The Baccalaureate Degree
The baccalaureate degree programs at Dominican College have been designed so that students may have the benefit of a continuum of study in the liberal arts disciplines and in professional preparation. A purpose-fully flexible approach to the requirements for the baccalaureate degree permits accommodation to varied learning styles, previous academic background, divergent learning, and/or career goals and prior experience.
The baccalaureate degree is awarded to candidates who successfully complete a minimum of 120 semester hours in an approved program of study which includes the General Education curriculum and a major in a liberal arts or professional area.
The General Education Curriculum (G.E.C.) is a required component of all degree programs. It offers students a broad foundation upon which to build a specialization and through which their personal lives will be enriched.
A student's major provides the opportunity to explore a specific field of knowledge in greater depth, to acquire some sophistication in a particular discipline, and to gain experience in the elementary techniques of research.
A sequence of courses in a field related to the major area encourages a recognition and appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of all learning.
Elective Courses may be chosen from among the liberal arts and professional offerings.
Distribution of Baccalaureate Degree Requirements
- Completion of the General Education Curriculum;
- Fulfillment of all the requirements of a major field as specified in the program; a minimum of 15 semester hours in the major must be completed at Dominican College;
- Completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours*, at least 30 of which must be earned at Dominican College. For students needing additional practice in the basic skill areas, the minimum total credit requirement may be more than 120 semester hours;
- A minimum cumulative index of 2.0 in Dominican College courses and 2.0 or higher (as specified) in the major.
* A minimum of 90 semester hours in liberal arts is required for a Bachelor of Arts; a minimum of 60 semester hours in liberal arts for a Bachelor of Science.
Baccalaureate Degree Retention/Graduation Rate
The average graduation rate for full-time students pursuing the baccalaureate degree is 50% over a six-year period after entrance. Of the full-time students entering in Fall 2001, 50% had graduated by 2007. Of the full-time students entering in Fall 2004 and in Fall 2005, 72% returned for their second year and 60% returned for their third year.
The Associate Degree
The associate degree is awarded for successful completion of 60 semester hours, 48 of which must include work in the General Education Curriculum and additional elective liberal arts courses. Thirty of the 60 hours must be completed at Dominican. A minimum cumulative index of 2.0 is required.
The work in the General Education Curriculum must include the fulfillment of 3033 semester hours: 1215 hours in Component I, 12 hours in Component II (no specific period distribution), and 6 hours in Component III (including both science and values courses). Credits earned in an associate degree program can be subsequently applied toward a baccalaureate degree.
The Masters Degree
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree
For Masters and Doctoral Degree program requirements, see the Graduate Studies section of this catalog.
For all degree programs, the fulfillment of requirements is the responsibility of the student.
Before the beginning of the semester in which a student expects to complete all requirements, a "Candidate for Degree" form must be filed in the office of the Registrar.