The material on this page is from the 1999-2000 catalog and may be out of date. Please check the current year's catalog for current information.
The College believes that its emphasis on the liberal arts and sciences is justified both in sound educational principle and by the test of long experience. Bates is convinced that the broad knowledge achieved in a liberal education gives women and men a realistic understanding of the complexity of their world and prepares them for lives satisfying to themselves and useful to others.
The Liberal Arts and Sciences
Liberal learning is fundamentally concerned with personal growth, in both its intellectual and moral dimensions. The College believes that educated persons welcome the hard academic work that is the price of discovery; that they are stimulated by ideas, artistic expression, good talk, and great books; and that they avow a continuing commitment to the search for truth in the methods of the sciences, the patterns of logic and language, and the beauties of art. The College believes that the first obligation of a student is the developing of her or his own habits of mind; it holds further that the first duty of a liberal-arts college is to develop, encourage, and direct that process.
With intellectual development should come a deepening moral awareness. A college woman or man should have the ability to lead as well as a willingness to cooperate. Comprehension of the complexities of life should lead to a sympathetic understanding of others and a generosity in response to them. The student should develop a sense of social and civic responsibility, and integrity should guide every action.
Bates College has always held to these traditional values of the liberal arts and sciences. In a recent report to the Bates Faculty, its Committee on Educational Policy offered a reaffirmation. The committee wrote: "The highest purpose of Bates College is to provide a community with sufficient challenge and sufficient support so that the undergraduate may mature in scholarship and in capacity for critical thinking and civilized expression. The graduate is more knowledgeable, to be sure, but above all he or she is capable of a reflective understanding of the self and its relationship to prior traditions and present environments." The curriculum establishes the expectations for learning that form the foundation of the College's commitment to the liberal arts and sciences. College committees of faculty members and students review the educational policies and the specific curricular offerings of the College. New fields of scholarship are introduced by the Faculty, and the most recent advances in technology are incorporated into the various disciplines. The College promotes the development of excellent writing and critical-thinking skills through all its curricular offerings, from the first-year seminar to the senior thesis. The College encourages students to pursue their own original research as an extension of their regular coursework and offers opportunities and financial support to facilitate such research during the academic year and the summer months. Recognizing the fundamental role the liberal arts play in the development of a social conscience and good citizenship, the College encourages students to integrate social service into their academic work and provides opportunities for service internships and field research on social issues. The five-week Short Term held every spring has encouraged educational innovation, including the integration into the curriculum of off-campus study. The calendar arrangement also provides a three-year option whereby students who are qualified, especially those with advanced standing, can accelerate their work and graduate earlier.
The Academic Calendar
The calendar calls for two semesters and a Short Term. The first semester ends in mid-December and the second ends in mid-April. A five-week Short Term concludes at the end of May. First-year and all other new students must be present for their matriculation at new student orientation in September. Although new students preregister prior to their arrival, they complete their registrations during the orientation period. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors register during periods established near the end of each prior semester.
Short Term. The Short Term provides an unusual opportunity for a variety of educational programs, frequently off campus, that cannot be offered in the regular semesters. These include marine biological studies at stations on the coast of Maine; geology fieldwork in the American Southwest, Hawaii, Canada, and Scotland; and art, theater, and music studies in New York City and Europe. The spring term allows time for archeological investigations by students in history and anthropology; field projects for students in economics, sociology, and psychology; and social-service internships associated with academic departments and programs. It provides special opportunities, on and off campus, for those carrying out laboratory experiments in the natural sciences. The term also allows for programs in foreign countries: the study of Shakespearean drama and Renaissance culture in England; landscape painting and art history in Italy; anthropological study in Bali, Greece, and Jamaica; conservation studies in Ecuador, the Gal‡pagos Islands, and Costa Rica; the study of economics in China and Taiwan; the history of the Cuban Revolution in Cuba; the study of indigenous politics in Mexico; the production of a Hungarian play in translation at a professional theatre in Budapest; and documentary production in Croatia and Yugoslavia. Intensive study of the languages, literatures, and cultures of other countries takes place in Austria, China, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Martinique, and Quebec.
Students may complete a maximum of three Short Term units, although only two are needed to fulfill the degree requirement. Students wishing to register for a third Short Term unit receive a lower registration priority than students registering for their first or second unit. An exception to this ranking is made for three-year students, who are required to complete three Short Term units. The ranking does not apply to units requiring "written permission of the instructor" to register.
Three-Year Option. The three-year option is designed for the especially qualified student who may benefit from an accelerated undergraduate program that allows for earlier admission to graduate school or to career placement. The accelerating student takes five courses each semester and attends every Short Term, completing the degree requirement of thirty courses, sixty quality points, and three Short Term units.
Throughout the College's history, its Faculty has expected all students to pursue certain common patterns of study as well as to complete a major or concentrated focus of study. The Faculty continues to believe that there are areas of knowledge and understanding, modes of appreciation, and kinds of skills that are of general and lasting significance for the intellectual life.
In establishing these General Education requirements, the Faculty reflects its conviction that the graduating student should have a critical appreciation of scientific and social scientific knowledge and understanding. It believes that experience with theories and methods of at least one science and at least one social science leads to awareness of both the importance of such knowledge in the modern world and its limitations. In addition, the Faculty is convinced that the graduating student should have an appreciation for the manner in which quantitative techniques can increase one's capacity to describe and analyze the natural and social worlds.
The Faculty also believes that the graduating student should understand both the possibilities and the limitations of disciplined study in the humanities and history. Such study permits a critical perspective on the ideas, values, expressions, and experiences that constitute our culture. General Education also encourages respect for the integrity of thought, judgment, creativity, and tradition beyond the culture of contemporary America. The Faculty also encourages each student to do some study in a foreign language.
