Academic Honors. Wesleyan College recognizes its students' superior academic work through the President's Scholars, the Provost's List, senior honors (latin), Junior Marshals, and through election to various campus honor societies.
President's Scholars: Full-time students who during one semester, including summer, pass all their courses and earn a grade point average of 4.00 are named as President's Scholars for the semester.
Provost's List: Full-time students who during one semester, including summer, pass in all their courses and maintain a grade point average of 3.50 to 3.99 are named to the Provost's List for the semester.
Senior Honors: Requirements for graduating with honors are:
summa cum laude
magna cum laude
For senior honors, grades accepted for transfer credit to Wesleyan will be computed in the cumulative GPA, but the student may not receive a higher honor at graduation than that merited by her academic performance at Wesleyan.
Wesleyan graduates with an undergraduate degree who return to Wesleyan for a second undergraduate degree, or students who come to Wesleyan for a second undergraduate degree from another regionally accredited institution, will continue adding to their previous GPA for cumulative hours.
Junior Marshals. Junior Marshals are selected during spring semester each year from full-time students in the rising Junior Class to serve as guides in the processional and recessional at formal academic occasions in the next academic year. At the point of selection, candidates for Junior Marshal positions must have completed forty-five (45) hours of academic work, at least thirty (30) of which must be at Wesleyan College. The Provost of the College, the Registrar of the College, the Dean of Students and the Faculty Marshal comprise the selection committee. The committee may solicit information from Faculty and Student Affairs Staff as needed. Selection criteria include cumulative grade point average, proven leadership in student organizations as evidenced on the Co-Curricular transcript, and character traits including punctuality, reliability, and commitment.
Honors Research. Wesleyan College encourages exemplary students to conduct and present rigorous scholarly research in close consultation with faculty members. A student may participate in honors research by completing an honors thesis during her senior year or by making a presentation at a conference off campus.
Eligibility for Completing the Honors Thesis
1. A full-time student who began her college career at Wesleyan and who, at the beginning of her senior year at the college, has a 3.50 or higher cumulative grade point average overall and in her major is eligible to register for thesis credit and complete the honors thesis.
2. A full-time student who transfers into Wesleyan from a regionally accredited college or university and achieves a grade point average of 3.50 or higher overall and in her major after 90 semester hours of academic work is eligible to register for thesis credit and complete the honors thesis.
3. To be eligible for the honors thesis, a student must complete at least four courses within her major by the beginning of the spring semester of her junior year.*
4. Under certain circumstances, a student may appeal to the College Provost to register for thesis credit and complete the honors thesis.
Eligibility to Continue Thesis Research
A student conducting research for an honors thesis must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.50 overall and in her major throughout the senior year in order to be eligible to continue her research into the second semester and complete the honors thesis. Students who do not meet this standard will no longer be eligible to complete the honors thesis.
The Honors Thesis
A student wishing to write an honors thesis must consult with her major advisor early during the spring semester of her junior year. She must submit an application and syllabus for XXX 499, designed with her advisor, to the director of her major program and the registrar no later than the end of the spring semester of the junior year.
During her senior year, a thesis student will complete and present the results of her research. The thesis constitutes an in-depth exploration of some area within her major field. Involvement in the honors thesis shall be six semester hours, divided between her last two semesters, and will be noted on the student's transcript as XXX 499. At the beginning of the fall semester of her senior year, a student should establish her thesis committee, and throughout the fall and spring semesters of senior year, students should meet regularly with her thesis advisor(s). Honors thesis hours need not count toward the maximum hours allowed in a major. Note: There is a one-time course fee for XXX 499.
By the end of the fall semester of her senior year, the thesis student shall submit her literature review, introduction, methods, and bibliography to her thesis advisor. One week before Celebrating Student Scholarship Day in spring semester, she should submit a complete first draft to her thesis committee. Students completing the honors thesis are required to present their findings to faculty and peers during Celebrating Student Scholarship Day. The oral defense and the revised and signed thesis are due by Reading Day of spring semester.
The completion of the thesis shall be noted on the student's final transcript, with the notation to include the thesis title.
