Academics

Degree and McDaniel Plan Requirements

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

Students are required to fulfill the following requirements during the four years of study to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree:

  • Complete successfully at least 128 credit hours (earn 128 credits).

The last 32 credit hours have to be completed in residence at McDaniel College. Ordinarily, if students have been in residence for two years or more, they will be permitted to take as many as eight (8) of the last 32 hours off campus. If these are required for a major or a minor, the department or program head must approve, as well. Courses taken in Budapest count as courses taken in residence. Current faculty policy restricts the number hours taken for credit in internships to twelve (a maximum of 12 credits may be counted toward the credit requirement for graduation)

  • Complete all course requirements for at least one academic major, including the Capstone Experience in the senior (fourth) year, subject to the following regulations:
  • You may not count more than 52 semester hours (52 credits) in any one subject area (basic major or minor) toward the required 128 credits. Any additional credits earned will be added to the 128 credits needed for graduation
  • You must attain a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 (“C” average) or above in all the courses required for the major
  • The GPA for double and dual majors will be calculated separately for each department. To complete a double or dual major, you must have a GPA of at least 2.0 in EACH subject area (discipline) and its supplementing courses
  • Although completion of a minor is not a requirement for graduation, most students decide to complete one or more. The requirements for a minor are: completion of at least 24 credit hours (24 credits) and other requirements as set by the sponsoring department and attain a GPA of at least 2.0 or better in all the courses taken for the minor
  • Attain an overall Grade Point Average of at least 2.0 (“C” average) in all the courses taken during the studies
  • Complete the requirements for the McDaniel Plan for Integrated Study in the Liberal Arts
  • Complete one January Term. January Term is a three-week term for two credits in which students and faculty explore new areas of knowledge. All students must complete at least one such two-credit course
  • TOEFL Requirement. All students whose native language is other than English are required to pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test with an appropriate score (a minimum of 80* on the Internet-based test) by the end of the sophomore (2nd) year.

    * a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 77-79 may also be acceptable with a balanced distribution of scores among the four sections of the test, plus the passing of a written and oral exam before the English Proficiency Assessment Committee at the Budapest Campus

The McDaniel Plan for Integrated Study in the Liberal Arts

A. First Year Seminar FYS (one course). First Year Seminar focuses on developing fundamental skills that are necessary for academic success: critical thinking, effective writing, analytic reading, and oral communication. It also serves as an introduction to important dimensions of college life: the First Principles, the Honor System, academic expectations and regulations, study skills and time management.

B. Introduction to College Writing CW (one or two courses). All first-year students will be given introductory instruction in writing. Students will be placed in either ENG 1002 College Composition or ENG 1101 Introduction to College Writing: The Argument. Students must complete ENG 1101 with a grade of “C” or higher. If a student does not earn a grade of “C”, he or she must take the course again by the end of the sophomore (2nd) year and earn a grade of “C” or better. Incoming students who have earned scores of 700 or higher on the SAT verbal test or SAT II English will satisfy the first-year writing requirement, but no additional credits will be awarded for SAT scores. Students having taken higher-level IB exams in English with scores of at least 5 or higher will satisfy the first-year writing requirement.

C. Global Citizenship (three courses) To fulfill the Global Citizenship requirement, students must take one course with a multicultural focus and two courses with an international or cross-cultural focus.

[check box] One course with a multicultural focus (MC). Multicultural education will give students an understanding of the cultural pluralism of American society. Multicultural courses focus on the cultures and experiences of diverse groups in the United States or elsewhere that have been historically subordinated or marginalized and defined by such categories as race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, and disability.

  • Two courses that examine the perspectives and customs of cultures outside the U.S. or the relationship between the U.S. and foreign cultures (IW). One of these courses must be international non-western (IN), dealing with the cultures of Asia, Africa, or the indigenous Americas.

D. Second language SL. McDaniel students must demonstrate proficiency in a second language by one of the following:

  • placing above the third semester of college-level language instruction through an approved language proficiency examination
  • completing a second-semester elementary level language course, e.g. HUN 1102 Elementary Hungarian II
  • completing an approved program of second language in a study abroad program
  • Second language study will not be required of students who are demonstrably proficient in a language other than English.
Students whose native language is other than English are exempt from this requirement; however those students must complete the TOEFL requirement.

F. Critical Inquiries in the Liberal Arts (altogether seven courses). Critical Inquiry courses explore vital areas of knowledge. They focus on key practices and methodologies that are central to the academic search for knowledge and are designed to advance the capacity for clear, critical and creative thinking and communication. Students must take a total of seven courses in Critical Inquiries. Although some courses may count toward several different categories, a given course may be used in fulfillment of only one category. No more than three Critical Inquiry courses from a student’ s major may count toward the Critical Inquiry requirement.

  • Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (three courses). Students must take three courses in Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning: these three must include at least one course in Quantitative Reasoning (QR) and one in Scientific Inquiry that includes an approved laboratory component (SIL). Student must be aware that they first need to pass the Mathematics Proficiency Exam in Arithmetic and Basic Algebra, which is a prerequisite for courses that satisfy the distribution requirement in Quantitative Reasoning (MAT 1107 College Algebra or STA 2215 Introduction to Statistics).
  • Social, Cultural and Historical Understanding (two courses). Courses in Social, Cultural and Historical Understanding (SCH) explore the richness of human experience. These courses examine the myriad dimensions of human experience and achievement- ethical, historical, political, psychological, religious and social – and teach students the methods of research and theoretical analysis necessary for the study of individuals, societies and cultures.
  • Textual Analysis and Creative Expression (two courses). Human creativity may be defined and explored from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives – the humanities, sciences and the fine arts. Courses in this category require students to examine creativity from different perspectives. Textual analysis courses (TA) focus on the interpretation of written texts. Creative Expression courses (CE) focus on the interpretation of creative texts or products, or on the reflective participation in the creative process itself. Students must take one course in Textual Analysis and one course in Creative Expression.
  • Please note! Major courses with McDaniel Plan designations can be used to satisfy the distribution requirements of the McDaniel Plan as well. Under Critical Inquiry, however, no more than three major courses may be counted toward its categories and a given course may be used in fulfillment of only one category.

    G. My Commitment (applicable for students starting their studies in Academic Year 2020-2021, excepting transfer students)

    The McDaniel Commitment guarantees that every student will engage in strategic, guided exploration to complete a program of courses and experiential learning that will prepare them for personal and professional success. The McDaniel Commitment has four components—My Place, My Design, My Experience, and My Career—that provide students with a sustained, intensive, and scaffolded process leading to both the identification of career and life goals and the mapping of a path forward to pursue those goals. All students must complete the four components of the McDaniel Commitment.

    1. My Place. During the new student orientation in late August (Fall semester intake) or late January (Spring semester intake) students will engage in guided self-discovery, community exploration, and academic planning while getting to know their surroundings in Budapest. My Place counts as one of two required experiential learning (EXP) opportunities—see My Experience, below.

    2. My Design. In this 2-credit course completed in the first year, students will identify their strengths, life goals, and areas for personal improvement, and learn how McDaniel’s curriculum can help them identify and achieve their vocation. Most students complete My Design during their first-year Jan Term and the course fulfills the Jan Term requirement when taken during that term. My Design is optional for transfer students.

    3. My Experience. Participation in experiential learning (i.e., courses, internships, independent studies designated as EXP) requires the application of classroom knowledge to experiences beyond the traditional classroom setting. Students must engage in at least two experiential learning opportunities and transfer students must complete at least one. Completing additional experiential learning opportunities is encouraged. Participation in My Place meets one experiential learning requirement. The second experiential learning requirement is typically fulfilled by an internship, study abroad, a course with a substantial experiential learning component, or other approved opportunity.

    4. My Career. All students must complete My Career, a one-credit online course typically taken during the junior or senior year. My Career guides students through the next steps for professional success by providing support as they research and identify their next pursuit after graduation (e.g., career, graduate school, fellowship), prepare for interviews, and learn to write resumes and cover letters.

    Academic Majors and Programs

    Art History/Studio Art Dual Major

    Business Administration Major

    Business/Economics Dual Major

    Communication Major

    Political Science & International Studies Major

    Psychology Major

    Minor in Journalism and New Media

    (Other majors, minors, and programs can be accessed at the Westminster campus catalog.)

    Requirements for the Art History/Studio Art Major (Budapest only)

    (All requirements according to the 2020-2021 catalog; for former requirements as well as for courses offered only on the Westminster campus, please see our Westminster campus catalog.)
    Required Core:
    ART 1101 – Perceptual Drawing
    ART 1117 – 2D Design Concepts
    AHY 1113 – Survey of Western Art I
    AHY 1114 – Survey of Western Art II

    AHY 2240 – A History of Modern Art or AHY 3308 World Contemporary Art

    AHY 3308 – World Contemporary Art
    ART 4492 Senior Show Preparation Capstone (1 Cr) or AHY 4491 Independent Capstone Research (2 Cr)

    Five additional studio art or art history courses. Two courses must be 3000 level or higher. Two courses must be in AHY.

    Departmental Writing Requirement
    AHY 3200 Writing in Art and Art History

    Requirement for the Business Administration Major

    (All requirements according to the 2020-2021 catalog; for former requirements as well as for courses offered only on the Westminster campus, please see our Westminster campus catalog.)

