A.A.B.S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies (60 Credit Hours)
B.A.B.S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (123 Credit Hours)
B.A,Th. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bachelor of Arts in Theology (123 Credit Hours)
B.A. Div. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bachelor of Arts in Divinity (150 Credit Hours)
B.A. Ed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education (120 Credit Hours)
B.A. Psy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling Psychology (126 Credit Hours)
B.A. Business . . . . . . . . . . . .Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (130 Credit Hours)
Major degree programs are available in these areas:
History - Church and World
Minors are available in these areas:
Philosophy - Christian
Psychology - Christian
ASSOCIATE AND BACHELOR DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Basic to all Associate and Bachelor degrees is General Education Curriculum (GEC), to be completed by all degree candidates. Requirements and Required Related Courses to qualify for a degree. Specific requirements are listed below.
GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM AND COMPETENCY GOALS
Each ECC Christian arts college graduate should demonstrate competencies and attainments to be prepared to be an informed and effective citizen of the world. The college strives to instill these competencies to prepare each student for this goal:
Competency in a variety of communication skills.
This competency includes the ability to write and speak conventional English both clearly and correctly. The development of individual communicative style should also be encouraged.
This competency also includes the ability to speak and write interactively. This includes elements of effective reading, listening, and analysis as well as the framing of appropriate and intelligible responses.
An appreciation of and some direct experience with the creative arts as expressions of cultural and artistic values. This experience should include some combination of attendance at various art exhibits or performances, formal exposition of art works representative of various cultural periods and personal participation.
Understanding of the history of the church and defining the character of Western culture and an appreciation of other cultures. Cultural differences may be expressed in terms of linguistic structures, the creative arts, religious traditions, political moral values, etc.
Informed citizenship with an understanding of the structure and operation of the American democratic political system and of the philosophical values that underline this tradition. Also, an understanding of how American capitalism relates both philosophically and operationally to that system.
Understanding of how, when, and in what fields that scientific method has used Apologetics in support of Biblical facts, along with scientific arguments against religion, to the exposure to current scientific issues and knowledge.
Ability to formulate a precise, concise, logical argument concerning a wide variety of problems in politics, science, mathematics, psychology, sociology, religion, etc. The graduate at ECC will be proficient in applying problem solving skills in his/her life.
Knowledge of religious history and tradition from its written Word, including the awareness of Judeo-Christian values, and ethics and an understanding of questions of moral behavior as applies to home, professional, civic and social life. The student should be encouraged to formulate a clearly thought out philosophy of ethical and moral values.
An understanding of the principles and practices required to exercise responsibility for ones wellbeing including physical, psychological, and intellectual health.
A summative experience regarding the total curriculum. The graduate should reflect an ability to integrate the broad scope of his/her learning in a meaningful manner.
Sufficient skills in information technology and information retrieval methods.
PHILOSOPHY OF GENERAL EDUCATION
The inclusion of specific general education requirements in all degree plans is an integral part of the overall purpose and philosophy of ECC. The faculty, administration, Board of Trustees, and student body re-affirm the mission of the college to combine for the student the traditional Christian arts with preparation for a professional career in the contemporary Christian ministry and/or professional contemporary society. Thus, the curriculum followed by the student unites the general requirements outlined here and the specific offerings of the chosen major in order to provide an effective educational experience of each ECC graduate.
As a private four year Christian arts college and seminary, stressing specific courses to meet individual attention, ECC is committed to the Christian arts and general educational curriculum for their major programs. Also, a special attention to the seminary two year training program as a means to the overall goal of a completed education for each student.
A student may meet the general education requirements by following Track I or Track II of the General Education Curriculum (GEC). Departments may also designate specific requirements within the general education curriculum for their major programs. Students should refer to the listings of major requirements for details.
All entering freshman are required to enroll in General Studies (GEC). All students are required to take the Mathematics and English Placement Test section in this catalog (above) for specific information regarding this requirement.
TRACK I AND II TRADITIONAL GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM
This is a traditional general education curriculum in which most of the general education requirements are designed to be taken during the students first two years. Business Math Procedures and Business English, Introduction to Business, Church History, Biblical Studies, Religion, Politics/Government, Theology, Philosophy, Psychology, Apologetics, Science Technology.
