No more than 32 credit hours may be counted toward graduation requirements for any combination of credit by examination, internships, practica, military coursework, instructional television or online courses. Credit for courses offered through non-traditional modes of learning will be granted only for courses offered by accredited institutions and, before credit is granted, each course will be evaluated to insure it meets requirements of Maryville College course work.
Maryville College offers many opportunities for students to tailor their learning experiences to their own needs and interests. The regulations governing these opportunities are set out below.
The Senior Study: The Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression Program at Maryville College is described under Degree Requirements in this catalog. In addition to prerequisites specified for the major, a student must hold at least junior standing and have passed Composition 130 and the English Proficiency Examination before beginning the Senior Study. The full project receives 6 credit hours, 3 hours in each of two semester-long courses, 351 and 352. Failure in the 351 or 352 course requires that the course be repeated. A second failure in 352 requires that both 351 and 352 be repeated with a new project; the original 351 becomes an elective.
If a student wishes to pursue a topic in his/her major that is not available through a regular catalog course, he/she may request a program of individualized reading or experimental work. The academic division chair will consider that request on the basis of the appropriateness of the topic and availability of faculty for supervision. Such a course may be an additional course in the major or, when appropriate, may substitute for a major course. Such coursework carries a 350 number, and students may not earn more than three credit hours through individualized study courses. The student must have at least junior standing. Such a program is pursued under the guidance of a faculty member, who confers regularly with the student and assesses the program. Approval by the academic division chair is required, and an additional fee or $50 per credit hour is charged.
The Maryville College Life Enrichment Program (MCLEP or "portfolio") is a means to enrich and diversify the student’s educational experience through a combination of curricular and co-curricular activities. In the program each student works closely with a faculty or staff mentor to identify or design projects appropriate for his or her personal growth. Through completion of an individually designed project, the student earns one credit hour. The projects must fall into one of the following categories:
Expected outcomes include some of the following: an enriched life, an integration of experiences, discovery, deeper development, and transformation. A central feature of each project is the maintenance of a personal journal, the purposes of which are to encourage careful observation and reflection and to deepen knowledge of oneself. Ordinarily, only one credit hour ay be earned in any category, and no more than three credit hours may be earned in the program. The program is available only during the fall and spring semesters, except for portfolios related to cross-cultural experience with permission of the International Programming Committee. Contact Bruce Guillaume at 981-8126.
Under certain circumstances and conditions it is possible to earn more than one study abroad-related portfolio credit in a cross-cultural experience. These circumstances include credit for an embedded study abroad program or a cross-cultural project that takes place during any academic session that students study abroad. Contact Kirsten Sheppard at 273-8991.
A special portfolio project in self-management is required of first year-in-college students placed on academic probation following the first fall semester (See section on Probation and Suspension).
Students have the opportunity to gain practical experience in their major field of study through an internship or practicum. These supervised experiences provide students with a chance to apply knowledge and skills in an operational setting, while testing interest in a particular career or profession. Possibilities range from settings in academic institutions, government agencies, and private companies to commercial and philanthropic organizations. Normally, practica and internships are pursued for academic credit, but academic divisions and the Center for Calling and Career can also assist students in arranging post-graduate or other non-credit opportunities.
Credit earned for practica and internships is in proportion to the scope and duration of the experience. While some major fields generally restrict enrollment in internships and practica to students majoring in the field, special qualifications or circumstances may warrant application to the appropriate academic division chair for a waiver permitting enrollment by a non-major. Divisional guidelines may restrict or prohibit remuneration. Remuneration may be permitted insofar as guidelines for the learning experience are followed and faculty supervisors work closely with organizations and off-campus supervisors to protect the student and to ensure the quality of the experience as an extension of the College curriculum.
All academic divisions are required to follow guidelines as published in this Catalog or those designed and published by the division to more specifically define the experiences. Students and supervisors must follow procedures related to application and approval of the experience, the range of accepted experiences, methods of reporting and verifying experiences, and the duties of the faculty supervisor and the off-campus supervisor.
Students may enroll in practica and internships in the fall, spring, or summer terms. Although tuition is required for all credit bearing options, summer practica and internship fees are discounted. Students must register for the courses prior to the internship/practicum experience and the activity must take place in the term for which the students are registered for them.
Divisional guidelines are available in each division and in the Registrar’s office. Additional student information related to practica and internships is described below.