    Required Core:
    BUA 1101 - Principles of Accounting I
    BUA 1102 - Principles of Accounting II
    BUA 2209 - Principles of Marketing
    BUA 3323 - Corporate Finance and Financial Management
    ECO 1102 - Economic Issues and Policy
    ECO 1103 - Introduction to Economics
    Economics Electives - Two additional courses at the 2000-level or higher
    Mathematics - One four-credit course
    STA 2215 - Introduction to Statistics
    BUA 4100 - Business Strategy and Policy

    Area of Concentration: Select three courses from one of the following:
    1. Entrepreneurship
    2. Finance
    3. International Business
    4. Leadership and Management
    5. Marketing
    Entrepreneurship:
    BUA 2205 - The Legal Environment of Business
    BUA 2210 - Ethics and Business
    BUA 2211 - Entrepreneurship
    BUA 2214 - Principles of Management
    BUA 2216 - Small Business Management
    ECO 3303 - Microeconomic Theory
    ECO 3324 - Managerial Economics


    Finance:
    BUA 3307 - Investments
    ECO 3306 - International Finance
    ECO 3310 - Money and Financial Markets
    ECO 3320 - Macroeconomic Theory


    International Business:
    BUA 2214 - Principles of Management
    BUA 2101 - Global Markets and Marketing (Budapest only)
    COM 3220 - Intercultural Communication
    ECO 3304 - International Economics
    ECO 3306 - International Finance
    ECO 3326 - Economic Development
    IDS 2037 - The Intercultural Workplace


    Leadership and Management:
    BUA 2210 - Ethics and Business
    BUA 2214 - Principles of Management
    BUA 2216 - Small Business Management
    COM 3150 - Organizational Communication
    COM 3352 - Intercultural Communication
    ECO 2206 - Gender Roles in the Economy


    Marketing:
    ART 1117 - 2D Design Concepts
    BUA 2103 – Digital Marketing
    BUA 2211 - Entrepreneurship
    BUA 3306 - Consumer Behavior
    COM 3610 - Visual Communication
    ENG 2103 - Transmedia Storytelling
    ENG 2219 - Multimedia Writing & Design
    ENG 3307 - Social Media: Rhetoric and Design
    PSY 2204 - Social Psychology


    Capstone:
    BUA 4100 - Business Strategy and Policy


    Departmental Writing Requirement Accounting, Business Administration, and Economics
    ENG 1103 Introduction to Journalism plus one more course in Journalism and New Media.

    Requirements for the Business/Economics Dual Major

    (All requirements according to the 2020-2021 catalog; for former requirements as well as for courses offered only on the Westminster campus, please see our Westminster campus catalog.)

    Required:
    BUA 1101 - Principles of Accounting I
    BUA 1102 - Principles of Accounting II
    BUA 3307 - Investments
    Eight hours from Mathematics at the Calculus level or above *
    STA 2215 - Introduction to Statistics
    STA 2216 - Statistical Methods
    ECO 1103 - Introduction to Economics
    ECO 3303 - Microeconomic Theory
    ECO 3320 - Macroeconomic Theory


    Eight hours from among:
    At least four hours from ECO 3324 or ECO 4310
    ECO 2205 - Environmental Economics
    ECO 3304 - International Economics
    ECO 3324 - Managerial Economics
    ECO 3326 - Economic Development
    ECO 3327 - Industrial Organization and Public Policy
    ECO 3310 - Money and Financial Markets


    Four hours among:
    BUA 2205 - The Legal Environment of Business
    BUA 2209 - Principles of Marketing
    BUA 2210 - Ethics and Business
    BUA 2211 - Entrepreneurship
    BUA 2214 - Principles of Management br

    Capstones
    The required Capstones for the Dual Major in Economics and Business Administration (courses which must be taken at McDaniel College) are:
    ECO 4405 - The History of Economic Thought
    BUA 3323 - Corporate Finance and Financial Management


    Departmental Writing


    ENG 1103 Introduction to Journalism plus one more course in Journalism and New Media.

    Requirements for the Communication Major

    (All requirements according to the 2020-2021 catalog; for former requirements as well as for courses offered only on the Westminster campus, please see our Westminster campus catalog.)


    Required
    COM 1101 - Introduction to Communication: Media
    COM 1102 - Introduction to Communication: Interpersonal #
    COM 2201 - Quantitative Research Methods #
    COM 2202 - Qualitative Procedures
    COM 2206 - Communication Design
    COM 2207 - Communication in the Digital Age
    COM 3901 - Research Proposal #
    COM 4901 - Senior Seminar #


    One course from:
    CIN 1101 - Introduction to Cinema
    CIN 2201 - Television Production
    CIN 2301 - Basic Video Editing
    CIN 2Txx Special Topics in Cinema
    COM 2Txx Special Topics in Communication


    Three courses at the 3000-level or above:
    CIN 3301 - Film Analysis
    CIN 3303 - European Film Art
    COM 3150 - Organizational Communication
    COM 3160 - Health Communication
    COM 3220 - Intercultural Communication
    COM 3221 - Gender in Communication
    COM 3410 - Critical Theories and Popular Culture
    COM 3420 - Media Analysis and Criticism
    COM 3501 - Communication and Interactive Media
    COM 3610 - Visual Communication
    COM 3Txx Special Topics in Communication


    Departmental Writing Requirement
    The Department of Communication extends writing throughout the major. Required courses that are also writing intensive are noted with a # symbol.

