Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Office of the Provost


Curriculum (general policies)

  • 300-level and 400-level courses

It is not an institutional requirement to take all 300- and 400-level courses at Wheaton, but there is nothing prohibiting a department from having this internal requirement.  (Ed Pol Minutes April 21, 2011)


  • Permanent Course Number for a Course Taught by Non-Permanent Faculty Member

Educational Policy Committee approved a permanent course number for a course taught by a non-permanent faculty member in the Music Department.  It was noted that Japanese and Chinese courses have designated numbers taught by non-permanent faculty, so approving a permanent course number would not be precedent setting.  (September 30, 2010 Ed Pol Minutes)


  • Information Fluency

Develop a systematic department approach to information fluency working with the Associate Vice President for Library and Information Services. (April 1, 2010 Ed Pol Minutes)


  • Curriculum Support

Develop priorities for curriculum support and an implementation plan and provide guidance to the Planning and Priorities Committee with curricular implications. (April 1, 2010 Ed Pol Minutes, December 18, 2009 Ed Pol Minutes)


  • Independent Majors

Standards for independent majors include a minimum GPA, two letters of recommendation, a methods or theory course and a capstone.  Students must consult with the Dean for Advising to get approval before embarking on an Independent Major.  (February 9, 2007 Ed Pol Minutes)


  • Wheaton Repertory Theatre Summer Program

Will count for one credit at the 200 level and is open to Wheaton students and high school students, beginning Summer 2007. (April 26, 2006 Ed Pol Minutes)


  • Eng 101, FYS (transfers)

Eng 101:  Taken on campus or subject to English department approval, perhaps as a high school AP course.  The Registrar’s Office is normally granted broad interpretive authority. (Ed Pol Annual Report, 2004-2005)

  • Foundations: Quantitative Analysis, Foreign Language, Beyond the West

QA may be taken in high school as an AP course and students must get a 4 or 5 on the AP exam, or overseas or at another college generally subject to Math/CS chair approval.  The Philosophy Chair signs off on Logic courses. (Ed Pol Annual Report, 2004-2005)

Foreign Language taught at Wheaton may be taken at another college or overseas subject to the appropriate department or program chair approval.  Furthermore, subject to department or program chair approval, a high school AP course may be combined with an upper level Wheaton course to fulfill the FL foundation requirement.  In questionable cases of a FL not taught at Wheaton, such as Hebrew, the Provost is the signatory authority.  The Registrar’s Office is normally granted broad interpretive authority. (Ed Pol Annual Report, 2004-2005)

Beyond the West may be taken at another college or overseas, subject to the appropriate department chair or program coordinator approval.

  • Connections

The Committee on Educational Policy is willing to consider Wheaton faculty-initiated Connections with Wheaton-approved overseas programs. (Ed Pol Annual Report, 2004-2005)


  • Major and Minor Courses

May be fulfilled anywhere subject to appropriate department or program chair approval. (Ed Pol Annual Report 2004-2005)

  • Pass/Fail

Any course taken at Wheaton to be counted as meeting a specific Foundation requirement must carry a grade.  However, transfer courses which are essentially all pass/fail may meet certain Foundation and major requirements. None of the above curricular requirements, except possibly a minor course (departmental decision), may be taken P/F at Wheaton. (Ed Pol Annual Report, 2004-2005)

  • On-Line University Courses

These are discouraged and must be approved by the Committee on Educational Policy.  (Ed Pol Annual Report, 2004-2005)


Regarding the Institutional Policy on Electronic Courses, as written by the Educational Policy Committee in November 2000, the committee reaffirmed that the college would not accept credit in transfer for courses completed exclusively on-line, as a general rule.  The following guideline, however, was modified from “exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Dean for Advising, with appeals to that decision determined by the Committee on Academic Standing” to “exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Educational Policy Committee.”  (April 12, 2004, April 26, 2004 Ed Pol Minutes)


  • Educational Policy Committee takes it as the intent of faculty legislation X.E.4.c to assure that every Wheaton student will have at least one course from each of the three traditional academic divisions, and that such courses should be taken at Wheaton.  Faculty should not approve as the student’s sole course in the division a course taken elsewhere.  (Ed Pol Annual Report  2003-2004, “General and Procedural”)


  • Transfer Credit
  • Transfer credit may NOT be used to fulfill Social Science, Arts and Humanities or Natural Science Divisional requirements but may be used for major requirements, Foreign Language, Quantitative Analysis or Beyond the West requirements with prior approval.


Divisional Breadth Requirement

Divisional breadth requirements (AH, SS, NS) must be taken at Wheaton.

(October 19, 2004 Ed Pol Minutes, Ed Pol annual Report 2004-2005)


In the case of courses taken off campus, only those from Wheaton-approved programs may count toward the fulfillment of the breadth requirement.

(December 3, 2003 Ed Pol Minutes)


A course cannot simultaneously satisfy the Science divisional requirement and the QA foundational requirement ( Ed Pol Annual Report 2004-2005)


  • Foundation Courses

Except for English 101, Foundations courses may be part of a connection and may, if a department or program so wishes, contribute toward a major or minor.  (2003-2004 Ed Pol Annual Report, “Policies to Guide Implementation of the New Curriculum Developed by the Educational Policy Committee, 2002-2003)Annual Report 2002-2003


Foundation courses (QA, FL, BW) may be taken away from Wheaton. (Ed Pol Annual Report 2004-2005)

Experimental Courses

Experimental courses after the first offering must be submitted to the Educational Policy Committee for a permanent course designation. (February 20, 2003 Ed Pol Minutes)

  •  All experimental courses carry foundation designations only -- exceptions can be approved by the Educational Policy Committee, e.g. BW designation, etc.  Designations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  (February 11, 2014 Ed Pol Minutes)

Advanced Placement Credit

May be counted departmentally (to bypass an introductory-level course) but may not be counted toward the fulfillment of a divisional requirement under the breadth stipulation of the Wheaton Curriculum.  (December 3, 2003 Ed Pol Mintues)


  • Proposed New Courses

The Educational Policy Committee reviews and approves all new courses for permanent addition to the curriculum as well as changes to major and minor requirements.  Changes in course titles, descriptions and numbering (unless there is a change in level) do not need to be submitted to the committee.  This is a departmental matter and should be handled through the Registrar. (Ed Pol Annual Report 2003-2004, and Ed Pol Annual Report, 2002-2003, “Policies and Guide to Implementation of the New Curriculum Developed by the Educational Policy Committee, 2002-2003”)

  • Courses that satisfy the Quantitative Analysis (QA) requirement may be part of a Connection but will not normally satisfy the divisional requirement described in Section X.E.4.c (2003-2004 Ed Pol Annual Report and 2002-2003 Ed Pol Annual Report, “Policies and Guide to Implementation of the New Curriculum Developed by the Educational Policy Committee 2002-2003”)

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