Thesis Research to Be Construed Broadly
There is a great deal of variation between academic fields regarding what constitutes serious scholarly work. Depending on the field, this may include performances or the display of tangible creative works. Such scholarly work is eligible for consideration for the completion of thesis requirements, provided that 1) a permanent record of the work is created for the college's collection, 2) the student's advisor approves of the work in the same manner that other thesis work is approved, and 3) the student meets all other requirements for the completion of the thesis.
* Students graduating in December should follow the modified schedule and checklist available on WesPortal, WesNet tab. These students should meet with their advisor(s) during the second semester of their junior year to set up a schedule for the completion of their thesis requirements.
Wesleyan College encourages students to present high-quality research and other scholarly work at state, regional and national conferences. Students are encouraged to consult with their advisors regarding appropriate venues at which to present their work. In many fields, conferences accept proposals for presentations by undergraduate students, and there are similar opportunities at a number of interdisciplinary conferences. The college maintains membership in the Southern Regional Honors Council and the Georgia Collegiate Honors Council, and students are eligible to apply to present their work at those organizations' annual conferences. There is also a list of conferences that accept undergraduate work available on the WesPortal, WesNet tab. A student's advisor is likely to be the best source of information about conference opportunities.
The college will provide limited funding to cover travel, lodging and registration expenses on a competitive basis. To be eligible for consideration for funding, a student must have a grade point average of at least 3.50 overall and in her major, as well as have a recommendation from a faculty member who is supervising her research. Applications for conference funding will be considered by a committee composed of the director of honors research, the director of the Global Scholars Program and the directors of the Findlay, Munroe and Lane scholarship programs. Because of budgetary considerations, even well qualified projects may not be awarded funding. Students who receive funding back must complete a report on their presentation to the director of honors research no later than Reading Day of the semester in which the conference occurs. Students who do not make a presentation as planned must repay to the college any funds received. Because of the limited funding available, college funding will be available for no more than one conference per student.
Honor Societies and Professional Fraternities.
Alpha Kappa Psi. Alpha Kappa Psi, the first professional fraternity in business, was founded at New York University in 1904 and chartered at Wesleyan in 1989. Students with a business major or minor are eligible for membership. Members must have high moral character and satisfactory academic standing.
Alpha Lambda Delta. This national scholastic honor society recognizes outstanding academic achievement during the first year. Founded nationally in 1923, a chapter was established at Wesleyan in 1987. To be eligible for membership, first-year students must be enrolled full-time, earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or better, and be among the top 20 percent of their class.
Beta Beta Beta. Beta Beta Beta is a national honor society for biologists. Founded nationally in 1922, a chapter was established at Wesleyan in 1977. Rising juniors and senior biology majors are chosen on the basis of academic achievement, both in the major and in general scholarship.
Kappa Mu Epsilon. KME, a specialized honor society in mathematics, established the Georgia Epsilon chapter at Wesleyan in 2010. KME was founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students. Its chapters are located in colleges and universities of recognized standing which offer a strong mathematics major. The chapters' members are selected from students of mathematics and other closely related fields who have maintained standards of scholarship, have professional merit, and have attained academic distinction.
Mortar Board. The Crown and Scepter chapter of Mortar Board was founded at Wesleyan in 1971. Mortar Board is a national senior honor society founded for the advancement of women. Membership is based on scholarship, leadership, and service, and is offered to a select group of rising seniors every spring.
Phi Kappa Phi. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society recognizing academe achievement in all departments. The Wesleyan chapter was established in 1969. It seeks to stimulate scholarship in all fields of learning. Only those juniors who are in the upper 7.5 percent and seniors in the upper 10 percent of their classes may be considered for membership. Character and service are also considered.
Phi Sigma Iota. The International Foreign Language Honor Society began in 1917 at Allegheny College. The Sigma Omicron chapter of Phi Sigma Iota was established on the Wesleyan campus in 1966. The Society seeks to recognize outstanding achievement and abilities of students pursuing a curriculum which emphasizes foreign languages, literatures, and cultures. Students who have completed at least three semesters at Wesleyan, who have reached at least the fifth semester level of the foreign language they study, and who have a 3.00 average or better in the declared major/minor and in overall coursework are eligible for membership.