A minor is a department or subject area is optional, and a student has the option of selecting one or two areas or concentrations. A minor can be recommended by a department or it can be declared by a student. A minor shall consist of at least 18 credit hours of course work, 6, of which must be upper division. Requirements for a minor are determined by the school in which the minor is taken and can be found under the schools listings in this catalog.
After completing the requirements of up to two majors and/or two minors, a student falls under the requirements for earning an additional bachelors degree from ECC (see Academic Policies below).
GRADUATION (DEGREE) REQUIREMENTS
To qualify for a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) from Enlightening Christian College, a Christian arts college, a student must complete the following requirements:
A minimum of 123 credit hours and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on all college work attempted and completed are required for all degrees granted by the college. A higher number of hours may be required for certain degrees.
The last 45 credit hours of a degree must be earned at ECC. Under certain conditions, and with written permission of the Chancellor of the college, a senior may take a maximum of nine credit hours at another institution as part of the last 45 hours.
A major in a department or school must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 A higher grade point average may be required by certain departments. Specific requirements for a grade point average will be discussed in the content of the major program. A student should consult with his/her major advisor regarding specific requirements for that major.
Basic to success in any academic program is skill in written communication. The student must exhibit a capability in writing as a requirement of any course. Any instructor in any course may require a student who lacks this skill to seek assistance through the Academic Resource at ECC.
All college requirements must be completed.
An application for a degree plan should be filed with the students major advisor during the last semester of the students sophomore year. (The selection of courses prior to making of a degree plan should be guided by the students major advisor.) A degree plan, once made, will be kept current by the student and the students advisor to maintain accuracy. A new degree plan will be made only if the student changes curriculum (applies for another degree) major, or minor.
An application for graduation must be filed in the Office of Student Records and Registration during the regular semester term prior to the semester term in which the student plans to complete graduation requirements. This process will generate a final degree plan assuring the student of completion of all requirements.
Each graduating senior is expected to be present for graduation convocation, unless otherwise incarcerated. Then the student may be absent. The student absent may at the next graduation be present for graduation convocation. In absentia must notify the Director of Student Records and Registration.
All financial obligations to the college incurred by each graduating senior must be met before the degree will be conferred.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
ECC requires two years of a foreign language in its B.A. program.
A student who achieves a satisfactory score on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or a comparable examination may receive either credit hours or advanced placement or both as determined by the department of language and literature.
ROLES OF ACADEMIC OFFICES
The Provost/Chancellor serves as the chief academic officer at the college. As such, the Provost acts on recommendations from Deans and the directors regarding matters of academic policy, student petitions and other matters affecting the academic lives of the students of the college/seminary. Questions concerning issues of academic policy should be directed to the Office of Provost. Students seeking counsel on specific academic programs or seeking to address issues affecting their program should consult the educational coordinator/Dean. All petitions must be in writing, along with course substitutions, readmission to the college or other exceptions to the policies should be addressed to the educational dean before submitted to the office of the Provost/Chancellor for final determination.
STUDENT RECORDS AND REGISTRATION OFFICE
The purpose of the Student Records and Registration office is to provide secure, efficient storage of permanent student records and to maintain the integrity of the college catalog. Students rely on the office for a variety of services, including registration, schedule changes, verification of enrollment, maintenance, graduation audit, grades, official transcripts, and degree plans.
DECLARATION OR CHANGE OF MAJOR/MINOR
A major may be changed and a second major or minor declared by notifying the Office of Student Records and Registration and the time of registration.
Academic credit assigned to a subject is expressed in semester hours. The credit hour value of each course is indicated by the second digit in the course number.
The normal undergraduate class load is 15 credit hours. 12 hours is the minimum class load for classification as a full time student during the fall or spring semester. Undergraduate students enrolled in fewer than 12 hours are considered part time students.
Faculty Initiated Student Withdrawal From A Course. A student may be withdrawn from a course if he/she did not complete the specific courses within the allotted time issued for each course. The student may request an extension of time to complete the course and testing, only on an emergency basis, due to illness or other unavoidable cause. The student must inform the Office of Course Instruction at ECC. The student who is withdrawn from a course will receive a grade of F (failure) or a grade of W for withdrawal.
Student Withdrawal From A Course. A student may withdraw from a course during the period specified in the ECC catalog and will have a grade of W (withdrawal) recorded on his/her transcript. A grade of F (failure) will be assigned if the withdrawal is after the date to receive a grade of W as specified in the ECC catalog. A withdraw form may be obtained at the Office of ECC.
