Degree Requirements: The Warren Wilson College learning objectives are reflected in the College Mission Statement: the Triad Education Program develops skills, understanding, and breadth; completing the requirements of the student's major department or program provides depth of understanding; and the Work and Service-Learning Programs develop the capacity to work effectively with others. This section describes the specific requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree at Warren Wilson College.
Residence: For the B.A. or B.S. degree a student must complete a minimum of two full-time semesters, and a minimum total of 32 credit hours in attendance at Warren Wilson College at the upper-class (junior or senior) level is required. For persons transferring to Warren Wilson College, residence must include the senior year. An academic semester (full-time) is defined as completion of at least 12 semester credit hours.
Credit Hours and Quality Point Average: A minimum of 128 credit hours is required for the baccalaureate degree, with a quality point average of at least 2.00.
Triad Education Program: All students must complete the Warren Wilson College Triad Education Program. (See below.)
Degree Candidacy: A student becomes a candidate for the degree with the submission of the Senior Letter. Departmental certification that requirements have been completed, Work Program Advisory Committee approval, and Service Committee approval of the candidate's service project must precede presentation of the candidate's record to the College faculty and staff for final approval as a graduate of Warren Wilson College.
The First-Year Seminar 4 credit hours All new first-year students, and many transfer students with less than one full year of college study, must enroll in a First-Year Seminar during the first term or semester at Warren Wilson College. The student is assigned an academic advisor until a major advisor is determined. The seminar consists of a small group of students and is designed to provide a stimulating beginning for collegiate study. Seminars are offered in many different subjects, introducing the student to Warren Wilson collegiate life, and to strategies for learning, problem solving, and research, using resources of the College and the immediate area.
College Composition I and II 8 credit hours All students must demonstrate competency in college composition by successfully completing the course WRI 120 College Composition I and a Composition II course offered through one of the academic departments. (A minimum grade of C- must be earned in both courses.)
Students must enroll in WRI 120 in their first year and a College Composition II (CCII) course in their second or third year. The Director of Undergraduate Writing will determine in which semester a student will enroll in a required composition course. Every effort is made to match students with a preferred section of College Composition I.
Transfer students may, upon approval by the Registrar or the Director of Undergraduate Writing, fulfill the WRI 120 requirement through appropriate performance in an acceptable composition course taken at a previously attended institution. Advanced Placement credit is not automatically accepted for composition courses.
College Composition I
Students develop their thinking through writing expository prose. They work toward improved organization and clarity by writing multiple drafts of their assignments and participating in peer reviews. Students practice locating, integrating, and citing primary or secondary source material in their writing, and they learn to edit their own writing, checking for correct usage, mechanics, spelling, and punctuation. Although sections of College Composition I are organized thematically, the goal of all instruction is that students become familiar with the process needed to produce clear, polished, expository prose.
College Composition II - See also courses of instruction
Students complete several writing assignments that encourage them to improve their writing skills and discover the specific demands of writing in this discipline. They learn approaches to research and documentation as they are practiced in this academic field, and they are given some exposure to the professional literature of the discipline. Students should have completed WRI 120 with a grade of C- or better or had the College Composition I course requirement waived. Exceptions will be considered by the Director of Undergraduate Writing.
Liberal Arts Area Courses 32 credit hours
At least one 4-credit course is required in each of the following academic areas. Liberal arts area course requirements are normally completed within the first two years of study. The student should work with the academic advisor to ensure that selected courses meet the Triad Education Program requirements. Independent studies, internships, and professional courses do not fulfill Triad Education Program requirements.
A list of liberal arts area courses will be available from the Registrar prior to registration for the fall and spring semesters. They are also identified in the Courses of Instruction found in this catalog by the symbol p.
The major at Warren Wilson College consists of a planned program of courses, whether in a single academic discipline or in an interdisciplinary field. The major program assists students in developing a thorough understanding of a particular subject or interdisciplinary topic and an awareness of connections among its components and with related subjects. Study in the major helps the student learn the approaches to inquiry used in the discipline and appropriate specialized skills.
A major consists of a minimum of 32 semester hours of course work, including at least 12 credit hours at the 300 and/or 400 levels. A major consists of a maximum of 70 semester hours of course work, with no more than 55 semester hours of course work within a single academic discipline.
As a requirement for the baccalaureate degree, a student must complete course requirements and any other requirements of a major department or program. See Programs of Study.
Each student must declare a major at least two weeks prior to registration for the fifth semester of study. Forms for the declaration of a major are available at the Registrar's Office.
The candidate for a degree must write a letter addressed to the faculty and staff of the College, which includes an evaluation of the student's experiences at the College and reflections on the college career. This letter is presented to the major department on or before a date fixed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Senior Letters are made available to the faculty and staff through the Registrar's Office
A student's work record must be approved by the Work Program Advisory Committee. Please refer to the Work Program catalog section for requirements.
A student must successfully complete the service-learning requirements. (See Service-Learning Program.)
Learning outside the classroom is an important part of the Warren Wilson College experience. Students have many opportunities for cross-cultural preparation, study abroad, academic exchanges, overseas experiential learning, field trips, supplementary service learning, and internships. Some experiences are open to all students, while others are competitive.
Courses, workshops, and personal assistance are available for students to reflect on the Warren Wilson College experience and to prepare for careers.