Requirements for Graduation

Requirements for Graduation
Declaring a Major
F1 Sequences
Writing Requirement
Language Requirement

Requirements for Graduation 

  • 128 credits
  • Completion of a major
  • A cumulative GPA and a major GPA of at least 2.00
  • Successful completion of the F1 Requirement which includes a total of 3 courses, two of which are coordinated sequences and taken during a student’s first year.  Sequences are chosen from "SEARCH", "LIFE", or “CULTURAL KNOWLEDGE” courses. 
  • One writing seminar and two writing-intensive courses
  • A foreign language through the 201 level
  • Completion of the other Foundation Requirements

Declaring a Major

Students must declare a major by mid-term of the spring semester of their sophomore year, but may do so earlier if they have a strong interest in a particular department. Students may change majors, but doing so late in an academic career is likely to present problems for graduating in eight semesters.

Life, Search, or Cultural Knowledge Sequence (F1)

All entering students must enroll in a coordinated sequence chosen from “Life: Then and Now”, “The Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion”, or “Cultural Knowledge.”  The first courses in the Life sequence are Religious Studies 101 and 102.  These courses introduce the student to the academic study of the Bible and the diverse traditions based on the biblical texts. The first Search courses – Humanities 101 and 102 – comprise an interdisciplinary study of the origins of Western culture, including the study of the Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman traditions. The “Cultural Knowledge” courses, GRRO 110 and 111, explore varied communication strategies utilizing an eclectic range of texts including biblical works.


Writing Requirement (F2)

Under the Foundations curriculum, three writing courses are required: a writing seminar and two writing-intensive courses.  The writing seminar is required of all students except those who are granted AP or transfer credit for a writing seminar course. The Writing Seminar (151) may be taken in either the fall or the spring semester of the first year. Students with weak writing skills should be encouraged to enroll in 151 in the fall. The Writing Intensive courses, Humanities 102 or Religious Studies 102, will be one of the two writing-intensive courses taken by all first-year students. The second writing-intensive course should be taken by the end of the second year.

Students will normally fulfill F2 requirements by the end of their second year. First-year students should fulfill two of their three F2 courses in the first year by completing the Writing Seminar (151) or FYWS 155 or receiving AP credit for that course and by completing their first year of the F1 requirement. (Note: FYWS 155 is by application only.)


Language Requirement  (F10)

All students who plan to meet this requirement in a language they have previously studied and that Rhodes offers must take the placement test in that language.  For French, German, Russian, and Spanish, the online placement test is administered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures using WebCAPE, which can be found on the Modern Languages and Literature website. Students who have taken Chinese in high school should take a paper placement test on the designated dates indicated on the Welcome Week brochure or contact Prof. Han Li for more information. 

If the online placement test indicates placement at the 102 or 201 level, the student should enroll in that course, and the F10 will be complete with the successful completion of the sequence through 201. If the placement test indicates placement above 201, students must follow up during Welcome Week with an individual written exam and oral interview with one of the faculty in that language. Information about proficiency and placement interviews will be communicated with the Welcome Week materials.

Students planning to fulfill the foreign language degree requirement in a new language (not previously studied in high school) should register for the 101 course in that language. No placement test is necessary. All first-year students should begin language study in the first semester if at all possible.

Students who can demonstrate advanced proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening in a language other than English may petition the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures to fulfill the F10 requirement by way of proficiency testing. Any student planning to pursue this route of satisfying the F10 should contact the chair of Modern Languages and Literatures, Prof. Laura Loth (, to discuss the petition process.

Students who have taken Latin in high school or at another college or university should take the short Latin placement survey (available with the New Student Enrollment Forms). GRS will review the information provided, and students will receive a recommendation for the appropriate Latin class at Rhodes in about a week.

Students may fulfill the F10 requirement by taking the Latin or Greek proficiency examinations. These are exams written on paper, based on the final exams for Greek and Latin 201.  GRS will offer these examinations during Welcome Week.

For information on the Hebrew program at Rhodes, please contact Professor Steve McKenzie. At present only biblical Hebrew is offered at Rhodes.  It is possible to fulfill the F10 requirement by completing Hebrew 201 or by passing the Hebrew proficiency exam.

PLEASE NOTE: Students with two or more credits of a language in high school (or two or more block-schedule courses) MAY NOT take 101 courses in that language for credit.

The foreign language proficiency requirement may be fulfilled in any one of the following ways:

  • by successfully completing at Rhodes any appropriate four-credit language course numbered 201 or higher
  • by achieving a placement score above the 201 level AND demonstrating high intermediate oral and written proficiency through face-to-face testing with language faculty. Students who take 201 (or higher) or the equivalent at another institution can earn transfer credit, but must still demonstrate proficiency (see above) in the specific language before the degree requirement (F10) is satisfied. This pertains to languages that are taught at Rhodes.
  • by demonstrating advanced-intermediate proficiency in a language not taught at Rhodes by petitioning to fulfill the language requirement through the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures (see above)
  • by achieving proficiency with Advanced Placement credit as follows:
    • Modern Languages (Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish): Students who earned a 4 or 5 on a language AP exam in Chinese, French, German, Russian, or Spanish will receive 4 credits of that language′s 201 course by demonstrating proficiency in that language. Proficiency is demonstrated by achieving a placement score above the 201 level AND by demonstrating high intermediate oral and written proficiency through face-to-face testing with language faculty.  No further language coursework is then required. A student who earned a 4 or 5 on a language AP exam but who does not achieve proficiency based on the placement test and faculty approval does not receive any credit for the AP exam and must take an appropriate four-credit language course numbered 201 or higher in order to earn that credit and proficiency.
    • Greek and Roman Studies (Latin): If a student scored a 4 or 5 on the Latin AP exam and completes Latin 202 (or a more advanced course) with a grade of “B” or higher, the student can be awarded 4 credits (Latin265) for the AP exam.  This awarded credit in Latin 265 may be used toward a major or minor in Greek and Roman Studies. A student must pass the Latin proficiency exam or successfully complete Latin 201 or a more advanced course in order to fulfill the F10