The First-Year Seminar Program
The first-year seminars are limited-enrollment courses that may be taken only by first-year students. Topics vary from year to year, but they always represent a broad range of issues and questions addressed within the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences. The first-year seminars enable entering students to work with faculty and other students in the context of a small class; they provide closely supervised training in techniques of reasoning, writing, and research; and they foster an attitude of active participation in the educational process. First-year seminars carry full course credit toward the baccalaureate degree and are offered in the fall and winter semesters. A seminar may fulfill a General Education requirement in the humanities and history, and designated seminars may satisfy the quantitative requirement. First-year students are encouraged to consult the listing of seminars at the beginning of descriptions of courses and units of instruction in the Catalog.
Major Fields of Study
While the Faculty believes that each student should have essential familiarity with the main fields of liberal learning - the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences - it also believes that a student must choose a field of special concentration - a major - to gain the advantages that come from studying one academic subject more extensively and intensively. This major field occupies a quarter to a third of the student's college work and may be related to the intended career following graduation.
Departmental Majors. Majors may be taken in fields established within the academic departments. There are twenty-four such majors: anthropology, art, biology, chemistry, Chinese, economics, English, French, geology, German, history, Japanese, mathematics, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religion, rhetoric, Russian, sociology, Spanish, and theater. The specific requirements for each major are explained in the introductory paragraphs to the department's courses and units of instruction in the Catalog.
Students may also register for a double major, which requires completion of all major requirements, including the comprehensive examination and/or the thesis, in two academic departments. The double major must be approved by the chairs of both departments.
Interdisciplinary Program Majors. The Faculty has established interdisciplinary programs in which students may major. These include African American studies, American cultural studies, biological chemistry, classical and medieval studies, East Asian studies, environmental studies, neuroscience, and women's studies. The programs are administered by committees made up of faculty members from different departments. Major requirements for these programs are explained in the introductory paragraph of the program's courses and units of instruction in the Catalog.
Individual Interdisciplinary Majors. In addition to established departmental and interdisciplinary program majors, a student may propose an individual interdisciplinary major, should that student discover a well-defined intellectual interest that crosses one or more of the boundaries of the established fields of concentration. An interdisciplinary major involves a detailed program of study, with courses drawn from at least two departments but only one senior thesis and/or comprehensive examination. The thesis may be supervised, graded, and credited within one of the departments involved; or it may be sponsored by a member of the Faculty under the Interdisciplinary Major Thesis designation.
Detailed guidelines and an application for the individual interdisciplinary major are available from the registrar. Proposals for interdisciplinary majors must be submitted to the registrar for approval by the Committee on Curriculum and Calendar early in the junior year. Students interested in seeking approval of this kind of major should consult with the chairs of the relevant departments and with the intended major advisor. The student with an individual interdisciplinary major graduates with a degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Engineering Major. Students interested in aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical, mineral, or nuclear engineering may participate in the College's Liberal Arts-Engineering Dual Degree Program, in which three years at Bates are typically followed by two years at an affiliated engineering school. Dual Degree Program participants major in engineering at Bates. Recommended course sequences vary according to each student's particular engineering interests; curricular guidelines are available from the Dual Degree Program faculty advisor. Students participating in the Dual Degree Program graduate from Bates with a degree in engineering.
The Honors Program
The College's Honors Program gives qualified students an opportunity to do extensive independent study and research in their major fields. Interdisciplinary majors also are eligible to participate through the program or department in which their theses are supervised, graded, and credited. Honors are awarded for special distinction in the major fields. Honors study usually is carried on throughout the senior year under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Students normally enter the program at the end of the junior year. Students who wish to be nominated to the Honors Program should apply to their major departments or programs.
The Honors Program consists of the writing of a substantial thesis and an oral examination on the thesis and the major field. Some departments require a written comprehensive examination as well. In an alternative offered by some departments, eligible students elect a program consisting of a performance or a project in the creative arts; a written statement on the project, if requested by the department; a written comprehensive examination, if requested by the department; and an oral examination on the project and on courses in the major. The oral-examination committee includes the thesis advisor, members of the major department, at least one faculty member not a member of the major department, and an examiner from another college or university who specializes in the field of study.
In addition to completing a major, a student may elect to complete a secondary concentration in a number of disciplines. Secondary concentration requirements vary and are detailed in the introductory paragraphs of the courses and units of instruction of the relevant departments or programs in the Catalog. Secondary concentrations are offered in French, Greek, Latin, and Spanish (Department of Classical and Romance Languages and Literatures); Chinese, German, Japanese, and Russian (Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages and Literatures); South Asian studies (Asian studies); computing science (Department of Mathematics); dance (Department of Theater and Rhetoric); economics; music; philosophy; theater; and womenÕs studies.
The Course and Unit Credit System. A student's progress toward the baccalaureate degree is measured by course credits and unit credits. All courses offered in the fall and winter semesters carry one course credit; all curriculum offerings in the Short Term are accorded one unit credit. Each candidate for the baccalaureate degree must complete thirty-two course credits and two Short Term units, except students who elect to complete the degree in three years. Three-year students must complete thirty course credits and three Short Term units.
Courses that meet the College's transfer credit requirements may be applied toward major or General Education requirements upon petition to the appropriate department or program chair.
