Degree Requirements

A. Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree must complete 36 courses. At least 18 of these courses must be Middlebury courses. Courses taken at Middlebury summer Language Schools or at the Middlebury Schools Abroad will count in the 18-course total and the grades will count in the undergraduate grade point average. No more than six courses with a D grade may be applied to degree requirements. Students may count toward graduation no more than a total of five courses with non-standard grading. The category of "non-standard grading" includes courses elected under the Pass/D/Fail option: AP, IB, A-Level, and other pre-college testing credits; and credit-bearing internships. Of these five credits, only two may be taken under the Pass/D/Fail option (specific guidelines concerning the Pass/D/Fail option can be found in the College Handbook under Course Registration and Conduct of Courses; for further information on its relation to degree requirements, please refer to section A.9. below). A minimum of two winter term courses are required and a maximum of four winter term courses will count toward the graduation requirement of 36 courses. First-year students must be in residence for their first winter term and enrolled in a winter term course on campus. Specific requirements follow:

1. Residency. First-year students must be enrolled in a Middlebury course during their first winter term at the College.  Residency in Middlebury, VT, for the fall and spring semesters of the student's senior year is required for all students unless excused by the Administration Committee.

2. A writing-intensive seminar for first-year students must be completed during the first year at Middlebury, normally during the first semester.

3. Each student must successfully complete a second writing-intensive course during the second, third, or fourth semester at Middlebury. A college writing course cannot be taken at the same time as a first-year seminar since it will not satisfy this second college writing requirement; therefore college writing courses should not be taken concurrently with a first-year seminar. Writing-intensive classes devote special attention to the process of writing and revision and are designated in the Middlebury College Course Catalog as CW.

4. Each student must successfully complete the distribution requirements described in section B of the Degree Programs and Projects section of this chapter.

5. Each student must complete a major as described in section C of the Degree Programs and Projects section of this chapter. Minors are optional.

6. Each student must complete two physical education units prior to graduation unless excused by the Administration Committee, normally upon recommendation of the College Health Service. See the Middlebury College Catalog for details on physical education courses.

7. The normal pattern for earning the baccalaureate degree at Middlebury College is four consecutive years of study. The requirements must be completed within ten calendar years from the initial date of matriculation. If a student is not able to complete the degree within that time frame, s/he will be held to the curriculum and degree requirements listed in the Catalog in the year in which they are readmitted, or as determined by the Administration Committee. Students are normally graduated upon completion of all degree requirements.

8. Staff members at Middlebury College who are accepted as baccalaureate degree candidates* will meet all Middlebury College BA degree requirements in place at the time that the period of degree-candidacy begins, with the following exceptions:
(*Applicable to students matriculating in Fall of 2009 and after)

(a) The senior residency requirement is waived;

(b) The 36 course total may include, but need not include, up to four Winter Term courses;

(c) The staff member’s ad hoc admission committee may consider proposed substitute courses for those required for distribution or for the major requirement when, in the judgment of the committee, such changes enable the applicant to achieve the goals of the proposed program of study and when the proposed adjustments maintain the integrity of existing curricular requirements.

9. Students may count toward graduation no more than a total of five courses with non-standard grading. The category of "non-standard grading" includes courses elected under the Pass/D/Fail option; AP, IB, A-level, and other pre-college testing credits; and credit-bearing internships. Of these five credits, only two may be taken under the Pass/D/Fail option.

Students who entered the College prior to September 1, 2012 are only subject to the restriction on the total number of credits with non-standard grading if they elect the Pass/D/Fail option for a given course.
rev. 8/13/13

 B. Advanced Placement Credit

Middlebury College cooperates with the College Board's Advanced Placement Program. At the discretion of individual departments, Middlebury College will award college credit for scores of 4 or 5 in subjects covered in the Middlebury curriculum in which Advanced Placement examinations are given. The registrar will notify first-year students and their advisers of advanced placement credits early in the fall semester.

1. One Middlebury College course credit will be awarded for each qualifying AP exam score. Two credits will be awarded in those instances in which the department has demonstrated to the Curriculum Committee that the AP examination adequately covers material in two separately numbered Middlebury College courses that students would normally take sequentially.

2. Advanced Placement credits may be used to anticipate course work at Middlebury. AP credits applied toward graduation will be counted toward the 16-course limit in the department granting the credit unless the department specifically states that the credits do not count toward the major.  A maximum of five Middlebury College course credits may be accumulated through AP exams.  A student may not register for a Middlebury College course that covers substantially the same material as an AP exam on which he or she has received a score eligible for credit as described above.  Departments will be responsible for submitting to the registrar lists of these equivalent courses.  In exceptional circumstances, the prohibition on registering for a course that is the equivalent of an AP exam may be waived by a department chair.

3. Advanced Placement scores must be reported directly to Middlebury College by the Educational Testing Service. In order for Advanced Placement credits to count toward the 36 credit requirement for graduation, the examination scores must be received no later than the end of the student's second semester at Middlebury College.

C. Acceleration

With departmental approval, a student with at least 27 earned credits may propose an accelerated program to the Administration Committee.

In order to accelerate, students may apply extra credits taken at Middlebury, transfer credits, Advanced Placement credits, or a combination of them. A minimum of four extra credits are required to graduate a term early; seven extra credits are required to change the expected graduation date. Once a student is advanced in class standing, it is not normally possible to return to the previous class standing, and students must apply to the Administration Committee for approval.

D. The Physical Education Requirement

As part of Middlebury's degree requirement, each student must complete two different physical education courses prior to graduation. Each course carries one unit of physical education credit. Students may also earn one unit of physical education credit by participating in a season of varsity or junior varsity intercollegiate athletics. Two credits can be earned by participation in two different sports. PHED courses do not count in the total of 36 academic course credits required for graduation.

Students are encouraged to complete the physical education credits by the end of their fourth semester at Middlebury (excluding winter term). In the case of transfer students, students are encouraged to complete the requirement by the end of their second semester at Middlebury. Students who have not completed their requirement by the second semester of their senior year will not be eligible to graduate.