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Academics

Connections (general policies)

Each student shall take at least one 3-course Connection or two 2-course Connections.  Any 2-course Connection must cover two of the following areas and any 3-course Connection must cover three of the following areas: (approved at April 4, 2008 Faculty Meeting, Faculty Legislation, Part Two, X. E.7.)

 

Creative Arts
Humanities
History
Social Sciences
Natural Sciences
Math and Computer Science

(See Faculty Legislation link)

 

  • Courses Removed from a Connection
    Educational Policy Committee approved a “grandfather” policy for courses removed from a Connection.  If a course was available as a Connection when the student began the Connection, the course shall count; and if a student already took one class in a Connection, all connected courses shall count.  (September 2, 2010 Ed Pol Minutes)

 

  • Removal of FYS from the Connections Requirement
    Amendment to Faculty Legislation removing First Year Seminar from the Connections requirement approved by faculty (beginning 2011) (February 4, 2010, April 1, 2010, Ed Pol Minutes, Approved at April 2, 2010 Faculty Meeting) The First Year Seminar may not normally be used to fulfill the Connections requirement. (Faculty Legislation: Part Two. X.E.3a. page 69)

 

  • Connection to Senior Seminar
    Faculty have an understanding that students cannot connect to senior seminar.  (April 21, 2011 Ed Pol Minutes)
  • Half-credit Courses
    Half-credit courses are allowed as part of Student-Initiated Connections.  (November 14, 2008 Ed Pol Minutes) The Registrar counts the course not the credit.  For example, a half-credit course and one credit course counts as two courses.
  • Connections Data
    The Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing will provide data on how many entering students indicated Connections as a reason for coming to Wheaton.  Admission staff will code these students in Banner.  (April 2, 2009 Ed Pol Minutes)

 

  • In the spirit of faculty legislation, Educational Policy Committee expressed that no 100-level language course may participate in a Connection. (November 5, 2003 Ed Pol Minutes)

 

  • In connecting courses, no course may function in multiple ways (e.g., course A may not connect with course B and subsequently connect with course C, to constitute two distinct pairings. In a similar vein, a new three-way connection may not be formed by connecting course A and B with course C, if C was connected to either A or B in a separate and distinct Connection.) Student-initiated Connections may form an exception to this rule. (October 22, 2003 Ed Pol Minutes)
  • Study Abroad courses cannot connect to courses that fulfill the breadth requirement (SS, NS AH) (October 19, 2004 Ed Pol Minutes)

 

  • Educational Policy Committee discussed and clarified existing policies for where requirements under the Wheaton curriculum may be taken.  Currently, no Connections outside Wheaton exist.  (October 19, 2004 Ed Pol Minutes)

 

  • Any experimental courses designated as x98 can be included in Connections. (April 10, 2003 Ed Pol Minutes)

 

  • Educational Policy Committee has not legislated that Connections must be completed by a particular semester in a student’s program, or that Connections must be taken in contiguous semesters, however, it is expected contiguous semesters will be the practice and that advisors will be crucial in communicating this to students.  (November 6, 2002 Ed Pol Minutes)

 

  • Concerning JYA courses, it was clarified that Connections courses are viewed primarily as at a more introductory rather than advanced level.  (September 18, 2002 Ed Pol Minutes)
  • Connections are intended primarily as a means of implementing the breadth requirement.  Connections should have few prerequisites so that they are accessible to first and second year students. (September 19, 2002 Ed Pol Minutes)

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