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The key concepts behind the degree programs are coordination and integration of knowledge through the seminar method of instruction in the Junior and Senior years, and through the employment of comprehensive or Senior examinations.
The University has chosen the seminar method as its distinctive feature because it finds that integration of disparate segments of learning is particularly desirable in today’s world, where the explosion and fragmentation of knowledge pervade education and life. In the fulfillment of the purposes of the seminar, the patterns may differ in each department; selected topics or themes for the seminars may vary from year to year. As a further implementation of the concentration program and, specifically, as a means of exploring common areas of interest, seminars between the faculty and the students of several concentrations are occasionally arranged.
Ultimately, the programs aim at the formation of thinking persons who are prepared theoretically and practically, by intellectual habits and skills, for life and its everyday value judgments and decisions, and for smooth adjustment to particular professions.
*Concentration is synonymous with major or major area of study.
Acceptance into the Concentration - It is to the advantage of the student to decide upon a field of interest early in his or her academic career.
To qualify for participation within a particular concentration, a student must be in good standing, i.e., have attained a cumulative index GPA of 2.0 or higher depending on the area of specialization. It is the policy of some schools to review the student’s scores on tests in order to determine the levels of competencies before accepting the student into the school. It is the prerogative of the school to set its own expectations and standards of excellence when admitting concentrators.
A student may change the major area of study with the consent of the appropriate School Dean and the Associate Vice President for Academic Services and Registrar. Formal requests for a change of major are initiated in the Academic Advising Center. The student must be in good standing and must meet all the requirements for the new major before such a request may be honored. Acceptance into certain areas of concentration may also be restricted by enrollment.
Honors Study - The School of Arts and Sciences invites qualified students into honors courses to fulfill core curriculum requirements. These honors courses parallel regular courses but provide academic enrichment through more in-depth readings, research, independent work, and seminar-type format.
The following are the current honors courses being offered at Holy Family University:
Honors Writing I, II
Honors American Studies
Honors Introduction to Philosophy
Related Field - Holy Family University, as a general policy, does not have a related field requirement. Some programs, however, may prescribe a related field in support of their advanced coursework, e.g., students planning on certification to teach on the secondary level will be obliged to choose Education as a related field.
Minors - Currently, disciplines in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Business Administration offer students an option to declare a minor. Students should declare a minor early in the Sophomore year in order to plan appropriate course offerings.To facilitate this, a student should consult his/her faculty advisor or the School Dean from which the minor is offered for direction in choosing and scheduling a minor concentration. The choices of available minors are described within the respective schools.