Grades. The Faculty of the College assesses student academic performance by assigning the following grades: A, B, C, D, F. Quality-point equivalencies for these grades are described below. A grade of ON is used to indicate that a course requires two semesters of work to receive one credit and that a final grade will be determined at the end of the second semester. A temporary grade of DEF indicates that a student has secured, through a faculty member and a dean of students, a formal deferral for incomplete coursework. Incomplete work for which deferred grades are given must be completed in a specific period of time as determined on the deferral form. The deferred grade will become an F grade if the work is not completed on time. A grade of W is used to indicate that a student was required to withdraw from a course due to extenuating circumstances. W grades are granted by the deans of students. Faculty members may choose to use Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) grades to assess the work of all of their students in any given Short Term unit.
Pass/Fail Option. Students may elect to take a total of two Bates courses on a pass/fail basis, with a maximum of one per semester. The following conditions apply:
Degree Requirements. Students may pursue courses leading to the degree of either bachelor of arts or bachelor of science. When determining graduation eligibility, students are held to the curriculum and degree requirements listed in the Catalog of the year in which they matriculated at Bates College.
Each candidate for graduation must complete the following requirements:
The College is required by federal law to establish standards of satisfactory progress toward the degree and to monitor each recipient of federal aid to insure that he or she is making satisfactory progress according to the standards. The concept of satisfactory progress mandates that both grade point average (GPA) - qualitative progress - and the number of credits completed - quantitative progress - be monitored. The Committee on Academic Standing is responsible for evaluation of the student's progress, reviews the student's academic standing each semester, and evaluates petitions for exceptions to these standards. In addition, the deans of students may authorize exceptions for serious illnesses or personal emergencies. The College has established these standards:
Qualitative Standards. The academic standing of students is determined by minimum semester and cumulative GPA as established by the Faculty. A student is considered in good academic standing if her or his semester ratio is 1.5 at the end of the first semester as a first-year student. The minimum line for good academic standing at the end of the first year is 1.5 (cumulative). After the second semester of the first year, the cumulative average required for automatic good standing is 2.0. All Bates course grades are included in a student's GPA and included on the transcript; however, for the purposes of determining academic standing within the College (good standing, probation, dismissal), first-year grades may not be included in the computation if it would be advantageous to the student.
The dean of students informs students of changes in their academic standing according to the following schedule:
Students may appeal changes in academic standing to the Academic Standing Committee after consulting with the dean of students.
Quantitative Standards. A student's progress toward the baccalaureate degree is measured by course credits and unit credits; students usually follow a four-year track; however, some students complete the academic program in three years
Normally students in the four-year program successfully complete eight courses by the end of their first year, sixteen courses by the end of their second year, twenty-four courses and one Short Term unit by the end of their third year, and thirty-two courses and two Short Term units by the end of their fourth year.
To comply with the satisfactory progress policy, each candidate in the four-year program must successfully complete the following minimum number of course and unit credits: no fewer than six courses by the end of the first year; no fewer than twelve courses by the end of the second year; no fewer than twenty courses and one Short Term unit by the end of the third year; and thirty-two courses and two Short Term units by the end of the fourth year.
Normally students in the three-year program successfully complete ten courses and one Short Term unit by the end of their first year, twenty courses and two Short Term units by the end of their second year, and thirty courses and three Short Term units by the end of their third year.
To comply with the satisfactory progress policy, each candidate in the three-year program must successfully complete the following minimum number of course and unit credits: no fewer than eight courses and one Short Term unit by the end of the first year; no fewer than eighteen courses and two Short Term units by the end of the second year; and no fewer than thirty courses and three Short Term units by the end of the third year.
Maximum Time Frame. Students are eligible to receive financial aid for eight full-time semesters of enrollment. Any student not meeting the standards of satisfactory progress is ineligible for federal student aid. Students are notified by the director of financial aid if they have not met the federal standards. Students are notified by the dean of students about probation or dismissal.
Appeals. If a student is ineligible for financial aid due to lack of satisfactory progress or exceeding the limit of eight semesters of aid, and believes that her or his case has exceptional or extenuating circumstances that caused this ineligibility, she or he may request within one week of the start of the next semester a review by the Committee on Academic Standing.
Reestablishing Eligibility. Written notice is given to all students whose financial aid eligibility is rescinded for lack of academic progress. If denied aid because of failure to meet the satisfactory progress policy standards, students may reestablish eligibility for federal aid by subsequently meeting the standards. Students must also be readmitted to the College by the Committee on Academic Standing. After a student has reestablished eligibility, she or he may be considered for aid for upcoming periods but not for periods during which standards had not been met. The dean of students provides consultation to students seeking to rectify deficiencies in grades or earned credits.
Additional Information. Students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress do not receive the following types of financial aid: Federal Pell Grant; Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant; Federal College Work-Study; Federal Perkins Loan; Federal Stafford Loan; Federal PLUS Loan; or Bates College scholarships, grants, loans, or employment. Students on probationary status are still eligible to receive financial aid; students dismissed are ineligible. Students who reduce their course load are required to repay the appropriate financial assistance. Students participating in the Federal College Work-Study Program are subject to termination of employment. The grades of F and DEF are not considered as successful completion of a course or unit. A student who is suspended for unsatisfactory scholarship, disciplinary, or financial reasons, is denied permission to continue to attend classes, to enroll in subsequent terms, to reside in college housing, to receive Bates-funded financial aid, and to participate in Bates-sponsored extracurricular activities or gain access to facilities in ways that are not also open to the general public.
Reinstatement after Withdrawal or Dismissal
A student in good academic standing who withdraws from the College may be reinstated at the discretion of the dean of students or an associate dean of students, if the reinstatement is within two years of the withdrawal. A student in good standing who has withdrawn for more than two years, a student not in good standing, or a student who has been dismissed from the College must apply for readmission to the Committee on Academic Standing through the dean of students. Students not in good standing or dismissed must be separated from the College for at least one full semester, and must provide evidence of serious purpose and of academic or professional involvement. Candidates for readmission for the fall semester must submit their credentials by May 1. Those seeking readmission for winter semester must submit their credentials by November 15.
