Academic Residency Requirements
Cornerstone Course Requirement
All students are required to take IDS 101, Cornerstone Seminar, 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 ENG 101 (English Composition 1), then ENG 101 will be required in the first term and IDS 101 in the subsequent one.
Students must complete IDS 101 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 (W or AW) IDS 101 due to poor participation, the student must retake the course during the next term. If the student fails (C- or below) or withdraws (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 IDS 101 during his/her first term.
To drop or withdraw from IDS 101, the student must contact the Dean of Undergraduate Programs. If the student is withdrawn from the course, a hold will be placed on his/her ability to register for new courses. The student must register and complete IDS 101 in the following term or be subject to dismissal.
Capstone Course Requirement
Students preparing to graduate with a bachelor's degree must complete a concentration capstone experience 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 and writing and critical thinking skills. This requirement may not be met with a course transferred from another institution.
Each single subject area concentration includes this three-credit course requirement (i.e. MGT 499 in the Business Administration concentration, PSY 499 in the Psychology concentration and HCA 499 in the Health Care Administration concentration). The capstone may only be taken once the student has completed all concentration requirements or during the semester in which he or she is completing the last six concentration credits. 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 the 36-credit 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.