Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.
AUDITING COURSES/SUCCESSFUL AUDITS
All persons attending, auditing or participating
in a program of instruction must officially register with the college.
Permission of the instructor is required to audit a course. An auditor
is a visitor in a class and participates in its activities only
at the invitation of the instructor. Students are discouraged from
auditing courses that involve performance, lab work or extensive
use of equipment such as studios, gymnasia and computers. Auditors
take exams or hand in written work only at the direction of the
instructor. A person who has audited a course may not subsequently
earn credit for it by special examination. Students auditing courses
where tests and evaluations are used to establish an early grade
pattern may not register those courses for credit after the add
deadline has passed. Auditing of summer school courses is not permitted.
Successful Audits: A person attempting a successful audit must have
the permission of the instructor at the time of entering the course
and should negotiate the conditions necessary for completion of
a successful audit with the instructor at that time. A successful
audit form, available from the Registrar's Office, is to be completed
by the student and the instructor together and returned by the student
to the Registrar's Office no later than the last day to drop a class
for the semester in which the course is being offered. A properly
documented successful audit will be entered on the auditor's transcript.
Successful audits are not awarded course or grade credit nor do
audits fulfill graduation requirements in whole or in part. Auditors
other than registered full-time St. Olaf and Carleton students or
staff will be required to pay 20% of the current tuition charge
Full-time, degree-seeking St. Olaf and Carleton
College students may enroll in courses on either campus. Inter-registration
is limited to one course per term. A course taken at Carleton must
receive prior approval of the Carleton instructor and registrar
and be worth at least six variable Carleton credits. A Carleton
course must be properly registered in order for credit to be awarded
(see procedure below). As a general rule Carleton will not inter-register
St. Olaf students for Carleton courses which are routinely taught
at St. Olaf. Carleton courses are computed in the St. Olaf grade
Registration for a Carleton Winter Term course is
considered a full St. Olaf load. A St. Olaf student may not simultaneously
register for a St. Olaf Interim. A Carleton Winter Term course counts
as one St. Olaf Interim (January Term).
Physical Activity courses must be inter-registered.
A PHA course taken at Carleton will count toward the General Education
requirement (PHA) at St. Olaf, but no credit will be given toward
the total number of courses required for graduation. A student wishing
to apply a Carleton course to his/her major should consult with
the appropriate department chair or program director before completing
the inter-registration procedure. Consult the Registrar's Office
for the procedure to secure General Education credit approval before
completing the inter-registration process.
To enroll in a Carleton College course:
- Obtain an application from the St. Olaf registrar.
- Obtain the signature of the Carleton instructor
and the Carleton registrar.
- Complete an application each term that you take
a Carleton course. Example: You must register for two Carleton
terms if you wish to take the Hebrew 101-102 sequence.
- Return the completed application to the St. Olaf
registrar's window for approval. The application will then be
sent to Carleton for approval and a copy returned to the student.
- Drop a Carleton course by obtaining a change of
registration form from the St. Olaf registrar's window. Have it
signed by the Carleton instructor; return it to the St. Olaf registrar
by the posted Carleton drop deadline.
Note that St. Olaf students cannot register for an independent
study or independent research with a Carleton faculty member.
St. Olaf College permits enrollment on a part-time
basis in most regular college classes at a reduced rate of tuition.
Prospective continuing education students must comply with the following:
- Continuing Education students must be 25 years
of age or older and non-degree seeking or be a St. Olaf graduate;
- Register on a space available basis;
- Register no earlier than the first day of classes
with signatures from faculty.
Continuing education students who later decide to
become degree seeking may count only 7 (seven) courses taken under
the continuing education guidelines toward a degree.
Persons wishing to take courses as continuing education
students must obtain and complete the appropriate paperwork in the
Registrar's Office prior to attending class. Any questions should
be directed to the Registrar's Office.
Regular degree-seeking students registered full- or part-time in
the traditional college program are not permitted to take courses
at the reduced rate as continuing education students.
INDEPENDENT STUDY/INDEPENDENT RESEARCH
Independent work is a privilege to be extended
only if those involved agree the student is prepared to benefit,
that the proposal is well planned and that there is previous course
work in the area to give credence to independent study. The following
- Total work to be done shall approximate that expected
for a regular semester course. No proposal worth less than or
more than a full (1.00) course will be considered.
