Planning a Course of Study
When planning their course work, students should acquaint themselves with their chosen program of study and graduation requirements outlined in this Catalog. Students who have not decided their course of study before entering the University may take a general program exploring several fields. This approach need not result in loss of credits if carefully planned.
Freshman students may consult the adviser or other faculty members during the summer months before the beginning of the fall term. A helpful tool is the Academic Advising Guide which may be viewed at www.southern.edu/records. Students planning to enter preprofessional programs should consult the adviser, department, or school that will help them prepare for certification or meeting the entry requirements of the respective professional program.
Degree candidates are responsible for satisfying all degree requirements. They may choose to meet the requirements of any one Catalog in effect during the period of residency. If students discontinue their education for a period of twelve months or more, they must qualify according to the Catalog in force at the time of their return.
General Degree Requirements: Master’s Degree
The general and specific degree requirements for a master’s degree are described in a separate Graduate Catalog, available by writing to the respective graduate school or to the Graduate Dean’s office. Master’s degrees are available in the fields of Business, Counseling, Education, Nursing, Religion, and Social Work.
General Degree Requirements: Baccalaureate Degree
The general degree requirements for a baccalaureate degree are as follows:
- Satisfactory make-up of admissions deficiencies.
- A minimum of 124 semester hours with both a resident and cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 (C) or above.* Students earning the Bachelor of Music degree must take a minimum 138-142 semester hours.
- A minimum of 40 hours of upper division credit, to include at least 14 upper division hours in the major for a B.A. degree and at least 18 upper division hours in the major for all other baccalaureate degrees.
- Completion of a major and minor (or two majors) for a B.A. degree or completion of a major for other degrees with a cumulative GPA of 2.25 in the major,* completion of the General Education requirements, and electives to satisfy the total credit requirements for graduation. Courses completed with grades lower than a “C-” will not be applied toward a major or minor.
- More than one major may be earned provided all courses required for each major and its cognates are completed. Each major must include a minimum of 20 semester hours that do not overlap with any other major or minor.
- More than one minor may be earned provided all courses required for each minor are completed. Each minor must include a minimum of 12 semester hours that do not overlap with any other major or minor.
- Bachelor of Arts degrees are exempt from completing a minor if the student is a Southern Scholar or working towards teacher certification.
- Completion of an exit examination as required by the department or school.
- Students wishing to obtain a second degree will need to complete, beyond the 124 minimum hours required, a minimum of 30 hours, including 16 hours upper division, and a new major.
*Some schools, departments, or majors require a higher standard. The student should consult the respective Catalog section for specific GPA or grade requirements for the desired program.
General Degree Requirements: Associate Degree
- A minimum of 64 semester hours with a resident and cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C) or above. Some majors require additional hours or a higher cumulative GPA. Students should consult the respective Catalog section to learn the minimum requirements for their desired major.
- Completion of a major, the General Education requirements, and electives to satisfy the total credit requirements for graduation. Courses completed with grades lower than “C-” will not be applied on a major. Some majors require a higher minimum grade, as specified in the pertinent Catalog section.
- Students who have completed one associate degree and who wish to obtain another associate degree may do so upon completion of the curriculum prescribed for the second degree. The work completed for the second degree must include at least 24 hours in residence over and above the number of hours earned for the first degree. If the second associate degree is earned subsequent to the first associate degree, the requirements for the second degree will be governed by the provisions of the Catalog in effect at the time the student re-enters the University for work toward the second degree.
- Students who wish to obtain an associate degree at the time they receive a baccalaureate degree may do so if the degrees are in different fields. If requirements for an associate and a baccalaureate degree in the same field are completed at the same time, only the higher degree will be conferred.
Certificate Requirements: One-Year Certificate
- A minimum of 32 semester hours which meet the requirements of a specific one-year program.
- A resident and cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above. Grades in the technical area below “C-” will not be accepted.
General Requirements: Minor
- A minimum of eighteen semester hours of which six must be upper division credit.
Major and Minor Requirements
Each major consists of 30 hours or more in the chosen field of specialization of which a minimum of 14 for a Bachelor of Arts degree and 18 for all other bachelor’s degrees must be upper division credit. The total semester hours required for each major for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Social Work, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees varies with the field of specialization chosen.
All minors consist of at least eighteen semester hours. Six hours of a minor must be upper division credit.
The specific requirements for majors and minors are given under the respective disciplines section.
Students are expected to register during the scheduled registration periods designated in the school calendar. New students are required to participate in the orientation activities.
Late Registration. Permission to register late must be obtained from the Director of Records and Advisement. The course load of a late registrant may be reduced according to the amount of class work missed. A student registering after the first week of classes must obtain permission from the instructor and their adviser before enrolling in a class. No student may register after two weeks of the semester have elapsed.
Changes in Registration. To avoid changes in registration, students should carefully consider the program of courses necessary to meet their objectives. To avoid subsequent adjustments, a balance should be maintained between the course load, work program, and extracurricular activities.
To make changes in registration, students must obtain the appropriate change of registration voucher at the Records and Advisement Office, obtain the necessary signatures indicating approval of the change, and return the form to the Records and Advisement Office. Course changes and complete withdrawals from the school become effective on the date the voucher is filed at the Records and Advisement Office. A fee will be assessed for each change in program after the first week of instruction.