Pi Gamma Mu. Installed at Wesleyan in 1959, Pi Gamma Mu is a national honor society in social science. To be eligible, a student must have earned at least twenty semester hours in the social sciences with a B average and be in the upper 35% of her class.
Psi Chi. A chapter of Psi Chi, a national honor society in psychology, was established at Wesleyan College in 1980. To be eligible for membership, a student must have declared a major in psychology, completed eight semester hours of psychology, or six semester hours and registered for at least two semester hours in addition. Grade point averages of 3.267 in general scholarship and 3.3 in the major are required.
Convocations. The Wesleyan Convocation Series contributes to a strong academic atmosphere for students, faculty, and staff by bringing to the campus outstanding scholars and performers in varied areas and providing opportunities for meaningful community service. In addition to providing enrichment beyond classroom experiences, the Convocations also serve the purpose of providing a time for the entire campus community to meet together. The Convocation Series will support the mission of the college.
Criteria for Convocations Convocations should contribute to the campus's academic atmosphere. Ceremonial occasions celebrating the life and accomplishments of the Wesleyan community (Fall Convocation and Honors Day Convocation, for example) and endowed lectures (such as the Lamar Lecture, the Belk Lecture, and the Carnes Lecture) are vital to the campus environment.
As a part of a liberal arts education, Convocations expose students to a broad knowledge base often outside of the student’s major and stimulate thought on a wide range of subjects. They also offer opportunities for students to explore academic and co-curricular interests outside of the classroom. Convocations provide occasions for students to question and explore the issues that affect their lives and futures.
Convocations should be organized with a clear academic goal in mind. Events must go beyond a conversation among students to include expertise not available within the general student population (faculty, staff, community members, etc.). Club meetings and events designed for smaller groups of students (a class, for instance) are not appropriate for a Convocation.
1. Wesleyan College shall offer 20 convocations per semester. The complete Convocation calendar will be released on or before the first day of classes each fall and spring semester.
2. The deadline for submitting Convocation requests for the fall semester is May 1. If the maximum number of 20 convocations is not reached at that deadline, additional requests are due August 1. The deadline for submitting convocation requests for the spring semester is October 1. If the maximum number of 20 convocations is not reached at that deadline, additional requests are due November 1. Applications should be submitted electronically to the chair of P&E.
3. Convocations may be scheduled for 11:15am on Thursdays, evenings, or weekends. Convocations will not be scheduled for 11:15am on Tuesdays.
4. Any materials purchased with funds from the Programs and Exhibitions Committee budget are the property of Wesleyan College and should be housed where they are accessible to the College community.
5. Student groups wishing to sponsor a convocation must obtain their faculty sponsor's and Director of Student Involvement’s approvals prior to submitting the convocation request.
6. Campus constituencies may certainly hold events that are not part of the convocation series. Also, opportunities for quality events often arise suddenly; events may be funded through Programs and Exhibitions that are not part of the convocation series.
1. To earn convocation credit, students must be present for the entire event. Furthermore, students must behave professionally during the event. Activities (such as texting or talking on cell phones) that distract others and signal disrespect for speakers/presenters and audience will not be tolerated. Lack of adherence to these guidelines constitutes an Honor Code violation, and the student will not receive convocation credit for the event.
2. Each fall and spring semesters, all Wesleyan students have the opportunity to have earn a 0.25 credit hour GPA boost (A, 4.00) and noted on her transcript as Convocation Attendance. Credit earned for convocation attendance will boost a student’s Wesleyan institutional GPA. However, credit hours earned do not apply towards graduation. Convocation credits do not apply to full-time/part-time credit hours. The convocation credit GPA boost may not apply to GPA’s configured for external scholarships and/or federal and state aid programs; it will apply to President's Scholar, Provost's List, and Latin honors. To earn the 0.25 credit hour GPA boost, a student must meet the following requirements:
a. For Fall Semester: 6 Convocations; Attendance at Fall Convocation will count as two Convocations
b. For Spring Semester: 6 Convocations total; Attendance at TBD number of Celebrating Student Scholarship presentations will count as two Convocations.
c. Each term, no later than the last class day (before finals), Student Affairs will inform the Registrar of the students who attended the required amount of convocations. The Registrar will add students to the Convocation class and post an A grade.
