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Degrees and Requirements

Salem College offers the following undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The bachelor of arts degree offers the student the opportunity to major in one or more of the following fields: art (studio), art history, arts management, biology, business administration, chemistry, communication, creative writing, economics, education (elementary or special education), English, exercise science, French, history, integrative studies, interior design, international business, international relations, mathematics, music, not-for-profit management, philosophy, psychology, public policy, race and ethnicity studies, religion, sociology, Spanish and women’s studies.  Education licensure programs or concentrations are available for art, biology, chemistry, economics, English, French, history, international relations, mathematics, music, psychology, sociology and Spanish majors.

For the bachelor of arts degree, a major generally requires eight to 11 courses in a single discipline, or 10 to 14 in two or more disciplines. No major may require more than 11 courses in a single discipline nor more than 16 in two or more disciplines, with the exception of business administration, education, interior design and international business.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The bachelor of science degree offers the student the opportunity to major in accounting, biology, chemistry, exercise science or mathematics.

Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

The bachelor of music degree provides an opportunity to major in music performance in piano, organ, flute or voice.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)

Available to students in the Martha H. Fleer Center for Adult Administration ONLY.  The bachelor of science in business administration degree offers the student the opportunity to major in business administration, with concentrations in accounting, economics, finance, marketing or sport management.

 

Degree Requirements

Candidates for each degree must complete at least 36 courses for graduation. Most degrees also require four January courses (which may be counted towards the 36 course requirement), two terms of physical education and a course in wellness. Students in the Martha H. Fleer Center for Adult Education are exempt from the physical education, wellness and January Term requirements, but may register and receive elective credit for these courses. All degree candidates must complete the Salem Signature requirements for their degree, a major and electives.

Every student must earn a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.00 (C average) over all courses attempted at Salem College to qualify for a degree. Furthermore, a 2.00 average over all courses applicable to the major is required for graduation.

The academic program for each degree is organized into a 4-1-4 calendar, which includes a fall term of 15 weeks, a January term of four weeks, and a spring term of 15 weeks. A degree program normally requires four years with four courses each term and one January course each academic year. The unit of instruction at Salem College is the course, which is equivalent, for credit purposes, to four semester hours. Conversion procedures, based on three or four semester hours, are described in the Transfer Credit Policy earlier in this catalog.

Unless specifically exempted by the policies governing the major, eight of the last ten courses and at least ten courses total for the degree must be taken at Salem. The student who enters as a senior must complete ten courses in residence at Salem College in order to qualify for a degree.

Courses taken in regionally-accredited college summer-school programs are applicable to the degree if approved in advance by 1) the department chair of the department offering a comparable course and 2) either the registrar or the dean of undergraduate studies.  Courses taken during the summer are subject to the residency requirements stated above.

The catalog (and supplement, if applicable) issued during the year in which a student enters Salem College is the catalog that governs the general degree requirements, provided that coursework is completed within eight years of entrance and that the student’s enrollment has not been interrupted for one calendar year or more.  A student may petition the Subcommittee on Academic Appeals with a request to follow the general degree requirements listed in a subsequent catalog in force during her period of enrollment.  For major and minor requirements, the governing catalog is the one in effect when the student declares the major or minor, except as noted below.  Exceptions may be necessary in order to conform to standards of external accrediting bodies.  Any student who is approved for readmission to the College after an absence of one calendar year or more will be bound by all  requirements (including both general degree requirements and major requirements) of the catalog in force in the student’s semester of re-enrollment after readmission.

The 2009-2010 undergraduate catalog introduced a new Salem Signature program, requiring registration for specific courses which may not yet be offered at the time of a student’s enrollment.  Students who enroll at Salem through Summer 2012 with advanced classification should consult the chart published in the academic catalog in force at the time of initial enrollment to determine the catalog governing their general degree requirements.  Prior-year catalogs are available here or may be reviewed at the Office of the Registrar.

 

Lists of courses satisfying each area mentioned below are found in the undergraduate catalog.

