Definitions and Restrictions

Minors: a program consisting of a number of prescribed credits within a department that present a limited but cohesive understanding of the field; must be at least 15 credits; courses must be within a department; 2.000 GPA requirement with no more than one course below the 2.000; recorded on students' transcripts.

Concentrations: sometimes also called tracks or options; established within programs to provide for alternative sets of courses that can be used to fulfill the requirements of a major or a minor; may be entirely distinct from other concentrations in a program or may share a common set of courses as other concentrations; should be delineated in a proposal for a new major or minor, or may be added to an existing major or minor.

Certificates: consist of a coherent set of courses representing a defined body of knowledge and skills; may represent a subset of the requirements for existing degree programs, reflect a multidisciplinary perspective drawing coursework from more than one existing program, or constitute a relatively free-standing area of focus with little formal connection to existing academic programs.

Undergraduate Certificates: 15 credit minimum; minimum 4 courses; no more than 6 of required 15 hours may be experimental courses, special topics, or seminars; independent study, internship, practicum, or honors thesis credits may not be included as part of the minimum 15 credit hours required ; 2.000 GPA requirement with no more than one course below 2.000; recorded on students' transcripts.

Graduate Certificates: 9 credit minimum; all courses must be at the graduate level and be taught by members of the Graduate Faculty; 3.000 GPA requirement with no more than one course below 3.000; recorded on students' transcripts.

Letters of Specialization: recognize study in a specialized field related to or part of a student's major; issued only by academic departments, programs, colleges, or schools; not recorded on students' transcripts.

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