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    Chowan University
   
 
  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Degree Programs and General Education Requirements


 

Degrees and Major Fields of Study

Chowan University offers the following degrees and major fields of study:

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Associate in Printing Production and Imaging Technology

Non-Degree

Pre-Professional

Master of Education

Other Programs

 

Requirements for a Baccalaureate Degree



In order to earn a baccalaureate degree from Chowan University, each student must pursue and complete a concentrated course of study in a major field. These requirements must be met in addition to the completion of the general education and other degree requirements. Detailed requirements for each major program are listed with the appropriate department. US Department of Education Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) codes are listed in parenthases next to each major, minor, and concentration.

General Education Requirements


Mission Statement

The Chowan University general education program is designed to develop the whole, educated person, one who has developed knowledge and skills beyond those expected in the area of specialization. The program is based on a liberal education and prepares students for lifelong learning and responsible citizenship.

Core Competencies and Goals

Competency I:  Communication: reading, writing, verbal, non-verbal

Goal 1 - To demonstrate effective conveying and receiving of information.

Competency II:  Critical Thinking: analysis, evaluation, dispositions

Goal 2 - To demonstrate an understanding of intellectual dispositions essential to effective critical thinking.

Goal 3 - To demonstrate an understanding of the elements of effective critical thinking for use in analysis.

Goal 4 - To demonstrate an understanding of the universal intellectual standards for use in evaluation.

Competency III:  Wholeness: intellectual, physical, spiritual, inter-personal

Goal 5 - To demonstrate the importance and value of personal well-being and responsibility for intellectual, physical, spiritual, and inter-personal growth.

Goal 6 - To demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues and personal values necessary for personal and corporate responsibility.

Competency IV:  Knowledge and skills: arts, science, technology, mathematics

Goal 7 - To demonstrate an understanding of social science theories and concepts that analyze human behavior and events from historical, social, political, cultural, and economic perspectives.

Goal 8 - To demonstrate an understanding of the nature of literature, art, music, theater, religion, and philosophy.

Goal 9 - To demonstrate an understanding of the principles and methods in science, technology, and mathematics to solve problems.

The University believes that the following requirements (40 credit hours) form a core around which to build a sound program of study:

Science with Laboratory Elective (4 hours)


Fine Arts Elective (3 hours)


Writing Across the Curriculum


The Writing Across the Curriculum program is designed to improve students’ ability to write clear and correct prose, students’ mastery of content, and students’ synthetic, critical, and creative thinking skills. The program is grounded in two beliefs: that cogent writing is inherently connected to clear thinking, and that students’ mastery of the content of most courses increases significantly when they are asked to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information by means of significant writing assignments. Therefore, this program is a cross-disciplinary endeavor that increases writing skills, cognitive ability, and a student’s mastery of the specific content in a particular course.

Since the University believes that analytical and writing skills should be developed and demonstrated throughout a student’s college experience, it requires that all students successfully complete a minimum of two upper level writing intensive courses, one of which must be in the major area. Preferably, one writing intensive course will be taken in the junior year and one in the senior year. Completion of prescribed writing intensive classes is regarded as one of the core requirements of the university. Students must complete ENGL 101  and ENGL 102  before taking any course identified as writing intensive.

Note: Adult degree completion program students are exempt from this requirement.

Critical Thinking Program


The Chowan Critical Thinking Program is designed to assist Chowan students evaluate the dispositions, understand the elements and standards, and apply the processes of the effective critical thinker. As they become effective critical thinkers, students will have a more significant learning experience and will establish a foundation for a lifetime of intellectual growth.

The program requires all students to complete CT 101  and CT 102 . In addition, it requires all students to complete a minimum of two critical thinking courses beyond CT 101  and CT 102 . Completion of prescribed critical thinking courses is regarded as one of the core requirements of the university. Students must complete CT 101  and CT 102  before taking a course identified as critical thinking.

Note: Students enrolled in the Adult Degree Completion Program are exempt from the Critical Thinking Program.

Perspectives Program


The purpose of the Perspectives Program is to enrich the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual development of students beyond the classroom. The program allows students to develop new perspectives by providing them with opportunities to explore issues of current interest, deepen their awareness of the arts, learn about cultural activities they may not have considered otherwise, discover a variety of disciplines, strengthen their understanding of faith and its diversities, grow toward spiritual maturity, celebrate the achievements of others, and develop an appreciation for the concept of campus community.

The Perspectives Program includes a broad selection of events throughout the academic year, including worship experiences, lectures, convocations, plays, concerts and art exhibits. Perspectives is also held each Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend each Perspectives event.

