Online and Continuing Education

Degree Requirements

To obtain a bachelor’s degree, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Total Credits
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average
  • Residency
  • Paracurriculum/Experiential Learning
  • The Linfield Curriculum (general education requirements)
  • Major

Total Credits

To earn a B.A., B.S., or B.S.N. degree, a candidate must earn 125 credits. See the 2018-19 Course Catalog for full requirements.


At least 30 credits must be from Linfield College, including 20 of the last 30 credits, 15 credits in the major, and 10 credits in the minor. Students pursuing two degrees, whether concurrently or subsequently, must earn at least 35 additional credits, including at least 15 credits in each major. Residence credits do not include credit through challenge examinations, achievement examinations, Advanced Placement, CLEP examinations, or portfolio evaluation credits.

A student with at least 30 credits earned at Linfield may, with prior approval of the Curriculum Committee, spend the senior year at a foreign university.

Paracurriculum/Experiential Learning

In recognition of the value of acquiring certain skills and participating in various activities, the college has established a group of personal skill and creative activity courses called the paracurriculum. Paracurricular courses are identified by course numbers below 100; they normally carry one or two credits. To graduate, a student must have three credits in paracurricular courses, one of which must be in physical education or dance. All paracurricular courses are graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

No more than eight credits in paracurricular courses, with no more than four courses from any one department, may count toward graduation.

Colloquium (IDST 007 or 008), taken by all first-year students, is included in the eight-credit maximum.

The Linfield Curriculum (LC) (General Education Requirements)

The purpose of the general education requirement, called the Linfield Curriculum, is to foster the development of wholly-educated persons by providing a coherent experience spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, and social-behavioral sciences. The Linfield Curriculum seeks to enable students to communicate effectively; appreciate literary, artistic, and historical works; be conversant with various philosophical and religious conceptions of humanity; understand the role of diversity both globally and nationally; analyze how human beings behave individually and socially; understand, formulate, and critique quantitative arguments; and comprehend the methods and accomplishments of modern science.

Grounded in the multidisciplinary spirit of the liberal arts, the Linfield Curriculum stresses wide exposure to the ways that educated individuals, be they scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, teachers, or ethicists, engage ideas, articulate choices, and assert opinions. It encourages students to cultivate intellectual and personal flexibility, pursue independent action, and engage in responsible decision-making. The Linfield Curriculum emphasizes communication and facilitates self-discovery in personal, cultural, and academic contexts. It affirms the need to understand people and societies both nationally and internationally. In short, the Linfield Curriculum encourages inquiry, analysis, and imagination, habits of mind that provide the foundation for reasoned action, wonder, and continued learning in all aspects of life.

The Program for the Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement (PLACE) promotes innovation in liberal arts education and civic engagement through the exploration of thematic connections among modes of thinking and inquiry within the Linfield Curriculum. It has several goals:

  1. To motivate experimentation in liberal education both inside and outside of the classroom.
  2. To promote civic engagement and social enterprise by encouraging students to apply their knowledge and skills at all levels – local, national, and global – within the public domain.
  3. To cultivate an intellectual, interdisciplinary community through the exploration of a single theme from a variety of perspectives.
  4. To create a forum in which to share experiences from faculty, students, and community members and to disseminate this information. The Linfield Curriculum consists of four major components:

(1) the Inquiry Seminar; (2) the Modes of Inquiry; (3) Diversity Studies; and (4) a Writing-Intensive Requirement. Courses contributing to the Linfield Curriculum are normally a minimum of 3 semester-credits. Any single class transferred from outside institutions must be at least 3 semester-credits or 4 quarter-credits. To encourage intellectual breadth, no student may count more than two courses from a single department toward completion of the Modes of Inquiry and Diversity Studies components of the Linfield Curriculum. For the purpose of the LC requirements only, theatre and communication arts are viewed as separate departments.

The Modes of Inquiry

The Modes of Inquiry offer six conceptual frames of reference central to the pursuit and construction of modern knowledge: Creative Studies; Individuals, Systems, and Societies; Natural World; Quantitative Reasoning; Ultimate Questions; and Vital Past. While resembling the traditional distributional arrangements of general education, these categories also transcend them by asking students and faculty to focus on the distinctive cross-disciplinary questions underlying each Mode of Inquiry. The Linfield Curriculum encourages intellectual breadth by introducing students to a wide variety of academic experiences. Each student must complete at least seven approved courses, one in each of the Six Modes of Inquiry and one Upper- Division course. This Upper-Division course must be at the 300-level or above, it must be in one of the Six Modes of Inquiry (Creative Studies; Individuals, Systems, and Societies; Natural World; Quantitative Reasoning; Ultimate Questions; and Vital Past), and it must be a course from outside the student’s major department. In the case of a student with multiple majors, the Upper-Division course must be from outside one of the major departments. In other words, it may not be a course which satisfies the requirements of both majors. In the case of interdisciplinary majors, the Upper-Division course must be from outside the student’s field of study.

To satisfy the requirement for each Mode of Inquiry and the Upper-Division course, a student must demonstrate meeting the learning objectives of that mode by choosing an assignment, or collection of assignments, to post in an online repository. The choice of these exemplars must be supported with a paragraph description. These exemplars must be posted by the last day of finals of the semester the course is taken. For the case in which a course satisfies multiple LC designations, a student may initially choose to submit exemplars and support for multiple designations; however, the student must eventually select the designation for which the course is to count and submit exemplars and support from different courses for the other LC designations. Students can receive credit for only one LC designation per course.

LC Portfolio FAQs

What is an exemplar?

An exemplar is a model, a sample or an example that demonstrates the student’s mastery of the learning outcomes for a course. This may be a paper, digital image of a work of art, or any other product required by the course.

How do I submit my exemplars?

