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University of Louisville Undergraduate Catalog Summer 2011 – Spring 2012

Graduation and Degree Requirements


University Policy Admission to a Major
The conferring of degrees by the University of
Louisville is conditional upon completion of all In order to graduate from the College of Arts and
requirements in the opinion of the Dean/Director Sciences, all students must major in one of the
and faculty, regardless of the students’ degree programs of the College. To become a
participation in Commencement or any other major in a degree program, students must
representations by University employees. The complete an Application for Major form which is
student is responsible for submitting an available at:
application for a degree in a timely manner to be http://louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising.
considered for a degree. The completed form is submitted to the Advising
Center and then transmitted to the major
Commencements are scheduled for May and program or department for consideration.
December. Commencement information and Students become majors after acceptance by the
current schedules are available on the web at department or the program. Some departments
http://louisville.edu/commencement. Graduates have specific requirements (e.g., completion of
participating in the commencement ceremonies introductory course; minimum grade point
must order academic apparel before the deadline average) for admission to the major. Consult the
stated on the website. Advising Center for details of any admission
requirements for a particular major. Students
All graduating students must apply for their interested in a B.A. who find that the College’s
degrees online according to deadlines stated in major programs do not meet their interests and
the Registration Information newspaper (dates needs should consider the Liberal Studies major.
also available on the web at
http://louisville.edu/student/services/registrar/deg Students may apply for admission to a major at
reecomm.html). any time. Most programs allow students to take
work in the major field and in related fields
during the freshman and sophomore years.
Additional Unit Policies
Students who need to discover or confirm the
College of Arts and Sciences choice of a major are encouraged to take a
All undergraduate degree programs are based on variety of foundation courses in different fields.
a combination of freshman, sophomore, junior, Students who feel certain of their choices are
and senior level courses which form a coherent, encouraged to apply for a major early in their
comprehensive undergraduate curriculum. The college experience in order to enjoy the benefits
important distinction between these levels is that of advising and counseling from faculty in the
the freshman and sophomore curriculum is major program. Students may change majors at
designed to provide a background that helps any time; however, the need to fulfill the
form the basis for advanced course work and requirements of the ultimate major might require
concentration in a major area at the junior and additional course work beyond the minimum
senior level. The junior and senior level courses hours required for graduation from the College.
permit students to pursue more advanced work in
the chosen major, in related fields, and in courses Minimum Hours
designed to explore the relationships among the
disciplines. Each student must present a minimum of 121
semester hours of credit (unless a higher
The baccalaureate degree is the most minimum is specified in a program of study). At
comprehensive undergraduate degree in the least 50 of the total semester hours, whether
College. It is awarded to students who have required or elective, must be earned in courses
completed both College-wide requirements and numbered 300 or higher.
the requirements of the selected major. This
Point Standing
combination is designed to provide the broad
spectrum of educational experiences that is Each student must attain a grade point average of
fundamental to a liberal arts degree. at least 2.0 for all courses in the major field, and
2.0 overall. Details of requirements in programs

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University of Louisville Undergraduate Catalog Summer 2011 – Spring 2012

requiring higher standings may be seen in Courses required for the minor may be used to
departmental entries. fulfill other degree requirements. Successfully
completed minor programs are recorded on the
Maximum Hours in Major student’s transcript.
No more than 40 hours in the major field may be
applied toward graduation by candidates for the College of Business
B.A. degree. No more than 60 hours in the major Application for Degree
field may be applied toward graduation by Students must apply for their degree at the
candidates for the B.S. degree. No more than 80 beginning of the semester in which they expect
hours in Fine Art (courses designated ART and to complete all degree requirements. The degree
ARTH) may be applied toward the B.F.A. in Fine application is to be filled out on Ulink at
Arts. http://www.ulink.louisville.edu . The degree
application must be submitted by the date
Second Bachelor’s Degrees published for each semester in the Schedule of
To be awarded a second bachelor’s degree, Courses and on Ulink. Students are strongly
students must earn a minimum of thirty (30) urged to request a preliminary degree check prior
additional semester hours in the College. For to their final semester so that possible
students pursuing two degrees simultaneously, deficiencies in degree requirements can be
these thirty (30) hours will be added to the identified early. An appointment can be made
minimum total of semester hours needed for the with an advisor in the Reinhardt Academic
degree requiring the least number of hours. Center.

