Academic Regulations & Procedures
A complete listing of graduation requirements can be found in the Academic Catalog. Students are responsible for fulfilling these requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic advisers and resident assistants in planning their course schedules. Students are required to check their online transcript and program evaluation each term for completeness and accuracy. Questions should be directed to the Registrar's Office.
Briefly, students must earn at least 210 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 to graduate. Students who matriculated prior to fall 2010 or transfers who matriculate in fall 2010 are expected to show proficiency in written English and in a second language, complete the Recognition and Affirmation of Difference requirement (RAD) and four (4) terms of physical education, complete 60 credits of "distribution" courses, complete all courses required for the major (all of the above with grades of S or C- or better), and pass a comprehensive examination or senior integrative exercise. Entry level students who matriculate on or after fall 2010 and transfer students who matriculate after fall 2010 must complete the Argument and Inquiry Seminar, which includes a writing rich experience; six credits of additional writing rich (WR2) coursework, a writing portfolio, 36 credits in Curricular Exploration and Intellectual Engagement, four (4) terms of physical education, proficiency in a foreign language, three courses designated as quantitative reasoning encounters (QRE), six credits each in international studies and intercultural domestic studies, all courses required for the major (all of the above with grades of S or C- or better) and a comprehensive examination or senior integrative exercise. Transfer students will typically be required to substitute a second WR2 course for the A&I seminar.
In June of each year the Academic Standing Committee (ASC) makes a final review of the records of all seniors. The ASC may permit 12th term seniors who have not completed all degree requirements to participate in the commencement ceremony that year. In these cases, students' names will be designated with an asterisk on the commencement program. Students who are required to return to Carleton to complete their degrees are not eligible to participate in commencement.
In all cases, the ASC determines which students are required to return to Carleton to complete their degrees and which students are required to complete their work elsewhere. Normally, the student who begins his or her 12th and final term at Carleton without being theoretically able to complete the degree should be prepared to complete the remaining work at another institution following the current regulation for transfer of credit. In some cases--for example when the student must complete the senior integrative exercise or courses required for the major--the student may be required to complete additional work at Carleton, or may be suspended or dismissed. When a student has made up all deficiencies in graduation requirements, the degree is awarded. The student is eligible to participate in commencement the following June, unless the student has already been allowed to walk at an earlier commencement.