Traditional-Age Students:

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

At least 36 courses – including a major and the Salem Signature general education program – are required for  the bachelor of arts (B.A.), bachelor of science (B.S.) or bachelor of music (B.M.) degree.

Students must complete four January Term courses (which are counted toward the 36 required courses and as electives, if applicable) except in the case of 1) students in the Martha H. Fleer Center for Adult Education or 2) traditional-age students who have met all other degree requirements and intend to graduate at the end of the fall term of their senior year.

The Salem Signature requires students to demonstrate competencies in critical thinking, communication, quantitative reasoning, global awareness and gender inquiry.  Course requirements are grouped into liberal arts interdisciplinary dimensions, liberal arts disciplinary dimensions and liberal arts experiential dimensions.  No course with the prefix “SIGN” may be counted toward a disciplinary dimension.

Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Dimensions

  • SIGN 110. First Year Experience or SIGN 111. Honors First Year Experience
  • SIGN 112. Academic Writing Seminar (may be waived through writing assessment)
  • SIGN 120. Global Awareness Seminar or SIGN 121. Honors Global Awareness Seminar
  • SIGN 350. Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • Women’s Studies: One approved course from a selection of disciplinary or interdisciplinary courses focused on the role of sex and gender and the impact of women across cultures and time.
  • Quantitative Interpretation/Evidence-Based Thinking: One approved course that requires students to analyze quantitative information, which may include formulas, graphs or numerical data, and to analyze ideas and information scientifically and draw relevant conclusions based on empirical evidence.

Liberal Arts Disciplinary Dimensions

  • Science: One approved introductory course (no prerequisites in the discipline) with laboratory, chosen from biology, chemistry, physics or science interdisciplinary courses, that provides a foundation in scientific concepts, theories and methods.
  • Social Science: One approved introductory course (no prerequisites in the discipline) chosen from anthropology, communication, economics, education, political science or sociology that provides a foundation in the concepts, theories and methods of a social science discipline.
  • Arts: One approved introductory course (no prerequisites in the discipline) chosen from art, dance or music that serves as a foundation in the concepts, theories, and practices of an arts discipline.
  • Humanities: One approved introductory course (no prerequisites in the discipline) chosen from history, literature, philosophy, religion that provides a foundation in concepts, texts and methods of analysis of a humanities discipline.
  • Mathematics: MATH 060, 070 or 100.  Students may satisfy proficiency in MATH 060, 070 or 100 through a proficiency examination administered by the Salem College Department of Mathematics.  The mathematics requirement is waived for students who place into MATH 101 or higher.
  • Coursework or demonstrated proficiency in the language of another culture at the intermediate level or higher

Liberal Arts Experiential Dimensions

  • SIGN 210. Service Learning Seminar or other approved service learning course, including ARMN 110 and COMM 321.  See notations on course schedule for other courses that satisfy this requirement.
  • SIGN 270. Internship/Professional Development Experience or JANX 270. Experimental Internship or Departmental internship/professional development experience
  • PHED 050. Wellness for Life
  • Two physical education activity courses.  Please note:
    - A student shall be permitted to enroll in a maximum of four for-credit (0.25 credits) physical education activity courses, for the equivalent of one course.  If the student wishes to enroll in a physical education activity course beyond one total course credit, she would be required to register as an auditor.
    - A student shall not be permitted to repeat for credit an activity course which the student has already passed. If the student chooses to repeat a PHED activity course she would need to register as an auditor.
    - A student may substitute one semester of a team sport (PHED 012, 013, 017, 018, 019, 020, 041 or 045) or one dance technique course (DANC 023, 034, 035, 036, 037, 038 or 039) for either of the two required PHED activities.  Team sports do not receive course credit, though one semester of team registration could satisfy one activity requirement.  A student could, for example, enroll in one team sport and one dance activity course to satisfy the physical education requirement.  However, a student may not substitute two team sports or two dance technique courses for both activity requirements.  (Note also that satisfaction of the physical activity requirement is calculated on the basis of courses, not credits.  Therefore, enrolling in one 0.5 credit DANC course would satisfy only one-half of the physical activity requirement.)

