Baccalaureate Degrees

Pine Manor College offers the following majors:

Community Health
Early Childhood: Education, Health and Leadership Courses
English: Creative Writing and Literature
Business and Management
Social and Political Systems
Visual Arts

A student may also design her own major, such as in History or Theatre.

Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

To receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pine Manor College, a student must complete a minimum of 132 semester hours of credit, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. The last 32 credits must be earned at PMC unless an exception is approved by the Curriculum Committee.

The Major

A major requires from 44 to 56 credits out of a total of 132 credits. Requirements for each major begin on page 43. The minimum grade point average in a student’s major for graduation shall be at least 2.0, effective for all students entering the College, beginning in fall 1998. Students will select a major no later than spring of sophomore year and will thereafter be advised by a faculty member from that discipline and a related advising team. Any student who changes her major after the first semester of the junior year is cautioned that she may require additional time to complete her degree.

The self-designed major allows a highly motivated and sufficiently prepared student to design a major other than those regularly available at the College. Procedures for preparing a self-designed major are available in the Registrar’s Office, and the student’s program must be approved by the Curriculum Committee.

Double Major

A student wishing to pursue a major in more than one baccalaureate program must complete all requirements for both majors, including internships. Double majors are optional and require careful consultation and planning. Ordinarily, any student who wishes to declare a double major should do so by the end of her sophomore year. Double majors must be verified by the Registrar and approved by both B.A. coordinators.

College Core Competencies and Portfolio

Presentation and submission of learning portfolios is a graduation requirement for all Pine Manor College students. The formal presentations of the portfolio takes place during the senior year on designated days in the spring semester. The portfolio contains evidence of and reflections upon student learning related to the general education core competencies and accomplishments within the major. Pine Manor College’s Core Competencies represent the commitment of our learning community to develop the capacity for success in all of our students. The portfolio is facilitated through participation in select courses throughout all four years.

The Core Competencies:
• Communication
• Critical Thinking
• Collaboration
• Citizenship
• Integrated and Applied Learning

For students starting Fall 2014 and after, the sophomore portfolio has been removed as a graduation requirement. All students will formally present their portfolio during their senior year on designated days in the spring semester. The portfolio contains evidence of and reflection upon student learning and intellectual development related to the core competencies and accomplishments within the major. The senior portfolio is facilitated through participation in junior/senior portfolio sessions presented within each major. Accommodations will be made for transfer or out-of-phase students to integrate them into the portfolio process.

Breadth of Knowledge Requirements
In addition, students will demonstrate learning that encompasses a Breadth of Knowledge of the Contemporary World and Its Roots. In order to familiarize students with a range of approaches and ways of understanding the complexities of the contemporary world and its roots, students shall, by the end of senior year, demonstrate breadth of knowledge by having taken any two courses of their own choosing (excluding exceptions as noted), from each of the four groups described below. The student must select eight courses, two from each of the four disciplinary groups. Each course must have a unique disciplinary designation. Required Composition or required Mathematics courses may not satisfy this outcome. Courses in a student’s major may be counted. Students may select any of the courses currently in the Pine Manor College curriculum to address this requirement, as long as they meet the criteria described above and are 4-credit (or paired, 2-credit courses, such as Dance 101/102).

Group I: Humanities
Courses in Group I familiarize students with cultural landmarks and with close contextual and critical analysis of artistic, literary, linguistic, or philosophical work. Included are courses in Art History, English (except EN 100), French, Humanities, Philosophy, Religion, and Spanish.

Group II: Social Sciences
Courses in Group II study human beings in a social order: how societies evolve, social processes, and the institutional and legal frameworks of a society. Included in Group II are courses in Accounting, Anthropology, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Education, Finance, History, Management, Marketing, Political Science, Sociology, and Social and Political Systems.

Group III: Natural and Behavioral Sciences
Courses in Group III introduce the student to science as a discipline, expose the student to the scientific method, teach problem-solving techniques, and require the use of analytical and/or quantitative thinking. To fulfill the Natural and Behavioral Sciences requirement, students must complete at least one 5-credit course with a laboratory component and any other Group III courses. Group III includes courses in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.

Group IV: Arts and Communication
Courses in Group IV expose students to ways of communicating ideas, observations, beliefs, and feelings. Each field of study seeks to express content through its own unique form. Creativity, aesthetics, and technique are fundamental to each field. Courses in Communication, Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts fulfill Group IV requirements.

IDS (Interdisciplinary Knowledge)
Students must also select a ninth course that has been designated by as supporting learning that explicitly crosses and combines more than one traditional field of inquiry. These courses may be designated directly as interdisciplinary (IDS), or have a dual designation (e.g., EC/PS). They also include courses in Women’s Studies (WS), and other specific courses on a list approved and updated periodically. See the listing of Interdisciplinary Courses in the Courses section of the catalog.

Distribution Requirements for Students Entering Prior to 1998
See catalog of year of entry for distribution course requirements.

First Year Seminars
All incoming first-year students are enrolled in First Year Seminars, which take place each fall. These required one-semester courses carry four credits and focus on a variety of topics and activities designed to foster successful academic and social transition to the college. Seminar instructors will also serve as first-year advisors for students in their class and throughout the first year. Seminars topics may change from year to year. See page 102 for descriptions of topics offered recently.

College Composition
Every student must complete the College Composition sequence with a passing grade or satisfy the requirement through a portfolio of work.

Quantitative Reasoning
Students are required to demonstrate competence in Quantitative Reasoning through the college assessment process or successful completion of a designated QR course.

Special Programs

Community Healthcare Outreach Certificate Program