Course Catalog

The Adult Degree Programs offer a variety of educational programs for women and men. Individuals must be 24 years of age or older prior to the end of the calendar year to be eligible for enrollment in this area:

Students may enroll in courses during the day, evenings or weekends. Five majors may be completed exclusively during evening hours.

To complete certain majors, students may be required to attend courses offered during the day. Students may register for courses in person. TIP and non-degree students may register by telephone or in person.

Application Process

Applicants apply to the Adult Degree Programs through their admissions counselor/academic adviser. Applicants are required to complete the following materials:

  • Completed and signed application
  • Essay
  • Official high school transcript or a copy of the GED transcript
  • Official college transcripts from each school attended prior to Wilson College
  • Application fee
  • Admissions interview

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis and should be received no later than 10 days before the semester in which the applicant plans to enroll. Students interested in applying for financial aid should submit a financial aid application when they apply to the College.

Matriculation

Students who are fully accepted as an Associate’s or bachelor’s degree candidate are automatically matriculated at the college, regardless of full- or part-time status. All academic policies and procedures apply, including, but not limited to: transfer work, off-campus study and registration priority.

Declaration of Major/ Program

Students seeking to enroll in a degree program must first be accepted to the College and then to the major of choice. Baccalaureate degree candidates shall declare an intended major no later than the semester in which 16 credits will be completed; associate’s degree students no later than the semester in which nine credits will be completed. Acceptance to the College does not guarantee acceptance to the intended major. Students complete a declaration of major/program form, which includes signatures from the director of the major area or program and her/his current academic adviser. Forms are available online or in the registrar’s office.

Honors

Baccalaureate degree candidates must complete a minimum of 18 courses at Wilson to be considered for Latin honors at graduation. Distinction may be awarded for high academic achievement for students completing fewer than 18 courses at Wilson.

Provisional Admission

Students who are provisionally accepted into the associate’s or bachelor’s degree programs will be officially accepted and automatically matriculated upon completion of four course credits with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or better. All academic policies and procedures apply, including, but not limited to: transfer work, off-campus study and registration priority.

Transfer Credit

The associate dean for academic advising evaluates transfer credit prior toadmission, with final approval granted by the college registrar. The college may accept up to 22 courses toward a baccalaureate degree and up to nine courses toward an associate’s degree. A minimum of 14 courses must be completed at Wilson for the student to be awarded a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of nine courses for an associate’s degree.

Under the credit system at Wilson, a course with three to five semester hours is equivalent to one Wilson course credit.

Second Baccalaureate/Second Associate’s Degrees

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree from another regionally accredited institution may earn a second bachelor’s degree from Wilson College through the Adult Degree Programs.

Students must complete at least nine course credits as a degree candidate at Wilson and meet the degree requirements of the major. The Foundations and Liberal Studies course requirements will be waived. The registrar will determine how many course credits must be earned for the second degree, based on the evaluation of the transcripts from previous institutions attended.

Course requirements cannot be met by non-traditional means, such as Credit by Examination, CLEP or Non-Collegiate Learning. Contact the Adult Degree Programs office for more information.

Second Associate’s Degree

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree from another regionally accredited institution may earn an associate’s degree from Wilson College through Adult Degree Programs.

Students must complete at least five additional course credits at Wilson College and meet all the degree requirements for the major. The Foundations and Liberal Studies course requirements will be waived. The registrar will determine how many course credits must be earned for the second degree, based on the evaluation of the transcripts from all previous institutions attended.

Course requirements cannot be met by non-traditional means, such as Credit by Examination, CLEP or Non-Collegiate Learning. Contact the Adult Degree Programs office for more information.

Completion of Additional Majors for Students with Wilson College Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degrees

Students who hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from Wilson College may complete additional majors through the Adult Degree Programs. Students must complete all the degree requirements of the major under the current curriculum. The Foundations and Liberal Studies course requirements will be waived. A determination of how many course credits must be earned for the additional major is made by the registrar, based on the evaluation of their Wilson College transcripts. Contact the Adult Degree Programs office for more information.

Course requirements cannot be met by transfer credit or non-traditional means, such as Credit by Examination, CLEP or Non-Collegiate Learning. Only one diploma will be granted at the completion of the baccalaureate degree. Additional majors will be reflected on the transcript and noted with the completion date. Students completing additional majors are not candidates for participation in Commencement.

Teacher Intern Program (TIP)

The Teacher Intern Program is a non-degree certification-only program for persons with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. The program leads to instructional certification in elementary or secondary education. When the student is provisionally accepted as a certification candidate, she/he is automatically matriculated at the college, regardless of full- or part-time status. When admitted and matriculated to the college, all academic policies and procedures related to the particular certificate program apply, including, but not limited to, transfer work, off-campus study and minimum academic standards.

For a more complete description of the program (including eligibility requirements, elementary and secondary certification requirements and dual certification programs) see the "Elementary Education and Programs in Education" section of this catalog.

Certificate Programs

Anyone interested in earning a certificate at Wilson should contact the Adult Degree Programs office for an application and the current certificate requirements. When admitted and matriculated to the College, all academic policies and procedures related to the particular certificate program apply, including, but not limited to, transfer work, off-campus study and minimum academic standards. For more information on specific certificate programs, see the "Certificate Programs" section of this catalog.

Non-Degree Enrollment

Individuals may enroll as a non-degree student on a space-available basis. Course prerequisites must be satisfied. Applications are available through the Adult Degree Programs office.

Non-Credit and Personal Enrichment Programs

For individuals wanting to learn new skills and gain knowledge for either personal or professional enrichment, the College offers lifelong learning opportunities year-round. For more information, contact the Coordinator of Enrichment Programs at 717-262- 2025.

The Adult Degree Programs can offer non-credit, workforce development courses and certificate programs for those seeking to upgrade their employable skills. Classes may also be customized for regional employers.