Curricular Policies

1. Individual Investigation. Individual Investigation is offered to give the undergraduate student experience in planning and outlining a course of study on his/her own initiative under Departmental supervision; Research serves the same function at the graduate level. Individual Investigation and Research should deal with either a special interest not covered in a regular course or the exploration in much greater depth of a subject presented in a regular course. To be eligible for Individual Investigation, a student should have an overall GPA of 2.80, a GPA of 3.0 or better in the major, and have completed six (6) upper-division hours of coursework in the area involved in the project; Research requires a GPA of 3.2. This requirement may be waived in exceptional cases, when approved by the Department Chairperson. An eligible student desiring to register for an Individual Investigation or Research course must first obtain an instructor’s consent to guide the project and submit the appropriate form to the Department Chairperson. Having secured these prior approvals, the student will be given permission to register for this course in the same manner as with any other course. At the conclusion of the course, the instructor will deposit with the Department a copy of the student’s project. Work is evaluated with a letter grade; a grade of IP is possible.

2. Testing. It is expected that material tested will have been covered in class or otherwise clearly assigned for student study. In the event that an instructor finds it appropriate to test individual students or an entire class for a second time on any portion of the course work, a new test will be constructed for the purpose.

3. Credit by Examination. It is University policy that a student who can demonstrate knowledge in a particular subject area may establish credit in certain courses by taking a special examination through the Department. Course offerings have been divided into three categories pertaining to Credit by Examination, namely generally available, available only with Departmental permission, and not available. The first four courses at the introductory and intermediate levels of foreign languages are available for Credit by Examination without Departmental approval; University restrictions regarding student eligibility apply. Students should seek the advice of instructors to establish whether their background is adequate to attempt Credit by Examination at a particular level. The Department follows the procedures and eligibility criteria outlined in the Undergraduate Catalog, which students should read carefully before pursuing credit by this means. Application forms to undertake Credit by Examination may be obtained at the Office of Academic Testing Services.

4. Transfer Credit. Credit will be accepted from accredited institutions, both foreign and domestic. Students should secure approval prior to attendance at another institution, obtaining Transient Data forms at the College Office. It is the student’s responsibility to provide official transcripts of such work as well as evidence of the competence and knowledge achieved in the program. The Assistant to the Chair is responsible for overseeing evaluation of such work.

5. Language placement (adopted October 2009)

For all languages at the lower-division instruction level, students may achieve placement into a desired course by scoring appropriately on a department-approved placement test. If no placement test has been adopted for these purposes, the final examination of the course immediately previous in the sequence will serve as the placement test.

Such placement “counts” toward fulfillment of the College foreign language requirement but does not earn credits. Credit by Exam (CBE) options are available in many languages. The department strongly recommends that students with previous language experience take advantage of CBE opportunities when available.

6. Curriculum Review. It is the responsibility of the Curriculum Committee to conduct a periodic review of the Departmental Curriculum, course offerings, programs, and curricular policies to determine their effectiveness in meeting the mission of the Department.

7. Textbook Selection (applies to Core courses and courses with more than 200 enrolled annually) [adopted Feb 2012]

Textbooks for large enrollment sections are selected by the full time faculty responsible for the program and course through a consultative process that includes all instructors currently teaching the course. The required textbook/materials for each applicable course should be reviewed at least once every five years. Factors to be considered when selecting a textbook and/or reviewing the value of current textbooks include the following:

• How well do the textbook/materials support the stated learning outcomes for the course?

• How often do students and instructors use the textbook/materials currently required?

• How do students and faculty rate the textbook/materials currently required?

• How do the textbook/materials affect preparation and grading time for instructors?

• What is the price of the textbook package relative to other options?

• Can the textbook/materials be used for more than one course in a sequence?

• What level of quality and how many useful resources does the textbook/package offer?