3. Each semester students who completes the convocation attendance requirement will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift card.
Instructional Technology Program. The objective of the Instructional Technology Program is to prepare women to live in the twenty-first century by teaching them to use the computer as a tool for learning, thinking, and communicating. To this end, the college offers courses in alternative electronic hybrid and online formats. Students in "hybrid" courses meet approximately half of the time in classroom or laboratory sessions and half of the time in collaborative online settings. Students in "online" courses interact predominantly through collaborative online means. Because some face-to-face interaction is essential for instructional continuity, electronic courses must involve a preterm meeting to orient students to the technology and requirements of online work.
Wesleyan College requires all full-time students to have a personal computer which meets minimum specifications. For information or current specifications, contact the Director of Computer and Information Resources at 478-757-5125.
Wesleyan is committed to providing students with the opportunity to use technology appropriate for their field of study. Students have access to both private e-mail and access to WesPortal, the College's intranet. The use of the systems must comply with the College's network policy which fully supports the EDUCOM Code for the protection of software and intellectual rights.
Wesleyan College provides students with (Wi-Fi) wireless network connection throughout the campus. These connections afford students the opportunity to browse the Internet, conduct research, and develop an appreciation for the ever-changing world of digital information.
Several computer laboratories and electronic classrooms are available for specialized activities such as scanning, statistical analysis, multimedia development, multimedia presentations, and Web page creation. Most courses involve direct use of computer and web-based resources. The Jenzabar learning management system facilitates sharing course resources, grading, bulletin-board and chat-based discussions. Students have access to electronic databases and Georgia inter-library loans and downloads as well as extensive use of virtual exploration programs and electronic simulations.
Information Technology Assistants are available to provide computer support and training.
Transfer, Dual Degree and Articulation Agreements. Wesleyan College provides programs that, under certain conditions, facilitate student transfers from several junior colleges in Georgia and North Carolina. Current articulation agreements include Andrew College, Georgia Military College, and Louisburg College. For more information, contact the Registrar's Office.
Students enrolled in Wesleyan College's Dual-Degree Engineering program will negotiate their transfer and completion of the program with Auburn University, Georgia Institute of Technology, or Mercer University. Wesleyan College provides a Dual-Degree Engineering advisor to students who seek this opportunity.
Under limited conditions, Mercer University and Wesleyan College allow their students to cross-register for courses at each other's institution.
Wesleyan College also offers students a variety of online courses through the College Consortium, a network of accredited colleges and universities that share online course offerings. To see the courses available, visit https://www.collegeconsortium.org/institutions/wesleyan-college/
Consortium courses provide you an opportunity to get ahead in coursework or to repeat a course to improve your grade point average. A College Consortium course will affect your grade-point average just like a Wesleyan College course.
Besides standard tuition and Wesleyan fees, there are no additional charges for summer classes completed through the College Consortium. You may use Wesleyan College financial aid. Required textbooks are not provided and must be purchased on your own.
Grades earned for courses attempted through cross-registration will count in the Grade Point Average at the home institution. Contact the Registrar's Office for approval before considering this option.
Study Abroad Programs. The International Study Abroad and Exchange Program of Wesleyan College provides outstanding academic opportunities. These programs extend the boundaries of our campus, widen our educational horizon, and encourage personal and academic growth through semester, summer, or year-long studies in a variety of countries.
Wesleyan College is an associate member of the International Education of Students (IES) consortium which provides access to a wide range of institutionally approved international programs in popular destinations around the world. Wesleyan College is also a member of MISEN (Methodist International Student Exchange Network) which provides access to international programs in the MISEN network. Wesleyan College also has direct exchange agreements through the Business Education Initiative with Queen's University in Northern Ireland and with the following institutions:
Additionally, Wesleyan College has a Memorandum of Understanding to promote academic collaboration and exchanges with Guangzhou University, South China Normal University, and South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China.
