Important Procedures & Information
Access your DegreeWorks audit
Use your DegreeWorks audit to check your progress in completing your general education requirements (either LERs or GCRs depending on your catalogue year). If your catalogue year is prior to 2017-18, please check with your major or minor advisor or department chair for an update on outstanding major and minor requirements. Those working from the 2017-18, and beyond, catalogue year may use the DegreeWorks audit to view outstanding major and minor requirements. Use this link to the DegreeWorks page for instructions for accessing and understanding your DegreeWorks audit.
The Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies assigns and processes all changes of advisors. Students must consult with their advisors before making course selections. Course change forms must be signed by advisors prior to submission to the Office of the Registrar.
In case your primary selections are closed at the time of registration, alternate courses should be selected.
Election of the audit option must be done at the point of registration for the course or within the audit deadline for adding a course. Permission to audit must be obtained in writing from their advisor and the instructor of each course. Successful completion of audits will result in an AU on the transcript. There will be no notation on the transcript in the case of unsuccessful completion or a drop of an audited course. Students may drop an audited course through the last day of classes. If the student stops attending, the instructor may request that the audited course be dropped from the student’s schedule. College policy prohibits changing an audit to credit or vice versa after the audit deadline.
Baltimore Student Exchange Program (BSEP) Enrollment
Schedules from colleges are available on the web. BSEP registration forms must be submitted to the SAS office with all appropriate signatures. Participating institutions process the BSEP forms at the end of their students’ registration period. Goucher students are notified of acceptance as it occurs. Seniors are strongly encouraged not to enroll in BSEP courses during their last semester, as BSEP grades not submitted by the graduation clearance deadline can impact the student’s ability to graduate. BSEP courses may only be taken in the fall or spring semester (not summer or winter semesters). Ordinarily only 2 courses may be taken per year. Courses must be taken for regular grade.
Directory information may be released to those requesting it unless the student specifically requests otherwise. A student may request that all or a portion of this information not be released by filing a written request to that effect with the Office of the Registrar. Requests to withhold directory information must be filed annually with the Office of the Registrar. For more information about directory information, view the Goucher College FERPA webpages.
Drop & Withdrawal Deadlines
The last day a student may drop a semester course without a withdrawal appearing on the transcript is the ninth day of classes. If a student drops a class after this time, the student will receive a grade of “W”. The last day to withdraw from a course is the end of the tenth week. Deadlines for half-semester courses are in proportion to their seven-week length. Check the Important Dates for Students calendar for exact dates.
Final Experience/Exam Schedule
The finals schedule is posted on the Records and Registration website by the start date of the semester. Look for the Final Exam/Experience Schedule on the Registrar’s website
Internships (or Off-Campus Independent Work)
For-credit internships are applied for by completing an Internship Learning Agreement (ILA), which is available in the Career Exploration Office (CEO). These courses will be added to students' registration once the approved ILA is received by the Office of the Registrar from the CEO.
Deadlines for submitting the ILA are published on the Important Dates for Students webpage. Students may apply 8 internship credits to the 120 credits required for the degree.
Location of Classes
All classes meet at Goucher College unless otherwise indicated in the Course Schedule Booklet.
Forms and instructions for declaring or changing a major and/or minor are available in the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies. All students must declare a major before registering for the first semester of their third year. The completed forms are submitted to the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies in Van Meter G24.
Name and/or Gender Change Policy
Non Goucher Courses
Students may take pre-approved courses at other institutions during the summer or winter by submitting the Non-Goucher Course Approval Form to the Office of the Registrar. Only 15 hours in total, of non-Goucher summer and winter work with a grade of C- or better, are applicable to the degree.
Students may choose to take two courses per academic year on a pass/no pass basis. In the regular semester, the pass/no pass option must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by the end of the tenth week of classes; in half semester courses by the end of the third week. Pass is equivalent to any grade from A through C- as normally interpreted at Goucher College. A grade of P or NP will have no effect on a student's grade point average. Students who wish to switch from pass/no pass to graded status may do so up until week 10 of the semester (week three of seven week courses.) After that the choice is irrevocable.
