Minors and Additional Majors
One or more minors and a second or additional majors may be declared by a student and shown on the transcript. All of the program requirements for the minor or additional major must be fulfilled. The faculty advisor for the first major is responsible for advising the student regarding the program of courses and for the degree. Refer to each program listing for requirements.
A student who either has received or will receive a baccalaureate degree from another accredited college or university may obtain a second baccalaureate degree from MacMurray. To earn a second degree, a student is required to pursue at least 30 additional credit hours (excluding activity hours) in residence, fulfill all College requirements for the second degree, and fulfill all requirements in the major field of study for the second degree.
Preparation for Professional Schools
MacMurray offers pre-professional programs to prepare students for graduate work in professional schools in the health sciences and in art therapy, law, and the ministry. The pre-professional programs are not majors in themselves. Students enroll in a major related to their future profession.
Students interested in one of these programs will work closely with their major advisors to select a B.A. or B.S. program which will maximize the students' possibilities for being admitted to the graduate school of their choice. The advisors will assist with selection of courses, arrange for internships, help students prepare for admission tests, and guide students through the graduate school application and interview process.
Each semester students are recognized for academic achievement by being named to the Dean's List. In order to be eligible for inclusion on the Dean's List, students must earn a 3.50 semester grade point average or better on 12 credit hours excluding Pass/Fail credits.
Special programs leading to graduation with honors in a particular major are available in Biology, Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Nursing. Please contact the department or advisor to find criteria and more information.
A student successfully completing all of the requirements for program honors will be recognized by appropriate notations on the official College transcript and in the commencement program.
College Honors at Graduation
Seniors earning a cumulative quality point average of 3.90 to 4.00 will be graduated summa cum laude; those earning an average of 3.80 to 3.89 will be graduated magna cum laude; those earning an average of 3.50 to 3.79 will be graduated cum laude. To qualify for honors, the last 60 hours must be completed at MacMurray. Transfer grades as well as MacMurray grades are included in calculating eligibility.
Career Experience and Field Practicum
Career Experience provides the opportunity for exposure to and experience in the professional world of business, industry, or government. The student works for an organization under the supervision of a MacMurray faculty member and earns academic credit as well. Career Experience courses are typically numbered 293, 393, or 493 depending on the student's level. They are graded Pass/Fail.
Field Practicum, available in some majors, provides a more advanced opportunity to combine classroom theory with active participation in the professional world of business, industry, or government. The student works for an organization under the supervision of a MacMurray faculty member and earns academic credit as well. Letter grades are assigned.
Both Career Experience and Field Practicum are available to students with a grade point average of at least 2.00 who are at the second-semester sophomore level or higher. No more than 15 hours of credit toward graduation may be earned in Career Experience and Field Practicum combined.
The Office of Career Services works with Division Chairs to help locate Career Experience and Field Practicum opportunities for students and to administer the programs.
To be eligible for Directed Study, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00. A student may not repeat a course by Directed Study.
Directed Study for regular catalog courses is limited to students who have irreconcilable schedule conflicts and is subject to the willingness of a faculty member to direct the study. Directed Study courses are reserved for situations where the student is ready to graduate or is nearing graduation and the course in question is requirement that cannot be worked into the schedule any other way. A directed study is not for use as an elective which can be met with another course.
For a course in the regular curriculum, the regular course number will be used followed by the designation DS. For a course outside the regular curriculum, the faculty member will specify the credit hours and the proper level of the course, designating the course by the number 174, 274, 374, or 474.
A special registration form which requires the approval of both the supervising faculty member and One-Stop Student Services becomes a part of the student's permanent file. The faculty member provides a detailed syllabus setting forth objectives of the course; an outline of course content; a list of required readings and other references; information on examinations, papers, and projects; and the basis for evaluation of the student's work.
Students who have a grade point average of at least 3.00 cumulative or in the immediate preceding semester are eligible to take Independent Study, subject to the willingness of a faculty member to supervise the study. Independent Study may be two, three, or four hours. It is limited to no more than eight credit hours total.
The purpose of Independent Study is to study material outside the regular curriculum. The "curriculum" is defined as those courses published in the current College catalog. Courses listed in this catalog will be taught as regular classes and cannot be taken as Independent Study. The foregoing does not prohibit independent work in a regular course. Independent Studies usually are initiated and organized by the student.
A special registration form which requires the approval of both the supervising faculty member and One-Stop Student Services becomes a part of the student's permanent file. Course numbers are designated according to the classification of the student: 147 for freshmen, 247 for sophomores, and 347 or 447 for juniors or seniors.
Special Topics Courses
Special Topics Courses are courses offered outside the regular curriculum. The "curriculum" is defined as those courses published in the current College catalog. Such courses must be submitted to the Curriculum Committee for approval and such approval reported to the faculty prior to submitting a course for inclusion in the schedule of classes. A syllabus must be filed with One-Stop Student Services.
A Special Topics course may not be offered more than once, after which the course must be submitted to the Curriculum Committee and the faculty for possible addition to the regular curriculum.
Special Topics courses may be for three hours or, for a lab course, four credit hours. Students may not take more than eight hours of Special Topics courses. Such courses are numbered 141, 241, 341, or 441 with the faculty member indicating the appropriate level. Special Topics courses may not be required for completion of a major. They may be used as program electives.
MacMurray offers an accelerated eight-week Summer Session during which courses are offered completely online so students can participate from anywhere with internet access. Because the courses are accelerated, students may take no more than two classes during the Summer Session. Schedules and information are available in One-Stop Student Services.
MacMurray students have many opportunities to study beyond the Jacksonville campus. Opportunities exist here in the United States and all over the world. Study with an approved off-campus program will earn credit toward graduation.
Students may study off campus for one fall or spring semester. Students may study off campus for an unlimited number summer terms. All off-campus study with other institutions is subject to MacMurray standards for transfer credit.
A student may apply to study off campus during the fall or spring semesters providing he or she has junior standing and a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher. To do so, One-Stop Student Services must have a completed "Request for Permission to Enroll in Off-Campus Course" form on file signed by the student's advisor and/or the departmental Division Chair. It is the student's responsibility to work with both the cooperative school and One-Stop Student Services to arrange financial aid/payment. Academic Standards will be consulted as needed.
The following programs have been approved for off-campus study.
- Study Abroad Tours led by MacMurray faculty
Through MacMurray's short term study abroad courses, students are afforded the opportunity to travel domestically or internationally with faculty members for a short (1-2 week) period. Faculty-led Study Abroad trips are typically tied to an academic program and follow a particular theme or subject related to an academic discipline.
- Central College Study Abroad
Programs in several countries around the world.
- The Washington Center
Programs in Washington, D.C.
- Urban Life Center
Programs in Chicago.
There are many other excellent programs that MacMurray students may consider.