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Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Academic Residency Requirements

Cornerstone Course Requirement

All students are required to take the Cornerstone course, at Charter Oak State College. Students must take this three-credit foundational course during their first term as a matriculated student at Charter Oak State College. If a student has not taken English Composition 1, then it will be required in the first term and the Cornerstone Seminar in the subsequent one.

Students must complete the Cornerstone Seminar with a grade of C or higher. Failure to achieve a grade of C puts the student automatically on academic hold.

If a student fails (C- or below) or withdraws from (W or AW) the Cornerstone course , the student must retake the course during the next term. If the student fails (C- or below) or withdraws from (W or AW) the course a second time, the student will be dismissed from the College and the academic dismissal policy applies. If the student is permitted to return to Charter Oak State College, the student will need to retake the Cornerstone course during his/her first term.

Capstone Course Requirement

Students preparing to graduate with a bachelor's degree must complete a concentration or major capstone course at Charter Oak State College with a grade of "C" or higher. The purpose of this experience is to demonstrate mastery of the learning outcomes in the chosen concentration or major and writing and critical thinking skills. This requirement may not be met with a course transferred from another institution.

Each single subject area concentration and major  includes this three-credit course requirement. The capstone may only be taken once the student has completed all concentration requirements or when the student is within his or her last 9 credits (3 credits of which are the Capstone course) of the concentration/major. The student's academic counselor must approve the student's request to enroll in the capstone course for his or her concentration.

Students who are pursuing the interdisciplinary Individualized or Liberal Studies concentrations will take a sequence of a one-credit and a two-credit course for their capstone. These three credits will be part of then requirement for the concentration. The first part is a one (1) credit, five (5) week, pass/fail course in which the capstone project is planned. The project will be carried out in the subsequent ten (10) week course that yields two (2) credits. The two-credit course results in a letter grade. The two-credit course must be completed in the term immediately following completion of the one-credit course. A grade of P must be earned in the one-credit course in order to begin the two-credit course.