Departmental Learning Outcomes Assessment Minimum Hours


Completion of a baccalaureate degree also Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in
requires students to submit work to the Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in
department of the major for the department’s Economics, or Bachelor of Science in
Learning Outcomes Measurement. Details about Economics must complete a minimum of 122-
the specific requirements and deadlines of an 129 semester hours (depending upon degree
individual department are available in the program and major) in academic subjects and all
department office. Students are advised to make required courses for their degree program and
themselves aware of these requirements as early major. These hours exclude physical education
as possible in their academic careers. courses numbered 100-199 and other non-
academic credits (all remedial course work
Requirements for Minors including Reading, English, and Math courses
The course work requirements for a minor numbered 100 or below). Students pursuing a
consist of a minimum of 18 semester hours. A second bachelor's degree must be admitted to the
maximum of 3 hours of pass-fail work may be College of Business in degree status, must earn a
applied. Students may elect a major and a minor minimum of 30 hours beyond their last degree
in the same department only if there is more than and fulfill all program and GPA requirements of
one degree program in that department and if the the second degree.
major and minor are in two different programs of
the department. Students who elect a minor and a Grade Point Average
major in the same department are cautioned that Candidates for the Bachelor of Science in
no more than 40 semester hours with the same Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in
departmental designation may be applied toward Economics, and the Bachelor of Science in
the 121 hours minimum for a B.A. degree and no Economics must achieve a 3.0 University GPA
more than 60 hours with the same departmental and a 3.0 GPA in all major courses (includes
designation may be applied toward the 121 hours major courses that are transferred).
minimum for a B.S. degree. Students also are
cautioned that completion of the major, which is Senior College Hours
required for all degrees, and completion of the Fifty semester hours of required and elective
minor, which is optional, may require the student courses must be completed at the senior college
to complete more than the 121 semester hours (300/400) level. Note that the number of the
minimum required for a baccalaureate degree. course, not the student's classification,

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determines whether or not a course is senior- credit hours and must have earned a minimum
level. cumulative UofL grade point average of 2.25.
Students must have completed HSS 184, HSS
Other Stipulations 202, and HSS 320 with a grade of “C” or better
All incompletes must be removed by the end of (“C-” will not be accepted). Students must not
the final semester. All tuition, fees, fines, and have earned any “D” ’s in courses required for
other charges must be paid in full prior to the major.
graduation.
Sport Administration
College of Education & Human Development Students must have completed a minimum of 45
credit hours and must have earned a minimum
The baccalaureate degrees offered by the College cumulative UofL grade point average of 2.25.
of Education and Human Development include Students must have completed SPAD 281 and
minimum requirements for completion and SPAD 284 with a grade of “C” or better (“C-”
graduation. will not be accepted). Students must not have
earned any “D” ’s in courses required for the
The following requirements apply to the B.S. major.
degree in Workforce Leadership:
The minimum requirements for completion of
 123 minimum total hours (60 of these hours these degrees are:
must be earned at an accredited four-year
institution).  A minimum total of 123 hours (60 of these
 50 senior college hours (300 level and hours must be earned at an accredited four-
above). year institution).
 2.25 overall grade point average.  50 senior college hours (300-level and
 2.50 grade point average in the major. above).
 30 of the last 36 hours must be taken in  2.25 overall grade point average.
residence (does not apply to distance  30 of the last 36 hours must be taken in
education students or active duty military residence.
personnel).  No “D” ’s in core courses or concentration
 A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses combined may be applied toward a
professional education courses. C- is not bachelor’s degree.
acceptable.
The following degree requirements apply to the
NOTE: Students admitted to the career and B.S. degree in Early Elementary Education:
technical education track must maintain a 2.5
overall grade point average and a 2.5 grade point  A minimum total of 125 semester hours (60
average in the professional education courses to of these hours must be earned at an
be eligible for certification. accredited four-year institution).
 50 senior college hours (300 level and
The Department of Health and Sport Sciences above)
offers the Bachelor of Science degree with  2.75 overall grade point average
majors in Health and Human Performance and  3.00 grade point average in professional
Sport Administration. education courses.
 30 of the last 36 hours must be taken in
Admission to a Major
residence.
To become a major in Health and Human
Performance or Sport Administration, students  Successful completion of portfolio.
must submit an Application for Major form,
which is available in the Education Advising The following degree requirements apply to the
Center (EAC). Students must also meet the B.S. degree in Middle/Secondary Education:
admission requirements as outlined below:
 A minimum total of 123 semester hours (60
Health and Human Performance of these hours must be earned at an
Students must have completed a minimum of 45 accredited four-year institution).
 50 senior college hours (300 level and

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above). Center to the Kentucky Professional Standards


