It is possible to earn a bachelor of arts degree at Albertson with a
major chosen from a variety of fields. If preferred, students who major in
the natural sciences (biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics) or in
physical education may be awarded a bachelor of science degree instead of
a bachelor of arts degree. Although a student may have more than one
major, it is not possible to earn a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of
The responsibility rests with students to see that their programs of
study satisfy all the requirements for graduation listed in the catalog.
Advisors and members of the faculty and staff will assist in any way
The Liberal Arts Education
The purpose of the liberal arts education is to provide students with
the means to secure that body of knowledge and those ways of knowing that
are necessary to live a life of freedom: a life in which they are able to
seek out truth about the world, human society, and a meaningful life, and
to make responsible choices.
To this end, the course of study at Albertson College has three
- the General Graduation Requirements,
- the major (and optional minor),
- and electives.
In fulfilling the General Graduation Requirements, students are
introduced to the liberal arts, which are fundamental to all ways of
knowing and will help students understand the relationships of the various
disciplines of human knowing, their goals, methods, strengths and
In fulfilling the requirements of a major (and a minor if the student
so chooses) students become more thoroughly acquainted with one branch of
knowledge, either a specific discipline or an interdisciplinary grouping.
While one purpose of the major is often to prepare students for more
advanced study in the field or for a career, the major also deepens
students’ understanding of all branches of human knowing by their learning
more completely to master one.
Finally, in choosing courses as electives students are encouraged to
augment their main course of study and further explore ways of knowing
The following should be completed in the first three years insofar as
possible. These are minimum requirements.
Candidates for graduation in spring or summer of any year must make
formal application in the Office of the Registrar not later than November
of the preceding year. Candidates for graduation in fall or winter must
make formal application no later than May preceding their graduation.
Candidates for graduation under dual-degree programs must make formal
application not later than October of their junior year.
GENERAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
Students may qualify for graduation under the General Graduation
Requirements of any year in which they are regularly enrolled, provided
the catalog listing the requirements went into effect not more than six
years prior to the year of graduation. Courses which fulfill the
expectations of the General Graduation Requirements, as described herein,
will be allowed to satisfy more than one General Graduation Requirement.
Credit units remain the same.
Foundations of Knowing
Certain disciplines within the liberal arts are fundamental to all
ways of knowing. Courses that fulfill these requirements should be
taken as early in the student’s career at Albertson College as possible.
(3 to 5 credits)
To prepare students to write effectively in a variety of academic
settings. Courses meeting this requirement:
- ENG 100.1 Basic First Year Composition – 3 credits
- ENG 101 Writing the First Year Experience – 3 credits
- WRI 150 Finding a Voice – 2 credits
To introduce mathematical methodologies used in structuring,
analyzing, and interpreting the world. Unless specified in the
description, any course in the mathematics department will count toward
or fulfill this requirement.
CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION
To convey essential knowledge of the historic dimensions of human
culture, society and politics. Students must take one course
covering premodern civilization and one dealing with modern
civilization. The courses meeting this requirement:
- Premodern Civilization
- HIS 101 The History of Western Civilization –
- HIS 102 The History of Western Civilization – Medieval
- HIS 105 The History of World Civilization - Premodern
- Modern Civilization
- HIS 103 The History of Western Civilization – Modern
- HIS 106 The History of World Civilization - Modern
To prepare students to understand, critically appreciate, and respect
culturally diverse thought and action. Courses fulfilling this
requirement are those that include a primary focus (with appropriate
historical background) on a contemporary non-Western culture or cultural
expression, a contemporary cultural minority in the United States, or
the dynamics of socially defined difference within a contemporary
culture, or are modern foreign language courses with a cultural
component. Courses fulfilling this requirement carry the
designation (CULTURAL DIVERSITY) at the end of the course
Disciplines of Knowing
The other liberal arts may be organized by specific areas of study
and methodology of knowing. Students should fulfill these requirements
in their first three years of study at Albertson College.
(7 credits, from two different disciplines and including one
To develop an appreciation of the natural world and an understanding
of the value, uses, power, and limitations of scientific inquiry. Unless
specified in the description, courses in the biology, chemistry, and
physics and geology departments will count toward or fulfill this
(2 credits, from two different activities)
To develop the skills, knowledge and appreciation needed to pursue
physical activities as a lifetime participant. The courses that meet
- PHE100 Varsity Athletics
(open only to those who qualify for intercollegiate athletic teams)
Examples: Ballet, Social Dance, Aerobic Dance, Badminton, Body
Conditioning, Golf, Skiing.
