Requirements for Graduation

Requirements for Graduation
Declaring a Major
Life & Search 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
  • 3 courses in either the "SEARCH" or the "LIFE" program
  • 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 and Search Sequences (F1)

All entering students must enroll in either “Life: Then and Now” or “The Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion.”  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.

Writing Requirement (F2)

The ability to express concise and methodical arguments in clear and precise prose is essential to success in most courses at Rhodes and in most of the vocations Rhodes graduates pursue. Student will receive significant training in writing during the first two years through one(1) course(F2s) focused on learning to write, including such skills as critical analysis, clear expression, and effective argumentation, and two(2) writing intensive courses(F2i) focused on using writing to learn discipline-specific content. These three required courses will provide the initial steps in the student's deliberate development as a writer. Given the developmental nature of this foundation requirement series, students are encouraged to take F2s prior to or concurrent with F2i; writing in discipline-specific F2i courses relies on the skills learned in F2s. This requirement will be satisfied by one writing seminar(taken in the first year) and two writing intensive courses, one of which will be in Search/Life. Normally, all three courses are to be completed by the end of the second year. Writing intensive courses and writing seminars may explore material in any discipline or may be interdisciplinary. However, the writing seminars will have as their central focus writing skills.


Language Requirement (F10)                                                                            

All Student 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. (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 for more information.) Students cannot fill the requirement with the online test alone. They will be required to follow up on the exam with an individual oral interview and writing sample with one of the faculty in that language the Monday of Welcome Week. Student planning to fulfill the foreign language degree requirement in a language not previously studied should register for the 101 course in that language. All first year student should begin language study in the first semester if at all possible. 

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 is satisfied. This pertains to languages that are taught at Rhodes
  • 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.

Students who can demonstrate intermediate-mid proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening in a language other than English that is not offered at Rhodes 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 Prof. Eric Henager( to discuss the testing process.