FAQs For Faculty On New Graduation Requirements

How many overall credits are required for a student to earn her degree?
128 credits are still the minimum requirement for a Mount Holyoke degree.

Is a major still required?
Yes, a major of at least 32 credits is still a graduation requirement.

One of my advisees from last year never took a first-year seminar. However, now I see that a first-year seminar is a degree requirement. Does she have to take a first-year seminar in 2014-15? 
Students in the classes of 2015, 2016, and 2017 have received exemptions from this requirement. All first-years in the class of 2018 and beyond are required to enroll in a first-year seminar in one of their first two semesters at the College.  Transfer and FPs who enter the College with sophomore or junior standing will be granted an exemption to the first-year seminar requirement, though they may be able to enroll in one if they wish.

If a student already took a first-year seminar that carried one of the “old” distribution designations (for example, IIIA - Social Sciences), will that course fulfill both the new first-year seminar requirement AND the corresponding new broader distribution designation (e.g. III - Social Sciences)? 
, a first-year seminar that was designated to meet a distribution requirement in ISIS at the time the student took it will automatically be applied to fulfill the corresponding new distribution designation. She can check her degree audit in ISIS to verify.

One of my advisees is planning on enrolling in an elementary language course in the fall semester. Can she use this course to fulfill both the Language requirement and a distribution requirement? 
No, an elementary language course can only be used to fulfill the Language requirement. Some foreign literature courses (usually 200 level or above) have both the LANG and the I - Humanities designation in ISIS. These courses can be used to meet EITHER requirement, but a student cannot fulfill both requirements with the same course. That is, she can count it toward LANG or Humanities, but not both.

How do I know which distribution requirement a course can fill? Or whether it can fill the Language or Multicultural Perspectives requirements? 
As in the past, the "Course Types" column in ISIS shows which distribution requirement it will fulfill. Courses in fall 2014 and later bear the new designations: I (for Humanities), II (for Math or Natural Sciences), III (for Social Sciences), MP (for Multicultural Perspectives), or LANG (for the Language requirement).

My advisee already took a course that counted toward one of the "old" distribution requirements. Will it automatically count toward the corresponding new requirements?
Yes, courses taken prior to fall 2014 still bear the old designations: IA or IB for Humanities; IIA, IIB, or IIC for Math/Sciences; and IIIC for Social Sciences. These older designations have been mapped automatically in students’ degree audits to the new requirements. For example, a IA or IB taken in the past fulfills the new broader I (Humanities) requirement; the IIA, IIB, or IIC fulfill the new II (Science/Math) requirement; and the old IIIA courses fulfill the new III (Social Science) requirement.

Can a student count the same course for the Multicultural Perspectives requirement and distribution? 
Yes. Just as in the past, a course that has both the MP designation in ISIS and the I, II, or III requirement can be applied to fulfill BOTH of those requirements.

My advisee does not want to declare/complete a minor. Is that now allowed?
Yes. Under the new requirements, no student HAS to have a minor. She may elect one (or a double major) if she wishes, but she does not have to have either. 

My advisee has already declared a special minor. Can she complete it? 
If she is in the class years of 2015, 2016, or 2017 and has already declared a special minor, she may complete it and have it recorded on her transcript. Any student in those class years who has not yet declared a special minor will have a final opportunity to do so during the Fall 2-14 semester.  After that, students will not be allowed to declare special minor as that option is being discontinued.

I have been in touch with an advisee who is currently on leave from the College or left the College years ago and is thinking about returning to complete her degree. Will she be subject to the old requirements or the new? 
If the student entered the college in Fall 2011 or later, she is definitely subject to the new requirements. Regardless of entrance year, if in Spring 2014 she was an active student at the College or on an approved leave or study abroad, she will be subject to the new requirements. Other students are subject to fulfilling the degree requirements in effect when they matriculated at the College. If there are any questions, direct the student to the Registrar’s Office for confirmation.