BSEP courses and summer courses taken elsewhere are not ordinarily open to pass/no pass election. Department chairs may specify that an off-campus experience can be taken only on a pass/no pass basis; such a requirement is not part of the student's pass/no pass quota. Courses elected with a pass/no pass option will not count toward requirements in the major or minor (unless such courses are required to be so graded). If a major requirement is taken pass/no pass the department must require that the course be re-taken for a regular grade or identify an appropriate substitute.
Physical Education Requirement
The physical education requirement for graduation is either one varsity sport, one dance class or one activity class. Not all dance classes are eligible to fulfill the PE credit. Please check the list of eligible classes offered each semester at https://www.goucher.edu/registrar/course-information/.
Course prerequisites are indicated in the Academic Catalogue. When prerequisites are not satisfied, the permission of the instructor is required.
Registration for the spring semester is held in November and registration for fall is held in April. Current students should select courses during the advising period (see Important Dates for Students).
Students may repeat any course for which they received less than a C- grade. If a student repeats a course for which a passing grade of below C- was received the first time, the student will receive a grade of RA, RB, RC ... the second time the course is taken. Both the original grade and the grade for the repeated course are included in the GPA, but the credits are counted only once. If a student repeats a course for which a grade of C- or above was received the first time, the student will receive a grade of XA, XB, XC... the second time the course is taken. In this case, the credits will not be counted and the grade will not be averaged into the GPA. Departments decide if students must repeat a course in the major if the grade is below C-, or if they will permit the students to substitute another course for the major. Ordinarily, no student may register for the same course more than twice. Approval must be obtained from the appropriate department chair if a student wishes to repeat a course over this limit. The policy does not include courses which may be repeated for credit as listed in the catalogue.
In order to register for a Senior Thesis, students must complete a Senior Thesis Form and submit it to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies.
Seven Week Courses
Students taking first and second seven week courses should register for those courses during the registration period. There is a special add/drop period for these courses (see Important Dates for Students).
Signatures - Course Change Forms
The advisor's signature is needed on all course change forms. In addition, the instructor's signature is required to add all closed courses, audits, courses where the required prerequisite courses have not been fulfilled, Pilates and independent work. Independent work also requires the program director’s signature. Private music lessons require the advisor's and the music secretary's signatures. Attached emails of approval will be accepted as signatures.
01 indicates the course meets for the entire fourteen weeks of the semester. 02 indicates the course meets for the first seven weeks of the semester. 03 indicates the course meets for the second seven weeks of the semester.
Students should not select courses with overlapping or conflicting times. These courses will not be processed.
Veteran's Readmission Policy
The College Writing Program (CWP) is a requirement for graduation from Goucher.
Earning CWP: The Basic Steps for all Incoming Students
(Transfer students may apply earlier, in some cases. Please see the note below.)
- All incoming students must take WRT 181or FYS 100W, the honors hybrid, during their first year.
- Please note that the Honors sections, FYS 100W, are only offered in the fall semester.
- After passing WRT 181or FYS 100W, students will take a WEC course (Writing Enriched Curriculum) in any discipline.
- Please note that while we strongly encourage students to take their WEC course in their second year, they can choose to wait until their third year. Some advanced students, with input from their advisors, may take their WEC course during the second semester of their first year.
- After passing WRT 181or FYS 100W, and a WEC course, students may apply to earn CWP by submitting a portfolio in December or May.
Please look for the Call for CWP Submissions early in Fall 2019. At that time, you will be invited to submit a portfolio of your writing.
If you have questions, please contact Phaye Poliakoff-Chen (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Writing Program Director.
WEC Courses Offered Fall 2019
View WEC courses at: https://www.goucher.edu/registrar/course-information/