While individual major course requirements vary, the framework for all Arts and Sciences is structurally the same.
The Arts and Sciences undergraduate program requires a minimum of 128 credit hours of study. These credits are earned through a combination of degree requirements and electives. The degree requirements are comprised of four components:
- Foundation Skills Competency
- Domains of Knowledge – 44 credits
- Major Program—a minimum of 40 credits
- Capstone Experience-fulfilled through a major program
- Credit and GPA Requirements:
The following are the minimum credit and GPA requirements that must be successfully completed to receive an undergraduate degree from Emmanuel College
- 128 total credits, cumulative GPA of 2.0
- 64 credits in residence (at Emmanuel College)
- 50% of major requirements completed at Emmanuel College, major GPA of 2.0
- 50% of minor requirements (if declared) at Emmanuel College, minor GPA of 2.0
View the Arts and Sciences Learning Goals and Curriculum.
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Major Programs: Majors lead to either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (B.F.A.). Typically, majors leading to a B.A. require 40 to 48 credits, whereas majors leading to the B.S. or B.F.A. require between 60 and 68 credits. At least 50% of the credit hours counting towards the major requirements must be completed at Emmanuel.
Double Majors: Students may elect to have a double major by fulfilling all the requirements for a major in two different departments. Students who successfully complete two majors only earn one degree.
Minor Programs: Minor programs typically consist of 20 to 24 credits, at least 12 of which are completed at Emmanuel.
Course Overlaps: Students are allowed to declare up to three academic programs (majors and minors) – with no more than two majors – and use courses to satisfy the requirements in all programs. Students may pursue two majors within an academic department; however, they may not choose two concentrations within an academic department. Courses that are listed as options to fulfill more than one requirement within a major or minor, may not fulfill two requirements within that program.
Domains of Knowledge (General Requirements): Regardless of major requirements, all Arts and Sciences students have the same core Domains of Knowledge that must be fulfilled in order to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree. Below review the specific domains of knowledge (general requirements).
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The knowledge, skills, and habits of the mind developed through the study of the liberal arts disciplines and their respective methods of inquiry, their concepts and vocabulary, their creative and critical processes, and their contributions to human knowledge are basic to the goal of developing the intellectual, aesthetic and moral sensibility assumed in a person liberally educated for life. Courses that fulfill these requirements are marked with the abbreviations noted in parentheses in the course descriptions section of this catalog.
Aesthetic Inquiry (AI-L; AI-A) Requirement: two courses (one from literature, one from the arts)
- The two-course requirement in this domain consists of courses that expose students to original works produced by writers, visual artists and musicians, and provides an opportunity to interpret, evaluate, analyze and understand these products of the creative imagination. Using the language, concepts, and criteria of the respective aesthetic disciplines, courses in American, British, world and foreign language literature, as well as historical surveys of art, music, theater, and performance/studio courses, will explore the relationship between aesthetic works and their historical and cultural contexts.
Historical Consciousness (H) Requirement: one course (a historical survey of a significant period of history or region of the world)
- The requirement in this domain consists of courses that provide students with a context for understanding relationships between historical events and the connection between past and present. The requirement in the historical consciousness domain will be drawn from courses that survey a period in history or a region of the world. These courses demonstrate the methods and theories with which historians deal with such issues as causation, the role of perspective and judgment in reconstructing the past, conflicting interpretations of historical events and processes, and the ways in which evidence is analyzed and evaluated as a tool for reconstructing the past.
Social Analysis (SA) Requirement: two courses from two different disciplines
- The two-course requirement in this domain consists of courses that present and apply the formal theoretical perspectives and empirical research methods that define those bodies of knowledge known as the social sciences: anthropology, economics, political, science, psychology and sociology. Courses in this domain have in common the aim of analyzing the interaction between individuals, states and cultures; and the institutions and ideas that organize social life within and between societies. Individual courses will vary according to their respective disciplinary emphasis on personality, economic systems, political institutions, social structures, and culture. Courses will provide an understanding of important elements of the intellectual tradition of social science inquiry and have application to issues of contemporary society.
Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Analysis (SI; SI-L; QA) Requirement: three courses (one laboratory science course, one quantitative analysis course, and one from either area, where the science course may be a non-laboratory science course.
- Laboratory science courses indicated by SI-L.) The three-course requirement in this domain consists of courses that deal with the scientific study of the natural world and with the logical systems of mathematics. The scientific inquiry component of the requirement consists of courses that demonstrate the methods used by scientists to obtain and evaluate information, consider the impact of scientific information on humanity and the environment, and provide experience in using scientific reasoning to investigate questions and develop and evaluate hypotheses. In so doing, such courses can provide a basis for scientific literacy for non-scientists. The quantitative analysis component of the requirement consists of courses that teach the logical structures of quantitative reasoning, the concept of probability, or the application of quantitative argument to everyday life. In so doing, the courses in this domain provide a basis for mathematical literacy for non-mathematicians.
Religious Thought and Moral Reasoning (R; RCT; M) Requirement: three courses (two in religious thought, one in moral reasoning)
- The three-course requirement in this domain consists of courses that provide an intellectual framework for the exploration of systems of religious belief and of moral concepts. Courses fulfilling the religious thought requirement will affirm the religious dimension of life as a central aspect of understanding human experience, address the interrelationship of religion with other social systems and cultures, and explore the multiplicity of expressions of belief both within and across religious traditions. Mindful of the College’s Catholic heritage and appreciating the theological foundations of a liberal arts and sciences education within the Catholic intellectual tradition, students are required to complete at least one of their religious thought (R) requirements from courses in which they encounter the Christian tradition, which inspires the mission of Emmanuel College. Courses that meet this requirement are designated RCT in the Academic Catalog. Students may take only one 1000-level course to fulfill the religious thought requirement. Courses fulfilling the moral reasoning requirement maybe those that address moral reasoning either in the narrow sense of determining right from wrong and good from evil, or in the broader sense in which the subject matter of moral reasoning is a good life itself, especially the virtues discussed by philosophers for centuries, in particular the virtue of wisdom.
Total Credit Requirement and “Free Electives”
All A+S student and GPP undergraduate students will have a “Total Credit Requirement” section of their Progress screen. This is because the numeric credits associated with specific course requirements (domains of knowledge, major requirements, etc.) may not necessarily add up to the minimum 128 credits, or the student may have a number of credits that were transferred in and the student has not met the residency requirement. This requirement section will pull in all applicable courses and indicate any additional credits that are needed to meet either the 128 credit minimum or the residency requirement. Additionally, A+S students in the 4+1 program will have any graduate-level courses factored out of this block as the graduate credit cannot be applied to the undergraduate minimum credit requirements for graduation. Courses that fulfill credit toward the minimum credit for graduation or residency, that are not otherwise applied to the undergraduate general requirements or major or minor requirements are considered “free electives.”