(See also Core Curriculum and Majors)

1. Requirements for All Degrees

A. Earn no fewer than 124 credit hours. No more than eight hours may be earned in activity courses.1 The last thirty-two credit hours required for graduation must be taken in residence. At least sixty credit hours must be taken at Centenary.

B. Earn at least thirty hours numbered 300 or above.

C. Meet the basic requirements for the degree to be earned.

D. Meet all requirements for a major field of study.

E. Maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all work taken at Centenary.

F. Maintain a grade point average of 2.0 in all Centenary College courses within the major. If a student takes a course that can contribute to the major, excluding supportive courses, then the grade for that course is included in the GPA calculation.

G. Discharge all financial obligations to the College.

H. Meet the requirements of a catalogue published in one year of attendance and within five years of the proposed graduation date.

I. Submit to the Director of Re-Enrollment an approved degree plan and an application for graduation candidacy by the deadlines printed in the catalogue under “Graduation Candidacy.”

J. Be approved for graduation candidacy by the Centenary faculty and Board of Trustees.

K. Be present at the Commencement exercises to receive the degree conferred, unless an exception is approved by the Provost’s office.


2. Core Requirements for All Degrees

The core experience at Centenary College includes an integrative introduction to the challenges that confront humankind in the early 21st century, the development of foundational critical thinking and expression skills, with an emphasis on human artistic and cultural accomplishments, an appreciation for symbolic reasoning, the nature of the material universe, and an exploration of human behavior.

Challenges: The challenges that confront us are complex and multi-faceted. They must, therefore, be understood from multiple perspectives and using a variety of approaches. Students are therefore required to take a set of challenge courses in which significant instruction is delivered by faculty members from each of the divisions: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences. Students will explore the following challenges in at least three challenge courses: Expand Our Circle, Creating a Sustainable World, and Live a Meaningful Life. Challenge courses that are cross listed between two (or more) divisions may be used to fill the divisional challenges core requirement for either division but not both. By default, the Office of Re-Enrollment will refer to the subject in which a student enrolls to determine the division that a given course falls within. In cases where this interpretation is not correct, a student’s academic advisor should notify the Office of Re-Enrollment, who will then make the appropriate correction on a student’s degree plan.

Foundations: The traditions of a liberal arts education help people develop the habits of well-ordered thought. A grounding in the foundations of the liberal arts will allow students to pivot to face the 21st century challenges as they evolve and to derive approaches to new challenges as yet unidentified. Therefore, students are required to take

  • FYE 101 (4 hours, must take the course within their first 24 credit hours of enrollment) and English 101 (must take the course no later than sophomore year)


  • 5 courses (16-20 hours) distributed across the following disciplines chosen from the list of approved courses.


  • Natural Sciences (courses through which students explore the nature of the material universe) 1 course plus lab (4 hours)


  • Social Sciences (courses through which students examine human behavior through systematic analysis of data) 1 course (4 hours)


  • Humanities (courses in which students critically analyze and evaluate human artistic and cultural accomplishments. Students may – and are encouraged to – take up to four hours in fulfillment of this requirements in courses that teach aesthetic appreciation through performance or production) 2 courses (8 hours)


  • Symbolic Reasoning (a course in which students develop a facility in and appreciation for symbolic reasoning) 1 course (3-4 hours)

Note : An individual course may count for both foundation and challenge requirements. However, a student may not count a single course for both a foundations course and a challenges course, although a course may satisfy either category for different students.

Additional Graduation Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA): proficiency in a language other than English equivalent to the first year


  • Bachelor of Science (BS): proficiency in mathematics equivalent to a course in calculus and a second course in calculus or one course in statistics


  • TREK requirements


3. Proficiency Requirements

A. Take at least one course that is described as a W (writing) course. The W (writing) courses offered at the 300 level require a minimum of 12 typed pages of graded writing. The 12 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.

B. Take at least one course that is described as a S (speech) course. The oral presentation for a course fulfilling the requirements for a S (speech) course should consist of at least 45 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 in English.

C. The S and W requirements are two distinct requirements and can only be fulfilled by taking two distinct courses. These courses do not necessarily have to be 4-hour courses. The professor will notify the Director of Re-Enrollment of any students who fail to satisfy the S or W requirement. No transferred courses will be considered for satisfying the S or W requirement of the College.


4. Trek Requirement

By connecting the theoretical with the practical, the domestic with the international, the scholarly with the social, Trek encourages a lifelong dedication not only to learning but also to serving others. Our mission is to incorporate into Centenary’s required curriculum distinctive, experience-based programs for students to enhance their self-knowledge and social awareness through career and graduate school preparation, intercultural engagement, and civic involvement.

A. Career
To enhance awareness of the career decision making process students will explore career related coursework on the Centenary campus, professional internships, or directed research activities.

B. Culture
All students will participate in at least one experience of living and learning in another culture prior to graduation. Typically this experience will be undertaken during the sophomore or junior year and will be selected from a number of approved options. A list of these options is available through the Office of Global Engagement.

C. Community
All students will participate in a service-learning project. The College’s Service-Learning Program, Christian Leadership Center, and academic departments with service-learning projects and/or courses offer opportunities to fulfill this requirement. There is a list of projects approved for service-learning credit available through the Office of Global Engagement. Independent projects will be considered on a pre-approved basis.