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REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREES

Belhaven University offers courses leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Art, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, or Bachelor of Social Work. In addition to earning a minimum of 124 semester hours credit (120 of which must be academic) and to maintaining an overall C average (2.00 GPA), as well as a C average in the major (2.00 GPA), a candidate for a bachelor's degree from Belhaven University must complete basic course requirements, meet all departmental requirements for a major, meet the Belhaven University residence requirement, satisfy the chapel attendance policy, and submit an application for a degree completion audit and submit the application online.

Applications for degree completion audits must be made online (https://www.belhaven.edu/forms/graduation_application.asp) by the deadlines listed in the academic calendars at least eight months prior to anticipated degree completion. Failure to do so on schedule will result in a late fee assessment as listed in the special fee section. A delay in graduation date is also possible.

Residence Requirement

Belhaven University requires of all candidates for an undergraduate degree a minimum residence of one year. The last 31 semester hours of work must be earned in residence with the exception that students who have completed at least 90 hours at Belhaven University may request permission from the registrar to complete the final 12 hours required of their degree at another accredited senior college or university. Students who have completed at least 60 hours at Belhaven University may complete nine hours off campus; those with at least 31 hours at Belhaven University may complete six hours.

Second Degree Requirements

A student who wishes to obtain a second degree from Belhaven University must complete a minimum of 31 semester hours in addition to the 124 hours earned for the primary degree and must meet all the general education requirements for the second degree and the specific requirements for the second degree program. There must be at least 18 hours of unique requirements for each degree. Some departments may require more than 18 unique hours.

Majors

Requirements for majors are specifically stated before the course listings for each department in the section of this catalogue entitled Courses of Instruction. By the time students have earned 54 semester hours, they must complete a major selection form. The major selection form may be acquired from the college website. Students may double (multiple) major by meeting all the requirements of both (all) majors, provided they are the same degree. There must be at least 18 hours of unique requirements for each major. Some departments may require more than 18 unique hours. Students who plan to double major must discuss with both major department chairs whether an overlap of required courses will present a problem. Majors are listed below:

Degrees Majors
Bachelor of Arts in Art: Art
Bachelor of Arts: Biblical Studies and Ministries Intercultural Studies
Classical Education Studies International Studies
Communication Mathematics
Dance Philosophy of Worldviews
English Political Science
History Theatre
Bachelor of Arts in Music: Music
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education: Music
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Art Graphic Design
Creative Writing Theatre
Dance
Bachelor of Music: Music
Bachelor of Science: Accounting Elementary Education
Arts Administration Mathematics
Biological Sciences Psychology
Business Administration Sports Administration
Chemistry Sports Medicine: Exercise Science
Bachelor of Science in Nursing:
Nursing
Bachelor of Social Work: Social Work
Minors Students at Belhaven University may elect to complete a minor from the following:
Accounting History
Art International Business
Biblical Studies Management
Biology Marketing
Business Administration Mathematics
Chemistry Music
Christian Ministry Philosophy of Worldviews
Communication Political Science
Creative Writing Psychology
Dance Sociology
Education (Secondary) Sports Administration
English Sports Medicine: Exercise Science
Family Studies Sports Ministry
Finance Theatre

A signed major selection form stating the minor must be turned in to the registrar's office to declare a minor. Students majoring in one discipline who are required to take course work in a cognate discipline may not apply this coursework toward a minor unless given special permission by the minor department chairman. Students taking a major and a minor that include overlapping courses may apply up to six credits from those courses toward meeting the course requirements of the minor.

Progress Toward Degree

Students who have not completed a degree within six years of attendance at Belhaven University will continue their seventh year of study under a new catalogue.

General Education Goals

In keeping with its vision and mission, Belhaven University believes that high academic and scholarly goals are first realized through a foundation in general education that affirms the Lordship of Christ over all aspects of learning – scholarly and personal.

DESCRIPTION REQUIRED HOURS
Goal l A mastery of one's own language in written form 3-7
Goal II A familiarity with the great literature of the world with a Christian perspective 6
Goal III An understanding of science 4
Goal IV A knowledge of mathematical skills 3
Goal V An understanding and historical perspective of the contemporary world 6 - 9
Goal VI A knowledge of Christian Scripture and an ability to integrate that knowledge with issues of daily life 6 - 9
Goal VII An appreciation of humanity's artistic accomplishments 2
Goal VIII An ability to apply the biblical vision of the Kingdom of God 3


Course Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

Goal I: A mastery of one's own language in oral and written form

Goal II: A familiarity with the great literature of the world with a Christian perspective

Goal III: An understanding of science

Goal IV: A knowledge of mathematical skills

Goal V: An understanding and historical perspective of the contemporary world

Goal VI: A knowledge of Christian Scripture and an ability to integrate that knowledge with issues of daily life.          6 - 9 hours

Goal VII: An appreciation of humanity's artistic accomplishments    2 hours

Goal VIII: An ability to apply the biblical vision of the Kingdom of God    3 hours

Course Enrollment Regulations
Core courses, courses required for the major listed in the General Education Goals, and electives must total a minimum of 124 semester hours.

Regulations with course completion timelines such as biblical studies and English apply to degree-seeking students and do not apply to non-degree seeking special students, summer session students, or to students entering the second semester if the appropriate courses are not offered at that time.

All students should select elective courses in an area outside their major. The total number of hours in a major should not exceed nine semester hours more than what is already required for the degree.

Transfer students who transfer 24 or more semester hours of college credit earned following completion of high school requirements will enter the alternate general education curriculum, which is intended to give a Christian perspective on the world of ideas and to form a broad base for a detailed study in a major discipline.

Academic Plan
Academic plans for students are available on the Belhaven website. Students must keep their own records of their academic progress; ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student to see that he or she is registered for the correct courses for the degree he/she is pursuing.