A calendar of Perspectives events is distributed to each student at the beginning of each semester, and is also available online. During the semester, Perspectives events may be added. These events will be promoted by e-mail and the Perspectives online calendar. A typical semester calendar includes 15-20 events available for students to fulfill their Perspectives credit requirements. Students are encouraged to attend academic events, cultural programs, and worship services outside the college and within campus organizations. However, the college grants Perspectives credit only for those events that are recognized as part of the college’s Perspectives Program.

In order to pass Perspectives, students must attend a minimum of five (5) events during that semester. To satisfy the requirement for graduation, students must pass four semesters of Perspectives. Students seeking a degree from Chowan must enroll in Perspectives in their first semester of attendance and continue to enroll in Perspectives (PERS 101 , PERS 102 , PERS 103 , PERS 104 ) until they have fulfilled this graduation requirement. Transfer students may not be required to satisfy the full four-semester requirement. The Registrar’s Office will determine the Perspectives requirement for transfer students.

Students receive attendance credit for each Perspectives event they attend. Attendance is recorded by the scanning of student ID cards. Attendance is included in the student’s transcript as a pass/fail grade. A pass grade for four semesters is a requirement for graduation. It is the responsibility of each student to keep track of the number of events attended each semester and to monitor the four-semester requirement. Chowan does not grant degrees to students who fail to earn a pass grade for four semesters. Questions regarding attendance or pass/fail grade should be directed to the Registrar’s Office. A student must register for Perspectives (PERS 101 , PERS 102 , PERS 103 , PERS 104 ) through the normal registration process. PERS 101 , PERS 102 , PERS 103 , PERS 104  must be added on or before the last day to drop/add classes.

NOTE: Part-time students are exempt from Perspectives. However, if at any time a part-time student becomes a full-time student, the student must enroll in and pass Perspectives in the semester or semesters the student is classified as full-time. In addition, adult degree completion program students are exempt from Perspectives.

Senior Capstone


As part of the general education requirements, each department has developed a capstone course through which each of its respective majors can complete a senior culminating experience. A student must complete the capstone course.

Oral Communication Competency


Chowan defines oral communication competency as a student’s ability to effectively communicate thoughts orally and intelligently through conversation, group discussion, and public presentations. These skills are addressed in communication classes and within the major. Therefore, Chowan graduates demonstrate oral communication competency by virtue of successfully completing all degree requirements.

Computer Competency


Chowan defines computer competency as the ability of a student to type, word process, save files, print, navigate the Internet, conduct electronic research, and demonstrate workplace writing skills (varied format procedures). These skills are addressed in IS 101  and within the major. Therefore, Chowan graduates demonstrate computer competency by virtue of successfully completing all degree requirements.

Other Degree Requirements


  1. The student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of university level work. Some major fields may require significantly more than 120 credit hours.
  2. The student must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 on all university work attempted. Some programs may require a 2.50 or 2.75 average.
  3. The student must earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average on all courses in the major field. Some programs may require a C or better on all courses toward the major. In addition, some programs may require a 2.50 average.
  4. The student must complete at least one half of the credit hours required for graduation at a four-year institution.  All credit hours must be completed at accredited institutions.
  5. The student must possess competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and use of computers. If at any point a student’s work demonstrates a lack of competence in any of these areas, he or she may be required to pursue prescribed remediation. In such cases, satisfactory remediation is required prior to graduation.
  6. A student who wishes to complete a degree from Chowan must complete the last twenty-five percent of the credit hours required for the degree in residence. At least twelve (12) credit hours at the upper level (exclusive of practicums, student teaching, internships, etc.) must be taken in residence. Note: Students completing the Biology-Chiropractic track are exempt from this requirement.
  7. The student must discharge all financial obligations to the University, including graduate fee.
  8. The student must have the recommendation of the faculty and approval by the Board of Trustees.

Special Graduation Requirement Notes


  1. No more than four (4) Physical Education activity credits may be applied to graduation. An exception may be allowed for the student majoring in Physical Education.
  2. The Physical Education activity requirements may be waived for students with physical disabilities, as certified by a physician, but such students must take the equivalent hours in electives, as approved by the advisor.
  3. A student must choose to meet the requirements of the catalog under which he or she entered or the current catalog, but may not use both interchangeably. Major and minor requirements must come from the same catalog. A student who has returned to Chowan after a break in enrollment of more than one semester must choose to meet the requirements of the catalog under which he or she was readmitted or the current catalog, but may not choose the catalog under which he or she originally entered Chowan. The candidate must indicate on the application for graduation the catalog under which he or she intends to graduate.
  4. All degree candidates, including transfer students, are allowed six (6) years from the date of enrollment at the university to satisfy the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of enrollment. After six (6) years, the current requirements must be met.
  5. Any substitutions or changes in course requirements must be recommended by the department chair and approved by the School Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  6. The student is responsible for making official application for graduation to the Office of the Registrar. Application for graduation must be submitted to the Registrar no later than March 1.

