Programs and Requirements for Degrees

The General Education Program

Albertus Magnus College provides a liberal arts education that promotes the pursuit of truth in all its dimensions and is practical in its application. Rooted in the concept of the “arts that liberate,” the Albertus General Education Program asks students to explore human beings’ relation to the world and affords a context in which they may determine how they will make meaningful contributions in public life and in their careers. Through successful completion of the General Education Core curriculum, students will:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to meet College benchmarks in core skills, including:
    1. written and oral communication
    2. reading comprehension
    3. information literacy
  2. Demonstrate the ability to meet College benchmarks in critical thinking, including:
    1. interpretation
    2. analysis
    3. evaluation
  3. Demonstrate the capacity for creative thinking
  4. Demonstrate the ability to apply effectively the methods and insights of the following disciplines to an understanding of the world:
    1. fine arts
    2. literature
    3. mathematics
    4. natural science
    5. philosophy
    6. religious studies
    7. history
    8. social science
  5. Demonstrate an ability to formulate ethical questions and engage in moral decision making at the individual and societal level.

General Education Requirements

The General Education Program consists of required courses and designated electives. This combination is intended to assure that students meet core objectives while at the same time pursuing their individual interests in various fields. General education elective courses are designated as “A,” “B,” “C” or “I.”

“A” courses are basic required courses in the fine arts, mathematics, and science. Because “A” courses support the development of fundamental skills that are used in more advanced courses, students are encouraged to take “A” courses in their first year of study.

“B” and “C” courses fulfill core requirements in the disciplines of history, philosophy, religion, social science, and designated electives. These courses promote students’ abilities to engage in distinctive modes of analysis and to attain the cultural capital necessary for an informed consideration of how they relate to the world culturally, politically, economically, and spiritually.

“I” courses are those that fulfill the three-credit international/global requirement toward a bachelor’s degree. These help students to develop their ability for appreciating and critically assessing the positions of others and for engaging in responsive dialogue that enriches creative potential for a life of continued learning and discovery. Typically, “I” courses require that students have sufficient background to engage in a rich dialogue on the topics under discussion.

The A, B, or C designations are for informational purposes to aid students and advisors in planning a general education sequence appropriate to the unique needs of each student. Students are not required to take more B courses than C courses or vice versa.

Degree Requirements for the Associate of Arts (A.A.)

The A.A. degree in Liberal Studies requires the successful completion of at least 60 credits of course work. Students must take a minimum of 21 credits as matriculating students at Albertus Magnus College. These 21 credits must be the last credits toward the degree. The A.A. degree requires the successful completion of at least 60 credits that include 30 credits in general education requirements; 15 credits in a given discipline; and 15 credits in liberal arts electives. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for all work attempted at Albertus Magnus College.

I. Basic College Requirements (30 credits)

  • EN 101 College Writing (3 credits)
  • EN 102 Introduction to Literary Genres (3 credits)
  • Mathematics (A) or Science (A) (3 credits)
  • History (B or C) or Fine Arts (A) (3 credits)
  • Philosophy (B or C) (3 credits)
  • Religious Studies (B or C) (3 credits)
  • Social Science—Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology (B or C) (3 credits)
  • Credits of designated courses in three different disciplines (B or C).

II. 15 credits in a given discipline

III. 15 credits in electives in other liberal arts courses

Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)/Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

The B.A. or B.S. degree requires the successful completion of at least 120 credits, including at least 60 credits in courses outside the major and its required correlatives. These 120 credits include general education requirements and requirements for the major. Candidates for the B.A. or B.S. degree must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Pass the required courses as outlined below
  • Complete the field of concentration with its major subject and correlatives.
  • Maintain a general average of C (2.0) in all work attempted at Albertus Magnus College as well as a C average in the major and minor.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credits as a matriculating student at Albertus Magnus College. These 30 credits must be the last 30 credits toward the degree.
  • Complete at least 120 credits in course work, including 60 credits in courses outside the major and its required correlatives.

I. General Education Requirements (48 credits)

Required Core Courses

  • EN 101 College Writing (placement test required) (3 credits)
  • EN 102 Introduction to Literary Genres (3 credits)
  • HU 111 Reading Texts in Context I (3 credits)
  • HU 112 Reading Texts in Context II (3 credits)
  • HU 399 Senior Humanities Seminar (3 credits)

The Elective Core Courses

Designated “A” Courses

  • Fine Arts (Art, Communications, Music, or Drama) (3 credits)
  • Mathematics (placement test required) (3 credits)
  • Science (3 credits)

Designated “B” or “C” Courses

  • History (3 credits)
  • Philosophy (3 credits)
  • Religion (3 credits)
  • Social Science (Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology) (3 credits)

9 Credits of designated “B” or “C” courses in three different disciplines

Designated “I” Course

  • International/Global Course (3 credits)

II. Major Department Requirement

No more than 45 credits are required for any major field offering a B.A. degree and no more than 60 credits for any major field offering a B.S. degree, including courses in the major department and required correlatives. A student must earn at least 12 credits toward the major in upper level courses (300 level) at Albertus Magnus College.

III. Electives

In addition to general education and major department requirements, students select sufficient elective courses to complete the 120 credits required for graduation.

Majors, Concentrations and Certificate Programs

The Accelerated Degree Program at Albertus Magnus College offers the following majors, concentrations, and certificate programs. A detailed description of each may be found below:

Undergraduate Degrees and Concentrations

Arts and Sciences

Communications

Humanities

Philosophy & Religion

Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies*

Social Sciences

Criminal Justice*

Human Services*

Psychology

  • Art Therapy
  • Child Development
  • Counseling and Mental Health
  • General Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Social Science

  • Criminal Justice
  • General Sociology
  • Social Gerontology
  • Social Work and Social Welfare
  • Urban Studies

Sociology

* Also available in our East Hartford location

Practica and Internships

Practica and internships are required in some fields. Department chairs will advise students when their majors require a practicum or internship. Department policy determines the number of internship credits that may apply towards a degree.

Independent Study

An independent study affords students the opportunity to undertake research or to do a research project in an area not covered by other courses. The project should contribute to students’ development as scholars within their program of study. To apply for an independent study, students must be in good academic standing, must submit an Independent Study Proposal form, and must have sufficient academic background to undertake the proposed research. Independent study proposals must be approed by the department chair, academic advisor, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Independent studies do not take the form of tutorials.

Tutorial

Tutorials may be arranged for students who need a required course that will not be offered before their graduation. To request a tutorial, students first should consult with their academic advisor and department chair,submit a “Tutorial Request” form, and pay a tutorial surcharge of $300 in addition to tuition. Permission to undertake a tutorial depends on the availability of a faculty tutor with appropriate expertise. Students taking tutorials must with their tutors for the same number of hours per week as the credits assigned to the tutorial. Tutorials do not take the form of independent studies. The subjects of tutorials are limited to courses listed in this catalogue.