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An academic program is a combination of courses and related activities organized for the achievement of specific learning outcomes as defined by the University.  This includes programming at both the undergraduate, graduate and professional level and consists of degrees, majors, minors, concentrations, specializations and certificates.

Degree Program: An academic program of study leading to a bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D. or professional degree.  All degree programs require a minimum number of semester credit hours, as referenced in the official bulletins of the University that are produced each academic year.

Major: A comprehensive course of study in a given discipline at the undergraduate level.  A minimum of 30 semester credit hours must be earned in the major.  

Minor:  A course of study in a discipline or interdisciplinary cluster at the undergraduate level that is other than the student’s major area of study.  A minimum of 18 semester credit hours must be earned in the minor. 

Concentration: A sub-set of a discipline organized in clusters of focused courses taken within an undergraduate major.  A minimum of 9 semester credit hours must be earned in the concentration.

Specialization:  An integrated, coherent set of courses that define a limited topic or field of study at the graduate level that is taken within the degree program.  A minimum of 12 semester credit hours must be earned in the specialization.

Certificate: A post-baccalaureate or post-master program of study offered at the graduate level, in which a specific skill set is demonstrated at the end of the program, usually culminating in a capstone course.  In order to earn a certificate, the program of study must be offered apart from a degree; however, the courses in a certificate program may be applied toward a graduate degree program.  A minimum of 12 semester credit hours must be earned in a certificate program.

 

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The Office of the Registrar is the official keeper of academic records including course registrations, grades, transcripts and diplomas.


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