Students must successfully complete a major (or an emphasis in the case of Johnston students) for all undergraduate degrees. A minor is not required, except for certain majors.
Declaration of Major
Students must declare their major before registration for the junior year. Forms and instructions are available in the Registrar’s Office and online at www.redlands.edu/registrars/student-forms. Before declaring a major, students should discuss their proposed course of study with the chair or director of the program. Students are encouraged to explore several fields during their freshman and sophomore years. Forms and instructions for changes in major and declaration of a second major are available in the Registrar’s Office and in academic departments. This action should follow consultation with, and formal approval by, the chair of the new major department.
Multiple Majors and Minors
A student may have multiple majors and minors as long as the following minimums and conditions are met:
1. The student must designate 28 credits from the required courses for each major as base credits for the major.
2. Any credits designated as base credits within a major may not be designated as base credits within another major, nor may the base credits count toward a departmental minor. Double counting on non-base credits is unrestricted. Departments and programs may place further restrictions on major and minor requirements within their jurisdiction.
Students with multiple majors will designate a first/primary major and follow the degree requirements of that major’s degree (see list of degrees/majors below). One or more additional majors may be selected, whether in the same degree or not. Specific requirements for each additional major(s) must be met. Students who wish to obtain a double degree (e.g., a BA in English and a BS in Chemistry) are referred to the Requirements for a Second Bachelor’s Degree found later in this section of the Catalog.
Major Requirement Options
Students at Redlands are given the choice of pursuing a traditional course of study leading to either one or a combination of the degrees bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, or bachelor of music, or of electing to design their own course of study leading to the BA or BS degree through the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies. For detailed information about the Johnston Center option, consult the appropriate section of this Catalog.
Bachelor of Arts
Students must select a major field of study from the following approved areas:
Health, Medicine, and Society
Latin American Studies
Media and Visual Culture Studies
Race and Ethnic Studies
Sociology and Anthropology
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The Bachelor of Arts major program consists of 28 to 44 credits as specified by the individual departments or programs. Interdisciplinary majors consist of 48 to 72 credits as listed in this Catalog. Of these credits, no more than 24 may be taken in any one department or discipline. No course for the major may be taken for Credit/No Credit except in instances where a course is offered only on that basis.
Bachelor of Science
Students may select a major field from the following areas:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The Bachelor of Science major program consists of 32 to 50 credits, as specified by the individual departments. Interdisciplinary majors consist of 48 to 72 credits as listed in this Catalog. Of these credits, no more than 24 may be taken in any one department or discipline.
In addition, one of the two following requirements must be met:
1. The student must complete 16 to 32 credits in a related field outside the major department. The related field is intended to provide support for gaining competence in the major. Courses are specified by the major department; or
2. The student must complete a minor of 22 to 32 credits in a single program. The minor is intended to encourage the development of competence in a second field of study. None of the credits in the minor program may be specified by a student’s major. The minor is to be developed by the student with the approval of the advisor and is subject to the guidelines set forth by the department in which the minor is taken. A second major may be taken in lieu of a minor.
Not all programs leading to the BS degree offer both the related field and the minor routes for satisfying the degree. Students should check the requirements of their particular department. No course for the major may be taken for Credit/No Credit except in instances where the course is offered only on that basis.
Bachelor of Music
Students may select a major field from the following areas:
Performance (Applied Music)
The requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree are listed under School of Music in this Catalog. No course for the major may be taken for Credit/No Credit except in instances where a course is offered only on that basis.
Requirements for a Second Bachelor's Degree
The University will grant a baccalaureate degree to a student who already possesses a bachelor’s degree earned at Redlands or another regionally accredited college or university if that student passes no fewer than 32 additional credits in a new major while in residence at the University and meets all general and major graduation requirements in effect at the time of residence.
Declaration of a Minor
Although a minor is not required for graduation, students who choose to pursue a minor program of study must declare their minor before registration for the junior year. Forms and instructions are available in the Registrar’s Office and in academic departments. Before declaring a minor, students should discuss their proposed course of study with the chair or director of the program.
The minor program consists of 22 to 32 credits in a single program and is intended to encourage the development of competence in a second field of study. The course of study must be approved by the department chair and is subject to the guidelines set forth by the program in which the minor is taken. No course for the minor may be taken for Credit/No Credit except in instances where a course is offered only on that basis.
Please note the rules for double majors and minors in the section titled Multiple Majors and Minors.
Students may construct an interdisciplinary minor under the aegis of an existing department or program. This minor must satisfy the following conditions:
1. It must meet University-wide standards as published in this Catalog;
2. It must be designed in conjunction with a faculty advisor; and
3. A committee of faculty representatives from all disciplines involved must be convened to approve the student’s proposal.
Requirements vary among graduate programs. Students should consult the appropriate departmental listing in this Catalog for specific requirements. However, the following regulations pertain to graduate students in all programs at the University of Redlands.
No course that has been completed more than six years before the date of graduation shall be counted toward a University of Redlands graduate degree.
For students admitted to candidacy programs that require a thesis or project, an advisory committee is appointed as soon as possible during the course of study, but in no case later than the beginning of the student’s last semester of graduate work. The chair of the committee will usually be selected from the department of specialization, and he or she is responsible for reviewing the candidate’s program to ensure that all departmental or divisional requirements have been met. The chair serves as the primary advisor for work on the thesis, but the candidate is expected to consult regularly with other members of the committee while such work is in progress.
The candidate must submit a thesis topic proposal to the appropriate program director, department chair, or committee. The proposal must be approved before the student undertakes further work on the thesis. Topics must be limited to areas in which research material is available and in which faculty members feel qualified to direct research.
1. Candidates must register for the number of thesis credits required by the program (courses numbered 699).
2. The format of the thesis (usually taken from the handbooks developed by the American Psychological Association, Turabian, or Campbell) must be approved by the candidate’s committee.
3. Candidates must consult with all members of the committee as the thesis progresses, and suggested revisions must be incorporated before the final draft of the thesis is prepared. It is the responsibility of the candidate—and not the candidate’s committee—to proofread the text carefully and to correct all errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar.
4. The final version of the thesis must be submitted to all members of the examining committee no later than one week preceding the date of the examination.
5. Any additional revisions or corrections to the final version of the thesis, as specified by the examining committee, must be completed before the degree will be awarded.
Some programs require a candidate to pass an oral examination in his or her major field of study before receiving the master’s degree. The examination is administered by a committee approved by the program director or department chair. Such an examination generally centers on the thesis or project completed by the candidate, but may critically examine all phases of the candidate’s work. The examination is scheduled only after payment of the thesis fee (if applicable) and after all members of the candidate’s committee have approved its scheduling. The candidate is responsible for paying all necessary fees and ensuring that all committee members have approved the date of the oral examination.
Comprehensive examinations, when required by the candidate’s program, must be taken at least five weeks prior to completion of the program. Notification of intent to take the comprehensive examination should be made to the program director or department chair early in the semester in which it will be taken. Upon the specific recommendation of a department or program, the comprehensive examination may be waived for students with outstanding academic records.
Minimum Credit and Curriculum Requirements
The minimum number of credits required varies according to the program. See individual department listings for this information.