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Degree Requirements

Students tailor much of their academic programs to their own goals and needs, but there are minimum curricular requirements for receiving a degree from Juniata. Special adjustments in these requirements will be administered by the Registrar according to policies developed by the Curriculum Committee. Questions will be answered by the Registrar or faculty advisers. Also, all courses available for college credit require Curriculum Committee approval.

Students are responsible for ensuring that all graduation requirements are completed. The student must satisfactorily complete or maintain a MINIMUM of the following:

I. Students must complete at least 120 credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 to graduate.

II. Liberal Arts: Distribution
The intent of the distribution requirement is to assist students in broadening their education. This breadth helps students to develop and retain the intellectual flexibility necessary to cope with their rapidly changing environment.
Students must complete at least six credit hours of coursework in each of the following five areas. In three of these five areas, at least one course must have a prerequisite or be at the 300-level.

Fine Arts (F): Fine arts courses examine the interaction of elements within art forms, the ways in which these interactions produce artistic expression, and the conventions of the particular artistic disciplines. In these courses, students expand their expressive abilities and/or sharpen their skills at formal analysis (such as how to experience a work of art).

International Studies (I): “I” courses may study global issues in one of three ways. 1. The course introduces students to the history, art, literature, philosophy, or civic life of people of different nationalities. 2. The course requires students to think and express themselves in a language other than English. 3. The course examines international social, material, cultural, or intellectual exchange at a systemic level.

Social Science (S): Social scientists strive to understand a wide range of human behavior, from the formation of the self to the interaction of nations. Knowledge is acquired from systematic study, using a diverse set of scientific methods including laboratory experiments, field observation, survey work, and quantitative and qualitative ethnographic analyses, as well as insight acquired through experience.

Humanities (H): The humanities use methods such as textual interpretation, historical analysis, and philosophical investigation to ask fundamental questions of value, purpose, and meaning in a rigorous and systematic way. The humanities teach us to think critically and imaginatively, informed by the knowledge of how those questions are (or have been) understood in different times, places, and cultures.

Natural Sciences (N): Courses in natural and mathematical sciences enable students to engage with the methods of exploring the processes of the natural world. These methods include observation, generation of models and hypotheses, and analysis of models that pertain to the natural world, and empirical testing.

III. Interdisciplinary Colloquia and Cultural Analysis Component
Students fulfill one Interdisciplinary Colloquia (IC) and one Cultural Analysis (CA) course type requirement by completing a two-course sequence. 

Writing Requirement for IC and CA:    Cultural Analysis courses will build on the skills of insightful reading, analysis, and writing acquired in the first year of study. Courses will provide a basic familiarity with some concepts and methods of cultural analysis. They may be offered as either 3- or 4- credit courses. In CA courses, students will make use of both primary (textual or other artifacts) and secondary sources. (Secondary works are those which interpret primary sources, or develop a method for the study of primary sources.) These primary and secondary works will provide the raw materials for a synthetic project. Such projects will normally include either a synthetic paper of ten or more pages, or student-generated presentations or productions (for example, original art, music or drama) accompanied by a shorter written commentary. Any project must be designed to demonstrate the student’s capacity for independent research and critical thinking. Students will be expected to show an awareness of their own presuppositions and of the possibilities and limitations of their methods. Faculty members proposing courses must include in their course proposal an explanation of how course assignments will demonstrate the student’s capacity for analysis and synthesis with an appropriate degree of rigor.

IV. Communications Component
A) The College Writing Seminar, an interdisciplinary course in the freshmen year, introduces students to the diverse modes of thought and communication that characterize the college experience, and will help them think and express themselves more effectively in and out of the classroom. The course focuses primarily on reading and writing skills, and integrates instruction of computer and library research skills and attention to study skills, career planning, and other issues relevant to first-year college students. The integrative approach is based on the belief that curricular and co-curricular activities are inseparable, and that life skills cannot and should not be compartmentalized.