- Independent study/independent research may fulfill
an elective credit or a credit in the major, but it may not fulfill
a General Education requirement (except for a course with writing
- Independent study/independent research is not a
substitute for a regularly offered course, but a special type
of educational experience with purposes different from those for
which regular courses are designed. Ordinarily, prerequisite course
work will have been completed in the area of the independent study.
- A student may take up to a total of three independent
study courses. A student may also take two independent research
courses in each field in which he/she has completed five courses.
Independent study is registered by department or program as 298,
Level II. Independent research is registered as 398, Level III.
First-year students may not take an independent study course.
- Applications for independent study/independent
research are available at the registrar's window and in department
offices. Several signatures are required. Students should complete
the form before they register for the independent study/independent
- Independent study/independent research courses
are considered as residential-supervised, not off-campus correspondence
experiences. With the exception of already established independent
courses on study/service programs, a St. Olaf independent study/research
credit cannot be registered during a term in which the student
is on a St. Olaf (or non-St. Olaf) off-campus program, and independent
work cannot receive credit during that off-campus term, nor while
a student is not in residence at St. Olaf. This prohibition includes
"senior project" or thesis courses which often are in
the nature of independent study/research.
Questions about independent study/independent research
should be directed to the registrar.
Students have the option of proposing a self-designed,
integrative major through the Center for Integrative Studies (CIS),
at any time during the sophomore year or at the beginning of the
junior year. A student may propose any sequence of courses, seminars,
independent studies or experiential learning as the means of pursuing
an individual major.
The proposal must have the support of a faculty academic
adviser. The coherence, depth and feasibility of each proposal is
evaluated by a faculty review committee convened by the CIS. Students
pursuing individual majors also keep a web portfolio of their work
in the major as a means of demonstrating the connections among its
various components, to the work of other students or to other sites
of public discussion.
For reference to more information about individual
majors or other programs of the Center for Integrative Studies,
consult the Index.
INTERIM (JANUARY TERM)
Three successful Interim courses are required
for graduation. The January Interim is a four-week period of intensive
study in one area. Students may take only one course or program
of instruction during Interim. For example, St. Olaf students enrolled
in a Winter Term course at Carleton are not permitted to enroll
in the St. Olaf Interim. The Carleton course equals a full Interim
load. Students enrolled in an Interim course or program cannot audit
another course for the purpose of having a second transcript entry,
e.g. "successful audit."
Upperclass students may choose an off-campus
Interim at one of approximately 25 other 4-1-4 colleges on an Interim
Exchange basis under the terms stated in "Interim Exchange"
below. The Registrar's Office has a list of participating colleges
and the application form.
Departments and interdisciplinary programs have
varying requirements concerning the use of Interim courses in the
major, or to fulfill graduation requirements. Students should consult
the department or program, this catalog and the Interim Class and
Students who enroll at St. Olaf for the year, but
who elect to omit the Interim course are not entitled to a refund
of Interim tuition or room. A student must apply for a board credit
through the Business Office before leaving campus. No credit will
be given once interim begins.
Specific regulations as they apply to Interim include:
- First-year students must register for an Interim
course unless they have prior approval from their
- For students who originally matriculated at St.
Olaf, three successful Interims are required for graduation. Transfer
students admitted with sophomore or junior standing must successfully
complete two Interims as is the case of transient students who
spend the sophomore and junior years at another institution.
- For senior "participators" who
have successfully completed two Interims, a St. Olaf summer school
course taken after Commencement may count as the third Interim.
The St. Olaf summer school course replacing the third Interim
must be an in-class, residential course. It cannot be off-campus
independent study, independent research, Economics 389, senior
thesis or other types of non-residential instruction.
St. Olaf will accept Interim Exchange only from 4-1-4
colleges with which it has an exchange agreement and only if the
Interim is at least 3.5 weeks in length. Interim Exchange courses
earn elective credit and may qualify for certain majors.
Off-campus programs taken through another college by Interim Exchange
cannot be used to fulfill a St. Olaf General Education requirement.
Applications available at the registrar's window must be approved
by the registrar. The Registrar's Office has some Interim Exchange
college catalogs for use; otherwise the student/applicant must procure
the catalog for review.
First-year students may not participate in Interim Exchange.
Grades earned at other colleges through Interim Exchange
are not computed in the St. Olaf grade point average.
Students who participate in an Interim Exchange are
not entitled to a refund of Interim tuition or room. A student must
apply for a board credit through the Business Office before leaving
campus. No credit will be given once interim begins.
