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REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREES

Belhaven University offers courses leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Art, 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: Creative Writing Graphic Design
  Dance Theatre
     
Bachelor of Science: Accounting Elementary Education
  Arts Administration Mathematics
  Biological Sciences Psychology
  Business Administration Sports Administration
  Chemistry Sports Medicine: Exercise Science
   
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. The worldview curriculum, required of all entering freshmen, offers an integrated study of the great movements and ideas in history, literature, the fine arts, Bible, philosophy, and theology. Using history and the study of civilizations as a foundation, each piece of literature and art and historical event is implicated into a Christian worldview. Upon completing the two-year worldview curriculum, students learn the necessity of a Christian worldview to the understanding of history, literature, art and culture, personal spiritual growth, and the shaping of moral values, and to building prosperous communities and a healthy society.

The first year combines the topics of history, culture, literature, Christian perspectives, and MOSAIC into a whole that offers students the conceptual and practical foundations for successful college-level study. The second year builds upon the groundwork of the freshman year and culminates in a capstone course bringing a Christian worldview to bear upon today’s popular culture and media.

GOAL DESCRIPTION REQUIRED HOURS
Goal l A mastery of one’s own language in oral and written form 6 - 10
Goal II A familiarity with the great literature of the world with a Christian perspective 6 - 12
Goal III A familiarity with a second language 3 - 12
Goal IV An understanding of science 4 - 8
Goal V A knowledge of mathematical skills 3 - 9
Goal VI An understanding and historical perspective of the contemporary world 6 - 12
Goal VII A knowledge of Christian Scripture and an ability to integrate that knowledge with issues of daily life 6 - 18
Goal VIII An appreciation of humanity’s artistic accomplishments 3 - 12
Goal IX 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: A familiarity with a second language.

Goal IV: An understanding of science 4 - 8 hours

Goal V: A knowledge of mathematical skills

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

Goal VII: A knowledge of Christian Scripture and an ability to integrate that knowledge with issues of daily life. 6 - 18 hours

Goal VIII: An appreciation of humanity’s artistic accomplishments

Goal IX: An ability to apply the biblical vision of the Kingdom of God

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 about biblical studies, English, and foreign language 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.