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Degree Requirements

A MacMurray education consists of three interrelated parts: general education, major, and electives.

The general education component ensures that each student receives a broad liberal education and develops skills in writing, speaking, critical reading, and reflective and analytical thinking. General education courses are not concentrated in the first two years but continue throughout the four years, interacting with courses in the major.

A major prepares students for specific careers.

Electives, completing the 120 semester hours for a bachelor's degree, provide opportunities for students to pursue interests outside their majors and to learn more about areas associated with their major fields.

As schedules permit, students may add minors and second, or even third, majors.

Bachelor's Degrees

A bachelor's degree program at MacMurray can be one of four kinds: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Bachelor of Social Work. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is the degree awarded to students who major in Nursing, and the Bachelor of Social Work is the degree awarded to students who major in Social Work. All other majors lead to either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science, at the student's choice.

At MacMurray, the only difference between Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science is a second language. The B.A. requires a second language, the B.S. does not. (See below.)

Hours

For all bachelor's degrees, students must complete 120 semester hours, including general education requirements, major requirements, and electives. With the assistance and approval of a faculty advisor, each student plans a program of studies that will satisfy these requirements.

Grade Point Average

A student must earn a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.00 (c on a 4-point scale) in courses taken at MacMurray to qualify for graduation. Students are also required to attain a grade point average of at least 2.00 for all courses required in the general education program, including a minimum grade of C in the three Rhetoric courses required for the major and minor. Majors in Biology, Education, Nursing, and Social Work require a 2.50 grade point average.

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires

Second Language for the B.A. Degree

MacMurray offers American Sign Language and Spanish. Either must be completed through the second college year (ASLA 250 or SPAN 200 plus one 300-level Spanish course) for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Students entering MacMurray with a language background from high school may take a proficiency test for the elementary level of the language they have previously studied and may need to complete only the intermediate language at MacMurray.

Students may also qualify for the Bachelor of Arts degree by taking other languages through the second year level at other colleges. Through the Central Illinois Foreign Language and International Studies Consortium, MacMurray students may take language course at Illinois College or the University of Illinois — Springfield. Permission of the College Registrar is required.

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree requires

The requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree are the same as those for the Bachelor of Arts degree, except that there is no second language requirement.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree requires

The requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing are the same as those for the Bachelor of Science degree but with a major in Nursing. Nursing majors may have minors as well as second majors in other fields.

Bachelor of Social Work

The Bachelor of Social Work degree requires

The requirements for the Bachelor of Social Work are the same as those for the Bachelor of Science degree but with a major in Social Work. Social Work majors may have minors as well as second majors in other fields.

Associate Degrees

MacMurray also offers associate degrees in two fields: Associate of Arts in Interpreter Training and Associate of Science in Criminal Justice. Both degrees require