 

SIGN 350 and SIGN 270 (or equivalent internship course) are considered upper-division general education requirements.

 

Fleer Center Students (Age 23+)

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Dimensions

  • SIGN 112. Academic Writing Seminar (may be waived through writing assessment or previous college-level coursework)  
  • SIGN 130. Transitions: A Changing Culture
  • SIGN 350. Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • Women’s Studies: One approved course from a selection of disciplinary or interdisciplinary courses focused on the role of sex and gender and the impact of women across cultures and time.
  • Quantitative Interpretation/Evidence-Based Thinking: One approved course that requires students to analyze quantitative information, which may include formulas, graphs or numerical data, and to analyze ideas and information scientifically and draw relevant conclusions based on empirical evidence.

Liberal Arts Disciplinary Dimensions

  • Science: One approved introductory course (no prerequisites in the discipline) with laboratory, chosen from biology, chemistry, physics or science interdisciplinary courses that provides a foundation in scientific concepts, theories and methods.
  • Social Science: One approved introductory course (no prerequisites in the discipline) chosen from anthropology, communication, economics, education, political science or sociology that provides a foundation in the concepts, theories and methods of a social science discipline.
  • Arts: One approved introductory course (no prerequisites in the discipline) chosen from art, dance or music that serves as a foundation in the concepts, theories and practices of an arts discipline.
  • Humanities: One approved introductory course (no prerequisites in the discipline) chosen from history, literature, philosophy or religion that provides a foundation in concepts, texts and methods of analysis of a humanities discipline.
  • Mathematics: MATH 060, 070 or 100.  Students may satisfy proficiency in MATH 060, 070 or 100 through a proficiency examination administered by the Salem College Department of Mathematics.  The mathematics requirement is waived for students who place into MATH 101 or higher.
  • Coursework or demonstrated proficiency in the language of another culture at the intermediate level or higher (e.g., FREN 030, SPAN 030)

SIGN 350 is considered an upper-division general education requirement.

 

Requirements for the B.S.B.A. (B.S.B.A. is only available to students in the Martha H. Fleer Center for Adult Education)

Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Dimensions

  • SIGN 112. Academic Writing Seminar (may be waived through writing assessment or previous college-level coursework)
  • SIGN 130. Transitions: A Changing Culture
  • SIGN 350. Senior Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • Women’s Studies: One approved course from a selection of disciplinary or interdisciplinary courses focused on the role of sex and gender and the impact of women across cultures and time.  See list of approved courses in the section above.
Liberal Arts Disciplinary Dimensions

 

  • Science: One course in biology, chemistry, interdisciplinary science, physical science, physics or psychology 
  • Language/Communication: Two modern language courses or Two courses from: ENGL 211, CRWR 212, COMM 100, COMM 120, COMM 170 or PHIL 121
  • Arts/Religion: One course in art, dance, music or religion
  • Humanities: BUAD 124. Business Ethics (required for the major) and one course in history
  • Quantitative Interpretation: BUAD 240. Business Statistics (required for the major)
  • Social Science: ECON 100. Principles of Economics and one introductory course in a social science discipline outside economics or
        ECON 110. Introduction to Macroeconomics and ECON 120. Introduction to Microeconomics (either ECON 100 or 110 & 120 required for the major)
  • Mathematics: MATH 070. Essential Calculus or MATH 100. Calculus I (either course required for the major)

 

SIGN 350 is considered an upper-division general education requirement.

 

Academic Minors

Every student, regardless of degree program, has the option of electing a minor in addition to the chosen major. A minor consists of a sequence of courses, designated by the department, of no fewer than four courses and no more than six courses in a field. The following minors are now available to students: accounting, art (studio), art history, arts management, biology, business administration, chemistry, coaching, communication, creative writing, dance, economics, English, French, history, marketing, math, music, musical theater, not-for-profit management, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, Spanish and women’s studies. The requirements for each minor may be found following the catalog description of each major.

No more than three courses may be counted toward both a student’s major and a minor.

 

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