(6 credits, from two different disciplines)
To introduce social science theories and methodologies needed to
understand and analyze human society. Unless specified in the course
description, all courses listed in the departments of
anthropology/sociology, politics and economics, and psychology may be
counted toward this requirement. No history courses will count toward
fulfillment of this requirement.
MEANING AND VALUES
(5 credits from at least two different disciplines; one course must be a
To enhance the understanding and appreciation for the creative
experience. Unless specified in the course description, all studio
courses, ensembles, and applied lessons listed in the departments of
Art, Music and Theatre will count toward fulfillment of this
requirement. The courses fulfilling the "theory" requirement are
designated (FINE ARTS THEORY).
Choose two (3 credit) designated courses from two of the three following
disciplines: literature, philosophy and religion.
- Literature (3 credits)
To introduce and explore the powers and limits of language as a medium
for representing experience. Unless specified in the course
description, any upper-division literature course listed in the modern
foreign languages department and 200-level courses designated as
(LITERATURE) in the English department meet this requirement.
- Philosophy (3 credits)
To address fundamental questions of meaning and value through the
elements of the critical, rational examination of belief and introduce
major figures of Western thought. The courses listed below fulfill
- PHI202 Introduction to Philosophy: The Good Life
- PHI202 Introduction to Philosophy: Science & the Environment
- PHI310 Ancient Philosophy
- PHI311 Modern Philosophy
- RELIGION (3 credits)
To develop a critical appreciation and understanding of religious
experience and expression, including the biblical heritage of Western
Civilization. The courses listed below fulfill this requirement:
- REL100 Introduction to Religious
- REL111 Old Testament Introduction
- REL112 New Testament Introduction
- REL199T.2 Religion & Film
- REL251 Theology and the Sciences
- REL313 Life and Teachings of Jesus
- REL315 Christian Theology
- REL364 Judaism and Islam
TOTAL MINIMUM SEMESTER CREDITS
UPPER-DIVISION COURSE WORK.
Forty (40) credits in courses numbered 300-499.
A MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY
See departmental requirements.
NOTE: Departments may require transfer students to complete an
approved amount of course work (ordinarily at least one-fourth of the
requirements) at Albertson before majors can be certified.
Some type of independent work at the upper-division level. Honors
study and courses designated by departments, some internships and
independent studies meet this requirement. Also see independent study
and/or internship regulations.
- A grade-point average of 2.00 (a) in the Albertson record and (b)
in the entire undergraduate record.
- A grade-point average of 2.00 in the major field (a) in the
Albertson record and (b) in the entire undergraduate record.
- If the student graduates with a minor, a grade-point average of
2.00 in the minor field (a) in the Albertson record and (b) in the
entire undergraduate record.
For purposes of calculating grade-point averages, only those courses
which are applicable to the Albertson degree are considered.
30 credit minimum. These credits must be earned in courses taken on
the Albertson College campus. Ordinarily the student must earn this
credit after attaining senior standing (90 credits). Dual-degree
candidates in pre-engineering must earn this credit after they have
attained junior standing (60 credits). For students who want to take
advantage of a special educational opportunity away from the campus
during their senior year, the Vice President for Academic Affairs may
waive the requirement that this credit be earned after attaining senior
No more than 50 credits in any one department may be counted toward
the required minimum of 124 credits (a minimum of 74 credits outside any
one department is required).
OTHER CREDIT LIMITATIONS
- 8 credits each may be counted in activity courses in debate,
music, physical education, theatre or POE 399 (Model United Nations).
- 18 credits of P grades may be counted. (See Pass-Fail
- 12 credits may be counted in correspondence and extension courses.
Note: Students wanting assurance that such courses will be acceptable
upon transfer or will fulfill college requirements should consult the
registrar in advance. Seniors should note possible conflict with the
- 62 credits (93 quarter credits) from all junior college work may
- Credit by examination. Albertson does not grant credit by
examination or for prerequisites met by challenge, prior experience or
- Double use of courses. With the approval of the departments
concerned, a student may use a course to fulfill the requirements of
more than one major. A student may use a cross-referenced course to
fulfill major requirements.