 2.50 grade point average in content area. Board to receive the teaching certificate. Consult
 3.00 grade point average in professional the Education Advising Center for information.
education courses.
 30 of the last 36 hours must be taken in
residence. Dental Hygiene Program
 Successful completion of portfolio.
Application for Graduation
Please note that students must be formally All students must submit an application for the
admitted to the teacher education program for respective degree to be awarded. It is the
Early Elementary or Middle/Secondary responsibility of the student to submit an online
Education. Please contact the Education application for degree by the specified date. To
Advising Center for further information. submit an online application for degree go to
www.louisville.edu and log on to ULink. Go to
“Student Services”, then “Registration/Student
Requirements for Minors Records” and then “Degree Application”. When
you have completed the form, just click on
The Department of Health and Sport Sciences “submit”. Students are strongly urged to request
offers programs for a minor in five areas: a preliminary degree audit prior to their final
Community Health, Exercise Science, School semester so that any deficiencies in degree
Health Education, Sport Administration, and requirements can be identified early.
Wellness Coaching. A grade point average of Graduation and Degree Requirements
2.50 is required in the coursework for the minor. A candidate for the Bachelor of Science in
Please note that only one “D” will be allowed in Dental Hygiene must have fulfilled the following
the minor courses for Community Health, requirements:
Exercise Science, School Health Education, and 1. The student must have completed all
Wellness Coaching. No “D” ’s will be accepted required courses and have no
in the Sport Administration minor. outstanding “I” or “F” grades.
These programs are university-wide minors. The 2. The student must have a cumulative
courses are open to students admitted to units GPA of at least 2.00 in both Arts and
other than the College of Education and Human
Development. Students interested in applying for Sciences courses and professional
admission to a minor should contact the courses that are required for the
Education Advising Center. Bachelor of Science degree (e.g.,
General Education core, Basic Science
Application for Graduation core, and Dental Hygiene).

Each degree candidate must complete an on-line 3. The student must be formally
degree application within the first two weeks of recommended for the Bachelor of
the semester in which the candidate intends to
Science degree by the ULSD Faculty
graduate. Any candidate removed from the
graduation list must reapply for the degree and Assembly and by the Dean and must be
comply with the rules and regulations applying approved for the degree by the Board of
to all candidates for degrees. Candidates should Trustees.
apply for degree at ulink.louisville.edu. It is the
responsibility of the student to submit an 4. Discharge of all financial obligations to
application for degree by the specified date. the University.

Application for Teacher Certification 5. Completion of the final year of the


professional phase of the Dental
Students seeking teacher certification upon Hygiene Program in residence at the
completion of degree and/or program
University of Louisville.
requirements, must apply through the College of
Education and Human Development Advising

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Kent School of Social Work hours in the courses taken and must have a 2.5
grade point average.
During the first month of your final semester of
courses, students should complete an online Application for Graduation
Application for Degree. Applications are
available online at the ULINK Website Candidates must apply for graduation at the
http://ulink.louisville.edu. Log on using your beginning of the semester in which they expect
user id and password; click on the student to complete all degree requirements. Application
services folder; scroll over to the for Degree forms may be obtained in the Dean’s
Registration/Student Records section; click on Office. Completed forms must be submitted to
the Degree application and complete the form the Dean’s Office by the date published for each
(remember to print the degree confirmation for semester in the Schedule of Courses. The Dean’s
your records). The degree application fee for the Office will conduct a degree audit following
Kent School is $25.00 (do not send payment receipt of the form; however, students are
until you are billed at the end of the semester in strongly urged to request a preliminary degree
which you graduate). Certificates are $15.00. A audit prior to their final semester so that any
candidate whose degree is cancelled at the end of deficiencies in degree requirements can be
the semester indicated on this form must reapply identified early.
at a later date. If a candidate does not receive the
degree, the charge will be adjusted to $10.00. In School of Nursing
order to participate in graduation ceremonies you
will to need sign up online and submit your cap Students who plan to graduate at the end of a
and gown order. To use the Commencement web given semester must file an Application for
site, go to the U of L home page and click on Degree in the Registrar’s Office.
Current Students then on Commencement. Or
enter http://louisville.edu/commencement You A candidate for the Bachelor of Science in
must indicate your intent to participate and Nursing in the traditional and Accelerated
submit your cap and gown order before the programs must have
deadline stated on the web site. satisfactory completion of the required BSN
courses with a university and program grade
During the commencement ceremonies, you will point average of 2.5 or higher.
receive a generic letter stating that you have met
the requirements of the BSW degree. This letter A candidate for the Bachelor of Science in
is an official letter that can be given to your Nursing RN-BSN program must have
employer, for possible employment benefits. satisfactory completion of the required BSN
Students not attending commencement will NOT courses and earned a minimum university and
receive such a letter. You official degree will take program grade point average of 2.0.
up to six weeks to show on your transcript. No
personal letters for licensure or employment Speed School of Engineering
purposes can be given to students. These letters
can also not be given before commencement due Grade Point Average
to specific university restrictions. Please plan
your licensure exam or employment date to Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree
accommodate this six week delay after must have a minimum final cumulative grade
commencement to get an official transcript point average of 2.0.
showing your degree. Please visit the
commencement webpage on a regular basis for Second Bachelor’s Degree
any updated information on when your official
diploma will be available. To be awarded a second bachelor’s degree,
students must earn a minimum of thirty
School of Music additional semester hours from the School of
Engineering. For students pursuing two degrees
Minimum Hours and Point Standing simultaneously, these thirty hours will be added
to the minimum total of semester hours needed
To be recommended for a degree, the student for the degree seeking the least number of hours.
must have completed the prescribed number of

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In addition, satisfaction of the requirements for


co-op must have approval of both departments.

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