B) In addition to the College Writing Seminar, students will take at least four "C" courses (minimum 12 credits), two of which must be writing-based and two of which may be speech-based. One course must be in the P.O.E.

A CW course devotes considerable time to the development and assessment of writing skills. CW courses require multiple writing assignments that total fifteen to twenty-five pages during the semester, though these totals may vary by discipline. The methods of teaching writing often vary by discipline and by instructor, but all CW courses explicitly address the mechanics of writing and editing. Consequently, the syllabus of a CW course indicates the specific writing goals of the class, the criteria by which writing assignments will be evaluated, and the writing or style manual(s) that serve as the basis of instruction. A significant portion of class time is specifically dedicated to learning writing skills. At least 35% of the final course grade will be determined by writing assignments.

CW courses are intended to help students develop, compose, organize, revise, and edit their own writing. They develop a student's abilities to identify and define a thesis as well as to collect, organize, present, and analyze evidence and documentation to disseminate knowledge. CW courses are not limited to English only.

A speech-based (CS) course requires at least 25% of the grade be determined by two or more oral individual or group presentations, and it fulfills two requirements: (1) The course aims to develop rhetorical skills necessary for effective and creative speech in individual, group or public presentation. This may include one or more of the following: speech design and delivery, listening, negotiation, leadership, persuasion, collaboration, or decision making; (2) The course offers students at least two opportunities to demonstrate these skills. Evaluation of the first opportunity guides improvement of the second.

V. Quantitative Component
Students must demonstrate (1) basic competency in statistics, and (2) an understanding of basic mathematical skills. To satisfy the requirement students have two options: (1) completion of a "Q" course, which deals explicitly with both statistical and mathematical skills or (2) completion of a statistical (QS) and a mathematical (QM) course.

VI. Program of Emphasis (POE)

The Program of Emphasis (POE) is Juniata's unique approach to focused education in an academic area of a student's choosing. Somewhat similar to a traditional "major," the Program of Emphasis consists of up to half of the total degree and is an opportunity for students to explore in depth a particular discipline or to craft an interdisciplinary plan to study an area. With advisors' assistance, students draft a POE goal statement, identify classes, and develop rationale for their program. Students may choose an already developed Designated POE or construct their own Individualized POE with the help of their two advisors.

More than 30 percent of Juniata students elect to develop an individualized POE.  Students are encouraged to select the POE format that best serves their needs.

Students must design and complete a Program of Emphasis consisting of 45-63 credit hours with a minimum of 18 credit hours of courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Commencement: Walking with Outstanding Requirements

There are two distinct processes that indicate completion of a student’s academic career: satisfactory completion of academic requirements and participation in the commencement ceremony.  This policy is solely concerned with the ceremonial event of commencement.

Students who have not completed all graduation requirements may be permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony, without receiving a diploma, under the following circumstances:

  • The remaining coursework consists of not more than eight academic credits, and the student is in good academic standing, as defined in Academic Standards of Progress.  Whenever possible, the student will submit a request to participate to the Registrar’s Office by April 1st for consideration.  The request to participate must provide a specific, detailed, and realistic plan for completing the remaining credits by the end of the summer and approved by the Registrar’s Office.
  • Students who have studied away and are waiting for official transcripts from the external institution may participate in the commencement ceremony if verification of sufficient academic progress at the external institution is provided to the Registrar’s Office.
  • Partner degree students who are waiting for official transcripts from their home institution may participate in the May commencement ceremony.
  • Students in 3+ programs may participate in the commencement ceremony following their fourth or fifth year if verification of sufficient academic progress at the external institution is provided to the Registrar’s Office.

Students granted this privilege will walk across the stage and have their names read with the rest of the graduating class, and their names will be noted in the commencement program that the degree will be awarded when all outstanding requirements are verified by the Registrar's Office as completed. 

Students who have not completed all outstanding requirements by the start of the academic semester following commencement will be charged an enrollment fee per term. Students who have not completed all outstanding requirements within three years will be administratively withdrawn and readmission will be required.

Contact the Registrar's Office for additional information.