2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 25, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Degree Requirements - Traditional Programs

Baccalaureate Degrees

Overall Structure

Each degree program consists of the following elements:

  1. The College core is a series of courses required of all undergraduates, except students in the Honors Program.
  2. Degree programs in business (BBA) and science (BS) have a specific set of courses required of all students in the degree program: business core or science core. The degree core for BS programs is adjusted to suit particular majors.
  3. Each major program has a set of courses required of all students in the particular curriculum. The balance of each program is a number of electives chosen by students to complement their major course of study and to complete the minimum credit requirement. These electives may be used to pursue a minor and, in some instances, a second major.
  4. Specific requirements for a degree and for each major are listed in the section of this catalog devoted to the school offering the degree. Unless otherwise specified, a minor in either school requires a minimum of 12 upper level credits in a given discipline beyond those mandated by the College or degree cores.
  5. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires a total of 90 liberal arts credits; the Bachelor of Science degree, 60 liberal arts credits; the Bachelor of Business Administration degree, 63 liberal arts credits.

The College Core Curriculum

(As of fall 2016)

The College core curriculum is the program of studies designated by the faculty as essential for providing students with the necessary resources for initiating a lifelong engagement in the study of the liberal arts.  All courses are designed to help Iona students achieve those goals which derive from Iona’s educational philosophy.  In particular, these courses provide students with skills and knowledge that help them to understand and live in the modern world.

Mission of the Core Curriculum

The Iona College Core Curriculum commits to the ideals of liberal education through the provision of a common learning experience that prepares students for ethical, engaged citizenship and lifelong learning through the lenses of diversity, sustainability, and a global perspective.  Framed by the values of peace, justice, and service, the content-rich, interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum is cohesively structured and characterized by an emphasis on the skills of critical thinking and literacy in its many forms.  Aspiring to the ideal of full intellectual engagement, the Core Curriculum seeks to facilitate students’ ability to question and challenge accepted wisdom.  Ions College’s dynamic Core Curriculum promotes the use of high impact educational practices designed to foster deep learning experiences that support students in pursuit of the knowledge and skills needed to thrive as citizens and prospective leaders in an ever-changing world.


Through engagement with “big questions” grounded in the liberal arts, students will demonstrate knowledge of the meaning and complexities of the human experience and its relationship to the natural world.

Through immersion in a nurturing community dedicated to intellectual engagement, students will demonstrate the skills needed to thrive as citizens and prospective leaders in an ever changing world.  Such skills include:

  • Critical inquiry & analysis
  • Critical reading
  • Critical analysis
  • Critical thinking & creative problem-solving
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Informational and technological literacy
  • Teamwork and collaboration

Through a comprehensive curricular experience that emphasizes the values of peace, justice, and service, as well as appreciation for human diversity, sustainability, and civic engagement, students will demonstrate the ability to apply a global perspective and the principles of ethical reasoning.

Through participation in a cohesive and interdisciplinary core, students will demonstrate the capacity to synthesize and adapt knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings, questions, and specialized studies.

The College Core consists of 15 courses in 6 areas and an Integrated Core Theme

  1. Columba Cornerstone - one course
  2. English Composition - one course
  3. Humanities - five courses (Fine and Performing Arts, History, Literature*, Religious Studies, and Philosophy) *Literature course may be taught in English or in a Foreign Language, in a course studying literature.
  4. Social Science and Business - two courses (Business, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology)
  5. Science/Technology/Math - 3 courses (Computer Science, Mathematics, and lab based Science
  6. Diversity, Cross-Cultural, and Global Perspectives - 2 courses (Foreign Language, Business Economics, Business Law, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Film, Fine and Performing Arts, Geography, History, Management, Mass Communication, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Work, Speech Communication Studies, Women’s Studies)
  7. Integrated Core Theme - every student is required to complete one integrated core theme.  An Integrated Core Theme (ICT) is a set of four courses based on an interdisciplinary topic (e.g. American Multiculturalism).  The ICT consists of a Humanities Centerpiece course and three integrated courses. The intentional connection of courses to a Humanities Centerpiece course is a unique feature of Iona’s Core Curriculum. As scheduling permits, students will take the Humanities Centerpiece course of their chosen ICT in their freshman or sophomore year. The Humanities Centerpiece course is developed and taught by the departments of English, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.  The Centerpiece Course will introduce students to the “big questions” of the Integrated Core Theme. The centerpiece course should be instrumental in establishing an intellectual framework for the ICT.

