College Catalog

Electives are courses that support general education objectives or round out curricular requirements. The choice of electives is based on the following:

  • Program/Option/Suggested Elective - Students choose from a restricted group of courses specified in the description of the degree program or option.
  • General Elective -- Students elect any course found in the HCC Catalog or accepted in transfer from another college. A general elective, when included in a Program or Option, permits students to explore areas outside of their declared area of study.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program at Holyoke Community College is an English language program of academic courses and support services for students whose native language is not English. The academic program offers language instruction in the areas of speaking and listening, reading and writing, grammar, and pronunciation. These courses are designed primarily to help students develop the necessary skills to pursue a college career. Up to fifteen ESL credits can be applied toward graduation depending on the degree program.

ENROLLMENT RESTRICTIONS - See Changes of Curriculum and Enrollment Restrictions

At least three, one-hour examinations or their equivalent in other written exercises are scheduled in each course each semester. Two-hour final examinations or their equivalent are also scheduled in each course and must begiven during the final examination period. At the discretion of the instructor, students of superior achievement may be excused from taking the final examination.Students who wish to make up an examination must consult with and receive permission from their instructor prior to the scheduled date of the examination. It is the student's responsibility to make the necessary arrangementswith an instructor regarding all make-up examinations. Students who have had at least one year of high school Spanish or one semester of college Spanish are eligible to take SPA 111 - Spanish for Health Related Careers. Native speakers of Spanish who are interested in a career inthe medical field should take the SPA 112 class.


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