Off-Campus Study Programs
The Bates Fall Semester Abroad Program. The College sponsors one or more fall semester abroad programs under the direction of members of the Faculty. In 1998 the programs were held in Chile, Germany, and Japan. In 1999 the programs are in Canada and Croatia. The objectives of this program include combining academic work with a cross-cultural learning experience and providing students with significant improvement in a foreign-language proficiency. Four course credits are awarded for successful completion of the program, which includes intensive language instruction and seminars in topics relevant to understanding the host country. Grades are included on the Bates transcript and in the student's grade-point average. The comprehensive fee includes all program costs, including international airfare. Although this program is open to all students, preference is given to new matriculants. Additional information is available from the Office of Admissions and the Office of the Dean of Students.
Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Off-Campus Study Consortium. Bates sponsors semester-long study abroad programs in collaboration with Colby and Bowdoin colleges in Ecuador and the United Kingdom; a program in South Africa is under development to be launched in 2000-2001. These programs are designed for juniors and are closely associated with the curricula of the three colleges. The program and course descriptions for the 1999 CBB Off-Campus Study Programs in Ecuador and the United Kingdom are on page 60 of the Catalog.
Junior Year Programs. To provide opportunities for academic study, research, and cultural experiences not readily available on campus, the College supports study in universities and select academic programs outside the United States by qualified students during one or two semesters in the junior year. Bates has found that the variety of academic disciplines, the different methods of study, and the experience of living in a foreign culture often enhance a student's academic career. The College believes that it is essential for the student to be as fully integrated into the foreign university system as language skills allow, associating freely and individually with the regular students.
Under this program, students have studied in more than sixty countries. In non-English-speaking countries, students participate in a wide range of American college programs selected for their academic quality, their emphasis on full immersion experiences, and their association with foreign universities. Students study throughout Europe and Russia; in China, Japan, and other Asian countries; in Israel, Egypt, and other Middle Eastern and African countries; and from Mexico to Chile in the Americas. In English-speaking countries, students enroll directly at select host-country universities. In recent years, these universities have included Bristol, East Anglia, Edinburgh, the London School of Economics, Kings, Oxford, and University College London in Great Britain; Trinity and the National Universities of Ireland in Cork, Dublin, and Galway; the universities of Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney in Australia; and the universities of Auckland and Otago in New Zealand.
To be eligible for the Junior Year Abroad Program or the Junior Semester Abroad Program, a student must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application for study abroad. A student may become ineligible if the GPA drops below 2.5 at any point in the application process or after admission to the foreign institution. Registration as a four-year student, including residence at Bates during the sophomore year, is required. The student must also consult with and obtain the approval of the chair of the major department. If other than an English-speaking university is selected, a certificate of proficiency must be secured from the chair of the relevant foreign-language department. The Committee on Off-Campus Study also considers the student's personal maturity and character, as well as capacity for independent work, in determining eligibility. Admission to a particular university is entirely dependent upon its decision with regard to the individual applicant.
Students planning to study off campus the succeeding year must participate in the Off-Campus Study Registration, held in conjunction with the March preregistration for fall courses. The number of students who may study off campus during the winter semester is limited to a specific number of at least 25 percent of the junior class. For students who plan to study outside the United States, 75 percent of the spaces available are allocated at random in the preregistration process. Students not randomly selected, and all students who want to study elsewhere in the United States, may petition the Committee on Off-Campus Study for one of the remaining spaces. The Committee bases its selection on four criteria: (1) whether the off-campus study plan is available only during the winter semester; (2) whether it provides unique academic benefits such as advanced language study in context; (3) whether it provides special advantages for the major that are not available in comparable courses at Bates; and (4) whether it provides in-depth exposure to a distinctly different cultural and socioeconomic setting. There is no enrollment limit on study abroad for the fall semester or full year; however, the student must participate in the Off-Campus Study Registration and meet the other requirements outlined above.
The Off-Campus Study Registration fee is 1.5 percent of the annual comprehensive fee for one semester of study and 2 percent for the academic year. For 1999-2000, these charges are $470 and $625, respectively. All other costs are calculated by the foreign program and are the responsibility of the individual student. Federal, state, and Bates financial aid is available, however, subject to the student's financial need based on the program expenses. Additional information and applications for off-campus study programs are available through the Office of the Dean of Students.
Washington Semester Program. Bates participates in the Washington Semester Program administered by American University. Residence in the District of Columbia for the fall semester enables students to study and research firsthand the policies and processes of the federal government.
Maritime Studies. Bates is one of a small group of select colleges participating in the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Program in American Maritime Studies. In addition to taking courses in American maritime history, marine ecology, maritime literature, marine policy, and oceanography, students are introduced to navigational and shipbuilding skills. During the semester they also spend approximately two weeks at sea, sailing and conducting research.
Associated Kyoto Program. Bates is one of fifteen colleges and universities that sponsor a yearlong program in Japan in association with Doshisha University. The program provides intensive Japanese language and related courses and the opportunity to live with a Japanese family. The program is set in Kyoto, an exceptional cultural setting as the historic capital of Japan as well as a modern city of more than one million inhabitants.
India. Bates is a member of the South India Term Abroad (SITA) Consortium. This program provides an opportunity during the fall semester for students to study Indian language, history, culture, and related topics in Tamil Nadu. The curriculum, taught by Indian faculty as well as faculty of the consortium colleges, is designed to ensure broad exposure to South Asian life and culture.