Practicum experiences (numbered 343) are allotted two to six credit hours depending upon the scope of the experience and hours devoted to it. Available in any major, they are graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory except in Education 343. Practica may be pursued while the student is enrolled in other coursework, and in some cases the work may be done on campus and be related to the College program. Divisional guidelines for practica vary, but for each credit hour granted students are expected to be involved the equivalent of at least three hours of activity per week for a 14 week semester.
Internship experiences (numbered 337) are allotted 7 to 15 credit hours and are intended to give students a more complete immersion in a work or service setting. Available in any major, they are graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis except in student teaching (Education 401.) Other coursework is normally not taken during an internship, though the Senior Study (351 or 352) is sometimes completed during a fall or spring internship. Internships take place off-campus and require a time commitment equivalent to full-time employment, with credit allotted on the basis of one credit hour for each week of full-time involvement.
Application and Approval Processes
A. The initial typed application for an internship or practicum is to be submitted to the department/division chair no later than the tenth week of the semester preceding the proposed experience
B. The application must include:
- The credit hour value proposed for the experience;
- The name of the Maryville College faculty supervisor;
- The name, work address and phone number of the off-campus supervisor;
- The site address of the experience.
- A two to three (typed, double-spaced) statement in which the student explains:
- the content of the internship or practicum and relevance to his/her degree program and professional goals,
- the types of experiences likely to be encountered, and
- the specific methods and materials to be used in the evaluation of performance, (e.g., journal, paper, seminar, exam . . .); the statement must be signed by the student and by the faculty supervisor.
6. A brief written statement from the off-campus supervisor agreeing to the proposed arrangement, evaluation process and proposed list of the student’s duties. This statement is required before the end of the semester preceding the proposed internship/practicum and must be signed by the off-campus supervisor.
C. Applications are reviewed and approved by both the department/division chair and the faculty supervisor. Approval, denial, or a request for modifications is issued before the end of the semester preceding the proposed experience. Successful applicants and applications must meet the following criteria:
- The application must be complete when submitted, including an agreed upon set of evaluation criteria and procedures;
- The student must have demonstrated a highly responsible work ethic;
- The internship/practicum must directly support the major course of study, and should provide significant practical experiences not available on the Maryville College campus.
- Submits a bound journal that records activities, experiences and readings;
- regularly reports progress to the faculty supervisor;
- follows all guidelines of the off-campus supervisor;
- adheres to all other guidelines and stipulations specified in the approved application.
The On-Campus Faculty Supervisor:
- Assists in the application process;
- Communicates regularly with the student regarding progress, difficulties, successes and the evaluation criteria;
- Contacts the off-campus supervisor periodically to monitor student progress;
- Evaluates performance and materials based on the evaluation criteria and on the assessment of the off-campus supervisor, and assigns the final grad.
- Provides a brief written statement at the time of the application containing a list of the student’s proposed duties; and agrees to the supervisory role and evaluation process;
- Ensures learning experiences congruent with those outlined in the approved application;
- Responds to inquiries from the faculty supervisor regarding the students’ progress;
- Provides a comprehensive and critical appraisal of the student’s journal and performance immediately following the internship or practicum, with a final summary evaluation of “excellent,” “adequate,” or “unsatisfactory.”
Method(s) of Evaluation
Methods and materials to be used for evaluation are proposed in the original application along with the final date due. Typically these will consist of the evaluation of the off-campus supervisor and one or more of the following to be evaluated by the faculty supervisor: journal or recorded experiences, seminar, research paper and examination. Their relative weights are specified in the final approved proposal after consultation with the faculty supervisor. Once the internship or practicum is completed, the faculty supervisor reviews all materials and issues the grade.
The internship/practicum can be immediately terminated for cause upon request of either the off-campus or faculty supervisor with the approval of the division chair.
Students pursuing the B.A. degree may design a Major. A formal application and approval of the Committee on Individualized Instruction are required. Individualized majors must include
Subject area 18 hours in one subject area
Related subject area 12 hours in a related subject
Senior Study 6 Senior Study hours
An individualized major must be approved by the second semester of the sophomore year. A faculty sponsor in each subject area is required. Application forms are available in the Registrar’s Office.
A description of the Student Literacy Corps may be found under Learning By Experience in this catalog. There are two credit options. For two credit hours, the student completes one campus-based class hour per week (orientation and training) and three hours of community-based tutoring. For three credit hours, the student completes one class hour and six tutoring hours. The three credit hour option may be counted in fulfillment of the general education requirement in experiential education.