Wesleyan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees and master's degrees. Neither Sookmyung Women's University, Ewha Woman's University, Osaka University, South China Normal University, Guangzhou University, South China University of Technology, nor Queen's University (Belfast, Northern Ireland) herein referred to as partner institutions is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, and the accreditation of Wesleyan College does not extend to or include these partner institutions nor its students. Although Wesleyan College accepts certain course work in transfer toward a credential from the partner institutions, or collaborates in other ways for generation of course credits or program credentials, other colleges and universities may or may not accept this work in transfer, even if it appears on a transcript from Wesleyan College. This decision is made by the institution subsequently considering the possibility of accepting such credits.
Eligibility and Requirements
Undergraduate students must have a 3.00 cumulative grade point average, sophomore standing or greater, be in good academic standing, and have the initial approval of their academic advisors and program directors.
Each student preparing for international study abroad is required to participate in an orientation session the semester before the international program begins and make a presentation after she returns to Wesleyan. The orientation session explores observing other cultures, language learning outside of the classroom, journal writing, as well as practical health, safety, and financial concerns. Students are expected to keep a journal of their experiences to share with the Wesleyan community following their return home.
Credits and Transcripts
Course pre-approval will be coordinated by the Study Abroad Committee through the student's academic advisor, the Provost of the College, and the Registrar of the College.
Application for study abroad must be made on forms provided by the Study Abroad Center in Tate Hall. All students must submit a Wesleyan International and Study Abroad application with a $50 deposit. Our cooperative agreement programs may require additional applicant fees or deposits. Applications will be available by early December.
The application for a direct exchange includes a letter of recommendation from the student's academic advisor. The application process may be competitive, and all application materials are due by February 1. Students will be notified as soon as possible regarding their acceptance and placement.
Program Costs and Financial Aid
The cost of each institutionally approved international program varies. Program costs are dependent upon the student's financial aid and the type of program in which the student enrolls. Students may apply for the Royal Endowed Scholarship for Study Abroad. Contact the Study Abroad Office for more information about the royal Endowed Scholarship for Study Abroad. Other scholarships are provided by IES, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information about these scholarships.
Transportation, Insurance, Passports, and VisasStudents are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Students are required to show proof of medical insurance for the duration of the program. For international study, this insurance should include both medical evacuation and repatriation benefits. The purchase of special insurance policies might be required by participating host institutions and consortia. Students are responsible for obtaining or renewing their passports and securing proper visas for international study. Each student must submit evidence of a valid passport before receiving final approval. For further information, please contact the Academic Study Abroad Director at Studyabroad@wesleyancollege.edu.
Internship and Professional Development Experience Programs. Wesleyan College's Internship and Professional Development Experience (PDE) Program is a significant component of Wesleyan's overall academic curriculum. Through the this program, students are able to relate theory to actual practice, reflect upon issues and concepts related to their experience, and gain valuable work experience while continuing their academic program.
Two levels of practical experience carry corresponding course descriptions. For the beginning student, a lower division course, Field Study 199, serves as an introduction to special areas in a career in which a student is interested. Consisting primarily of observation, the 199 exploratory internship allows the student to obtain a broad overview of a potential career while receiving credit for the experience. Field Study 452 is a more detailed program through which students with substantial relevant coursework obtain knowledge of a career and the opportunity to develop specific competencies necessary for entry level employment in that field. In addition, all students with graduation dates of May 2020 or later will be required to obtain at least one credit hour of PDE 400.
Variable academic credit is permitted for internships, but no more than twelve semester hours of field study credit will be counted toward the fulfillment of graduation requirements. During any given semester, one semester hour of academic credit earned equals a minimum of 48 hours dedicated to internship activities, 2 credit hours equals 96 activity hours, 3 credit hours equals 144 activity hours, and so on. A student may not register for more than twelve semester hours of internship credit in a semester.