Questions regarding a specific exchange and
about course credit from an exchange should be directed to the registrar.
Academic internships are viewed
as an integral part of a student’s academic life at St. Olaf
College. An academic internship is a planned, supervised, experiential
learning project integrating study and practical work. As a credit-bearing
experience it allows students to acquire and apply knowledge through
direct experience in a field related to their academic program.
The academic internship is intended to integrate on-site learning
with the knowledge base of a related discipline. Academic integrity
is assured through established department/program criteria, faculty
supervision, an Academic Internship Learning Plan and guidance from
the Office for Internships.
The following regulations govern academic internships:
- To assure that a proposed academic internship
is credit-worthy, a student must complete a Learning Plan in advance
of the internship. A form for a Learning Plan is available from
the Office for Internships.
- Credit for an academic internship will be
granted only when the academic internship is completed in conjunction
with a St. Olaf academic program.
- Each academic internship must have a St.
Olaf faculty supervisor and an on-site supervisor. There must
be ongoing communication among the college, the student and the
on-site supervisor during the academic internship to assure fulfillment
of the Learning Plan.
- An academic internship as outlined in a Learning
Plan must be approved by the Office for Internships and by the
faculty supervisor. Approval by the department chair is needed
for the academic internship to be counted toward a major.
- Each academic internship must include both
practical work experience assigned by the on-site supervisor and
complementary academic work assigned by the St. Olaf faculty supervisor
as outlined by the Learning Plan.
- A student may enroll for an academic internship
as either a Level II (294) or Level III (394) course, using criteria
established by individual departments or programs. At the discretion
of an individual department, a student may take a second internship
with the same number in that department, provided it has a different
- A student may be paid for work done during
the academic internship.
- The academic internship experience must be
evaluated by the St. Olaf faculty supervisor, with input from
the on-site supervisor.
- Only proposals for internships bearing a
full (1.00) course credit will be considered
- Academic internships are offered P/N only.
- Academic internships do not fulfill General
- Consideration of transfer of academic internship
credit from another institution will follow the transfer credit
policy for matriculated students as outlined in the college catalog.
- No more than three academic internship courses
may apply to a St. Olaf degree.
- A student may register for an academic internship
only after the Director of Office for Internships approves the
- A student must register for an academic
internship prior to or during the term for which the student receives
credit. Credit will not be awarded retroactively.
- The academic internship experience (on-site
work in addition to academic work) must total 160 hours, with
a minimum of 120 hours on site.
OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAMS (ST. OLAF SPONSORED)
St. Olaf offers a rich variety of off-campus
programs. They are defined only in this catalog and in the
St. Olaf Off-Campus Studies Catalog. Specific questions should be
directed to the International and Off-Campus Studies Office or to
the faculty adviser of each off-campus program.
Off-campus study opportunities are available to students who meet
the requirements of the host institution and the St. Olaf prerequisites.
Certain programs have limitations based on class in college; others
are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students going on
off-campus programs must register for the program at the normal
registration preceding the term off campus. Students going on
programs that include both the Interim and Spring Semester must
register in person at registrations held for both terms.
Students on St. Olaf-sponsored off-campus programs may have a
resident student proxy register for them for the next St. Olaf
Students on academic probation may file an application for participation
but must be declared off probation by the end of the semester
prior to planned international participation.
All off-campus programs are closed to first-year students with
the exception of certain language Interims. However, a first-year
student may file application during the first year for participation
in the sophomore year.
- Students considering an off-campus program
must consider major and General Education requirements to
make sure participation will not jeopardize normal progress
toward graduation. Off-campus program courses taken ungraded
(S/U or P/N) will not fulfill a General Education graduation
- Certain off-campus courses count toward St.
Olaf General Education requirements, as indicated and, at
the option of the department/program concerned, may count
toward a student's major or concentration. No credit is granted
where courses are worth fewer than three semester credits
at the host university. General education credit is not awarded
when the course is taken ungraded.
- Qualified students must notify the registrar
in writing to change a course credit from graded to S/U or
S/U to graded where these options exist. If this is done by
mail, postmarks must conform to deadlines posted on the college
- Students will not receive transfer credit if
they make their own arrangements to enroll in a foreign institution
with which St. Olaf has already developed a program relationship.
If a student is to receive academic credit, registration must
be through St. Olaf.
- Except for already established study/service
programs, a St. Olaf independent study/research or internship
credit cannot be a component in a St. Olaf off-campus program.
