Academic Advising

Each student is assigned a team of three advisors (primary, secondary, and tertiary) to assist the student in planning and implementing his/her academic career at Tougaloo College. As soon as a student is admitted to the College and indicates an intended major, the student is matched with an advisor. Early contact between new students and their advisors, even before matriculation, is strongly recommended. The First Year Experience (FYE) director and the division chair in which the student’s chosen major resides share the responsibility for the assignment of academic advisors. SASC maintains the records of all declared majors.

For students who have intended majors: the first year instructor is the primary advisor, the intended major advisor is the secondary advisor and SASC serves as the tertiary advisor. Once a student successfully completes the general education curriculum, the division faculty becomes the primary advisor and SASC becomes the secondary advisor.

The Curriculum

The liberal arts curriculum at Tougaloo College is based upon two assumptions: first, that students should have a general education drawn from broad academic areas, as well as specialized training in one major department; and second, that students should have freedom, within certain established guidelines and with the advice of the faculty, to choose their own course of study.

Official credit for academic work is measured in semester hours. To graduate, students must pass a minimum of 124 semester hours and must have earned at least a 2.00 grade point average. The 124 hours are subdivided into approximately 27-48 semester hours in a discipline major, and the remainder in general education, electives or professional requirements for certification in special fields selected by the student. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to become self-directed learners and self-reliant citizens capable of dealing effectively with people, challenges, and issues.

General Education

The General Education curriculum is central to the mission of Tougaloo College. It is a curriculum of required courses designed to provide a common base of knowledge, values, and core competencies essential to the education of each student and the student’s responsible leadership development. This curriculum is also intended to stimulate the student’s curiosity in areas other than his/her chosen specialization and to provide the inspiration and foundation for further intellectual development.

The General Education curriculum is designed to equip students in each major field or concentration with a broad knowledge base and a set of college-level competencies which can be demonstrated to support lifelong learning and the attainment of their academic and career goals. The curriculum is designed to encourage students to apply critical thought to all areas of life, to acquire a basic knowledge of the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences, to develop skills required in selected professions; and to provide leadership in a democratic society and in a changing world. Tougaloo intends that its students become self-directed learners and self-reliant persons capable of dealing with people, challenges and issues. Tougaloo College intends to contribute to the social, health, and educational needs of the local and state communities through a program of community service.

Four-Year (Eight Semester) Graduation Plan

Each new freshman admitted to Tougaloo College and not participating in more than one developmental course is guided by a four-year degree plan found in the catalog for the student’s chosen major and is expected to develop a closely matching graduation plan. As much as possible, every student should be enrolled in one course in her/his major every semester until all major requirements are fulfilled. During initial advisement sessions, the primary advisor and the student design the four-year graduation plan to fit into a specific sequence of eight (8) semesters. This requires completion of an average class load of 16 semester hours for the eight semesters (16 hours x 8 semesters = 128 credit hours). Changes in the plan may be introduced at the end of each semester ensuring that the full impact of such changes is mapped out and its effect on the graduation date is clarified and documented. A comparable graduation plan is developed for transfer students once their transcripts have been evaluated and transferable courses have been determined.