Sweet Briar College is a student-centered college that values student participation in a significant constellation of learning experiences.
If you choose to study at Sweet Briar, you are electing to come to a college of liberal arts and sciences where earning its degree requires a certain depth and breadth in your selection of courses. Working with your academic advisor, you will plan your academic program to cover required skills, experiences and knowledge areas, as well as to fulfill your particular needs and interests.
Sweet Briar College confers two undergraduate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science. Programs list the specific requirements for each degree in the Sweet Briar Catalog.
All candidates for a degree must meet graduation requirements, complete the Leadership Core requirements and satisfy specific requirements for a major program. Each student is responsible for knowing the College’s requirements and for planning an academic program to meet these requirements.
To be eligible for a degree, a candidate must be enrolled as a full-time student (at least 12 academic credit hours) at Sweet Briar for a minimum of two years, including the senior year. Residence during the final year of the academic program is required except for students enrolled in a 3-2 program approved by the faculty. The degree program is normally completed in four years. With the permission of the Eligibility Committee, an exceptionally qualified student may complete her degree program in as few as three years.
Each candidate must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, of which at least 60 credit hours must be earned at Sweet Briar. These credits include Leadership Core requirements and requirements for the major.
No student may count more than 51 credit hours in a single program toward the minimum requirements for a Sweet Briar degree. No more than 5 credits of PHED and/or RDPR activity courses will count toward the degree. Additional PHED and RDPR activity courses may be taken, but the credits above the maximum of 5 will not be applied toward the 120 credits required for a degree.
No more than 12 semester credit hours of internship/practicum credit may be counted toward a degree. No more than 18 semester credit hours of summer work may be counted toward a degree, with the exception of students who have earned an associate degree and transfer to Sweet Briar under an articulation agreement. These transfer students may have all associate degree summer courses transferred according to the College’s transfer credit policy. Transfer students for whom 18 or more summer credits are accepted will not be allowed to apply additional summer credits taken after they enroll at Sweet Briar.
A degree candidate must obtain both a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 (the equivalent of a “C” average) and a minimum 2.00 grade point average in her major(s) subject(s), using the minimum number of courses taken in the program that can count towards the major(s), together with additional courses in the major field(s) of study, resulting in the highest GPA. Each senior must pass the senior culminating exercise in her major(s) as designated by each program. This culminating exercise must be taken at Sweet Briar College.