- We believe that the most appropriate
formal preparation to meet the challenges of todays world
and to lead a satisfying personal and professional life is a carefully
conceived educational program in the liberal arts and sciences.
With this philosophy in mind, the College developed a precise
set of curricular and degree requirements based on the principles
of basic skills, breadth, depth, and discovery.
Basic Skills Requirements
in Expository Writing, Foreign Language, and Mathematics
The College requires each student to demonstrate basic competency
in three academic areas: expository writing, foreign language,
Basic skills examinations are given once to all studentsduring
orientation prior to entrance. If basic competency is not achieved
at that time, a student should take an appropriate course to satisfy
the requirement. Students should plan their studies to ensure
that all basic skills requirements are met by the end of the sophomore
Entering first-year students are initially placed in HUM 110 or HUM 111 based
on English ACT or verbal SAT scores. (HUM 111 includes a one-hour
writing lab). At the end of fall term, the writing performance
of all first-year students is evaluated by the Writing Committee. At this
time, students whose writing is judged to be competent will have
satisfied the writing requirement. Those students whose writing
is judged to fall short of competency will be required to take
a writing-intensive section of a general education course normally
during the next spring term. Students who pass this course will
have satisfied the basic skills requirement in expository writing.
Competency in foreign language may be established through attaining
a satisfactory score on a College-administered exam at entrance
or through earning a grade of "C-" or higher in Classics
120, French 120, German 120, or Spanish 120/121 (or, when offered,
CLA 121, JPN 120, or appropriate course work in Biblical Hebrew).
Competency in mathematics may be established by presenting acceptable scores on the appropriate sections of the ACT or SAT examinations or the AP calculus exam. Alternatively, students may meet this requirement by earning a grade of C- or higher in the Centre math course MAT 110 or other appropriate math course by placement.
Placement Policy for Expository
Writing, Language, and Mathematics
The Colleges placement policies are flexibly designed to
place students in the course which will best serve as a continuation
of their previous education. Placement is based on all available
data: results from tests given at the beginning of the first
year, scores of College Board achievement tests and other standardized
tests taken before entrance, number of years of high school preparation
(consideration is given to the time at which high school courses
were taken), level of achievement in high school courses, and
performance during the first two weeks of college classes.
Proper placement helps assure students that they will not be placed
in a course which is either too advanced or repetitious of previous
Policies for Fulfilling Foreign Language Requirements
All students other than international students must satisfy foreign language requirements through course work or examinations in foreign languages offered by the College, or through foreign language course work transferred from another approved college or university. In the case of U. S. resident students entering with some fluency in a foreign language other than one offered by the College, the College is not obliged to evaluate the student in that language. Normally, such students must establish basic competency in a language offered by the College. Admitted international students (permanent residents of a country other than the United States) whose native language is something other than English automatically satisfy the foreign language requirements (basic competency and further fluency) based on their ability in English, as demonstrated by their entrance credentials.
A minimum of 50 events each year will be designated as convocations.
Since "convocation" derives from the Latin com (meaning
together) and vocare (to call), a convocation may be any event
in which members of the Centre community are called together.
The Convocation Committee, consisting of two students, at least two faculty,
and at least two members of the administration, will coordinate the selection
of convocations and will have final authority in all other matters
having to do with convocations.
Convocations are a co-curricular requirement. Full-time students
who accumulate at least 12 convocation credits in an academic
year will receive the equivalent of one hour of "A"
recorded on their transcripts and figured into their grade point
average. Full-time students who do not accumulate at least 12
convocation credits during the academic year will receive the
equivalent of one hour of "U" recorded on their transcripts
and figured into their grade point average. Convocation credit
is not applied toward the number of credit hours required for
Students who participate in Centres fall term or spring term programs abroad receive 6 convocation credits for
the term they are abroad. Students who participate in an off-campus program or international internship during CentreTerm receive one convocation credit.
A schedule of convocation events will be distributed at the beginning
of each term; any additions or changes to the schedule will be
The complete convocation policy is provided in the Centre Student
Degree Requirements Listing
The College offers two degrees: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor
of Science. The general education requirements of the degrees
are identical. Students are responsible for making sure that they
have fulfilled all degree requirements prior to their intended
The Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded under all major programs.
Students majoring in any
program in the Division of Science and Mathematics may elect to
receive either the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. Under certain conditions, students majoring in economics or financial economics may also elect to receive the Bachelor of Science degree.
|1. 2.000 or higher
cumulative grade point average.
|2. Presentation of
111 credit hours successfully completed, subject to the
||A. No more than 42
credit hours in any one discipline.
||B. A minimum of 42
credit hours taken at Centre, including 23 of the last 30
hours applied toward the degree.
||3. Basic competency
in expository writing, foreign language, and mathematics.
||4. In addition to
demonstrating basic competency in foreign language and mathematics,
at least one additional course above the basic competency
level in foreign language (courses numbered 210 or higher) or mathematics (courses numbered 130 or higher), or a computer
science course numbered 117 or higher.
||5. Completion of specified general education requirements as follows:
||A. A First-Year Studies
course taken in the CentreTerm of the first year.
||B. Humanities Division
HUM 110 or 111 and HUM 120 or 121
C. Social Studies
1. One of HIS 110, HIS 120, HIS 230, HIS 240
2. One of ANT 110, ANT 120, ECO 110, GOV 110, SOC 110
||D. Science Division
1. One of BIO 110, NSC 120, PSY 110 (life science)
2. One of CHE 117, 131, CHE 135, NSC 110, NSC 140, PHY 110, PHY 170 (physical science)
||E. Completion of two
courses in fundamental questions:
||1. REL 110 or REL
||2. REL 110 or REL
120 if not used above, or one of PHI 110, PHI 140, PHI 160,
PHI 170, PHI 210, PHI 220, REL 130, REL 140, 170
|6. Completion of a
|7. Completion of the
College health and human performance requirement (HHP 101,
|8. Submission of formal
application for the degree.
|9. Approval of the
faculty and of the Board of Trustees.
1. Additional courses may, from time to time, be added to or deleted
from the list of courses fulfilling specific general education
requirements; updates will be announced to all students and revised
lists of courses approved for general education will be available
in the Registrars Office.
2. No course may be used to fulfill more than one general education
3. The Colleges general education requirements normally
should be completed by the end of the sophomore year, except for
the fundamental questions requirement, which should be completed
by the end of the junior year.