Sri Lanka. Bates has joined with other institutions to sponsor the ISLE Program for study in Sri Lanka. The program, offered during the fall semester, gives qualified students the opportunity for immersion in Sri Lankan culture under the guidance of a faculty member from one of the sponsoring colleges.
Exchange Programs. Fall semester exchange programs with Morehouse and Spelman colleges in Atlanta provide Bates students with the opportunity to study at a historically black men's college or a historically black women's college. Students may also study for one semester or a year at McGill University in Montreal or at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.
Academic Leave and Transfer Credit for Matriculated Students. Some students choose to expand their Bates experience by attending classes at other institutions in the United States, from which they may receive transfer credit for completed courses according to the College's transfer credit policy (see below). Students who take three or more courses elsewhere in the United States during a semester are considered to be taking an academic leave. Students who wish to take an academic leave must participate in the Off-Campus Study Registration, held in conjunction with the March preregistration for fall courses. The number of students who may study off campus during the winter semester is limited, with most spaces reserved for individuals who plan to study on one of the College's programs outside the United States. Students who wish to transfer credits from within the United States during the winter semester may petition the Committee on Off-Campus Study for one of the remaining spaces. Students on a personal leave and students taking summer courses may take up to two courses without participating in the Off-Campus Study Registration.
Students who take academic leaves to pursue study elsewhere usually take courses at state universities and private colleges, but courses from more specialized programs, such as the Center for Northern Studies in Vermont, the Salt Center for Documentary Studies in Maine, a fall semester at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, and the New York Studio School, may also be transferred.
Transfer Credit Policy. There are three types of credit that can be applied toward a Bates degree: a) Bates credit, earned from courses taught and/or evaluated and graded by Bates faculty, b) approved program credit, earned from courses taken while participating in a Bates-approved program administered by the Committee on Off-Campus Study, and c) non-Bates credit, earned at an institution of higher education other than Bates that meets the established standards for transfer to Bates or credit awarded from a standardized test such as the Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate examination. Only grades awarded by Bates faculty are computed in the student's grade-point average.
All degree candidates must earn a minimum of sixteen Bates credits. Degree candidates matriculating as first-year students, either in the fall or winter semester, must earn a minimum of twenty-four Bates course credits or approved program credits. Transfer students may transfer a maximum of two non-Bates course credits earned after matriculating at Bates. A transfer student is defined as any student who has previously matriculated as a degree candidate at another institution and has earned or is earning credit.
The registrar and the department or program chair are responsible for the overall evaluation of non-Bates credit, subject to established guidelines. Exceptions to the established guidelines may be granted by the Committee on Academic Standing. All non-Bates course credits awarded are equivalent to one Bates course credit and two quality points toward the graduation requirement of thirty-two course credits and sixty-four quality points.
Non-Bates credit is awarded based on specific requirements. Credit must be awarded from an official college or university transcript, from an official Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test score report, or from an official document considered equivalent to a transcript by the registrar. Courses must be appropriate to a liberal arts and sciences college, comparable in quality to those offered at Bates, and students must achieve a grade of C or better. Courses taken in a college or university's continuing education or extension program must be applicable toward the BA or BS degree being pursued by full-time undergraduate students at that institution. College courses taken prior to secondary-school graduation must have been taught on a college or university campus and graded in competition with college students. Credit must be earned at a four-year, regionally accredited institution; however, courses earned in an accredited community or junior college or any non-traditional setting may be transferable with approval of the department or program and the Committee on Academic Standing; matriculated Bates students must obtain these approvals prior to enrolling in the course(s). Courses must be worth at least three semester hours or five quarter-hours or meet a minimum of thirty-six class meeting hours to be eligible for transfer. When appropriate, quarter-hours may be added together and multiplied by 2/3 to determine the equivalent total number of semester hours to be used toward unspecified transfer credits. Students may receive credit for a maximum of two courses taken during summer school sessions. All credits must be transferred by the beginning of the final semester of the senior year. Credit for Short Term units may not be transferred from another institution. Students must be enrolled at Bates for the final semester of their senior year.
With the exception of summer courses, matriculated students who wish to receive credit for study outside the United States must have the pre-approval of the Committee on Off-Campus Study. They must study in a faculty-approved program, and complete their studies in accordance with the committee's guidelines. The Committee on Off--Campus Study is responsible for the award of approved program credit.
Individual departments and programs decide whether approved program credits and transfer credits that have been accepted by the College may also be applied toward General Education requirements or the major requirements. The Committee on Cluster Development is responsible for approving any proposed cluster, including multiple courses taken elsewhere when those courses correspond to courses in more than one department or program at Bates.
A student who fails to graduate by the anticipated degree date may transfer credits necessary to graduate for up to two years afterwards. After two years, the student will be withdrawn automatically from the College, but may petition the Committee on Academic Standing for permission to complete the degree.
Personal Leave. In unusual circumstances, students may need to interrupt their study at the College for health or personal reasons. In addition, students may take a personal leave of absence to pursue an internship or other non-academic experience. Accordingly, the College permits students in good standing to apply to the dean of students or an associate dean of students for a personal leave of absence. A leave of absence form must be completed by the student. If the leave of absence is approved by a dean, students must also meet with representatives from the Office of the Registrar and Student Financial Services. Students are advised that some education loan repayments may begin if a student is on a personal leave. Students on a personal leave may take up to two courses elsewhere for Bates credit, subject to the transfer policies outlined above. The College guarantees reinstatement to the student at the end of the specified leave period, provided a registration deposit is made by August 1 for the first semester and December 1 for the second semester.
