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Major Programs Leading to the Bachelor of Arts Degree
Art and Design
English and Secondary Education
History and Secondary Education
Mathematics and Secondary Education
Writing and Publishing
Major Program Leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
Major Programs Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree
Biology and Secondary Education
Chemistry and Secondary Education
Exercise Science/Fitness Specialist
Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy
Exercise Science/Sport Performance
Health & Wellness Promotion
Health & Wellness Promotion - Pre-Occupation Therapy Track
Physical Education/Teacher Preparation
Special Education and Elementary Education
Sports Management with Athletic Administration Concentration
Major Programs Leading to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree
Business and Sports Management
Human Resource Management
Major Program Leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
Major Program Leading to the Bachelor of Social Work Degree
Students may enroll in a double major, but anyone considering such a decision should be fully aware of the advantages and disadvantages. Permission is required of the Department and the Office of Academic Affairs to pursue a double major. The availability of courses, however, can be assured only for the primary major.
All majors should be declared by the end of the sophomore year. Appropriate forms may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. Students with two majors must complete all of the degree requirements of the College as well as all department requirements for both majors. If a student successfully completes the requirements for two majors, both majors will be listed on the transcript. The primary major will determine the degree awarded.
Leadership and Community Engagement
Social Service Profession
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To earn a bachelor’s degree students must fulfill the following requirements:
- Complete the First-Year Experience Seminar (Transfer students are excluded.)
- Complete a minimum of 128 credit hours
- Complete the degree requirements for their major(s)
- Complete the Core Curriculum requirements.
- Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and meet the minimum grade point average in courses taken in the major.
- Complete a minimum of thirty-two credits at Saint Joseph’s College.
- Complete two semesters of the same foreign language if enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts program.*
- Complete an academic minor if a History, Philosophy, Psychology or Theology major.
- Apply for graduation by filing a “Graduation Application” form by March 1st.
* Students for whom English is a second language can waive the foreign language requirement through CLEP or another standardized test to indicate proficiency. This waiver only releases the student from the requirement, not from the number of credits for the degree.
The Honor’s Program, opened to qualified students from all majors, offers participants a special Honors version of the College’s core curriculum. The courses, offered in a seminar format and opened only to Honors students, provides students with the opportunity to explore topics in greater depth and to work more closely with faculty.
The Honors Program also provides some unique opportunities for personal enrichment to include access to special cultural events and facutly-led trips both local and abroad.
Please see the Honors Program description for full details.
Community-Based Learning at Saint Joseph’s College uses course content to engage students within their school and communities while challenging students to learn firsthand about community, democracy, diversity, justice, civil society, social responsibility, leadership and critical thinking. Students and faculty partner with schools, businesses, organizations, and agencies to solve problems as part of their academic studies, transforming them from passive recipients to active participants in their education and communities while providing a deeper understanding of theories and course content. Learning continues to occur through an array of reflection activities and assignments that help students connect their experiences with the central ideas, hypotheses, theories, and methods they are studying. The integration of this experiential component into course content reinforces our Core Values and furthers the Mercy tradition of service on which the College was founded.
Sustainability at Saint Joseph’s College encompasses human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for future generations. It is expressed as a deep and holistic respect for the earth through daily practices, decision-making, and stewardship in a healthy and equitable way so that communities now and in the future can thrive. Saint Joseph’s College is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, an order based in service to others, with a particiular concern for the poor, the marginalized, women, immigrants, and the care of the Earth. Rooted in the Catholic social teaching that all persons, without exception, possess inherent human dignity, the College constantly seeks to educate its students through classes and experiences that bring them face-to-face with people in need. These educational experiences help our students develop skills to be responsible world citizens and lifelong contributors to understanding and solving global problems.
Saint Joseph’s College uses a two-tiered designation system to identify sustainabiltiy-focused courses and sustainability-related course sections. The guidelines are based on *AASHE’s recommendations and **STARS recognition.
AASHE guideline: ”…a course in which the primary an explicit focus is on sustainability and/or on understanding or solving one or more sustainability challenge.
AASHE guidline: “…a course that includes sustainability that is primarily focused on a topic other than sustainability, but incorporates an unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused actiivities, or integrates sustainability issues throughout the course.
* The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
** Sustainability Tracking and Recognition System
Saint Joseph’s College offers Study Away opportunities in over 50 countries, provided by our partner organizations. Study Away has been shown to be a transformative experience of learning and growth for students. Students develop confidence and a global perspective while having access to a wide variety of courses. Students may participate in a semester or summer terms after completion of the first year of study. The Study Away Coordinator serves as a resource for students during the process of research and application, while the academic advisor (a faculty member) works with the student to determine how the courses will fit into the student’s curriculum. A minimun GPA of 2.5 is required, but GPA minimum requirements are higher for certain programs.
Partnerships and Articulation Agreements
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The College has transfer partnerships and articulation agreements for students interested in programs at:
- Salus University for Optometry
- University of Maine School of Law
Additionally the College has a transfer articulation agreements with the following institutions:
- Southern Maine Community College to accept transfer students who have completed the Business, Communications, Criminal Justice, Fine Arts, and Marine Science Degree programs.
For more information regarding these programs, contact the Office of Admission or the Office of Academic Affairs.