    Requirements for the Political Science & International Studies Major

    (All requirements according to the 2020-2021 catalog; for former requirements as well as for courses offered only on the Westminster campus, please see our Westminster campus catalog.)

    Required:
    PSI 1101 - Introduction to Political Science
    PSI 2203 - International Law and Organization
    PSI 2204 - Approaches to International Relations
    PSI 4492 - Senior Seminar


    Two courses from Political Inquiry:
    PSI 2206 - American Political Thought
    PSI 2208 - Inventors of Political Ideas: Intro to Political Theory
    PSI 2219 - Research Design and Methods
    PSI 2316 - Revolutionary Movements


    Four courses from International Politics:
    PSI 2205 - The European Union: History, Institutions, and Major Policies
    PSI 2209 - Roma/Travellers
    PSI 2213 - Comparative Politics of Europe
    PSI 2218 - On the Move
    PSI 2225 – Global Public Health
    PSI 2236 - The Politics of the Middle East
    PSI 2265 - Special Topics in Political Science
    PSI 3202 – Comparative Constitutional Law
    PSI 3306 - National Security in a Changing World
    PSI 3307 - U.S. Foreign Policy
    PSI 3310 - Politics of Latin American Development
    PSI 3321 – International Criminal Law
    PSI 2225 - International Relations of Asia-Pacific
    PSI 3203 – Global Challenges in Biopolitics
    PSI 3333 - Conflict Resolution, Peacemaking, and Peacekeeping in Post-Cold War World
    PSI 3365 - Special Topics in Political Science
    (PSI 2265 and PSI 3365 Special Topics in Political Science - Any course taught by one of our Political Science professors in the department or for the FYS, SIS, Honors Program, or Encompass Program, any pre-approved political science course taken while studying aboard or at another specialized program at another university such as the Washington Semester Program.)

    Two Credits in Directed Studies from:
    Internship in Political Science
    Independent Studies in Political Science


    Departmental Writing in Political Science
    Two political science courses in International Politics
    Two courses in Political Inquiry from:
    PSI 2206 - American Political Thought
    PSI 2208 - Inventors of Political Ideas: Intro to Political Theory
    PSI 2219 - Research Design and Methods
    PSI 2316 - Revoluntionary Movements
    Capstone
    PSI 4492 - Senior Seminar

    Requirements for the Psychology Major

    (All requirements according to the 2020-2021 catalog; for former requirements as well as for courses offered only on the Westminster campus, please see our Westminster campus catalog.)

    Required:
    PSY 1106 - Introduction to Psychology (Must pass PSY 1106 with a grade of C or better)
    PSY 2223 - Psychological Methods & Statistics I (Fall only)
    PSY 2224 - Psychological Methods & Statistics II and Lab (Spring only)


    PSY 3200 - Writing in Psychology (Fall only)


    TWO courses from:
    PSY 2201 - Psychology of Learning and Animal Laboratory (Westminster campus only)
    PSY 2214 - Behavioral Neuroscience
    PSY 2215 - Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Laboratory


    ONE course from:
    PSY 2211 - Abnormal Psychology
    PSY 2305 - Health Psychology
    PSY 2337 - Counseling Psychology

    Requirements for the Minor in Journalism and New Media

    (All requirements according to the 2020-2021 catalog; for former requirements as well as for courses offered only on the Westminster campus, please see our Westminster campus catalog.)

    Required:
    ENG 1103 - Introduction to Journalism
    ENG 2204 - Advanced News Reporting
    ENG 2205 - Media Ethics


    Three courses chosen from:
    At least one course must have a focus on new media (marked with an asterisk) and at least one course must be 3000-level.
    CIN 2201 - Television Production
    or CIN 2301 - Basic Video Editing


    ENG 2214 - Editing and Desktop Publishing


    ENG 2215 - Newspaper Practicum (offered at the Budapest campus)
    and ENG 2216 - Newspaper Practicum (offered at the Budapest campus)


    ENG 2219 - Multimedia Writing & Design *


    ENG 2295 - Internship in English (With journalism focus)
    or ENG 3395 - Internship in English (With journalism focus)


    ENG 3307 - Social Media: Rhetoric and Design *


    ENG 3319 - Digital Publishing *

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