College Venture Program. Bates, in cooperation with Brown, Holy Cross, Swarthmore, Vassar, and Wesleyan, offers a non-credit internship placement service for students who choose to interrupt undergraduate education by taking a personal leave of absence. Students who elect not to be in attendance for Short Term may also use this program to secure employment from mid-April to September. A limited number of half-year or full-year placements are available for recent graduates. The student may choose employment from nearly three hundred career-entry positions in a wide variety of fields. This service is often used by students to test their interests in various careers.
A distinctive feature of the Bates curriculum is its emphasis on individual research. In their first year, students may participate in a first-year seminar, a small class in which the development of critical thinking, concise writing, and other research skills is emphasized. Methodology courses and advanced seminars offer further research training in a specific discipline. Many students undertake independent study courses and individual research Short Term units in order to explore in depth a subject of particular interest. Each summer, many students undertake research independently or in collaboration with a Bates faculty member. All of these research and writing experiences prepare students for the senior thesis, required in most departments and programs, and for the Honors Program.
Research Internship Programs. The College encourages qualified students to earn course credit by participating in special research programs offered off campus by other educational and research institutions. Faculty of the department closely associated with the research area are familiar with these opportunities, and students should apply to them through the department chairs. Internships are usually for one semester or a Short Term during the upperclass years. Biological research internships are available to selected students at the Bigelow Laboratory for Oceanographic Studies in Boothbay Harbor, Maine; the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City; and other nationally recognized research laboratories in the natural sciences.
Support for Research during the Academic Year. The College encourages students to pursue research associated with regular courses and Short Term units, independent studies, and the senior thesis. Funds are available through competitive grant programs that provide financial assistance for student research, including the acquisition of books, data sets, musical scores, supplies and equipment, and travel to research facilities and scholarly conferences. Information and applications are available in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.
Summer Research Opportunities. Bates faculty members are actively involved in scholarly research and offer qualified students the opportunity to work with them as research apprentices during the summer months. These opportunities offer stipends rather than academic credit and are available directly from faculty researchers funded through faculty grants, or through the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, which manages a number of student summer research grant programs (http://www.bates.edu/acad/studentresearch/). Students are encouraged to explore off-campus summer research opportunities as well. Funding is available to conduct off-campus fieldwork and to support the work of a student at another research facility.
Service-LearningAt the core of the College's founding mission is the notion that liberal learning, personal growth, and moral development are enhanced through service to others. Service-learning projects not only contribute to a student's academic experience at college - particularly through the reflection and discussion that are components of each project - they also enhance the quality of community life by the tangible contributions they make to others. Through service-learning projects conducted in the context of academic courses, during Short Term, or during the summer, students, faculty, and staff learn about themselves, the dynamics of the world they live in, and those with whom they work. More than half the student body participates in service-learning projects during the college years, and more that one-third of the Faculty has integrated service-learning into course curricula.
Integrating community service into the curriculum has been the goal of the Center for Service-Learning since its establishment in 1995. The center is a clearinghouse for faculty, staff, and students interested in pursuing service-learning projects, and for community organizations and governmental agencies. The center sponsors service-learning efforts in areas as diverse as basic social services; education; literacy programs; municipal government; environmental education and advocacy; health and mental health services; public art, music, dance, and cultural projects; and legal advocacy. The center oversees a number of grant programs, including Arthur Crafts Service Awards, for students pursuing service-learning projects during the academic year; Vincent Mulford Service Internship and Research Fund grants for service-learning projects during the summer; and Community Work-Study Grants, providing service-learning opportunities for eligible students in community agencies during the academic year and the summer.
The Volunteer Office places interested students in rewarding service projects and internships in the Lewiston-Auburn community. The volunteer coordinator oversees the Community Volunteer Internship Program, which provides students with opportunities for public service and career exploration. Bates students volunteer through numerous student-run programs in local service agencies, businesses, and government offices.
The Writing Workshop
The College values students' ability to think critically and to write clear, vigorous prose. The Writing Workshop assists in honing those skills by providing a staff of professional writers who assess each student's needs and implement individual tutorials. Generally, students establish regular, hour-long meetings with a particular writer to work on academic papers.
Students may use the workshop to learn to analyze assignments, generate and organize ideas, revise drafts, and polish their writing. Special assistance is available for writing in science courses. Staff writers also offer informal workshops in creative writing. The program is open to all students throughout their career at Bates.
Each Bates student has one or more academic advisors during the college years who provide advice in planning a curriculum to meet the student's particular needs. New students are assigned academic advisors from among members of the Faculty, and the advisors hold individual conferences with students during their first week on campus. The advisor continues to counsel the student until the student declares a major. The major department or program assumes the advising responsibility upon the request of the student - no later than the end of the second year. The student and the advisor meet during registration periods and on an informal basis whenever the student seeks advice about the curriculum, course selection, the major program, the thesis, progress toward the degree, graduate school, or other academic concerns. While faculty members provide academic advice, final responsibility for course selection rests with the student. The registrar provides the student and his or her advisor with an evaluation of the student's progress toward the degree at the end of the junior year. The deans of students are also available to provide advice on academic matters.
In addition to the academic advisor, faculty committees and the Office of Career Services can provide guidance on graduate and professional schools. The Committee on Graduate Study provides general information and supervises the selection process for various graduate fellowships and grants: Students planning professional careers in legal and medical areas are aided by the Legal Studies and the Medical Studies committees. Students interested in these fields or in other graduate and professional schools are encouraged to contact these committees and the Office of Career Services' counseling staff early in their college career so that a curriculum and a series of related internships and work experiences can be planned to meet their professional goals.
