Course Sequence and Listing
Courses are numbered as follows: 100’s—freshman-level; 200’s—sophomore-level; 300’s—junior-level; 400’s—senior-level. Students should not enroll in upper division (300 and above) courses without having taken the prerequisite lower-division courses. Students wishing to take courses numbered higher than their current classification should consult the chairperson of the department concerned.
Courses are also designated as sequential-double numbered year courses. As far as possible, enrollment in these courses should maintain the sequence. Students who have failed a course in such a sequence will not be permitted to enroll in the more advanced course without the express permission of the instructor and the Provost. Students who have received an Incomplete grade in a course may, with the permission of the instructor, enroll in the more advanced course. CA (2003-04), p. 49
On the following pages is a complete listing of the courses offered at Centenary College. In addition, a schedule of classes is published during the semester before each registration period which lists all sections of all courses to be offered during the succeeding session, together with the hour, day, and place of meeting, and generally the instructor in charge of each section.
Courses are numbered according to the class-year in which each is generally most profitably taken: 100-199 for freshmen, 200-299 for sophomores, 300-399 for juniors, and 400-499 for seniors. This is not an absolute restriction, but students wishing to take courses numbered higher than their current classifications should see the chairperson of the department concerned. Courses with numbers beginning with zero carry no college credit.
Unless otherwise specified in the course description, courses normally offered in the fall semester bear odd numbers, while those offered in the spring semester carry even numbers. Courses with a single number are one-semester courses; those with double numbers are two-semester courses.
Courses organized so that the student may enroll in and receive credit for either half, or in either order, have double numbers separated by a comma: 205, 206. Year courses in which the first half is prerequisite to the second have double numbers separated by a hyphen: 205-206.
Certain special course numberings should be noted: The last digit in courses numbered 47-(Senior Seminar), 48-(other departmental seminars) and 49-(Independent Study) reflect the number of hours credit. On transcripts, the numbers 295, 296, 395, 396 are used by the Registrar to transfer courses for which Centenary has no equivalent but which are acceptable as "Selected Topics."
Courses whose numbers are followed by a W, e.g. 357W, are designated as writing courses and will require a minimum of twelve typed pages of graded writing. The twelve pages may be small papers or one major paper. The focus is on quality of writing in the discipline, using the College style sheet or the acceptable style within that discipline. A vital part of the experience is intervention on the part of the faculty member to assist the student to reach a point of proficiency in writing.
Courses whose numbers are followed by an S, e.g. 395S, are designated as speech courses and will require at least forty-five minutes of total graded speaking time per student. The presentation(s) should be critiqued and graded on content and speech delivery. The speech ( es) should contain prepared as well as spontaneous interaction to questions. Evaluation sheets will be completed for each presentation. Students with problems in speech presentation should have an opportunity to review critiques and make a second presentation. The emphasis is to improve oral communication skills.
To earn three hours' credit, the student normally spends each week three 50 minute periods in the classroom, or two or three such periods and three or more hours in the laboratory. The faculty has designated certain activity courses - in music, theatre, physical education, etc. - as one-semester-hour courses. (See p. 60.) No more than eight hours earned in such courses may be credited toward the basic degree requirements.
In the following listing of courses of instruction, the number of semester hours awarded for the course is specified to the right of the course title. In the offerings of some natural science departments, the number of weekly hours of class work and laboratory is shown in parentheses at the end of the description; for example, (3-3) indicates that the course requires three semester hours of lecture-discussion and three hours of laboratory work in each week of the semester. CA, (2003-04), pp. 70-71