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A & S Academic Advising Tips Nancy Scannell and Anna Stewart Spring 2016
Gen Ed Requirements l l l BS vs. BA Finding courses Specific Geo courses count for SS Math 110 and 114 – prerequisites for Quantitative Analysis, but do not fulfill the requirement Foreign Language – retroactive credit is earned for placement in 203 and 204.
Foreign Language l l l BS – students may select FL 203 level to fulfill Cultural Diversity requirement BA – 8 credits is required. Students earn retroactive credit for 203 and 204 placement. International students whose native language is not English and who have the appropriate visa may take English 102 to fulfill the FL requirement.
Permission to Double Dip? l l l Yes, within major or minor and Gen Ed. No, with Individualized major or minor and Gen Ed. No, within major and minor No, within two majors No, within dual degrees which also require 30 credits (60 quality points) above the required number for the first degree
Individualized Major or Minor Not Both!
CAPS – Refer to Deans l l l Committee on Academic and Professional Standards Exceptions to the Catalog Beware of excess credits in a discipline – 48 is the limit unless students plan to make up the difference over 124 credits Withdraw after deadline Course Substitutions beyond Sub #1
Drop does not mean Withdraw l l l Students may drop a course within one week of the semester start date with no sign of enrollment in the course on the transcript Students may withdraw by the posted deadline on the academic calendar with a grade of “W” on the transcript Exceptions after the deadlines must be approved by CAPS
S / U does not = Pass / Fail l S = Satisfactory grade of C- or above F = grade of F = failure U = Unsatisfactory grade of D+ or below; No credit earned! Please note: Valparaiso University does not offer a Pass / Fail option. We offer S /U.
Curriculum Change Forms l l l New or additional major New or additional minor Change of advisor Switch in colleges – need Deans’ signatures Drop major or minor Change to Exploratory
Independent Study Academic Work Load form is required for IS and for internships
Dual Degrees l l l Consult the Catalog in these rare instances. Students must earn at least 30 credits and 60 quality points in excess of the total number of credits needed for the first degree. No course used to fulfill a major or minor in one degree may be used to fulfill a major or minor in another degree.
Residency Requirements l l 30 / 40 credits must be earned at VU. 50% of all credits in major must be from VU. 50% of all credits in minor must be from VU. Petition CAPS for exceptions.
Full-time vs. Part-time All athletes and international students must maintain full-time status of 12 credits. Students may need to consult with Financial Aid. (Some financial aid packages require more than 12. For example, Indiana’s Twenty -First Century Scholars must maintain 15 credits each semester. )
General Studies GS 100: Strategies for Academic Success (1 credit) l GS 150: Exploratory Studies (2 credits) l GS 180: Civic Engagement (up to 3 credits with a maximum of 2 in a semester) l GS 390: Professional Skills topics courses vary each semester l
Undergraduate Overload Petitions and Charges Fees are incurred at credit #20. A petition is needed for credit #19 and above.
Applications to Graduate Students now complete and submit on Data. VU. A signed degree audit is no longer necessary.
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