Academic Policies and University Requirements

Academic policies

In addition to satisfying all degree requirements below, students should be familiar with the University's Academic Policies and Procedures. These policies may change from year to year and such changes apply to all future, current, continuing, and returning students. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor or the Office of the Registrar if they have questions regarding an academic policy.

Components of a degree program

  1. The General Education Program is that portion of the curriculum in which the university addresses the knowledge, abilities, skills, habits, and dispositions of educated persons.
  2. A major is the student's primary area of specialization. Many majors have options which are sub-sets of courses within the major that represent an even more specialized area of study. Students who select a major with options must choose from one of the options (i.e., options are not optional.)
  3. A minor is the student's secondary area of specialization. Minors are required for all non-comprehensive majors offered under the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and are optional for all other degrees.
  4. The General Baccalaureate Policies and Degree Requirements include such requirements as catalog of graduation policy, total hours, upper division, GPA, and residence requirements.
  5. All Bachelor of Arts degree candidates must complete a 27-hour core of courses.
  6. All Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor of Music Education degree candidates must satisfy all Teacher Education Program requirements.