Office of Career Services
The principal charge of the Office of Career Services (OCS) is to help students become aware of their interests, skills, and values, and how these relate to the career possibilities available to them after graduation. The OCS complements academic advising efforts by providing a variety of integrated career services, including career counseling, computerized career-interest testing, a library of career information, employment listings, a four-thousand-member career-advisory network, confidential reference service, interviews with prospective employers and with representatives from graduate and professional schools, and links to job and career information through the OCS home page on the World Wide Web (http://www.bates.edu/career/). Although the Office of Career Services does not function as a job or internship placement agency, students are encouraged to use the service early in order to integrate their academic, career, and personal goals into a professional focus.
The Library and Academic Facilities
The Library. The George and Helen Ladd Library is one of the most central and important facilities of the College, housing books, periodicals, government publications, music scores, maps, microforms, sound recordings, video recordings, access to online databases, material in other electronic formats, and other items essential for students and faculty to carry on their research. The library offers a learning environment in which study and research can take place and provides easy access to information in a variety of formats. There are approximately six hundred study spaces, including individual carrels, lounge chairs and seating at tables, work stations, listening stations, and viewing stations. A networked computer instruction room and an online reference area are located on the main floor. Campus network jacks at seats and carrels are available on all floors. Quiet study is encouraged throughout the building, except in designated areas where group studying may take place.
The central point of access for information is the online catalog (OPAC), located on terminals throughout the library and on the campus network. A joint enterprise initiated in 1989 with Bowdoin and Colby colleges, the catalog has nearly two million bibliographic records representing the cataloged collections of all three libraries. The system is now Web-based and provides access to many electronic resources available through the library's home page (http://www.bates.edu/Library/). Expert reference librarians offer instructional and reference services, as well as consultation on an individual basis. The audio area on the ground floor contains both sound and video recordings, and the microform area provides readers and printers for material in those formats - newspapers, periodicals, books, and documents. Current periodicals are available on the main floor.
In all, the library contains more than 500,000 catalogued volumes in print, 64,000 pieces of microform, and 25,000 recordings, and provides access to numerous sources of information online. The Ladd Library resources are augmented by the collections of Colby and Bowdoin colleges. The BatesCard allows Bates students and faculty to borrow materials at either of those libraries; loan requests can be initiated at Bates or on site at Bowdoin or Colby. The three college libraries consider their collections to be part of the total material available to their students and faculty and encourage using the consortium's resources before searching elsewhere.
The College library was founded in 1863 with fewer than eight hundred volumes, but had more than twenty thousand when Coram Library opened in 1901. In 1883 it was designated the first depository for United States government documents in Maine; this collection now has over 50,000 catalogued items. The library is also a selective depository for documents of the state of Maine. When the Ladd Library opened in 1973, all of the branch libraries of the College were brought into one central building. The ground level of Ladd Library was completed in 1982, providing a centralized periodicals area, government documents stacks, the audio area, and art and music stacks, and freeing up space for Special Collections on the second floor. Library renovations in 1997 and 1998 have included redesigned areas for electronic services, improved seating, fuller integration of electronic resources, and expansion of Special Collections. The Special Collections include nearly two thousand rare books; one of the strongest collections in America of early Baptist publications (reflecting the College's origins); the Jonathan Stanton Natural History Collection; the Phelps Collection of signed first editions; the Isaac Rice Collection of nineteenth-century works in French and German; publications of Maine small presses; the Marsden Hartley Collection (consisting of books owned by the early twentieth-century painter and poet, a Lewiston native); the Berent Collection of Judaica; works by authors associated with Bates, both alumni and staff; and archival material related to the College and its history. It has more than fifteen thousand volumes in its collections and thousands of other manuscript and archival documents.
The Edmund S. Muskie Archives. Dedicated in 1985, the archives documents alumnus Edmund S. Muskie's (1914-1996) career in public service from his first election to the Maine House of Representatives in 1946 to his appointment as U.S. secretary of state in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter, as well as his activities after leaving public office. It also holds a permanent collection of memorabilia from Muskie's personal and public life. The Muskie Archives represent the first such facility in Maine to be established as a separate repository at an institution of higher education. The collection - one of the largest in the nation on a non-presidential political figure - provides students from Bates and elsewhere an opportunity to gain firsthand experience in historical research using primary documentary material, complementing the College's academic programs. It is also a rich source of documentation for historians, political scientists, and other scholars studying the political and social history of Maine and the nation since World War II (http://www.bates.edu/muskie_archives/).
The presence of the archives on campus underscores the College's commitment to the study and discussion of public affairs, enriching intellectual discourse at the College. Each year the archives sponsors lectures, symposia, and conferences on national and state politics, foreign policy, environmental issues, and other matters of public policy to which Muskie made important contributions.
Information Services. Bates College Information Services comprises Ladd Library and Computing Services. Computing Services offers a fully integrated microcomputer network system for Macintosh and IBM-compatible personal computers with access to the Internet and the World Wide Web as well as to academic minicomputers on the Bates campus. Students use a number of different types of computers, depending upon the application. Abacus, the College's main academic computer, is a DEC Alpha 2100 dual processor minicomputer running the UNIX operating system. Abacus supports programming in BASIC, FORTRAN, PL1, C and other languages. In addition to Treat Gallery, the main academic computing facility in Pettigrew Hall, more than 175 public microcomputers are clustered in Coram Library, Libbey Forum, Dana Chemistry Hall, Carnegie Science Hall, Ladd Library, and in three new computing labs in Pettengill Hall. Special facilities include interactive classrooms with large video screens for group instruction, graphics workstations, plotters, color laser printers, scanners, and analog and digital videotape editing machines for producing broadcast-quality video. A microcomputer training room in Ladd Library is used for bibliographic and research training conducted by the Library as well as workshops on computer applications. As a member of ICPSR, Bates offers access to a growing number of social-science studies. Data from ICPSR and other economic time-series databases as well as data collected by faculty and student researchers are analyzed in statistical--analysis packages including SPSS, SAS, and MINITAB.