Specific Requirements

The requirements of the College core are ordinarily met by taking the prescribed courses.  In exceptional cases, students may, according to the discipline involved, either substitute a higher level course or satisfy the requirement by demonstrating accomplishment of the goal of the requirement.  The procedure for applying for an exception is explained in, “Adjustments to the College Core .”

I. The Columba Cornerstone

The Columba Cornerstone seminar, COL 150 , will be a thematically-based gateway to inquiry and engaged learning.  Each fall semester, three Cornerstone themes will be offered which draw on the values articulated in the Core Curriculum Mission Statement with each seminar using a particular thematic lens.  The themes currently in use are: Truth, Justice, and Earth.

GAEL Hour - helping students fully engage their Iona College career

The GAEL hour, COL 150G , of the Columba Cornerstone  revolves around an “Iona Life” curriculum which includes the following learning modules: informational and digital literacies; understanding multicultural diversity; the Iona College story; e-portfolio; and financial literacy.

II. English Composition

One course in written communication - ENG 120  , or its approved equivalent

III. Humanities

All Iona College students are required to take one course in each of the following areas:  Fine and Performing Arts, History, Literature, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.


Literature Core Course Choices

Philosophy Core Course Choices

Religious Studies Core Course Choices

IV. Social Sciences and Business

All Iona College students are required to take any two courses from this area. Both courses do not have to be from the same department.

V. Science, Technology and Mathematics

All Iona College students are required to take one course in each area of computer science, mathematics, and lab science.

VI. Diversity, Cross-Cultural and Global Perspectives

All Iona College students are required to take two courses in this area.  Once course must be in a foreign language and one course must be in a course that does not focus on the acquisition of a foreign language.  To qualify for the Diversity, Cross-Cultural, and Global Perspectives core requirement, each course’s inclusive content and student learning outcomes should embody and assess one or more of these three elements (diversity, cross-cultural, and global perspectives). Foundational to each course is the integration of intercultural perspectives, potentially transcending traditional teachings in that discipline’s history and development. In doing so, an expanded consciousness and understanding relative to that respective field or discipline is sought for the students, of and for, complex social contexts, identities, communities, and cultural groups.

Diversity, Cross-Cultural and Global Perspectives Core Course Choices

VII. Integrated Core Theme

Students will select one theme to complete from those available.  The available ICT’s are:  1) Identity: Persons Societies, and Cultures, 2) Violence, 3) Stewardship of the Earth, and 4) Thomas Paine.  Please find complete information on these ICTs below.

The construct of the theme is framed in the following way:

The first course noted under each theme will act as the Centerpiece to the theme.

Of the three integrated courses used for the theme, only one may be in the same discipline as the Centerpiece.

No more than two courses from the same discipline/department (as defined by the three letter subject designation; e.g.: MTH) may be taken in the entire set of four courses within the ICT.

Integrated courses may be core, major, minor, or elective courses. Integrated courses are not counted in the 46 credits of the Core Curriculum and thus can count toward major, minor, or elective credit.  This structure allows for continued growth in integrating knowledge across disciplines.  Similarly, if an integrated course is also a core course, then it counts toward the appropriate core credit even as it fulfills the requirements of an ICT.


Centerpiece: HST 345  - The History of Violence

Identity: Persons, Societies, and Cultures

Centerpiece ENG 352  - Shifting Selves

VIII. Written and Oral Intensive Course Requirements

As a part of their total degree course requirements and in fulfillment of the College Core, all Iona College students are required to complete 2 writing intensive (WI) and 2 oral intensive (OI) courses..  Core, major, minor, and/or elective courses are all eligible for WI/OI designation.

Honors Degree Core Curriculum

The Honors core is required of all students in the honors program and consists of 68 to 70 credits grouped in 6-7 areas.