- Students may not earn more credit on an off-campus
program than would be earned on-campus in a given semester.
Grades from St. Olaf-sponsored off-campus programs are recorded
on the student's official transcript, but do not count in the
St. Olaf grade point average or toward the 24-graded-course requirement.
There is an exception to each:
- A course taught by a St. Olaf professor within
a program is computed into the St. Olaf grade point average
and toward the 24-graded-course requirement.
- A full-year program (not a semester-length
program) gives a student partial graded course credit toward
the 24-graded-course requirement even though the letter grades
from a full-year program are not computed in the grade point
average unless taught by a St. Olaf instructor.
Under these conditions, the 24-graded-course requirement is
reduced as follows:
Nine courses earned four graded courses reduced
Eight courses earned four graded courses reduced
Seven courses earned three graded courses reduced
Six courses earned three graded courses reduced
Graded course reduction is not permitted for less than six
off-campus, full-course credits in a single program experience.
It follows that semester-length or a combination of different
semester-length programs do not reduce the 24-graded-course
OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAMS (NON-ST. OLAF SPONSORED)
St. Olaf students participating in non-St. Olaf
programs (foreign or domestic off-campus programs through another
college, institution, or consortium unaffiliated with St. Olaf)
must secure transfer credit approval in advance from the Registrar's
Office. Students may earn elective credit and credit toward a major
(if approved in advance by a department chair or interdisciplinary
director). but may not
fulfill St. Olaf General Education requirements through off-campus
(non-resident) programs of other colleges and universities. This
restriction includes off-campus programs taken away from the campus
at a host Interim exchange college. Independent
study taken on such programs will not transfer as St. Olaf credit.
St. Olaf does not approve off-campus programs for
transfer credit where the program is essentially a "travel"
program, work experience, museums, or other programs that do not
have a solid liberal arts, student-instructor component. The student/applicant
is responsible for providing the registrar with detailed program
descriptions, outlines and course syllabi in advance.
Credits taken on non-St. Olaf sponsored off-campus
programs that are less than two semesters in length will not reduce
the number of graded course credits required for graduation.
Seniors going on non-St. Olaf programs risk violating
the senior residency requirement and should inform the registrar
of their plans.
From September 1969 through May 2000, the Paracollege
offered any student in good academic standing an alternative, or
"parallel," means of earning the St. Olaf B.A. degree.
With close supervision from faculty advisers, students put together
educational programs that served their own academic objectives.
Paracollege students fulfilled graduation requirements that were
different from, though comparable to, the St. Olaf general education
requirements. They used a variety of options to achieve their educational
goals, including individual or group tutorials with a faculty member,
seminars in the Paracollege, courses in the general college and
portfolios. Each Paracollege student completed their work with a
senior concentration, an individually constructed and usually interdisciplinary
area of study. Students' work in the Paracollege was evaluated by
P/N or letter grade depending on the type of course, but always
also by a narrative evaluation from the faculty instructor. These
narrative evaluations are part of each Paracollege graduate's official
Current students who would like the opportunity
to construct a plan of study for themselves should consult with
the Center for Integrative Studies, which opened in September 1999,
about the option of designing and proposing an individual major,
the successor to the Paracollege senior concentration. For more
information about individual majors or other programs of the Center
for Integrative Studies, consult the Index.
Special students are defined as short-term (one
year or less) students who do not plan to graduate from St. Olaf.
High school area senior honor students are one category of special
students; continuing education students are also considered special
students. Anyone not in the categories mentioned above who wishes
to register as a special student must consult the Office of Admissions
and submit transcripts from any high school or college previously
attended. In most instances the registrar requires written authorization
for admission from the Office of Admissions.
Part-time students are those who intend to graduate from St. Olaf
and who register for fewer than three course credits. Such students
must follow the regular admissions procedure.
Both special and part-time students always register
on the first day of classes at the registrar's window.
SUMMER SCHOOL AT ST. OLAF
The St. Olaf College summer school consists
of two five-and-one-half-week terms, during each of which a student
may take a maximum of 2.50 courses. Thus, one may take as many as
5.00 courses during the summer session. Course descriptions, costs
and other details are available in the Summer School Catalog. Questions
about summer school programs, credits and registration should be
directed to the Registrar's Office.
Summer school tuition must be paid before a student
will be permitted to register for summer courses.
Seniors anticipating completion of degree requirements
through St. Olaf summer school should be aware of limited course
offerings in a typical summer session.