Elmhurst College awards the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Liberal Studies degrees.
The College also offers 15 graduate programs at the master’s degree level. Please refer to the Graduate Study section of this catalog.
Undergraduate credit at Elmhurst College is awarded in credit units. One unit of credit is equivalent to four semester hours or six quarter hours of transfer credit. All undergraduate courses described in this catalog result in one unit of credit, unless designated otherwise.
Credit Hour Policy
Each semester hour assigned to a course at Elmhurst College corresponds to a minimum of 50 minutes of instructional time each week over a 15-week semester, including finals week. Students are also expected to do 2-3 hours of outside work (including assignments or studying) for every one semester hour of in-class time. For courses that are in an alternative delivery format, a semester hour corresponds to the appropriate mix of instructional contact, directed activities, and student work that equate to the sum of the in-class and outside time for a semester hour in a traditional course#. For both traditional and alternative delivery courses, these expectations should be outlined in the course syllabus.
#Academic activities complementary to classroom instruction including laboratory work, studio work, practica, and internships are not considered in the calculation of semester hours in class and are thus not included in the expectation of additional out of class time.
Bachelor of Arts
Students seeking to earn the Bachelor of Arts must complete all Integrated Curriculum, major and minor courses for a letter grade and fulfill all elective course requirements as outlined here and in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Students seeking to earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Department of Art must complete all Integrated Curriculum, major and minor courses for a letter grade and fulfill all elective course requirements as outlined here and in the Majors and Academic Programs section of this catalog. Additionally, they must complete two areas of concentration consisting of eight studio courses at the 300 or 400 level. Areas of concentration are determined by the Department of Art.
Bachelor of Science
Students seeking to earn the Bachelor of Science must complete all Integrated Curriculum, major and minor courses for a letter grade and fulfill all elective course requirements as outlined here and in the Academic Programs section of this catalog. Additionally, students must complete two college-level mathematics courses.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing(BSN)
The BSN is a professional program that prepares students for practice as a generalist as a registered professional (RN). The BSN is the foundation upon which advanced education and practice are based. The baccalaureate nursing program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Bachelor of Music
Students seeking to earn the Bachelor of Music must complete all Integrated Curriculum, major and minor courses for a letter grade and fulfill all elective course requirements as outlined here and in the Academic Programs section of this Catalog. Additionally, they must complete at least 16 units of credit (64 semester hours) in music. Specific courses are determined by the Department of Music.
Bachelor of Liberal Studies
Students seeking to earn the Bachelor of Liberal Studies must complete all Integrated Curriculum and program requirements as outlined in the Integrated Curriculum section of this catalog. Students seeking this degree complete 8 to 12 credits (32 to 48 semester hours) for letter grades in two areas of concentration, rather than completing a traditional major.
Students must complete all aspects of the Integrated Curriculum, which is described in the Integrated Curriculum chapter of this catalog.
Major and Minor Areas of Study
Students must complete the requirements for a major field of study. The major may be chosen from among the various departmental majors or interdisciplinary majors. The major consists of not fewer than seven units of credit (28 semester hours) within one department or area of study, plus any required courses in other departments. Courses taken for the major must be completed with a letter grade where that grading option exists. Students must take and successfully complete at Elmhurst College at least half of the total units of credit required within their major field of study. Students may declare a maximum of three majors while pursuing a degree.
Exact requirements for individual majors are determined by the departments. Students should consult with their advisors to determine the application of such requirements to their programs of study. The director of secondary education should be consulted by all students planning to teach in secondary education.
Students are expected to declare their major field of study prior to completion of the sophomore year. To declare a major, change a major or declare an optional minor or additional major, students must consult with the Office of Advising to establish an accurate student record.
Although the College does not require a minor field of study, students may select a maximum of three minors while pursuing a degree. Requirements for minors are listed in the departmental descriptions of this catalog. One-half of the units of credit required for the minor must be taken at Elmhurst College. Courses taken for the minor must be completed with a letter grade.
At least one-half of the units of course credit required for a major or minor may not be counted toward any other major or minor.
Minimum Number of Courses
Elmhurst College requires a minimum of 32 units of credit (128 semester hours) for graduation.
A minimum of 10 units of course credit (40 semester hours) numbered 300 and above must be completed at four-year institutions, preferably taken during the junior and senior years. Community college coursework will not count toward fulfilling this requirement.
Residency refers to the minimum number of total required course credit hours taken at Elmhurst College, or through Elmhurst-sponsored study away programs. Students can fulfill the residency requirement in one of two ways: 1) by earning at least 18 units (72 semester hours) including eight of the final ten courses at Elmhurst College; or 2) by earning a minimum of 14.5 units (58 semester hours) which must include the final eight courses (32 semester hours) at Elmhurst College.
Minimum Grade-Point Average
Students must have a minimum cumulative and combined grade-point average of 2.00 (C) to graduate. In certain departments, a higher grade-point average is required for program entrance, as well as for graduation. The cumulative grade-point average is computed from grades received in courses taken at Elmhurst College. The combined GPA is compiled from all courses accepted in transfer as well as those taken at Elmhurst College. All courses attempted for regular grading (A-F) are counted in calculating this overall grade-point average. Students are not allowed to repeat courses at other institutions. When a course is repeated at Elmhurst College, the earlier grade of the course is not included in the grade-point average. Refer to the Repetition of Courses section of this catalog for additional information. Marks of P, NP, AU, and W are not included in the calculation of the grade-point average. Incompletes must be resolved prior to graduation.
The College awards a second bachelor’s degree to students who have previously earned a degree with a major in another field. Candidates for a second degree must complete the requirements for the new major and for residency, including a minimum of eight units of credit (32 semester hours) at Elmhurst College. Bachelor’s degrees from foreign universities will be evaluated on an individual basis. Second-degree students begin their coursework with a grade-point average of 0.00. Please note: no honors distinction is recognized for second degrees.
Students returning to the College more than five calendar years after last attendance will be expected to satisfy the requirements for graduation of the catalog in effect at the time of readmission. Where possible, students returning to the College in less than five years may satisfy the requirements for graduation stated in the catalog in effect when they were first admitted.