  1. Humanities - Eight courses (Honors sequence HON 101 , HON 102 , HON 201 , HON 202 , one 300-400 level course in each of the following disciplines - English, history, philosophy, religious studies)
  2. Social Science - Two courses (economics, political science, psychology, sociology)
  3. Mathematics, Science, Technology - Four courses (one mathematics, two lab sciences, one computer science)
  4. Communication Skills - Two courses (Composition, Speech)
  5. Fine and Performing Arts - One course
  6. Honors Core - Three courses 3 credits each, One course O credits (Logic, Colloquium, Thesis preparation)
  7. Modern Languages* - Two courses (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish) *A&S students only

All students, with the exception of students in the Hagan School of Business, will take two courses in a foreign language. If a student has an advanced level of proficiency, the core may be waived through certified proficiency testing.

Foreign Language Substitution Courses

Students with appropriate documentation may fulfill the foreign language requirement through the completion of a sequence of substitution courses. A list of these courses is available from academic advisors and from the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Science.

Adjustments to the College Core

As noted above, College core requirements may, in certain instances, be waived or adjusted on the basis of testing or evaluation.

College core requirements may be satisfied through Advanced Placement Program (AP) credits or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits in accord with policies set forth in the “Registration and Academic Procedures ” section of this bulletin. Credits from high school bridge programs are accepted on a course-by-course basis. Normally a maximum of 12 credits from high school bridge courses will be accepted.

In addition, students have the option of pursuing departmental testing or evaluation in order to satisfy the requirement, or by obtaining permission to take more advanced courses in accord with policies established by the department.

All students pursuing adjustments to the College core must file an authorization form with the Office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Science. Transcripts for students will be annotated to reflect adjustments. Students who satisfy requirements through AP, CLEP, or high school bridge credits will have the course equivalent and credits earned entered. For students who qualify for advanced placement in Areas I, II and IV, eligibility for advanced study will be indicated.

First Year Experience

Iona College offers a comprehensive First Year Experience program to enable students to successfully attain their learning goals. Incoming first-year students will attend an orientation program in summer and at the beginning of the fall semester. Each student will be assigned a faculty adviser.

Designing a Program of Study

In designing a program of study with their academic advisers, students should use the following guidelines:

  • The minimum full-time semester course load is 12 credits. Ordinarily, students carry 15 credits a semester to complete their degrees in four years.
  • Students must complete prerequisite courses before enrolling for advanced courses.
  • Student schedules should not include a set of five consecutive class meetings.
  • Elective credits should be used to add breadth to the program, rather than an excessive number of credits in the major.
  • In addition to the required major field of study, students may, if their degree program permits, elect to complete a second major or a minor field of concentration. “Double majors” must be approved by the academic dean.
  • Ordinarily, a single course may be used to satisfy no more than one requirement. Introductory level courses may be used to satisfy the College core.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, students must:

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credits for a BA, and 126 credits for a BBA. Some BS degrees require more than 120 credits (check the major description for details);
  2. Satisfactorily complete all requirements of the degree program in which they are registered, including the capstone experience which may be set by departments and schools; and
  3. Maintain a minimum average of “C” (i.e., 2.0 cumulative index) computed according to the method indicated in this catalog both in their major and in their overall index. 

To participate in the Spring Commencement ceremony the following requirements must be met:

Baccalaureate Degree Students:

Must have no more than 6 outstanding credits or 2 classes at the end of the spring semester. These final credits must be completed over the summer either at Iona or, with permission from your academic dean, at another college.

Degree Candidate Form

All degree candidates must file a Degree Candidate Form with the Office of the Registrar at least six months prior to the expected date of graduation. Deadlines appear in the academic calendar. Degrees are awarded in February, June and August.

Graduation Rate

The College is required to publish the following information concerning graduation rates:

For students entering Fall 2008:

Full-time Full-time First-time Freshmen Full-time Transfer Students
Number of Students Entering, Fall 2008 922 101
Graduated in four years or less (by August 31, 2012) 469 67
Graduated in more than four years but in five years or less (After August 31, 2013 and by August 31, 2014) 61 0
Graduated in more than five years but in six years or less (After August 31, 2013 and by August 31, 2014) 8 1
Total graduating within six years 538 68
Six year graduation rate 58% 67%

(Source: Iona College Office of Institutional Research)

Retention Rate

One Year Retention Rate

Fall 2013 to Fall 2014 83%
Fall 2012 to Fall 2013 83%
Fall 2011 to Fall 2012 81%