Semester in Washington: Credits & Grades
Credits: Credits you receive while in Washington will automatically be counted as general elective credit toward graduation (see the table below). If you any of these credits are to be counted toward your major, you should fill out the TWC Major Credit form and get the department chair’s signature. If you will be seeking credit toward the major, we strongly advise that you meet with the chair of your major department before you leave for Washington.
Since you will probably not know what your TWC course or internship will be until close to the time you actually start work in Washington, it may not be possible to get the approval you seek ahead of time, but you can at least explain your plans and let the chair know you will be e-mailing him or her to seek this approval once you get to Washington. Save the email response you get, then get the chair’s signature on the form after you return to campus. Once the form has been completed, turn it in to the Registrar so
that your credit(s) can be applied to your major, as appropriate.
Independent Study Project (ISP): The Independent Study Project (ISP) normally will be counted as a course in the home department of the faculty member who is serving as your ISP adviser. Since many faculty members teach in multiple departments and/or in interdisciplinary majors, you should specify which major your ISP is to count toward, and once again, get the department or program chair’s approval. This approval can and should be obtained before you leave for Washington, since you will already have your ISP advisor set up by that point.
Grades: Final letter grades earned for all three items (Internship, Seminar, and ISP) will be reported on your transcript, but only the letter grade for the ISP will be factored in when calculating your G.P.A.