semester of the studentâ€™s residence, exclusive of summer school and mini terms.
Any full-time student may audit a course by registering for that course as an auditor during the normal registration period. However, a regularly registered student may designate a course as an audit, if the change is made within the first four weeks of the semester. Audited courses cannot be applied toward the requirements to be a full-time student. Students auditing a course must meet with the instructor to ascertain the expectations for a successful audit. For an audited course to be recorded on the transcript, the instructor must indicate that the audit was completed successfully.
Quality points are awarded according to the grade received in a course. With a grade of:
The studentâ€™s grade point average is calculated by dividing the number of quality points earned by the total number of semester quality hours. Quality hours are courses taken at Georgetown College in which a grade of A, A/B, B, B/C, C, D, or F is earned.
A student may repeat (to remove the quality points and credit hours) a maximum of four courses, other than English 111, in which grades of â€śDâ€ť or â€śFâ€ť were earned provided that:
In such cases the Registrar shall calculate the grade point average on the basis of the grade earned the last time the course was taken. The original grade for the repeated class will remain on the transcript but will not be counted toward GPA or graduation hours.
Students who have satisfactorily completed courses receive classification as indicated:
A student must attain and maintain a grade point average of 2.0 by the time 60 quality hours have been earned. The record will be judged on the basis of semester quality hours and progress made according to the following table:
|Cumulative Quality Hours||Grade Point|
|61 or more||2.0|
Transfer students should note that only coursework completed at Georgetown College is used in calculating the grade point average.
Class attendance is considered to be a key to successful academic performance. Individual faculty and departments may establish specific expectations regarding class attendance, and these are addressed early in the course of instruction. However, a student who consistently fails to attend classes, to prepare assignments, and/or to live responsibly in the academic community may be considered to have forfeited status as a student and may be suspended.
Whenever a studentâ€™s grade point average falls below minimum scholastic standards (see Minimum Scholastic Attainment), the student is automatically on probation. Students on probation must follow the recommendations of their advisors and may not register nor earn credit for more than 15 semester hours. Failure to earn at least a 1.5 grade point average during any probationary semester will result in suspension.
Failure to raise the overall grade point average to the required level within two semesters will result in suspension from Georgetown College for a period of one semester. Suspensions will be for the full term of attendance, regardless of what credit may be earned before the term begins (i.e., in mini-terms). Having served the suspension, the student may apply for readmission to the Director of Admissions, who will request a review by the Academic Policy Committee before making a decision. Within two semesters, the student must attain the overall grade point average as listed under Minimum Scholastic Attainment. Failure to do so will result in a second suspension. In rare cases a student who has been suspended twice may appeal to the Academic Policy Committee and may be readmitted only with the strong recommendation of the faculty under whom the student has studied most recently. No credit earned by a student during suspension, either academic or social, will be honored by Georgetown College.
The bankruptcy policy permits the student who has earned very poor grades in any one term, due to extreme personal or financial difficulties, to petition the Academic Policy Committee for Academic Bankruptcy status for that one term. The bankruptcy term will be so designated on the studentâ€™s permanent record, and no credit earned during the semester will be calculated in the studentâ€™s grade point average at Georgetown College. Nothing will be erased from the permanent record. Students are cautioned that many colleges and universities will not honor another institutionâ€™s bankruptcy policy, nor may certain medical, law or graduate institutions. Following consultation with oneâ€™s advisor, at any point in a studentâ€™s college career while enrolled at Georgetown College, a student may request Academic Bankruptcy for one term, according to the following procedure:
The normal full-time student load is 15 hours per semester. The maximum is 21 hours per semester, and the minimum load for full-time status is 12 semester hours. Upon the approval of oneâ€™s academic advisor, and the department chairperson of the studentâ€™s major field, when declared, a student with a GPA of 3.0 or better may register for more than 18 hours according to the following: 3.00-3.25, 19 semester hours; 3.26-3.75, 20 semester hours; 3.76-4.00, 21 semester hours. Students with a GPA below 3.00 must have permission of the advisor, the department chairperson, and the Provost. There is an additional per semester hour charge for each hour taken above 18. The normal load for each summer term is 6 semester hours with the maximum being 7 semester hours.
A semester hour is the unit by which academic progress is measured. Each semester hour is expected to occupy at least three hours per week including time spent in preparation and in class meetings.
Courses may be added during the first week of a regular semester. Courses may be dropped without or with grades after that date. The respective deadlines are shown in the Academic Calendar. A drop card must be filed with the Registrarâ€™s Office. A charge of $20 will be applied after the first week of the term for each schedule change.
In the event of withdrawal from Georgetown College during a semester, a student must obtain a withdrawal form from the Registrarâ€™s Office. The signature date of the Registrar and/or the Provost on the withdrawal card is the official date for calculation of refund. (See the schedule of refunds under Refund Policy.) A student may not withdraw after the Last Day to Drop WP/WF (see the Academic Calendar) unless forced to do so by emergency circumstances. Withdrawal without official approval will result in a grade of â€śFâ€ť in all courses. Students suspended for disciplinary causes shall not receive credit for courses in which they are enrolled. No credit earned by a student during either academic or social suspension will be honored by Georgetown College. The Provost, without further justification, may administratively withdraw any student who is not attending class or otherwise not demonstrating a serious academic effort.
