Jul 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
  
2023-2024 Catalog

Catalog Revisions



The Academic Catalog is made available annually prior to the fall semester on the official College website. Degree requirements go into effect annually in the fall semester or summer for students who enter the college for the first time in the summer.

Changes to degree requirements, majors, minors, the general education curriculum, and any other established program are only made annually and will go into effect in the fall semester. Other approved revisions that go into effect mid-year prior to the spring semester may be made for these reasons: academic policies, course title changes, course/description changes, and prerequisites. Editorial updates may be made continuously.

Annual and mid-year curricular changes must be reviewed through the formal curriculum review process and approved by the Wesleyan College faculty. Changes must be submitted by the deadlines established by the Curriculum Committee to correspond with advising and registration. The Provost may approve exceptions.

Mid-year revisions are to be documented here:

Course Changes:

 

Policy Updates:

Early Admission Program

Introduction: Committed to our values of educational opportunities and excellence, Wesleyan College has provided a pathway for students to accelerate their course of study by completing both their bachelor’s degree and their master’s degree in approximately five years of full-time study, saving both time and money. Students can take up to 6 credit hours in one of our graduate programs, while still enrolled as an undergraduate student. Programs that participate in this program are: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Nonprofit Management, Master of Arts in Music, and Master of Arts Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Program Summary: Students must apply for admission to the Early Admission program in their Junior year of study. If accepted to the program, the student will take two graduate courses during their senior year. Graduate-level program courses completed may be substituted by the academic advisor to count towards an unmet undergraduate degree course requirement if the course content is related (see below of courses that have been approved for substitution.) Otherwise, the graduate-level courses will be counted as elective credit.

Program Requirements: The Early Admission Program is only open to Wesleyan students who:

  • Have earned a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher by the end of the Junior year of study.
  • Have been accepted to the graduate program by completing the admissions for the program they are applying for:

Industrial-Organizational Psychology

  • a completed application
  • a minimum GPA of 3.3
  • a statement of purpose (approximately 750-1000 words)
  • a curriculum vita or resume
  • one letter of recommendation from a Wesleyan faculty member
  • academic writing sample (a paper written for a course you completed)
  • completion of PSY 101: General Psychology  and MAT 220 /PSY 220: Statistical Methods  prior to applying with at least a C grade. This program is open to psychology and business majors.
  • an admissions interview will be scheduled with the program director once all documents have been received

MBA/MS Nonprofit Management

  • a completed application
  • current major in Business Administration with the completion of at least 6 of the 12 business core classes in the major, including at least one upper level course, all with a C grade or higher
  • one letter of recommendation from a Wesleyan faculty member
  • a resume
  • an admissions interview will be scheduled with the program director once all documents have been received

Master of Arts in Music

  • a completed application
  • a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • a curriculum vita or resume
  • a statement of purpose (approximately 500-1000 words)
  • two letters of professional reference
  • Audition, Portfolio or interview with the program director
  • Students who did not major in music in their undergraduate degree must take and pass a Music Theory and Music History Entrance Exam administered by the Wesleyan College Music Department.

Early Admission Program Specifics:

  1. Once a student has been admitted to the graduate program, they are eligible to enroll in two graduate courses.
  2. Being accepted into the Early Admission Program does not alter the student’s type. Until the bachelor’s degree is conferred, the student remains a bachelor’s degree-seeking student for purposes of federal and state financial aid as well as any aid awarded to them as part of their undergraduate admission.
  3. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree, the student is immediately eligible to take the remaining graduate classes to complete the master’s degree.
  4. To obtain a master’s degree from Wesleyan, a student must have completed the required credit hours at the graduate level required by the program. All graduate coursework counting toward the master’s degree must meet the regular, published master’s degree requirements from Wesleyan.
  5. While an undergraduate in the Early Admission Program, Wesleyan will collect and retain undergraduate tuition at Wesleyan’s rates. Financial aid, including scholarships, will be calculated in accordance to Wesleyan College’s then-current policies. Part-time students and students taking the graduate course as an overload will be charged the undergraduate rate for the course.
  6. A student must complete 150 credits total for their undergraduate and graduate degree. Therefore, students in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program will be required to earn 123 undergraduate credits to graduate.

Course Substitutions:

Industrial-Organizational Psychology

MBA

*Or Business elective.

MS Nonprofit Management

*Or Business elective.

M.A. Music

If the student’s senior year falls in an Academic Year starting on an odd number (for example, 2023-2024), they should choose from these courses:

  1. MUS 510: Analytical Techniques  (3 credits) may substitute for MUS 282: Form and Analysis  or any music major elective
  2. MUS 520: Technology and Video for Musicians  (3 credits) may substitute for any music major elective
  3. MUS 620: Advanced Literature Seminar  (3 credits) may substitute for MUS 287: Music Literature Seminar  or any music major elective

If the student’s senior year falls in an Academic Year starting on an even number (for example, 2024-2025), they should choose these courses:

  1. MUS 600: Music Pedagogy Seminar  (3 credits) may substitute for any music major elective
  2. MUS 610: Philosophy of Music  (3 credits) may substitute for MUS 333: Philosophy of Music  or any music elective course

Students may also substitute the two graduate courses for 6 credits of elective to complete their credits to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

Participation in the Annual Commencement Ceremony

A student is eligible to participate and will receive their diploma during the commencement ceremony upon meeting all obligations to the College and completing academic requirements for the degree.

A student who has not met all academic requirements may be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony only with written permission from the Provost under the following circumstances:

  • Undergraduate program students must have no more than 7 credits of academic requirements remaining.
  • Graduate program students must have no more than 6 credits of academic requirements remaining.
  • Students must present a proposal for the completion of their remaining requirements.
  • Must be in good financial standing with the College and without a past due balance hold.
  • Must not have any holds on their account from any department at the College.
  • Students will not receive a diploma during the commencement ceremony.
  • Upon meeting all obligations to the College and completing academic requirements, students will pick up their diploma from the Registrar’s Office or will be required to pay a shipping fee to have it mailed.
  • The commencement program will include an asterisk next to the student’s name to indicate “pending completion of degree requirements.”

Academic Violations of the Honor Code.

  1. Determining violations of academic integrity should start with initial informal contact between the student and faculty member to clarify details about the concern. Depending on the situation and level of comfort, the professor or student may request to have the department chair present to corroborate any exchange of information. If the faculty member concludes that the student is not in violation of the policy, no further action is required.
  2. If the faculty member determines that the student is in violation, then the next step is to report the academic violation of the Honor Code to the Provost’s Office via the form located on the Wesleyan College website via General Reporting and Appeals > Reporting a Violation of the Code of Conduct or Honor Code. It is important that the form be completed regardless of the outcome or sanction imposed, as this is the formal record of the incident and enables the College to identify repeat offenders.
  3. Once the form has been submitted, the faculty member may proceed to impose a sanction in keeping with the Academic Honestly Policy as stated on the corresponding course syllabus. If the academic integrity violation is minor and/or the student’s first in the course, the faculty member may choose not to impose a sanction and instead treat the issue as a “teaching moment” in which case the student may be permitted to rework and resubmit the assignment or make amends in another way the faculty member deems appropriate.
  4. Upon receiving the Honor Code Violation form from the faculty member, the Provost will notify the faculty member if this is a first time or repeat offense. The Provost may also choose to impose additional sanctions for repeat offenders or based on the information provided by the faculty member. If any violation occurs near the end of the course or cannot be resolved prior to final grade submission, the faculty member should assign and Incomplete (I) until official action is taken.
  5. In cases where a sanction is imposed, either by the faculty member or the Provost, a letter will be sent to the student as a record of the reported violation of the Honor Code and the penalty that was imposed. In addition, the student will be given the procedure for appealing the decision. A severe first offense or a second offense can result in failure of the course or removal from the College. (Students will not be sent a follow-up letter if a teaching moment is selected, but the incident will be recorded.)

Appeals

To request a formal appeal, the student must submit the Academic Violations Appeal form located under “Filing an Appeal” on the General Reporting and Appeals Information Section of the College website, along with any supporting documentation within five business days of being notified of sanctions resulting from an academic violation of the Honor Code.

  1. Once an appeal is received, the Provost will review the submitted appeal and any documentation and assign it to the division chair (or a selected division chair if the faculty member in question is the division chair) for investigation. The Provost will also send a copy of the submitted appeal to the faculty member in question.
  2. The division chair will:
    1. Read through the information submitted by the student.
    2. Talk with the faculty member in question about the situation. Faculty may either submit information in writing to the division chair or have a conversation with the division chair about the situation.
    3. Talk with the student in question.
    4. Review other information as needed.

The division chair has five working days to submit their decision to the Provost. The Provost will notify the student and the faculty member in question of the decision.

  1. If the student feels the division chair has not resolved the matter, the student may complete a second appeal form within five business days. The student may submit additional documentation if appropriate. If a second appeal is not submitted, then the decision from the division chair will be final.
  2. Upon receiving a second appeal, the Provost will:
    1. Read through all information that has been submitted to date.
    2. Talk with the faculty member in question to clarify information as needed or if any new information was submitted by the student.
    3. Talk with the student to clarify information as needed.
    4. Make a ruling within five working days.
    5. Notify the faculty member, division chair, and student of the final decision.
  3. If the Provost determines the need for a review committee, the Provost will submit the information to the Student/Faculty Judicial Board for review and to make a recommendation to the Provost on a decision. Decisions by the Provost are final.
  4. Appeals of a sanction imposed by the Provost for repeated violations will be sent directly to the Student/Faculty Judicial Board for review and a final decision.

Note: The Provost may make exceptions to the timeline for faculty responses as needed.

Should a grade change result from the appeal, it is the responsibility of the decision-maker at the level of resolution (instructor, department chair, or Provost) to file, in writing, an authorization for grade change with the Registrar of the College. Said authorization should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office within five working days of the decision. A copy of the grade change shall become a part of the student’s permanent file.

[Graduate Policy] Academic Renewal. The Academic Renewal policy is designed for Wesleyan College students that have withdrawn or been academically excluded from the College. A student is eligible for academic renewal upon a one semester absence from the College and after submitting an application for readmission to Wesleyan. Once accepted for readmission into the College, previous courses attempted at Wesleyan with a C or better grade will be counted for credit, while all F grades will be forgiven. In order to stay under the academic renewal policy, the following criteria and considerations must be met:

  1. The courses accepted (i.e. C or better) will only count for credit; they will not be assigned quality points in the overall grade point average.
  2. Courses must be repeated at Wesleyan College.
  3. The transcript of a student will include ALL courses taken at Wesleyan.
  4. A student is eligible to apply for Academic Renewal only once.