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Graduation Requirements


Graduation Requirements in a nutshell:

  1. Completion of the writing requirement. (“W”)
  2. Completion of the quantitative reasoning requirement. (“Q”)
  3. Completion of the intercultural literacy requirement. (“C”)
  4. Completion of the liberal arts breadth requirements - the five “Domains”. (“1S”, “2A”, “3B”, “4U”, and “5T”)
  5. Completion of the liberal arts in practice requirement. (“L1”, “L2”, or “L3”)
  6. Completion of a capstone experience. (“CP”)
  7. Completion of a departmental or interdisciplinary major, with a cumulative grade point average of at least C (2.000) in all courses in the major.
  8. Completion of at least 31 units of earned credit, with a cumulative grade point average of at least C (2.000) in all Beloit courses attempted.

For detailed information, please review the current catalog.


Catalog Choice

A student may choose to be governed by the degree requirements enumerated in any one of the following three catalogs:

  1. the catalog at the time of entrance
  2. the catalog at the time of declaration of major
  3. the catalog at the time of graduation

Writing, Quantitative Reasoning, and Intercultural Literacy Requirements (Skills)

The writing, quantitative reasoning, and intercultural literacy requirements must be satisfied by five different courses.

AP, IB, GCE A-level credits may not be used to satisfy these requirements.


Liberal Arts Breadth Requirements (Domains)

These 5 requirements, where a requirement is understood as .75 unit or 2 courses, should normally be completed by the end of the student’s fourth semester. Students may not be granted junior status until they have completed these requirements.

AP, IB, GCE A-level credits may not be used to satisfy these requirements.

Each domain requirement must be satisfied by a different course prefix (e.g., PSYC, BIOL, HIST, CRIS).


Liberal Arts in Practice (LAP) Requirement

All students complete a Liberal Arts in Practice (LAP) experience, which involves applied or original work extending beyond the traditional classroom. Through undertaking and reflecting on these experiences, students connect their experiences beyond the traditional classroom with their learning in the classroom and transfer the skills developed in those experiences into other settings.

If a student is using Option 1 (a LAP 1-designated course) to fulfill the requirement, they do not need to turn in the form; the Registrar’s Office will automatically apply the course as fulfillment of the requirement on their advising worksheet. If a LAP 1 course has not been flagged appropriately on their worksheet in the Portal, they should send an email to registrar@beloit.edu as a reminder.

If using Option 2 (LAP 2-designated course) or Option 3 (LAP Synthesis) to fulfill the requirement, fill out the LAP completion form and return it to the Registrar’s Office, with appropriate signatures.

One exception for LAP 2 is the following: If using FEP 201 Internship Workshop to fulfill the requirement, a student does not need to fill out the form and does not need other signatures. Successful completion with a grade of “CR” is accepted in lieu of instructor/advisor signatures.

For more details about the three options for fulfilling the LAP requirement, see the following:


Capstone Requirement

Completion of a capstone experience (.5 or 1 unit of academic credit). (“CP” in course
descriptions)

Capstone experiences occur after the fourth semester, typically in a student’s final year. Each program or department identifies one or more opportunities for its majors to fulfill the capstone requirement. While some capstones may qualify as Liberal-Arts-in-Practice designated credits, a single capstone unit may not simultaneously satisfy both the LAP requirement and the capstone requirement.


Degrees Offered

The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees are conferred by Beloit College upon completion of the prescribed requirements.

The degree normally awarded is that of Bachelor of Arts. Those whose major field of concentration is in the natural sciences (biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, and physics) may, however, elect to receive the Bachelor of Science degree if they present a minimum of 4 units in science and/or mathematics and/or computer science outside their major department.

Students whose major field of concentration is mathematics or computer science may elect to receive the Bachelor of Science degree if they present a minimum of 4 units in the natural sciences. Students whose major field of concentration is health and society may elect to receive the Bachelor of Science degree if they present a minimum of 8 units in the natural sciences and/or mathematics and/or computer science. This election is normally made at the time of the selection of the major field of concentration and must be made prior to the beginning of the senior year.


Degree Expectations

  1. Students will be expected to complete at least 2 units (or equivalent non-credit-bearing activities) involving study or experience of a language and/or culture not their own, and of the relations between nations or other global entities in a global context.
  2. Students will be expected to complete a My Achievement Plan (MAP) during their sophomore year in consultation with their advisor.

Graduation Honors


Common Graduation Questions

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