Frequently Asked Questions
Courses and Credits
PE credits are only posted twice per year, at the end of the Fall Semester and at the end of the Spring Semester. This means that what is listed on your Academic Progress Report may not have caught up to what you have actually done.
If your PE credits still seem incorrect, please check with the PE office in Lasell, x2141.
Course Unit versus Credit Hour System
Prior to 1967-68, Williams College followed the traditional two semester calendar.
The semester course is the unit of credit.
In general, 100 level courses are introductory or elementary courses, 200 level are intermediate and of a general nature, 300 level are intermediate usually requiring a prerequisite or are of a special nature, and 400 level are intended primarily for majors. Courses at the 500 level are graduate level courses.
A 12 point grade system was used from 1953-54 to 1979-80 with A+ equal to 12 and E (failing) equal to a -1.
Awarded by the major department at the end of the senior year, if, in its judgment, its criteria of excellence have been met.
Williams students may not earn credit toward the degree for courses taken elsewhere unless the course is being used to make up an academic deficiency (a failure or course withdrawal); courses used to make up deficiencies must be approved in advance by the Registrar's Office (summer school form). If an approved course is passed with a grade of at least C minus, transfer credit will be awarded upon receipt of an official transcript. The grade will not be used when calculating the GPA and the course may not be used toward the distribution requirements. With permission of the appropriate department or program, the course may be used as a prerequisite or toward the major or concentration.
A department or program may allow a course taken elsewhere to be a prerequisite or count toward the major or concentration, even if the course is not being used to make up a deficiency. In these cases, the student should notify the Registrar's Office of the plan and have an official transcript sent as soon as the course and grade have been recorded.
Questions about these matters should be directed to Mary.Morrison@Williams.edu