Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.
Requirements for B.A. Degree Candidates
General Graduation Requirements
The equivalent of 35 full course credits through
a combination of full-credit and fractional-credit courses.
2a. Residency Requirement for One Degree
Seventeen of the 35 full course credits required for
graduation must be taken through St. Olaf College. This may include
St. Olaf-sponsored off-campus programs.
The senior residency requirement consists of registration
through St. Olaf either (a) during the last two semesters and Interim
preceding the conferring of the degree, or (b) for at least nine
of the last 12 full course credits. For instance, seniors may spend
one of their last terms at another institution only if a maximum
of three full course credits are applied to the St. Olaf degree.
A senior may spend the final semester on a St. Olaf-sponsored off-campus
2b. Residency Requirement for Two Degrees
Should a student desire to earn both the Bachelor
of Arts and the Bachelor of Music degrees at St. Olaf, both the
junior and senior year, or the senior year and a fifth year, must
be spent in residence. A minimum of 43 full course credits must
be completed with the last 17 full course credits earned through
3. January Interim
At least three of the required 35 full course credits
must be earned in three separate January Interims. An Interim may
be taken on campus, through a St. Olaf off-campus Interim program,
or through an approved Interim exchange with another 4-1-4 college.
Transfer students admitted with at least sophomore standing must
complete two Interims. After having successfully completed two Interims,
senior participators may satisfy the third Interim requirement by
means of registering for a summer course taken during a St. Olaf
summer session after graduation.
4. Grade Points and Grade Point Average
An average grade of C (2.00 on a 4.00 system) for
all courses taken for the usual letter grades. See the Academic
Regulations section of this catalog for details.
5. Course Level
Satisfactory completion of 18 full course credits
above Level I, courses numbered 200 and higher.
A course can earn only its assigned level. It cannot be raised in
level as the result of extra studies, assignments or performance.
6. Graded Courses
A minimum of 24 full course credits out of 35 must
A sliding scale is used if not all work is taken
at St. Olaf or if credit is earned through special programs such
as Advanced Placement. As a rule, two-thirds of the courses taken
at St. Olaf must be graded. Sophomore transfer students need a minimum
of 18 graded courses and junior transfer students a minimum of 13
graded courses. Details are available from the registrar.
All students should be aware of the restrictions
on S/U and P/N grades.
Students studying on St. Olaf off-campus programs
should refer to “Graded and Ungraded Courses” in the
Academic Regulations section of this catalog for details about how
this graduation requirement is affected by off-campus programs.
7. Major — 8 or More Full Course Credits
Objective: To study a discipline or an interdisciplinary
field in depth.
Requirement: A minimum of eight full course credits in a
disciplinary or interdisciplinary major.
Specific requirements for each major are listed in the preface
to course offerings in each department and interdisciplinary program.
All majors include writing requirements. Many departments/programs
require more than the minimum eight courses for a major; they may
also require comprehensive examinations or papers.
8. Credits Outside the Major
Students must take a total of at least 21.00 full
course credits outside the department or program certifying each
major. Credits outside the major may include full (1.00) credit
courses plus partial (.25 and .50) credit courses.
9. Completion of Incomplete Grades
A student with an incomplete on his/her academic
record may participate in Commencement if all other requirements
for graduation have been met (see “Participation in Commencement,”
page 57). Only after a final grade has been recorded for the course,
however, will a degree be conferred and a diploma issued.