Academic Affairs

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Office of the Dean of the College

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to be on the Dean's List?

The Dean's List semester honors are granted based upon fall and spring semester academic performance. To be eligible you must meet the following conditions:

  • Register and pass at least four units
  • Have at least three units of graded credits
  • Have at least three units in the undergraduate school
  • Have received no grade lower than a B- in any class, including NR and NC
  • Maintain a minimum GPA between 3.8 and 4.3 for First Honors at 3.5 and 3.79 for Second Honors

How do I dispute a grade?

A student who wishes to dispute a grade should first discuss the grade s/he wishes to challenge and the reasons why s/he is challenging the grade with their professor. If the student feels that the issue is not resolved at this level, the second step in the appeals process is to go to the Department Chair and ask him/her to review your appeal. A final appeal may be brought to the Dean of the College after a review by the department chair. The decision of the Dean is the final action taken.

How do I request permission for a graded internship?

Internships for credit are automatically evaluated on a Credit/No credit basis. If a student wishes the internship to be graded s/he must petition the Dean of the College within the first two weeks of the semester. You should write a brief petition letter to Dean Boyle explaining why you feel your internship should be graded (including: where you are doing your internship, what you are doing during the semester). Submit your letter to the Dean of the College Office, Room 206, Geography Building, together with a supporting letter written by your Faculty Advisor, who should include what assignments he/she will use as a basis for determining your grade.

How do I get permission to do a self-designed major?

One of Clark's special features is the option of designing your own major. A student-designed major is not appropriate for every student. The guidelines for the student-designed major are stringent and require that you conceptualize and plan your major thoroughly and carefully. All final proposals must be approved by Dean Kevin McKenna, Senior Associate Dean of the College.

  • You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to apply for a student-designed major.
  • Three faculty members from different departments must be willing to provide their expertise and guidance as you pursue a student-designed major.
  • As with all Clark majors, a student-designed major must have at least eight required courses that form an intellectual whole.
  • You will be expected to design a capstone experience for this major.

The responsibility for developing a student-designed major entails a serious and challenging intellectual effort comparable to that which whole departments undertake in developing the requirements for their majors. Dean McKenna will provide assistance and supervision in this process. Because of the effort involved, you should begin this process early. Don't delay past the end of the fall semester of your sophomore year. For information about the student-design major, contact Dean Kevin McKenna at x7468.

I will be lacking enough credits to graduate in May. How do I petition to "walk"?

If you fall short of meeting the graduation requirements by one credit, and have legitimate medical reasons and/or truly extenuating circumstances for this deficiency, you may submit a written petition to the Dean of the College office requesting permission to walk through Commencement. The petition must explain the reasons for your deficiency, what requirements remain to be satisfied, and how and when you plan to complete all the requirements. You can download this form here, or obtain a Petition to Walk form (.pdf format) in the Registrar's Office.

Whom do I contact to find out about Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society?

Clark University has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the National Honor Society for academic excellence in the arts, on campus. If you would like further information on membership to this honor society please contact the current president, Professor Esther Jones in the English Department.