Every student pursuing a baccalaureate degree from Malone University must be approved in a major. It is important for the student to follow the complete process which includes: 1) selection, 2) application and 3) approval. Specific course requirements for each major are discussed in the appropriate school/departmental sections of this catalog. A thorough understanding of those requirements and careful planning with an adviser will expedite completion of the student’s degree program.
Selection of a Major
A student working toward the Bachelor of Science degree may select a major from the following list:
A student working toward the Bachelor of Arts degree may select a major from the list below. Several of these majors are available as secondary school teaching areas.
A student working toward the Bachelor of Arts degree via accelerated degree completion may select a major from among:
Application for a Major
After completing the equivalent of 3 full-time semesters (45 semester hours), including a minimum of 9 hours within the intended major, the student must:
- register for the CAAP Test (Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency) in the Office of Advising and Testing and take it on the scheduled date.
- complete and turn in the Application for Major Form that is supplied at the CAAP testing site.
Approval in a Major
A school or department will normally accept the application for major and approve the student in the major when the student has:
- achieved a 2.00 or higher cgpa
- achieved a minimum of 12 hours of Malone coursework in the major with an institutional minimum 2.25 major gpa unless stated otherwise in the specific major guidelines within the school or department
- met all minimum CAAP Testing standards and other requirements of the school or department
Most students will pursue one of the regular academic majors. However, a student may have special interest in pursuing in-depth study in a combination of disciplines drawing from different parts of the curriculum. Such a student has the option of designing an individualized major.
The student will work in collaboration with a faculty adviser from one of the student’s primary areas of study to submit a proposal for this individualized major to the Curriculum Committee for approval. Guidelines and forms for developing the proposal will be available in the Office of Advising and Testing and the Office of the Registrar. The proposal should be submitted to the Curriculum Committee no later than the beginning of the junior year.
Liberal Arts Major
A Liberal Arts major is a cross-disciplinary pattern of 45 hours with a minimum of 15 hours from each of three cognates related to the student’s objectives. At least 39 hours must be at the 300- 400 level with a minimum of 12 in each of the three approved fields, two of which must be in liberal arts disciplines, and cannot be in one of the professional (Bachelor of Science) majors. Any student interested in the Liberal Arts major should meet with the Registrar to determine courses in the three cognates. Careful and early planning is important in order to complete the major in a timely manner.
All Liberal Arts majors must apply and be admitted to the major prior to the beginning of the junior year (after completing 60 credits). Complete guidelines and requirements for the Liberal Arts major and are available in the Office of Advising and Testing.
A minor normally consists of a minimum of 15 semester hours, 6 of which must be taken at the 300/400 level. Each academic school or department must approve the student and curriculum to be used in the completion of each minor for the Office of the Registrar to verify at the point of graduation.
- No CAAP requirements will be used in the approval process for a minor.
- A student must maintain a minimum of a 2.25 gpa within the approved minor curriculum in order to be awarded the minor at the time of graduation.
- Transfer students must take at least two courses in residence at Malone in an approved minor in order to be awarded the minor at the time of graduation.
- A minor will not be issued in an identical major field (i.e., a student may not have both a major and a minor in the same field).
- A minor will not be issued in a field identical to the supporting field of a given major unless 9 additional hours of coursework beyond those required as support for the major are taken (e.g., the Biology major requires 7-8 hours of supporting Chemistry coursework; to add a Chemistry minor, 9 other hours beyond those already required in the Biology major would be needed as well as meeting the above-mentioned minor requirements).