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Guidelines and Timeline

Guidelines for Pathways

  • All majors in the College of Arts & Sciences and Leavey School of Business who enter as first year students (and transfer students who matriculate with less than 44 units of transfer credit) complete four Pathway courses (at least 16 units). If a Pathway includes courses less than four units, more than four courses will be necessary.
  • All engineering majors complete three Pathway courses (at least 12 units). If a Pathway includes courses less than four units, more than three courses will be necessary.
  • Transfer students who matriculate with 44 or more units of transfer credit complete three Pathway courses (at least 12 units). If a Pathway includes courses less than four units, more than three courses will be necessary.
  • All courses for the Pathway must be completed at SCU.
  • No more than the equivalent of two 4 or 5 unit courses may be in the same subject   (e.g., ANTH, BIOL, ENGL, TESP). The remaining courses and units to complete the Pathway must be from a different subject. 
    • For example, if a student in the College of Arts and Sciences completes two full courses or the equivalent units (between eight and ten units) in ANTH, the remaining two courses (or combination of courses worth at least eight units) must be in a different subject. These additional courses/units can be in more than one subject (e.g. one could be in BIOL and another in TESP)
    • A student in the School of Engineering (or a transfer student who entered with 44 or more units) who completes two courses or the equivalent in one subject (between eight and ten units) would need to complete a minimum of four units in a different subject.
  • Please note that ENVS, ETHN, CHST, PHSC, and WGST are exempt from the above two-course rule because courses in these areas are inherently interdisciplinary.
  • A student’s Pathway may contain no more than two courses in either the Cultures & Ideas sequence (C & I 1, 2, and 3) or the Religion, Theology, & Culture sequence (RTC 1, 2, and 3).
  • Only one course in a Pathway may be a Foundations course (normally taken the first year). Note: C&I 1 and 2 are Foundations courses, but C&I 3 is not; RTC 1 is a Foundations course, but RTC 2 and 3 are not.
  • Some courses will be appropriate for more than one Pathway, but students will complete only one Pathway.
  • Students may apply no more than one study abroad course toward their Pathway.
  • Any course a student wants to include within a Pathway must have been approved for the Pathway. A list of approved courses is available on the Core website
  • Students' pathway reflection essays must be approved by the last day in the term in which they expect to graduate. Essay submission deadlines are shown below.

Deadlines for submission: 
Graduation in December 2021: October 8, 2021
Graduation in March 2022: January 21, 2022
Graduation in June 2022: February 18, 2022

Timeline

  • Think about your interests—Pathways provide an opportunity to discover your passions and to see how different disciplines approach the same issue, theme, or problem. Pick something that excites you. It might be helpful to read over the stories of some SCU Seniors about how they approached their Pathways.
  • If you take any Pathway-related courses this academic year, save your work in case you declare that Pathway. (Use Portfolium, dropbox, your own computer and thumb drive to store your work.)
  • Narrow your interests and start planning ahead. Begin using your upcoming courses to explore the Pathways you've identified.
  • Select your Pathway! Declare it through eCampus. Find links with your Pathway and upcoming major, minor and Core courses. Continue to save your work!  If you need to change your Pathway, please email the registrar's office following these instructions.
  • Continue taking your Pathway courses, saving your work.
  • Complete your Pathway reflection essay after reaching 100 units and before applying to graduate, referencing the prompt and rubric on the Pathways web site.
  • Upload your reflection essay to Portfolium. 
  • Receive confirmation of your Pathway Reflection Essay passing and completion of your required number of Pathway courses, therefore fulfilling the Pathway Core requirement, as noted on your degree audit (eCampus)
  • If your essay requires a Revise/Resubmit, please refer to your marked rubric to make the necessary changes; visit the HUB and resubmit your essay via the Portfolium link you were sent by email.

Deadlines for submission:
Graduation in December 2021: October 8, 2021

Graduation in March 2022: January 21, 2022
Graduation in June 2022: February 18,2022

Declare your Pathway through ecampus. If you need to change your Pathway, please email the registrar's office following these instructions.