New College (NEW)
The major objective of New College is to create an opportunity for a highly individualized education that enables students to draw from the resources of all University classes and faculty. The New College curriculum has two principal elements. First is the depth study, which is the student’s area of concentration. Students are also expected to develop their own independent studies and out-of-class learning experiences to enhance their understanding of the subject of their depth studies and to add to their learning experiences. The second element is the general education component, which provides students with opportunities to integrate humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences beyond their depth study. The interdisciplinary experience in New College affords excellent preparation for students with ambitions for graduate study or for professional careers in various areas, including law and medicine.
Degree requirements. Students complete the bachelor of arts (BA) or the bachelor of science (BS) degree depending on the area in which the depth study is done. Students also complete all University, College of Arts and Sciences (see pp. 52-53), and New College requirements. This includes the general education requirement, the following New College requirements, and sufficient other credits to total 120 applicable semester hours.
Admission into the program. Applications are available from the New College office. The admission process is separate from and in addition to admission to The University of Alabama. Two factors are taken into consideration when making a decision for admission: the degree of motivation and serious intellectual independence exhibited by the applicant and the potential for the University to meet the applicant’s academic goals. For details on the admissions process, please refer to the New College Web site.
Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average is required on all work attempted in New College and all work attempted at the University.
Required courses. New College requires the successful completion of the following courses and activities:
|NEW electives 400 level and above||6–12|
|NEW electives 200 level and above||8–12|
|Individualized depth study||33–39|
Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses must be earned on this campus.
Ancillary courses. Students in New College fulfill the foreign language/computer requirement of general education through the successful completion of six credit hours or the equivalent of six credit hours in a single foreign language. Students pursuing a bachelor of science degree must also complete MATH 125 or MATH 145.
Required minor. Students complete a New College depth study and are not required to complete a minor program of study.
Additional New College requirements. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 42 semester hours while enrolled in New College. In addition, students are required to undergo a third-year program review.
Integrative seminars. The five seminars introduce students to the major areas of liberal arts study in one of three integrative themes: environment, sustainability and conservation; creativity and culture; and social problems and social change. The seminars required for graduation are arranged in two levels. The level I seminars are designed for entering students (usually freshmen and sophomores) while the level II seminars are designed for upper-level students. All students must complete five seminars with at least one seminar in each theme, including two level I seminars from different themes and two level II seminars in any theme. A minimum grade of C- is required for each integrative seminar.
Out-of-class learning/independent study. New College has a strong commitment to provide students opportunities to pursue their academic interests outside of the classroom through out-of-class learning experiences for credit. In these out-of-class learning/independent study experiences, an agreement (or contract) is made among the student, the project director, and New College. The contract is a clear, concise statement that includes the course area, topic, or problem the student intends to study, along with the bibliography, plans for evaluating the study, and the anticipated outcomes of the study.