Academics

Degree Requirements

The General Education Program at Bennett College is designed to create and sustain an academic community whose participants develop intellectual skills and habits of mind and action that characterize a liberal education. Students are immersed in learning that emphasizes useful intellectual skills acquired across the curriculum, active self-directed and experiential learning, and the development and practice of informed values. The purpose of the General Education Program is to achieve the stated goals through:


1. integrative and experiential approaches to learning, including critical, connected, and creative thinking;
2. understanding and appreciation of interdisciplinary, multicultural, and international aspects of knowledge;
3. building a knowledge base across the broad range of disciplines;
4. acquiring the ability to articulate thoughts and ideas;
5. development of the whole person in the context of African American heritage;
6. formulation of a value system and willingness to act on it; and
7. self-directed, independent learning, and fostering an inquiring mind.

The General Education Program consists of 35-36 semester hours of course work and 40 hours of volunteer community service. The hours for community service may be fulfilled in an equitable fashion over the four years of matriculation.

The following courses are required for all students pursuing the B.A., B.S., B.S.W., B.A.S.I.S., and B.F.A. degrees:

Communications
Foreign Language
Introduction to Research Methods
Mathematics
Physical Education
Fine Arts
Natural Sciences
Social and Behavioral Sciences
History/Philosophy/Religion

*Students may select any introductory course or course for which they have met the prerequisite from the following: Physical Science, Physics, Chemistry, or Computer Science.

**The student will meet her six (6) semester hours of required History by taking any two (2) History courses at the 100 or 200 level. The general education courses in History now include:

HI 101: Origins of Civilization I
HI 102: Origins of Civilization II
HI 201: American History to 1865
HI 202: American History from 1865
HI 203: African American History
HI 210/RL 210: History of Christianity
HI 211: European History 1300–1815
HI 212: European History 1815–Present.
HI 220: Women in History

Please note: A History concentration is offered within the Interdisciplinary Studies Major program. Interested students should contact the History Department. Spanish Language Policy Concerning the General Education Foreign Language \ Requirement

The General Education Program at Bennett College includes a foreign language requirement of six (6) sequential credit hours. If a student has no previous study of Spanish, she can complete the General Education foreign language requirement in Spanish with Elementary Spanish I (SP 101) and Elementary Spanish II (SP 102). Entering freshwomen with three (3)or four (4) years of high school Spanish and transfer students who studied Spanish in their previous academic institutions who wish to continue the study of Spanish are required to take a placement test during orientation. The placement test is optional for students with one (1) or two (2) years of high school Spanish who wish to place at a higher level than Elementary Spanish I.

If the student places at a higher level than Elementary Spanish I, she must take the next two higher level Spanish courses sequentially; in all cases, the course credits of Spanish earned must total six (6) credit hours. A student may not be exempted from this requirement based on a placement test score. The purpose of the placement test is to place the student into a course at the appropriate level for her to continue her study and to earn six (6) academic credits. It is not intended for placing her out of the Spanish six (6) credit hour requirement.

Students who are seeking to place out of the Spanish six (6) credit hour requirement and to receive course credit at Bennett through examination or prior study should utilize the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the Advanced Placement (AP) course credit procedure.

For more detailed information see Course Catalog.