VWC Curriculum Changes
Ten things all continuing students need to know for Fall 2011
“You will not be penalized in any way by the changed curriculum”
Dr. Timothy G. O’Rourke, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Kenneth R. Perry Dean of the College
- How is the curriculum changing?
Basically, the curriculum will change from a 3-credit to a 4-credit system. You will take an average of four 4-credit courses each semester (16 semester hours) as opposed to the former curriculum of five 3-credit courses each semester (15 semester hours).
- What are the benefits of the new curriculum?
You will spend more time on fewer courses. As a result, you will gain a more in-depth understanding of the subject matter. The new curriculum makes your degree more distinctive, because it puts Virginia Wesleyan in line with the best liberal arts colleges in the country.
- What does it mean to have “seat time” versus “enhanced time” in a class?
Seat time (S) means that a course will meet in the classroom for the full four hours each week. Enhanced time (E) means that the fourth hour of the course each week will be reserved for out-of-class activities such as independent research, critical thinking exercises, group projects, community service, or field trips.
- Will I be held up from graduating as planned?
No. Your faculty advisor will guide you on the 120 hours needed to graduate on time.
- Will I follow the old or new curriculum?
You and your faculty advisor will determine what most benefits you and develop a plan accordingly. You may either complete the old major, substituting some new courses, or the new major, substituting some old courses.
- How will my completed General Studies credit hours be counted?
You will follow the revised general studies credit hour requirements, which are a reduction of the old GS credit hour requirements. Coursework already completed toward the fulfillment of the old GS requirements will count toward the new requirements, regardless of whether exact GS equivalents exist.
- What if the 3-credit courses in my major have been replaced with 4-credit courses?
Those completed courses will still be applied to the revised major. Three-credit hour course requirements will be substituted and count as one-for-one courses in new 4-credit hour requirements. The fourth credit will be made up through other courses.
- I took a course in the old major that is no longer listed as a major requirement. What happens?
If you have taken coursework that counted toward the major prior to fall 2011, you can have those credits applied toward the revised major, regardless of whether those courses remain requirements in the revised major. In majors that required allied courses outside the core discipline, you may be required to count certain allied courses toward general studies or elective credit rather than toward the revised major, in order to enable you to complete sufficient essential core courses in the revised major.
- How will the new curriculum benefit me in the long run?
The new curriculum will focus on more independent and hands-on activities that will better prepare you for graduate school, career, and civic engagement.
- Where can I review the new curriculum?