To ensure the academic quality of the internship experience, interns work closely and meet regularly with faculty sponsors who eventually evaluate the students' performance, consulting periodically with the on-site supervisors. Field studies are evaluated on a Credit/No Credit basis. Please note that students may obtain field studies/internships in areas outside their academic major. They must, however, show evidence of a satisfactory, acceptable course base in the area in which they hope to intern.
Applications for field studies/internships must be approved by the student's academic advisor, faculty sponsor, field supervisor, and Director of Career Development. The internship application must be completed and approved by all parties prior to course registration. Further instructions regarding internships and PDEs are available on the Career Development section of WesPortal.
Academic Resource Center. The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is committed to providing academic resources, programs and services that promote the development and academic success of all Wesleyan students. Group workshops and individual sessions are held throughout the academic year in addition to special topic seminars that provide students with information about academic and personal success. Peer tutoring is a free resource provided to all students and is available by individual appointment and in group sessions. The ARC is located on the ground floor of Willet Memorial Library and is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week for student use. Contact the Director of Student Success for questions regarding Academic Center Services.
Disability Resources. Wesleyan College is committed to equal education and full participation for all students. Disability Services is committed to supporting students with disabilities. The Director of Disability and Advocacy Services oversees the implementation of disability related programs and services.
If a student with a disability wishes to receive an accommodation, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the Director of Disability and Advocacy Services and request an accommodation by completing the Disability Services Request Form. The student must provide current documentation from a qualified licensed professional as soon as possible, prior to when accommodations are desired. The documentation should include the specific diagnosis attributing to the disability, how the diagnosis was determined, and effects the disability will have on the student's collegiate life. Students may request a Wesleyan College Disability Services Verification Form on which a licensed professional can provide this information.
If the submitted documentation meets the requirements, the Director of Disability and Advocacy Services will approve reasonable accommodations and notify the student of this approval. If the documentation does not meet the requirements, the Director of Disability and Advocacy Services will inform the student that additional information or contact with the medical professional is required. If a student feels as though she has been denied a reasonable accommodation or is dissatisfied with the determination that they are not eligible as an otherwise qualified individual with a disability the student may appeal in writing according to the Process for appealing decisions by the Office of Disability Services.
Once approval of the accommodation request has been obtained from the Director of Disability and Advocacy Services the student is expected to identify herself and present the documentation provided by Disability Services to the appropriate staff or faculty member as soon as possible. The student is then expected to meet with the appropriate staff or faculty member to determine how accommodations will be administered. The student will then return the paperwork to Disability Resources in order to finalize the accommodations.
Accommodations that decrease the integrity of a course or program or cause an undue burden will not be approved. Accommodations will not be granted retroactively. Accommodations will be determined on an individual basis according to specific student needs. To continue to be considered for academic accommodations, a student must request services each semester. Other accommodation requests must be made annually.
Willet Memorial Library. The Lucy Lester Willet Memorial Library offers a variety of print and electronic resources to support student research and the College curriculum. The library's strong liberal arts core collection includes more than 140,000 books, 33,900 microforms, and more than 500 print and online periodical subscriptions. The library provides extensive electronic resources, including more than 100 databases containing periodical indexing, full-text journals and reference works supporting a full range of curricular programs. Many of these are available through the statewide GALILEO (Georgia Library Learning Online) project. Through Wesleyan's membership in the Georgia Private Academic Libraries (GPALS) consortium, students can enjoy access to the library collections of 20 other academic libraries in the state in addition to being able to borrow materials from libraries nationally via interlibrary loan. Professional librarians offer reference and research assistance, workshops, and other learning opportunities designed to foster information-literacy skills for academic success and life-long learning. Library hours before and during holidays may change. Hours for holidays and summer session are posted on the Library's website.
Writing Center. The Writing Center is available to all students who need help improving their writing skills in general or enhancing a piece of writing in particular. Students may schedule appointments or drop in to work with trained peer tutors. The Writing Center is located in the Academic Resource Center on the ground floor of Willett Memorial Library.
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