College of Social Sciences
Social Sciences Policies and Procedures
The goal of the advisors in the College of Social Sciences and the departments within the college is
to ensure that each student has access to competent academic advising at all stages of the student's
college career. All incoming freshmen and transfer students are strongly encouraged to go through
orientation, where pertinent policies and procedures are introduced and potential problems are
Orientation for the college is handled in conjunction with the Dean of Students office. Once the
student has been given an overall view of the college, the undergraduate advisor in each department
helps students with the initial task of schedule planning and registration. Thereafter, advisors are
available on an ongoing basis should any questions or problems concerning academic progress occur.
Specific times when academic advising is suggested:
- upon entering (freshman or transfer).
- for registration and add/drop questions.
- to change a major.
- to declare a minor.
- to clarify any academic policy or procedure.
- at 60 hours to file a degree plan (filing a timely degree plan can and does minimize lost
hours and late graduation).
- a semester before the intended semester of graduation to verify that all requirements will
be met as expected.
Declaration of Major
Many entering students have a well-defined career objective and major course of study. These students
should declare their majors upon entering the college and should seek academic counsel from their
Freshman students who are uncertain of their majors are encouraged to enroll first as social
sciences-unspecified majors and seek academic advising from the Office of the Dean. Before enrolling
as juniors (60 hours), students must petition for a change in major to one of the degree programs in
Change of Major
Students who wish to change their majors to any of the college's degree programs must have a 2.00
minimum cumulative grade point average on courses taken at this university, except students in their
first semester of enrollment, who are exempt from the grade point average requirement.
Students with less than a 2.00 grade point average are encouraged to obtain academic advising from
the departments to which they wish to change; however, they are not eligible to officially change
their major until the required grade point average is attained.
To apply for a change of major, consult the departmental advisor of the desired major and submit an
undergraduate general petition requesting the change.
The department and the Office of the Dean will review the petition and send notification of approval
or disapproval by mail.
Students must meet all requirements of the catalog under which they are graduating. After selecting a
major field of study, and no later than the beginning of the junior year, students should request
that a degree plan be prepared through the department of their major. Students with double majors
should choose a primary major for record keeping and degree plan purposes. Students proposing a minor
must file a declaration of minor form in the department of their minor and obtain approval from that
department's undergraduate advisor. Final degree plans and minor forms for the College of Social
Sciences must be submitted to the dean's office for approval.
The college of Social Sciences adheres to the university calendar, e.g., admission and registration
deadlines, drop dates, application for graduation, etc. Exceptions are considered only for
documented, extenuating, non-academic circumstances.
Questions regarding grades in College of Social Sciences courses must be resolved within the semester
following the posting of the grade. Grade changes are approved only for correction of errors in
computing the grade, and a grade change form must be submitted no later than the close of the
semester/summer session following the posting of the grade.
Grades of I (incomplete) must be resolved within one year of the posting of the grade. Incomplete
grades must be resolved with the instructor awarding the grade. Incomplete grades cannot be resolved
by re-registering for the course in question.
Fulfillment of Grade Requirements
for a Degree
To determine the fulfillment of qualitative degree requirements, the required grade point average for
graduation is calculated as described in the Academic Regulations
and Degree Requirements section of this catalog with the following differences:
- The grade of I is considered an F for students enrolled in their graduating semester.
- The college will not eliminate any elective semester hours of undergraduate course work from
the computation of the graduation grade point average for a bachelor's degree.
- All courses taken in major and minor fields in the College of Social Sciences will be
considered when determining major and minor GPA's.
Filing for Graduation
To be a candidate for a degree, students must submit an application for graduation by the stated
deadline in the class schedule, one semester before the intended semester of graduation. Candidates
for graduation who were previously disapproved must reapply.
Degrees are not awarded automatically upon completion of the scholastic requirements. Successful
graduation candidates can anticipate the posting of the degree approximately six weeks after the
official closing date of the semester allowing for final audit procedures.
The College of Social Sciences follows University policy with respect to student grievances. A
multilevel procedure of redress of grievance concerning academic matters is available to undergraduate
students of the College. Every effort shall be made by the student, faculty, and department Chair to
resolve the grievance within the department structure. Failing resolution at this level, the student
may appeal to the Dean of the College or his designate.
Readmission from Suspension
Any student suspended from the college for academic or disciplinary reasons is ineligible to return
during the designated period of suspension. After that specified period, students may apply to the
Office of the Dean for readmission after scheduling an appointment with their academic advisor, who
will make a recommendation regarding readmission to the dean. Students should be advised that
readmission is not automatic.
A student readmitted from academic suspension enters the semester on probation and must fulfill the
following requirements to avoid further academic action.
- Enroll in no more than 12 semester hours of approved courses (six semester hours in a summer session) during the semester of re-entry and each semester thereafter while on continued academic
- Earn a minimum 2.00 grade point average during the semester of re-entry and each semester
thereafter while on continued academic probation.
- Monitor progress of course work closely and
properly drop any course if necessary.
Failure to attend the university during the semester of readmission cancels the readmission
approval. Students may reapply in any subsequent semester.
Special Problems Courses and Internships
Each social science area provides opportunities for majors and minors to take special problems
(independent study) courses and/or internships. Participation in special problems courses and/or
internships requires an approved petition to be on file in the appropriate department. No more than
six semester hours of these special problems courses and/or internships may be used to satisfy any
major or minor requirements in the College of Social Sciences. An unlimited number may apply toward
Note:If a student takes 9 or more hours of internship/special problems
courses, no more than 9 hours will be given a letter grade.
Questions concerning transfer credit are resolved by the petition process. This process originates in
the department of the major, and the petitions are routed to the relevant department and dean's
The Dean's List, a tabulation of the names of all undergraduate honor students, is compiled each
semester. To qualify for this recognition in the College of Social Sciences, students must earn a
3.50 minimum grade point average (the grade of S is not counted) on twelve or more semester hours
completed during the semester. At least nine of the twelve semester hours must be letter grades.
Students who earn a grade of I (except in a senior honors thesis course), D, F, or U during the
semester are excluded from consideration for the Dean's List.
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