Withdrawal From The College. A student who withdraws from the college must secure the written approval of the Director of Financial Aid or Director of Student Records and Registration. Withdrawal is not complete until the students identification card has been returned to the Office of Student Records and Registration.
After the last day to drop, students may withdraw from the college or seminary, however, a grade must be assigned by the instructor. The last day to receive a W is the last day to drop.
A student who withdraws from the college or seminary is still obligated to pay the tuition and fees incurred at the time of registration. A student who withdraws from the college or seminary without following the official procedure will be given the grade of F in all courses. A student may be dropped from the college or seminary when his/her instructors determine that the student is not achieving passing grades in the academic work or for other sufficient causes, deemed by the college.
A grade is assigned for each course in which a student is regularly enrolled. A passing grade may be earned only if the student is enrolled for the duration of the course.
The following grades are used by ECC, a Christian arts college:
Grade Description Grade Point
A Excellent 4.0
B Above Average 3.0
C Average 2.0
D Below Average 1.0
F Failing 0.0
I Incomplete *
W Withdrawal *
P Pass *
T Temporary *
IP In Progress *
X Not Reported *
* Not counted in calculating grade point average (GPA).
* The grade I (incomplete) is given only when the students work is satisfactory, but for some reason beyond the control of the student, has not been completed. It is not given in lieu of an F (failing). It is the responsibility of the student to confer with the instructor of the course and to complete the prescribed requirements of the course by the designated date shown on the courses introduction letter. For each grade of I (incomplete) assigned, the instructor will file an I (incomplete) grade form. On or before the designated date, the instructor will assign a grade and report it to the Director of Student Records and Registration.
*The grade T is a temporary grade assigned if a course extends beyond the regular semester. The grade is not used in lieu of an I (incomplete) but is given to students whose grade will not be available until after the regular semester ends.
*The grades of P (pass) and F (fail) may be awarded for General Studies Class (GEC) and certain other courses. Courses in which the grade of P and F are regularly awarded to all students enrolled. Do not count elective courses. Students may not choose to receive a grade of P or F in any course which is a general degree requirement (freshman English, Math, Science, etc.) or a specific department requirement for a major or minor or a certificate diploma program.
*The grade IP is noted on a students transcript for any courses in which the student is currently enrolled.
A factor in determining a students grade in any course will be competency in the use of written and spoken English.
Grade Point Average. Grade points are used in computing the grade point average (GPA) required for admission, graduation, and other scholastic requirements. Grade point averages are computed based on: A=4; B=3; C=2, D=1; and F=0. Grade point averages are computed at the end of each semester and at the end of summer term. The GPA for a particular period is determined by dividing the total number of grade points received by the total number of grade points received by total number of hours for which the student was enrolled and in which a grade other than W, I, P, IP, T, or F was received.
When a course is repeated, the grade point will be computed using the most recent grade achieved. The student is advised to notify the Office of Student Records and Registration when a course is repeated so that proper grade point can be recorded.
For courses taken at another institution and repeated at the other institution prior to enrolling at ECC, the last grade awarded for the course will be shown on the ECC transcript.
Major Grade Point Average. The calculation of a students major GPA is based only on those courses that are specific to the major and required beyond the General Education Curriculum. These courses are listed under the degree requirements for each major requirements.
GRADE APPEAL PROCESS
Students wishing to appeal a grade must do so in a timely fashion. For grades assigned during a semester and which are incorporated into the final grade, the appeal must be initiated before the completion of the semester. For course grades or grades on assignments completed within the last week of the semester, the appeal must be initiated before the end of the following semester. For appeals of grades assigned in the fall semester, a student has until the end of the following Spring semester. For grades assigned in the Spring, the student has until the end of the following Fall semester. For grades assigned during the Summer, the student has until the end of the following semester.
If a student decides to appeal a grade, the student makes a request of appointment via telephone conference with the instructor of the course for the purpose of discussing the grade assignment. This meeting establishes an appeal. If an instructor is not available because of part-time, sabbatical, or other circumstances, the student may begin with step 3. Under extremely unusual circumstances, grades may be appealed beyond these deadlines. Students should realize that pertinent documentation (e.g. other students papers) becomes less readily available as time passes.