Student Responsibility


Responsibility for knowing and following academic requirements rests with the student. Academic requirements are specified for each degree program at Chowan University and these must be met before a degree is granted. Advisors, assigned to assist students in their progress toward degree completion, department chairs, and appropriate administrators will provide specific information concerning these requirements, but the student alone is responsible for fulfilling them.

Requirements for an Associate Degree



Chowan University offers an associate degree in Printing Production and Imaging Technology. Detailed requirements for the program are listed under the Department of Communication Arts . US Department of Education Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) codes are listed in parenthases next to each major, minor, and concentration. The basic requirements for an associate degree at Chowan are:

  1. The student must complete the requirements specified in the chosen curriculum.
  2. The student must complete sixty-two hours of university level work.
  3. The student must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 on all university work attempted. Some programs may require a grade of C or better on all courses toward the major.
  4. The student must complete at least the last twenty-five percent of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction offered by Chowan University.
  5. The student must discharge all financial obligations to the University, including graduation fee.
  6. The student must have the recommendation of the faculty and approval by the Board of Trustees.

General Education Requirements


The following general education requirements (21 credit hours) form the core of the associate degree:

Requirements for a Master of Education

Requirements for a Master of Education

The Major and Minor

Each candidate for a baccalaureate degree must choose a major field of study. A major shall consist of no less than thirty (30) credit hours beyond the freshman level in a specific field. Requirements for each major are listed with the appropriate department. Registration of the intention to major with a particular department is required. A request is submitted to the chair of the department. The academic advising of all declared majors within a department is the responsibility of the chair. This responsibility may be delegated to any faculty member within that department.

A student may elect to complete more than one major. To do this the student must meet the requirements of each major. A student graduating with more than one major receives a degree for each major. In addition, the transcript denotes each major.

The university provides a number of minors for students who may desire such. A minor shall consist of no less than eighteen (18) credit hours and no more than twenty-four (24) credit hours in a specific major field of study. Requirements for each minor field are listed with the appropriate department. Advisement regarding minor requirements will be the responsibility of the department of the student’s major. Consultation with the chair of the minor is encouraged. Some programs may require students to have a minor. The minor cannot be in the same field of study as the major.

The Global Learning Core

The Global Learning Core at Chowan University is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary collection of courses designed to immerse students earning a Bachelor of Arts degree into global historical, artistic, cultural, social, political, geographic and political topics.

The Global Learning Core is a minimum of 12 credit hours. Applicable special topics courses can be approved as acceptable substitutions which must go through the regular course substitution process. Courses used toward fulfillment of Major or Minor Requirements or General Education Requirements may not be used to fulfill the Global Learning Core Requirements. Please consult the Course Descriptions section of the catalog for course prerequisites.

ART 211  Art History I

ART 212  Art History II

BIOL 211  Environmental Science

ECON 250  Microeconomics

ECON 251  Macroeconomics

ENGL 201  Survey of British Literature to 1800

ENGL 202  Survey of British Literature Since 1800

ENGL 205  Survey of Ancient World Literature

ENGL 206  Survey of Modern World Literature

ENGL 310  History of the English Language

ENGL 320  British Medieval Literature

ENGL 330  Renaissance Literature

ENGL 350  British Romantic Literature

ENGL 360  British Victorian Literature

FREN 101  Elementary French I

FREN 102  Elementary French II

FREN 201  Intermediate French I

FREN 202  Intermediate French II

GEOG 151  Introduction to Geography

HIST 256  Medieval Europe

HIST 257  Early Modern Europe

HIST 258  Modern Europe

HIST 327  Latin American History

HIST 328  History of Africa

HIST 329  The Middle East

HIST 345  England & Britain to 1603

HIST 346  England & Britain since 1603

HIST 451  Modern Russia

MUSI 171  Worlds of Music

REL 221  Introduction to Ethics

REL 231  Introduction to Philosophy

PSYC 250  Cultural Diversity in Psychological Issues

REL 203  History, Literature, and Religion of the Hebrew Bible I

REL 213  History, Literature, and Religion of the New Testament I

REL 268   World Religions

REL 270  History of the World Christian Movement

REL 290  Mission Practicum

REL 340  Christianity in the Roman Empire

REL 350  History of Christianity

REL 363  Social World of Early Christianity

REL 372  Global Ministry and Cross Cultural Issues

REL 390  Travel Study (Also offered as HIST 399)

REL 419  Jesus in Historical Context

REL 470  Theology of World Christian Movement

SOCI 101  Introduction to Sociology

SPAN 101  Elementary Spanish I

SPAN 102  Elementary Spanish II

SPAN 201  Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 202  Intermediate Spanish II