Following consultation with their advisor, the professor, and the appropriate department chair, students may request a review of a grade assigned in a particular course. Such an appeal will be heard by the Academic Policy Committee, which will make a recommendation to the Provost. Students must file an appeal within one term (semester or summer) of receipt of the grade in question. Appeals should be made in writing, addressed to the Academic Policy Committee, and submitted to the Provost.
Students may appeal to the Academic Policy Committee to ask for exceptions to academic policies. Student should take care in putting together a clearly written case that supports the appeal.
To facilitate this process, students should first consult their academic advisor for help with drafting the text of the appeal. Students may also ask for letters of support from faculty members when appropriate. The written appeal and supporting documents should then be sent to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, who will review the appeal for completeness. The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs may ask for clarification or additional information. The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs will then take the written appeal to the Academic Policy Committee, which will then vote on the merits of the appeal based on the written evidence.
Students should first seek to resolve the problem with the specific faculty member involved. If a student wishes to lodge a complaint against a faculty member in an academic matter that cannot be resolved directly with the faculty member, the student should normally first consult with his/her academic advisor. The advisor will guide the student through the options available to the student (informal or formal complaint). When there is an informal expression of an academic concern, the studentâ€™s faculty advisor should convey the essence of that concern to the department chair, who will investigate the issue and take any necessary action to help resolve the issue. If the faculty member in question is the studentâ€™s advisor, the student should contact the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for resolution of the problem.
Formal complaints should be reserved for situations in which a student believes he or she has been adversely affected in a way that cannot be or has not been resolved through informal intervention. When the student wishes to lodge a formal complaint, the student should generally seek advice from his/her academic advisor about the best way to proceed (unless the advisor is the focus of the complaint). To make a formal complaint, the student must submit a written statement of the difficulty to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and request that the issue be resolved through the Academic Policy Committee. This statement should be no longer than two pages and should concentrate on the facts of the issue in question.
The Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs then reviews the facts, communicates with the person(s) involved, and attempts to resolve the difficulty to the studentâ€™s satisfaction. If that attempt is unsuccessful, the matter will be forwarded to the Academic Policy Committee for review. The Committee will review the facts of the grievance and make a recommendation to the Provost for resolving the problem. The final disposition of the issue is in the hands of the Provost and is final and binding.
Grievances related to the Honor Code will be handled by the Honor Council. For policies related to non-academic grievances, see the Student Handbook.
A Georgetown College student or former student is entitled to an official transcript of academic record subject to the established schedule of necessary charges for this service and provided that all financial obligations to Georgetown College have been satisfied. â€śOfficialâ€ť is defined as an exact duplicate of the studentâ€™s academic record with the official seal and the Registrarâ€™s name imprinted on the transcript. The official transcript is released only upon the written request of the student to the Registrar. Other than academic coursework, hours and grades, only Academic Deanâ€™s List, Academic Honors, and/or Honors Program achievements shall appear on the official transcript.
Georgetown College is â€śan innovative community of scholars developing ethical scholars committed to our heritage of Christian discernment.â€ť In a truly academic community, honor must be expected. Honor is an ideal that is evident in the lives of ethical scholars. Primarily, the function of the Georgetown College Honor System is to educate and instill a common purpose within the campus student community. The Honor System is an educational tool to assist the process of teaching morality and ethics. The Honor System helps create an environment that will assist in the development of the whole person by insisting upon honorable traits and behavior. Further, the process assists in the establishment of precedent, consistency and fairness with regard to questions of academic integrity. An effective honor system requires students and faculty to understand and abide by the systemâ€™s expectations.
The strength of the Honor System is in the creation of an atmosphere in which students can act with individual responsibility. This includes the personal decision to act honorably and not to tolerate others who choose to violate the conditions of the Honor System. Therefore, an important aspect of the Collegeâ€™s Honor System is that all students must report violations of the Honor System by their peers. Faculty and Staff must also understand the spirit of the system and do everything possible to abide by the guidelines.
All students must sign an understanding of the Honor System. Record of this understanding is kept on file in the Office of the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students. For a full discussion of the Honor Systemâ€”including infractions, procedures, sanctions, and the role of the Honors Councilâ€”see the current edition of the Georgetown College Student Handbook.
Georgetown College prohibits harassment and intimidation on the basis of oneâ€™s sex, race, color, religion, or national origin. Examples of conduct prohibited by these policies include but are not limited to repeated insults, humor, jokes and/or anecdotes that belittle or demean an individualâ€™s or groupâ€™s sex, race, color, religion, or national origin and physical conduct or verbal innuendo which, because of oneâ€™s sex, race, color, religion or national origin, creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
Each year Georgetown College is required to give notice of the various rights accorded to parents or students pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). In accordance with FERPA, notification is made of the following: