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2023-2024 Catalog 
  
2023-2024 Catalog

Academic Credit Options



Wesleyan College offers the following options for awarding academic credit where appropriate.

1. Credit for prior learning. Wesleyan College supports the idea that learning outside the classroom can be college level and under certain circumstances warrant academic credit. Students who are enrolled in a degree program may earn a maximum of 15 semester hours of academic credit for prior, college-level learning experience by submitting a portfolio documenting relevant knowledge gained through such experience. Preparation of the portfolio, however, does not guarantee credit will be awarded. The student must demonstrate having attained the knowledge, competency, and/or analytical and synthesizing abilities equivalent to those she would have gained in the college classroom. Such credit is granted on a Credit/No Credit basis. Letter grades are not awarded.

Portfolio Guidelines: This process requires a student to prepare and submit an analysis of her learning to support her claim that she has specific skills, knowledge, values, attitudes, understandings, achievements, experiences, competencies, training, or certifications that align with specific course objectives. The portfolio developed should not only describe the relevant experience but should also identify how the student has met the particular learning outcomes.

The student will include a critical self-assessment of what college-level learning has been acquired through selected non-traditional experience. This experience might include a variety of work, training, reading and research, civil and military service, or life learning.

Most students who take advantage of this policy receive credit in an applied knowledge area such as management, marketing, technology, finance, arts, communications, public relations, etc.

A student must complete a portfolio for each class she is seeking credit for that will include the following:

  1. Cover letter explaining the portfolio and the contents of the portfolio.
  2. Course title, description and learning outcomes for the course (these may be obtained by a faculty member who teaches the course or the Department Chair.)
  3. Detailed explanation of the relevant experiences a student has had that satisfy the course outcomes. Students should reflect on the nature of the experiences and what was learned. For instance, for work experiences, students are asked to consider the skills, concepts, principles and/or ideas that student learned or improved upon during the work period. Just listing a title of a position or tasks completed is not enough to document the learning that has occurred.
  4. Any artifacts that might support the claims made in the explanation (e.g., certificates, letters from employers or other experts, job descriptions, licenses, programs listing the student as a participant or conductor, or work samples).
  5. Letter of support from the faculty member or department in which the course is taught.

Process:

  1. A student must submit the Credit for Prior Learning request form and fee to have the portfolio evaluated.
  2. The student must work with her academic advisor on the development of the portfolio and a faculty member who teaches the relevant course.
  3. A student has two semesters (fall, spring)to complete the portfolio once the application has been submitted.
  4. A student should submit the completed learning portfolio to her academic advisor for review.
  5. The academic advisor will submit the portfolio to the Provost’s office.
  6. Provost sends the completed portfolio to a sub-committee of three members of the curriculum committee (selected by the Provost).
  7. The sub-committee meets with the Provost within two weeks of receiving the completed file to determine a recommendation on the amount of credit to be awarded.
  8. The Provost provides a memo to the Registrar indicating courses and credit hours to be awarded.

2. Transfer Credit. Credit will be considered from institutions accredited by the following agencies:

  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
  • WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

Credit from an institution of higher education accredited by an institutional accreditor not listed above will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Courses at the undergraduate level with a final grade of “C” of higher and related to applicable programs of the offerings at Wesleyan College are considered. Coursework at the graduate level is not considered for transfer.

A student can receive credit for a maximum of 90 semester hours. Credit from a junior college may not exceed 60 semester hours. Credits earned in a quarter system are converted to semester hours by multiplying the quarter credits by .667. The final 30 semester hours of coursework must be taken at Wesleyan unless prior approval is granted by the Registrar.

Transfer coursework classified as a ‘core requirement’ may also be applied towards Wesleyan’s General Education requirements. Coursework may be accepted as a substitution or as a direct course equivalent. Individual course substitutions may be assigned to Wesleyan’s General Education categories as deemed appropriate by the Registrar and the most closely associated Program Director.

Students earning an Associate of Art’s degree from an institution of higher education accredited by an agency listed above does not have to take additional general education courses at Wesleyan College to earn the bachelor’s degree. Associate of Science degrees are reviewed on a case by case basis. Associate’s degrees from an institution of higher education accredited by an institutional accreditor not listed above are reviewed for waiver on a case by case basis.

Credit hours awarded for transfer are included in the student’s cumulative hours earned. Grades earned in transfer courses accepted for credit are not reflected in a student’s Wesleyan cumulative grade point average and transcript.

For senior honors to be awarded upon graduation, grades accepted for transfer credit will be computed in the honors GPA, but the student may not receive a higher honor at graduation than that merited by her academic performance at Wesleyan.

If a student wishes to appeal credit equivalency, she may submit a Transfer Credit Appeal form along with the course description and syllabus to the Registrar. The Registrar and the most closely associated Program Director will consider the appeal.

Please refer to the Academic Credit Options section in the Wesleyan Catalog for other ways to earn credit such as credit for prior learning, credit by exam, rigorous high school programs, and departmental challenge.

International transfer credit is awarded on a case by case basis. A course-by-course credit evaluation from a professional evaluation agency indicating credit hours and grades converted to the semester system of higher education in the United States is required before credit is considered.

Wesleyan College has articulation agreements or memorandums of understanding with the following institutions and organizations:

Acadeum Course Share
Andrew College
Georgia Military College
Guangzhou University
Mercer University
Rize
Technical College System of GA

3. Credit by Examination. Wesleyan College has an established program for awarding credit by examination. The general conditions related to awarding credit, the applicable testing programs, and standards for awarding credit are outlined below.

General Condition for Awarding Credit by Examination:

  1. A maximum of thirty (30) semester hours will be accepted from the combined sources of College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge International Examinations (A-Levels), and Departmental Examinations.
  2. No student will be permitted credit by examination for a course after she has enrolled in the course.
  3. Credit earned by examination will be recorded on the student’s record by course, course number, and semester hours earned. No grade or grade points will be assigned.

(1) Advanced Placement Program (AP) of the College Entrance Examination Board

Art, Art History, & Music

Art History - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: ARH 126 
2-D Art & Design - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: ART 106 *
3-D Art Design - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: ART 108 *
Drawing - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: ART 101 *
*Note: Determination of equivalent will be based upon portfolio review by Art faculty.

Economics

Macroeconomics - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: ECO 102 
Microeconomics - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: ECO 104  

English

English Language and Composition - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: ENG 101  
English Literature and Composition - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: ENG 111 
Seminar - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: ENG 101  

History & Political Science

African American Studies - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: HIS 257 
European History - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: HIS 210 
Comparative Government & Politics - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: POL 222 
U.S. Government & Politics - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: POL 115 
U.S. History - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: HIS 130  or HIS 135 
World History - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded HIS 120  or HIS 125  

Language

Chinese Language & Culture - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: CHN 102 
Chinese Language & Culture - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: CHN 102  and CHN 211 
Chinese Language & Culture - [Score Required: 5] - Courses Awarded: CHN 102 , CHN 211  and CHN 212 
French Language & Culture - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: FRN 102 
French Language & Culture - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: FRN 102  and FRN 211 
French Language & Culture - [Score Required: 5] - Courses Awarded: FRN 102 , FRN 211  and FRN 212 
Japanese Language & Culture - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: JPN 102 
Japanese Language & Culture - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: JPN 102  and JPN 211 
Japanese Language & Culture - [Score Required: 5] - Courses Awarded: JPN 102 , JPN 211  and JPN 212 
Spanish Language & Culture - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: SPA 102  
Spanish Language & Culture - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: SPA 102  and SPA 211 
Spanish Language & Culture - [Score Required: 5] - Courses Awarded: SPA 102 , SPA 211  and SPA 212  

Mathematics & Computer Science

Calculus AB - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: MAT 205 
Calculus BC - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: MAT 205  and MAT 206 
Computer Science A - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: CSC 216 *
*Note: Student must master the language in CSC 216  to meet prerequisite for CSC 218 .
Computer Science Principles - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: CSC 216  and CSC 218 
Precalculus - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: MAT 130 
Statistics - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: MAT 220  or PSY 220  

Psychology

Psychology - [Score Required: 3] - Course Awarded: PSY 101  

Science

Biology - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: BIO 110  and BIO 112 *
*Note: Student may enroll in BIO 203  with concurrent enrollment in CHM 101  or consent of department. The student may choose not to accept the above course credits & placements at her discretion.
Chemistry - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: CHM 101  and CHM 102 
Environmental Science - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: ESC 150 
Physics 1: Algebra-Based - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: PHY 115 *
*Note: or, PHY 121  upon earning a grade of C or higher in PHY 122 .
Physics C: Mechanics - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: PHY 121 
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: PHY 122  

(2) College-Level Examination Board (CLEP)

Composition & Literature

American Literature - [Score Required: 50] - Courses Awarded: ENG 211 and ENG 212
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: ENG 111 
College Composition - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: ENG 101 
College Composition Modular - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: ENG 101 *
*Note: Credit will be awarded upon successful performance on a written essay graded by the Wesleyan faculty.
English Literature - [Score Required: 50] - Courses Awarded: ENG 201  and ENG 202 
Humanities - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: Elective

Science & Mathematics

College Algebra - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: MAT 130 
Biology - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: BIO Elective 3
Chemistry - [Score Required: 50] - Courses Awarded: CHM 101  and CHM 102 **
** Credit will be awarded upon successful completion of a higher-level laboratory-intensive course in chemistry.
Calculus - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: MAT 205 
College Mathematics - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: Elective
Natural Sciences - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: Elective
Precalculus - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: MAT 140  

Foreign Languages

French Language - [Score Required: 50] - Courses Awarded: FRN 101  and FRN 102 
French Language - [Score Required: 62] - Courses Awarded: FRN 101 , FRN 102 , FRN 211 , FRN 212 
Spanish Language - [Score Required: 50] - Courses Awarded: SPA 101  and SPA 102 
Spanish Language - [Score Required: 63] - Courses Awarded: SPA 101 , SPA 102 , SPA 211 , SPA 212 
Spanish with Writing - [Score Required: 50] - Courses Awarded: SPA 101  and SPA 102 
Spanish with Writing - [Score Required: 63] - Courses Awarded: SPA 101 , SPA 102 , SPA 211 , SPA 212  

History & Social Sciences

American Government - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: POL 115 
History of the United States I - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: HIS 130 
History of the United States II - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: HIS 135 
Human Growth & Development - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: PSY 240 
Introduction to Educational Psychology - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: Elective
Introductory Psychology - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: PSY 101  
Introductory Sociology - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: Elective
Principles of Macroeconomics - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: ECO 102  
Principles of Microeconomics - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: ECO 104 
Social Sciences & History - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: Elective
Western Civilization I - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: Elective
Western Civilization II - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: Elective

Business

Financial Accounting - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: ACC 201 
Information Systems - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: ACC 333 
Introductory Business Law - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: BUS 310 
Principles of Management - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: BUS 315 
Principles of Marketing - [Score Required: 50] - Course Awarded: BUS 303  

(3) International Baccalaureate (IB): (Score range 1-7)

Wesleyan College awards credit for all higher level and standard level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses for which it has a comparable program. To receive credit, students must earn a score of at least 4 on the examination for that course. Upon receipt of an IB transcript and college admission, students will be awarded up to 30 semester hours of academic credit, with course equivalencies to be determined by program directors in the appropriate disciplines and the registrar. Thirty hours is the maximum amount of credit a student may receive for all credit by examinations.

Group 1

Language A1 - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: ENG 101  and ENG 111  

Group 2

Language B HL - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: *102
Language B HL - [Score Required: 5] - Courses Awarded: *102 and 211
Language B HL - [Score Required: 6-7] - Courses Awarded: *102, 211 and 212
Language B SL - [Score Required: 5] - Course Awarded: *102
Language B SL - [Score Required: 6-7] - Courses Awarded: *102 and 211
*Chinese (Mandarin), French, Japanese, or Spanish

Group 3

Business - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: BUS 105 
Economics - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: ECO 102  and ECO 104 
History (SL) - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: HIS 120  or HIS HIS 125 
History of Americas - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: HIS 130  and HIS 135 
History of Europe - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: HIS 120  and HIS 125 
Management - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: BUS 106 
Psychology - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: PSY 101  

Group 4

Biology (SL) - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: BIO 110 
Biology (HL) - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: BIO 110  and BIO 112 
Chemistry (SL) - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: CHM 101 
Chemistry (HL) - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: CHM 101  and CHM 102 
Physics - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: PHY 115  

Group 5

Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (HL) - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: MAT 205  and MAT 206 
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (SL) - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: MAT 130  and MAT 192 
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (SL) - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: MAT 140  and MAT 192 
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (HL) - [Score Required: 4] - Courses Awarded: MAT 140  and MAT 205  

Group 6

Music - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: MUS 150 
Theatre - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: THE 110 
Visual Arts - [Score Required: 4] - Course Awarded: ARH 126  

(4) Cambridge International Examinations (CIE): A-Levels

Art* - [Score Required: A, B, C]
*Note: Students who score C or higher are invited to submit a portfolio to the faculty in the art department for review. The student will be asked to write a two-page analysis of her work and to discuss the work with the art faculty, after which the faculty will determine the course(s), if any, for which the student may receive credit.
Biology - [Score Required: A, B, C] - Courses Awarded: BIO 110  and BIO 112 
Business Studies - [Score Required: A, B] - Course Awarded: BUS 105 
Chemistry* - [Score Required: A, B] - Courses Awarded: CHM 101  and CHM 102 
*Note: Credit will be awarded upon successful completion of a higher-level, laboratory-intensive course in chemistry.
Economics - [Score Required: A, B] - Courses Awarded: ECO 102  and ECO 104 
English - [Score Required: A, B] - Course Awarded: ENG 111 
French - [Score Required: A, B] - Courses Awarded: FRN 211  and FRN 212 
History - [Score Required: A, B] - Course Awarded: HIS Elective
Mathematics - [Score Required: A] - Courses Awarded: MAT 205  and MAT 206 
Mathematics - [Score Required: B] - Courses Awarded: MAT 205 
Physics - [Score Required: A, B] - Course Awarded: PHY 115 *
*Note: or, PHY 121  upon successful completion of PHY 122  with a grade of C or higher.
Politics and Government - [Score Required: A, B] - Course Awarded: POL Elective
Psychology - [Score Required: A, B, C] - Course Awarded: PSY 101 
Spanish - [Course Required: A, B] - Courses Awarded: SPA 211  and SPA 212 

(5) Departmental Examinations

With the permission of the faculty, a student may challenge a course(s) within the curriculum through departmental examination. Students seeking to challenge a course for credit should consult with the faculty member who teaches the course for the appropriate procedure. Credit earned through departmental examination is recorded as credit only. Neither a grade nor honor points is assigned to credit earned through a departmental challenge exam. Consult the Wesleyan College Catalog for fees associated with course challenge.