If the results of the meeting with the instructor are unsatisfactory, the student may appeal to the Chancellor within 10 days after the meeting with the instructor.
The student will bring to the meeting with the Chancellor, or department chair assigned by the Chancellor, a written complaint (a) stating what grade is being appealed and, (b) on what basis is it being appealed. The student should submit, prior to the meeting, all pertinent material such as the assignment for which the grade is being appealed, the syllabus for the course, previous grades assigned in the course, etc.
The Chancellor or department chair will review all the materials, and the appeal with the student, with the thought of ascertaining the issues involved in the appeal. Additional information may be requested from the student and/or instructor. The additional requested information must be sent within 10 days. The Chancellor or department chair will attempt to resolve the appeal informally between the student and the instructor. Once the Chancellor or department chair makes the recommendation of the grade, that recommendation shall be final.
CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS
The number of hours successfully completed by the student will determine the academic classification:
Freshman 0-30 hours
Sophomore 31-60 hours
Junior 61-90 hours
Senior 91 hours and above
Academic standards are designed to provide close supervision of the program of study and academic progress of a student. Academic standing is based upon a students ECC cumulative grade point average (see definition above) and all the course work attempted at ECC and other colleges.
TABLE OF ACADEMIC STANDARDS
Total Hours Attempted Good Standing Academic Probation
(ECC and other colleges)
0-30 2.0 1.99 and below
31-60 2.25 2.24 and below
61-90 2.50 2.49 and below
91-above 2.50 2.49 and below
GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING
A student will be classified in good academic standing if the academic grade point average on all hours attempted at the end of each semester is equivalent to the minimum shown in the table above.
If, at the end of a semester or summer term, a students cumulative grade point average for the total number of hours attempted falls within the categories shown above in the Tables of Academic Standards, the student will be placed on
academic probation for the following semester or summer term and the probation status will be recorded on his/her transcript. Students may continue on academic probation for a period of two semesters.
Students who have been placed on academic probation and do not raise the academic average to good standing by the end of the second semester will then be placed on academic suspension. If a student is suspended at the end of the second semester, the suspension will be for all sessions. Academic suspension will be recorded in the students transcripts.
Transfer or Returning Students: Part-Time. A student currently attending part-time, whose grade point average indicates probation, may continue on probation as long as reasonable progress of a 2.0 or better semesters grade point average is achieved each semester until the cumulative grade point is raised to be removed from probation status.
Readmission After Academic Suspension. A student seeking readmission after a period of academic suspension must write a letter to the Director of Admission explaining why the student wants to be readmitted. The Director of Admission will forward the students letter, along with his recommendation regarding the readmission of the student, to the Provost. If readmitted, the student will be on academic suspension and at the end of the Spring semester, is eligible to apply for readmission to the following semester.
It is strongly recommended that the student enrolling after an academic suspension repeat courses in which the grades of D or F were awarded.
First Academic Suspension. A student placed on academic suspension at the end of the fall semester is eligible to apply for readmission to the following summer session. A student placed on academic suspension at the end of the spring semester is eligible to apply for readmission to the following spring semester.
Second Academic Suspension. A student placed on academic suspension the second time will be eligible to reapply for admission after 12 months.
Third Academic Suspension. A student placed on academic suspension a third time must have approval of the Admissions Committee before being readmitted. Normally a minimum of 24 months must pass before the committee will review an application for readmission.
ACADEMIC HONOR LIST
Students enrolled for 6 or more credit hours during one semester, who have a grade point average of 3.75 or above and no grade lower than C during the semester, will be placed on the Academic Honor List. This honor is determined at the end of spring and fall semesters. Those earning this honor receive a certificate from the Provost and Vice President.
Academic honors are awarded for work performed by the student during his/her entire college career. Students must complete a minimum of 60 hours at ECC to be eligible for honors at graduation.
Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.85-4.0 receive the designation summa cum laude. Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7-3.84 receive the designation magna cum laude. Students who have cumulative grade point average of 3.5-3.69 receive the designation cum laude. Grade point averages transferred from other colleges will be averaged with grade points earned a ECC in determining the honors.
Students who have graduated with the Associate degree are eligible to graduate from ECC with honors as prescribed above.
Students may order official or unofficial transcripts by mailing a letter to: