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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Students who wishes to dispute a grade should first discuss the grade they wish to challenge and the reasons why they are 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 the Chair to review the 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.

Internships for credit are automatically evaluated on a pass/fail basis. If a student wishes the internship to receive a letter grade 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 the Dean explaining why you feel your internship should be graded (including: where you are doing your internship, what you are doing during the semester, and why a letter grade is important to you and your future). Submit your letter by email to the Dean of the College Office, 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.

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 Malcolm Pace, Director of Academic Advising.

  • 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 Robakiewicz 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 Academic Advising at 508-793-7468.

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.

Contact Information

Dean of the College

  • Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center, Room 229
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
Office Hours
  • To schedule an appointment with the Dean, please call 1-508-793-7671.