Declaring a Major/Minor
Application for Major
A student must submit an application for major prior to classification as a junior (16 units of credit). The application must be submitted to the chairperson of the department or program coordinator in which the student plans to major. If approved, the application and the recommendation of the department are forwarded by the chairperson to the Office of the Registrar. A department may refuse a student admission to, or continuance in, a major program.
Students who have not declared a major and have earned junior classification will be withheld from pre-registration and registration. Students who make application to a major but are not accepted will have to request permission of the Registrar to pre-register or register. Declarations of major must be approved and on file in the Registrar's Office for all students prior to graduation.
Students are advised that if they fail to take certain courses before their junior year they may not be able to complete major requirements within the traditional four-year period.
Those interested in art, computer information systems, computer science, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and statistics, however, should consult with the chairperson of those particular departments before the beginning of the sophomore year. Those interested in elementary education should consult with the Chair of the Education and Physical Education Department as early as possible in the freshman year.
In general, students are to be governed by the catalog which is current at the time they begin their studies at Roanoke College. However, a student has the option of declaring to be under jurisdiction of a subsequent Catalog except in cases where core requirements have been changed and the College has stipulated those eligible to declare the new curriculum. Should the faculty determine that a modification in course work for a major is necessary in order for students to complete a current course of study in a major, the department reserves the right to modify degree requirements for students who have not yet formally declared a major.
Students transferring from a Virginia community college may elect to declare any Catalog in effect within the twenty-four month period immediately preceding the term they first enroll except in cases where core requirements have been changed and the college has stipulated who is eligible to declare the new curriculum.
Although all students are required to complete the requirements of a major, such is not the case for the Minors Program. The program is optional for students and for academic departments.
The purpose of the program is, in part, to provide students with a broader based liberal arts background by studying a second field in some depth. Roanoke College offers 30 minors.
Requirements for Minors
Each minor represents an organized program of study consisting of at least six courses from among those which may be offered for a major. The specific courses to be used are selected by each department which participates in the Minors Program.
No more than two courses may be used to satisfy both the requirements of a minor and the requirements of a major. At least one-half of the minimum number of courses required for a minor must be completed at Roanoke. A cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0 is required in the minor courses taken at Roanoke, except for minors in Education where a 2.5 is required. Courses used to satisfy a minor requirement may not be taken under the pass/fail option. Specific requirements for each minor are described under the appropriate academic discipline. Upon completion of all requirements for the minor, the Office of the Registrar will certify the minor field on the official transcript.
Application for Minor
To declare a minor, a student must major in a different discipline or multi-disciplinary program. A student's intention to pursue a minor may be declared at any time, provided that there is enough time to complete all courses. The student must submit an application to the chair of the department in which the student wishes to obtain a minor. A departmental representative confers with the student and forwards the application back to the chair. After approval, the chairperson forwards the application to the Office of the Registrar. With the concurrence of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, a department may refuse a student admission to, or continuance in, a minor program.
Academic advisors are faculty and staff members who are available for consultation and advise in the planning of students' academic programs. Students who have declared majors are assigned advisors in their major departments; freshmen and students who have not declared a major may be assigned a faculty advisor or an advisor from the Office of Academic Services.
Students should contact their advisors when planning their programs, when pre-registering and/or registering, and when needing advice or assistance relating to academic concerns or questions. Academic advisors can assist students in reviewing academic performance, exploring possible majors and other programs, examining special educational opportunities (e.g., internships, research, international study), or planning for graduate school. Students may also obtain supplemental academic and career assistance by contacting staff in the Office of Career Services.
Although faculty and staff can provide valuable assistance and guidance for students, the ultimate responsibility for devising appropriate schedules, meeting degree and program requirements, and complying with all academic regulations belongs to the student. Therefore, students should be familiar with the College's requirements, their major and other program requirements, this Catalog, and their own academic transcripts.
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