The College's computer systems have continued to expand in response to user needs. All students are assigned an ID that allows them access to the Bates computers and network services, including the library catalog and electronic mail. Most students use the computing facilities for class assignments, online course-discussion groups, research, writing papers, work for campus organizations, communication via electronic mail, inter-computer file transfer, and access to the World Wide Web. The Bates College Web site (http://www.bates.edu) provides the Internet community with access to Bates information, links Bates users with the Internet, and gives students access to on--campus services such as student records and the library. Under the guidance of the CWIS (Campus Wide Information System) team, the Bates Web site includes the admissions application, online access to numerous library research databases, the College Catalog, Web pages for specific courses, HelpDesk support, campus employment and career services information, student grant guidelines, and students' personal home pages. Video conferencing among Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby colleges is also available.
Courses in computer science are offered by the Department of Mathematics, and many other departments offer courses that use computing extensively. In economics, for example, integration of theoretical and empirical work requires computer use for statistical analysis and modeling. In the psychology microcomputer StatLab, data sets are generated to simulate research studies that students then analyze and interpret. The Department of Music uses microcomputers to teach composition and to introduce graphics applications. Music and art students may create multimedia works using computers. The foreign-languages computer laboratory in Hathorn Hall offers interactive multimedia learning and foreign-language applications. Currently, more than one hundred microcomputers and workstations are in use in laboratory settings in the biology, chemistry, economics, foreign languages, geology, mathematics, music, physics and astronomy, psychology, and sociology departments.
Students may also develop their computing skills by working as computing assistants or technicians at the Computing HelpDesk, a central location for computer questions, or as network installation specialists for Information Services.
The Laboratories and Studios. Laboratories and studios for student and faculty use are located throughout the campus. Chemistry laboratories and instrumentation are located in Dana Chemistry Hall. Biology, environmental studies, geology, neuroscience, and physics laboratories are housed in Carnegie Science Hall. Astronomy students and faculty use the Stephens Observatory with its 0.32-meter reflecting telescope and the Spitz A-3 planetarium projector, also located in Carnegie Science Hall. Archeology and psychology laboratories are housed in Pettengill Hall.
The Department of Classical and Romance Languages and Literatures and the Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages and Literatures make extensive use of the Language Resource Center in Hathorn Hall. This facility offers a variety of language-specific software to enhance classroom activities, word processing, and World Wide Web exploration. Versions of Netscape are available in Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, and Russian. The center is equipped with fifteen student computers with AV screens and VHS players. The instructorÕs station controls a video projector for classroom displays.
In Pettigrew Hall theater, dance, and performance art students use the proscenium stage of the Miriam Lavinia Schaeffer Theatre, which seats more than three hundred. The Department of Theater and Rhetoric conducts experimental and studio work in the smaller facilities of the Gannett Theatre.
The Olin Arts Center. Built with a gift from the F. W. Olin Foundation of New York and Minneapolis, the Olin Arts Center provides art studios for painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and ceramics. It also provides the Department of Music with music studios and individual as well as group rehearsal rooms. A three-hundred-seat concert hall in the building is the site of numerous performances, ranging from student thesis recitals and weekly Noonday Concerts to special appearances by internationally-known musicians.
The Bates College Museum of Art. Within the Olin Arts Center, the Museum of Art offers students and the public opportunities to study the visual arts. It houses the College's collection of internationally significant works of art, including the Marsden Hartley Memorial Collection, and maintains an active exhibition schedule. In the upper gallery are exhibitions of contemporary and historical arts, solo and group invitationals, and an annual student exhibition. Collection highlights are on view in the lower gallery on a rotating basis. Lectures, tours, studio workshops, and internships are offered as a part of the museum's educational program (http://www.bates.edu/acad/museum/).
The Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area. The College, through the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area Corporation, is the long-term lessee of 574 acres of undeveloped barrier seacoast located about fifteen miles south of Bath, Maine; the College has been entrusted with the management of this rare property. The land lies between two tidal rivers, the Morse and the Sprague, and includes more than 150 acres of salt marsh, granite ledges, and the woods of Morse Mountain, adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean. This property is preserved as a research and study area on which geological, botanical, and zoological studies of the beach, marsh, and dunes are undertaken. The principal researchers are Bates College faculty and students, as well as scientists from other educational and research institutions.
Bates College Coastal Center at Shortridge. Adjacent to the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area, the Bates College Coastal Center at Shortridge includes a seventy-acre woodland habitat, a ten-acre freshwater pond, a study and retreat center, as well as a field research laboratory. Two buildings on the property provide meeting space, living quarters for student and faculty researchers, accommodations for meeting attendees, and a wet laboratory.
The primary use of the Shortridge Center is for academic purposes, particularly research associated with the Meetinghouse Pond environs and the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area. The facility provides a base location and support for research activities of Bates faculty and students. The academic uses of the Center are overseen by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty. On occasion, the Center may also be used as a retreat center for College programs, departments, and agents of the College, including authorized student organizations and selected College outreach efforts. Given the size of the facility, retreats, conferences, and meetings are normally limited to thirty persons. The use of the Shortridge Center for retreats, conferences, and meetings is overseen by the Office of the President.
Confidentiality of Education Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.
The Office of the Registrar and Student Financial Services makes available copies of the federal regulations and the institutional policy on educational records as well as additional information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.