You can access your LC portfolio from your Blackboard page under My Organizations. There is an individual place to submit each exemplar in the LC portfolio.

Where do I find the learning objectives for the particular mode of inquiry that I want to demonstrate?

The learning objectives for each mode of inquiry are listed in the Linfield Course Catalog and on the course syllabus. You can also find them in your LC portfolio in Blackboard at the beginning of each exemplar submission form.

Is posting an exemplar in my LC portfolio required in order to earn the credits and the final grade in the course?

Your grade in the course is earned by meeting the learning objectives that the professor has established and is separate from posting an exemplar of your learning to your LC portfolio. However, while this process does not affect your grade for the course in any way, the course cannot be used to meet an LC for degree requirements unless an exemplar and rationale are posted by the end of the semester in which the course is taken.

Is there a deadline for posting material to meet the LC requirement?

Yes, an exemplar and statement must be posted by the last day of finals of the semester the course is taken.

Can I submit the same material for more than one LC?

Yes. However, you must eventually choose which LC the course will meet.

Who will evaluate my completion of the LC portfolio for each mode of inquiry in the Linfield Curriculum?

Your LC portfolio will not be evaluated each time you submit an exemplar. You will be required to show that it is complete before you graduate. At this time, there is no way to link the information in your LC portfolio with the information on your Program Evaluation in WebAdvisor. Before you graduate, the two will be reconciled. 

Requirements for a Major

To earn a B.A. or B.S. degree, a candidate must complete the degree requirements for all campuses.

Degree programs offered through DCE may be completed on a part-time basis. Courses are taught by full-time Linfield faculty members, qualified people from the faculties of other institutions of higher learning, or practicing professionals or business people. Adjunct faculty are selected by the academic departments of the college to deliver the quality education long associated with the traditional residential program of Linfield.

Courses are offered during the entire year, including summer. Traditional classes meet in the classroom one evening per week or on weekends. Many courses are available online, and some majors may be completed entirely online.

Credit for Prior Learning

Many adults have acquired college-level learning through experiences outside the classroom. Students may earn academic credit for this learning by demonstrating knowledge and skills in the following ways: (1) a credit for prior learning portfolio for a maximum of 31 semester credits (note that the 30-semester-credit residence requirement still applies) and (2) challenge exams and CLEP exams (up to 30 semester credits combined).

You may also apply for transfer credit for training programs you completed through your employer or the military when these programs have been reviewed and accredited by the American Council on Education, a national educational research organization.

Certificate Programs

DCE students may complete certificates in Accounting (post-baccalaureate only), Computer Information Systems, Global Health, Health Administration, Human Resource Management, and Marketing. Each certificate program consists of a cluster of four to eight courses (12-24 credits). No more than one of the required certificate courses may be earned by portfolio or through coursework transferred from another institution. No more than one course may be used to fulfill both certificate and major requirements.

Graduation and Commencement

To become a candidate for graduation, each student must file a degree application form (Intent to Graduate available online) with the Registrar or Registration Office of the appropriate degree program: the McMinnville Campus, Division of Continuing Education, or Portland Campus. All students must file by the end of the semester one year prior to the degree completion semester.

Filing an Intent to Graduate form by the appropriate deadline will provide students sufficient opportunity to make any necessary class schedule adjustments for timely completion of degree requirements. The above deadlines are also critical to: (1) the administrative processing necessary for correct presentation of the student’s credentials and name at commencement; and (2) verification of the student’s completed degree requirements. Failure to meet the deadline can potentially delay participation in graduation and/or timely receipt of the diploma.

In the event a student may not complete all degree requirements by the planned completion date, the student may be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. Students should submit a Petition to Participate in Commencement form to the Registrar or Registration Office for presentation to the Student Policies Committee by April 1st for participation in the spring commencement. Eligibility to participate is based on the policy explained below.

Students who have not met all requirements are eligible for participation in commencement if they lack only some combination of:

  1. Credits in courses in which they are currently enrolled at Linfield or elsewhere (or)
  2. Non-course requirements that can reasonably be expected to be satisfied prior to commencement (and)
  3. No more than six credits to be earned.

Where non-Linfield courses are involved, written documentation of such enrollment must be provided. In cases where successful completion of current courses will not suffice to meet all requirements, evidence must be provided of the student’s intention to enroll in the immediately following Linfield College summer term for the needed credits. Where non-course requirements have not been satisfied, appropriate evidence must be provided that they will be satisfied by commencement.

For any further inquiries about candidacy for graduation or eligibility to participate in commencement, students should contact the Registrar or Registration Office appropriate to their program.

Sexual Misconduct

In keeping with its mission, Linfield commits itself to providing an environment which is safe and which fosters excellence in learning for its students and in work performance for its employees. Linfield’s expectations of civility among community members exceed those applied to the public at large. It is the policy of Linfield College that no member of the College community shall engage in sexual misconduct against another member of the College or larger community and that, should this occur, the College will, to the extent it is able, support the complainant and pursue sanctions against the respondent. To this end, the College shall annually apprise its students, faculty, administrators and staff of this policy, and inform them about the meaning and effects of sexual misconduct. For the protection of the community, the College may take action against those who commit such an assault. In taking action, the college will make every attempt to provide as much anonymity for the complainant(s) and respondent(s) as possible. In fulfilling this policy and its procedures, the College shall seek to avoid creating a climate or taking actions that could, in themselves, have the effect of further harming a complainant. The Linfield College Sexual Misconduct Policy, while prohibiting offenses forbidden by Oregon law, also prohibits conduct that may not be a crime under Oregon law. As a result, Linfield requires a higher standard of conduct for members of the Linfield community than those applied to the public at large. Law enforcement agencies contacted about sexual misconduct at Linfield will follow Oregon law, not Linfield College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.