B.A. Degree Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible?
Any student accepted to Landmark College will be eligible to declare the B.A. in Liberal Studies major/degree. This is no different from our current policy that accepts students to the College, and then has them work with advisors and others to select studies and programs of interest and best fit in terms of strengths, graduation timeline elements and competencies.
I'm a Landmark College Alum. When can I sign up?
We will begin offering our full slate of Junior and Senior level courses in Fall 2014. We may begin offering a limited number of upper level courses Spring 2014, so you could return to take other requirements and the upper level offerings starting then.
How do I re-enroll?
It's easy. Find out how here.
I'm a current Landmark College student. When do I formally declare the B.A. in Liberal Studies as my major?
Before the registration period of your second semester (about midway into the semester) you will have a formal discussion with your advisor. If, at this point, you are in good academic standing (GPA of at least 2.0), and if you have accumulated at least nine (9) Landmark College credits, you will be encouraged to meet with the B.A. program coordinator or others in Academic Affairs in order to declare.
What does it mean to declare a B.A. major?
Declaring means that you intend to pursue the B.A. in Liberal Studies degree over the course of your time at Landmark College. Successful declaration means that we believe that you can successfully pursue the B.A. in a reasonable timeframe. It also means that you can focus your registration plans on taking the courses that you will need to complete the B.A., and organizing a plan of when and how to take them during the course of your remaining 3 years.
What if I don’t have nine (9) Landmark College credits mid-way through my second semester?
Nine credits demonstrates how you manage the liberal arts curriculum, the level of challenge and expectations for engagement. If you have a rough semester starting out, or if you come up short in credits by the midpoint of your second semester, we will provide assistance toward pursuing the B.A. degree option on a case-by-case basis.
What if I don’t have a 2.0 GPA?
It is important for you to have acceptable grades to be successful in the B.A. program (particularly in the upper-level courses). Of course, we’d love you to have stellar grades. Still, if you experienced a challenging first semester, but look like you’re on course for success, we’ll be happy to review your plans on a case-by-case basis. In general, declaring the B.A. track requires demonstrated progress in credit-bearing courses.
Can I declare the B.A. in Liberal Studies major based on credits I earned at another college?
No: you'll be set on a path to declare a major once you demonstrate satisfactory completion of nine (9) Landmark College course credits. This could occur as soon as the end of your first semester with us. However, we will assess your transfer credits and apply them, as appropriate, towards your B.A.
How should I arrange this meeting with my advisor and the B.A. coordinator?
Speak with your advisor about when to schedule this meeting. The two of you can arrange it based on your schedule and credit accumulation. However, if you forget to do this, or are unsure of when to initiate the discussion, your advisor will work with you to schedule the appointment at the appropriate time as a part of your regular advising syllabus. Look for it! And if you have concerns or questions about the B.A., ask your advisor or anyone in Academic Affairs.
What if I change my mind, or it is determined that I will not progress in the B.A. major?
As the first couple of years of the B.A. Liberal Studies program resemble our A.A. Liberal Arts and General Studies programs, as well as our Business A.A. track, you will be positioned to switch to one of these A.A. programs as desired or as needed.