Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts

    A Liberal Arts Education Fit for Today’s Challenges

    A Bachelor of Arts degree from Crandall University equips you with the analytical tools and writing skills needed to succeed in advanced studies or a professional career. You will also acquire spiritual knowledge that will support and strengthen your faith and prepare you well to meet life’s challenges.

    The following majors are available in the Bachelor of Arts program:

    The following minors are available in the Bachelor of Arts program:

    Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

    The primary purpose of all the Bachelor of Arts degrees at Crandall University is to give students the academic background for lives of learning, living, and service with a Christian perspective.  The minimum credit hours required to complete any of these degrees is 120.

    I.             Core Requirements – A core of  27 credit hours is required as follows:

    A. English 1013,1023 – Literary Heritage I and II (6 cr. hrs)
    B. History 1413,1423 – Historical Thinking I and II (6 cr. hrs)
    C. Religious Studies 1003 – The Themes of the Bible (3 cr. hrs)
    D. Religious Studies 1403 – The Christian Way (3 cr. hrs)
    E. Religious Studies 2003, 2033 – Old/New Testament in Its Context (6 cr. hrs)
    F. Interdisciplinary Studies 4763 – Ethical Reasoning (3 cr. hrs)

    II.      Area Requirements – A minimum of 24 credit hours are required as follows: (Certain programs will state their area  requirements specifically as well as require additional cognate courses.)

    A. Economics, Psychology, or Sociology electives (6 cr. hrs)
    B. Mathematics or Natural Science electives (6 cr. hrs)
    C. Language and/or Linguistics electives (6 cr. hrs)
    D. Biblical or Christian Studies electives (6 cr. hrs)

    III.  Major Requirements – Major course requirements for a Bachelor of Arts is 39 credit hours minimum, with certain majors requiring 42 credit hours.

    IV.  Electives – Elective options are needed to complete a total of 120 credit hours.  At least 48 credit hours of the 120 must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.  No more than 15 credit hours may be taken outside the Arts, Science, and Business Administration disciplines.

     Honours Degree Requirements

    Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree should consult their faculty advisors before the beginning of their third year of study so that the courses necessary to prepare for the thesis can be taken during the third year.

    The following steps must be taken during the third year:

    1. A prospective supervisor must be contacted and a possible topic discussed.
    2. A thesis application form must be obtained from the Academic Office.
    3. The completed application must be approved by the prospective supervisor and submitted to the Academic Office by March 15th of the year prior to the year in which the thesis is to be done.Note: Late applications will not normally be considered.  They may be considered only if a letter of appeal is provided with the application.  The letter must outline a legitimate reason why the student could not get the application in on time.  The criteria for granting the appeal will be the same as if the student were applying to hand in a paper after the last day of classes or to write an examination after the examination period.
    4. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will discuss the application with the prospective supervisor and other faculty in the major and then meet with the Research and Ethics Committee to consider the merits of the application.
    5. If the proposal is not deemed to be completely satisfactory by the Research and Ethics Committee, the student may be required to revise it and re-submit it over the summer.

    The following requirements must be met by those wishing to do an Honours degree. (Any exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the Academic Standards and Appeals Committee, with support of the prospective supervisor, prior to presenting an application to the Research and Ethics Committee.)

    1. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on all work credited to the degree to date as well as at graduation.
    2. The student must have no mark below B- in any course credited toward the major.
    3. The student must have no mark below C- in any course credited toward the degree.
    4. It must be possible for the student to complete at least 24 hours of the major requirements before the beginning of the year in which the thesis is to be done, including any methodology or theory courses equired for the major.
    5. At least the final 60 credit hours of the Honours degree must be from Crandall University courses.
    6. At least 30 hours of the major, including a minimum of 12 hours at the 4000 level, must be done at Crandall University.  In a case where a transfer student applies to write a thesis, the courses transferred into the major must be approved for credit toward an Honours degree by the faculty in the discipline.
    7. Some individual Honours degrees may have other requirements or specific courses within the major which need to be taken. See the Course Description section of the Academic Calendar for further information regarding each discipline’s Honours requirements.

    The following requirements must be met in order for an Honours Degree to be awarded:

    1. A minimum of 54 credit hours must be completed in the major.  (Certain degrees and majors may require more.)
    2. A 6 credit-hour thesis is included in the minimum 54 credit hours.
    3. Also included in these 54 credit hours must be a minimum of six hours of course credit at the 4000 level.
    4. The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in his/her entire program.
    5. The student must have no mark below B- in any course credited toward the major.
    6. The student must have no mark below C- in any course credited toward the degree.

     Double Major Degree Requirements

    Double majors are possible between any two majors currently offered within the Bachelor of Arts degree at Crandall University.

    A minimum of 36 credit hours within each major is completed, including all required courses for the major (additional hours may be required for certain majors), unless otherwise specified by the major.

    All area requirements and cognates are fulfilled for each respective major.

    Some double major combinations will not be possible to complete within the 120 credit hours required for the Bachelor of Arts degree.  In these cases additional hours will need to be fulfilled by the student.


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