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Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

To earn a bachelor's degree on the McMinnville Campus, a candidate must earn 125 credits and achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00.  A cumulative GPA of 2.00 in the major(s) and minor(s) must also be maintained.  Of the 125 credits required, those from paracurricular courses may be as few as 3, but may not exceed 8.  No fewer than 30 credits must be from Linfield College, including 20 of the last 30 credits and 15 credits in the major.  However, with the advance approval of the Curriculum Committee, a student with at least 30 credits earned at Linfield may spend the senior year at a foreign university.  Students with a documented learning disability who need to substitute required courses must petition the Registrar no later than the completion of 45 credits. 

Requirements for the BSN degree are described in the Nursing section of the catalog.  Requirements for BA and BS degrees from the Division of Continuing Education in Business Information Systems, International Business, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Management, and Accounting, as well as requirements for the online RN to BSN program, are described in the Division of Continuing Education section of the catalog.

BA and BS Degree Requirements:

Each BA degree candidate will study a foreign language.  The requirement may be fulfilled by: (a) one full year of course work at the elementary level (Modern Languages courses numbered 101 and 102), or (b) one semester of course work beyond the elementary level (Modern Languages courses numbered 105, 201, 202, or higher).  The requirement may also be satisfied with a year of Greek or Hebrew in the Religious Studies Department (See LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT later in this section).

Each BS degree candidate will complete two courses of at least three credits each in a single natural science or social-behavioral science field, or computer science or mathematics.  These courses must be: (a) outside the department which offers the major and, (b) beyond those used by the student to meet general education requirements. (see pg.23-25 of this handbook for a list of disciplines that will fulfill this requirement)

Degrees Available:

All majors offered on the McMinnville Campus are available for the BA Degree.  Majors in some departments are also available for the BS Degree.  Below is a list of majors offered at the McMinnville campus.  Those marked with an asterisk (*) are available for the BA or BS degree.  Those without a bullet are available only for the BA degree.

  • Accounting•
  • Anthropology•
  • Applied Physics•
  • Athletic Training•
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology•
  • Biology•
  • Chemistry•
  • Communication Arts
  • Computer Science•
  • Creative Writing
  • Economics•
  • Electronic Arts
  • Elementary Education•
  • English
  • Environmental Studies- Policy Focus•
  • Environmental Studies- Science Focus•
  • Exercise Science•
  • Finance•
  • French
  • French and Francophone African Studies
  • German
  • German Studies
  • Health Education•
  • History
  • Human Perfomancce: Exercise Science•
  • Human Performance: Physical Activity & Fitness Studies 
  • Human Performance: Physical Education 
  • Intercultural Communication
  • International Business•
  • International Relations
  • Japanese
  • Japanese Studies 
  • Latin America/Latino Studies
  • Management•
  • Marketing•
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics•
  • Music
  • Pre-Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics•
  • Political Science
  • Psychology•
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology•
  • Spanish
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre Arts

Major Requirements:

All students must complete a major during their undergraduate careers.  Requirements differ among departments but generally involve earning approximately 40 credits; multiple-field majors may require up to 60 credits.  All requirements are established with the approval of the faculty.  To be eligible for degrees, students must earn at least 15 credits in their major fields from Linfield.

Students who have completed 45 semester hours or more declare a major by filing a "Declaration of Academic Program" form approved by an advisor in the major department.  Failure to declare a major after earning 45 credits or more  will result in a registration hold.

A student may, with faculty approval, design an Individual Major.  The Individual Major (IM) serves students on the McMinnville Campus who wish to focus on an interdisciplinary area not covered by established majors. The IM must have the approval of the Curriculum Committee and Faculty Assembly.  To request such a major, a student must be a sophomore, have a GPA of 3.0, secure a faculty advisor for the project, and file the appropriate form (available at the Registrar's Office) with the Curriculum Committee no later than the end of the sophomore year.  Crafting an IM demands extensive consultation with the student by the appropriate advisors.

Linfield also offers a certification program in secondary education, which supplements an appropriate major.  A BSN degree is offered on the Portland campus

Minors:

Students are not required to complete a minor, but if they so choose, those on the McMinnville Campus may complete one or more from the following list.

  • Anthropology
  • Asian Studies
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies
  • Coaching- HHPA Major Track
  • Coaching- Non-HHPA Major Track
  • Communication Arts
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Studies
  • French 
  • French and Francophone African Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • German 
  • German Studies
  • Health Education
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Japanese
  • Latin American Studies
  • Law, Rights, and Justice
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education 
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sport Management 
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre Arts
  • Visual Cukture 

General Education Requirements:

Requirements for the Linfield Curriculum may be found on pages 25-29 of this handbook.

Language Requirement:

The foreign language requirement for the BA degree may be satisfied by two semesters of language study at the elementary level for a total of 8 credits, or by a one-semester intensive language course, or by one five-credit course beyond the elementary level.  Courses are offered in American Sign Language, Chinese (one year only), French, Greek (one year only), Hebrew (one year only), Japanese, Latin (one year only), German, and Spanish.  Students whose native language is not English are exempt from the foreign language requirement by virtue of their immersion in the study of English as a second language.

Candidates for the BA must successfully complete both 101 and 102, or one semester at or above the 105 level, in the Modern Languages Department; or 202 and 203 (Hebrew) or 200 and 201 (Greek) in the Religious Studies Department.  First year students with high school language experience or transfer students who have not fulfilled the language requirement will take a placement test to determine their appropriate class level.  No college credit for high school course work in language will be allowed without departmental evaluation of a student's proficiency.  Waiver of the language requirement is by examination.  The language requirement should be completed in the first year.  Prospective language students with a weak foundation in English grammar skills are strongly urged to take ENGL 125.

Paracurriculum Requirement:

In recognition of the value of acquiring certain skills and participating in various activities, the College has established a group of courses collectively called the paracurriculum. To graduate, a student must have three credits in paracurricular courses, one of which must be in physical education.  No more than eight hours from the paracurriculum and no more than four hours from any one department may be counted toward graduation.  Paracurricular courses offered on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis are identified by course numbers below 100; they normally earn one or two credits.  The requirement for IDST 007 Colloquium is included in the maximum of eight credits.  Note that in the Departments of Mass Communication and English, some paracurricular courses have 100-level counterparts available to majors.  These are graded with letter grades and not counted toward the paracurricular requirement.  Also note that whereas "Satisfactory" grades are not counted in grade point averages, "Unsatisfactory" grades will be counted.

Experiential Learning:

Courses in the Experiential Learning categories of Internships, Peer Instruction (those numbered 439), and Paracurricular designated as an Experiential Learning (EL).  Limitations on the number of EL courses that may count toward graduation are as follows:

  • Two (2) internship courses, with no more than five (5) credits from a single internship course, may be counted toward graduation requirements.
  • Eight (8) paracurricular/co-curricular courses (those courses numbered 0xx), with no more than four (4) courses from any one department, may be counted toward graduation requirements.
  • One (1) peer instruction course may be counted toward graduation requirements.
  • No more than twenty (20) credits from courses designated as EL may count toward graduation requirements