A student may not change from one section to another of the same course without the approval of the professor.
When a student drops a class during the first week of the semester, the class is deleted from the student’s record. A grade of “W” is issued when a student drops the class on the second week of the semester. A student may withdraw from a class up to two weeks after midterm and receive a grade of “W” automatically. A student withdrawing from a class after that date and up to two weeks before the last day of classes will be assigned a grade of “W” or “WF” by the professor. The grade for any withdrawal during the final two weeks of the semester will automatically be “F.”
Auditing Courses. With the approval of the department/school, students may register on an audit basis in courses for which they are qualified. Auditors are to be admitted to classes of limited enrollment only if there are places after all students who wish to enroll for credit have been accommodated. Class attendance is expected but examinations and reports may be omitted. With the approval of the professor, a student may change a course registration from audit to credit or from credit to audit only during the first week of instruction. No credit is given for courses audited. Students taking nine or more hours of undergraduate credit may audit any additional class(es) for free—as long as the professor approves the audit, the minimum student enrollment in course has been met, and/or there is sufficient room in the class. Students taking eight or less hours for credit will be charged one-half of the regular tuition charge.
Canceled Classes. The Vice President for Academic Administration or a department/school may cancel a class for which fewer than six tuition paying students enroll. This policy applies to ordinary classes but not to directed study courses, private lessons, and other special classes such as special methods of secondary teaching. Students enrolled in canceled classes should confer with their advisers to determine alternate means to complete their schedules.
Withdrawal Procedure for Students Called to Active Military Duty. Southern Adventist University community recognizes the sacrifices that those in the armed forces make while serving our country. We are proud of these individuals and have, therefore, adopted the following policy to deal with currently enrolled Southern Adventist University students who are called to active military duty.
- Upon presentation of official military orders, the student will be automaticallywithdrawn from all of his/her courses for the given semester and a grade of “W” with notice of reason for withdrawal will be recorded on his/her academic record.
- In addition, the student is eligible for a full-tuition refund or can choose to have the monies held on account to be used at a later date.
- In the case of a resident student, room and board charges will be prorated based on the period in the semester when the student is required to leave; and the remaining charges will be refunded or held on account based on the student’s request.
- If the veteran has left to perform military service, the veteran is to be readmitted with the same academic status he or she had when last in attendance at Southern. In most cases, the length of the absence from Southern cannot exceed five years.
University courses are expressed in semester hours. A semester hour typically consists of one fifty-minute class period per week for one semester. Thus, two-semester-hour classes meet two hours a week and three-semester-hour classes meet three hours a week. Physical Education activity courses meet two fifty minute periods for one credit hour. A laboratory period of two and one-half to three hours is equal to one class period. For every semester hour of credit a minimum of fifteen contact hours should be scheduled. Final exam periods may count as one contact hour. Students should expect to study up to two hours outside of class for each fifty- minute period the class meets. Ideally, a sixteen-semester-hour class load should require up to 32 hours of study each week by the student. Except by permission of the office of the Vice President for Academic Administration, a student may not register for 18 or more semester hours.
To qualify for a baccalaureate degree in four years, a student must average between fifteen and sixteen hours per semester. The summer term may be used to advantage by students wishing to complete degree requirements in less than four years or by students having to take reduced programs of studies during the regular academic year. The typical class load during the summer is one three-hour class per session.
Online Courses. An online course begins and ends within the same time frame as traditional courses during any semester or summer session in which the online course is scheduled.
Student Status. An undergraduate student must be currently enrolled for a minimum of 12 semester hours to be considered full-time. Part-time status is maintained when a student is enrolled in 6-11 semester hours. Non-degree status is given to the student enrolled in 5 or fewer hours.
Study-Work Program. It is important that the student adjust the course load to achieve a reasonable balance in study and work. During registration the student should confer with his/her adviser in planning the proper balance of study and work.
In determining an acceptable study-work program, the following will serve as a guide:
||Maximum Work Load
||0-23 semester hours
||24-54 semester hours
||55-93 semester hours
||94 semester hours
Eligibility for class office requires a grade point average of 2.25 and a good citizenship record.
Prerequisite for Taking Upper Division Classes
Students must complete forty semester hours of 100- and 200-level courses (lower division) before enrolling in a 300- or 400-level course (upper division). The English Composition and mathematics requirements in area A, Academic, Communication, and Computer Skills, of General Education must be met before enrollment in upper division classes.
General education is an important part of the student’s experience at Southern Adventist University. The general education structure is designed to provide the student opportunity to develop those values and competencies that mark an educated person and prepare him or her for leadership in today’s complex society. While recognizing the validity of many different general education programs, the faculty of Southern have designed the following sequence that provides development of academic skills and opportunities for self-fulfillment and conveys basic values of both the Seventh-day Adventist Church and western civilization. Students may exercise considerable latitude when selecting courses to comply with General Education requirements.
As a requirement of graduation, all associate and baccalaureate seniors must take a Southern specified standardized test that measures general education proficiencies in the fall semester of their senior year.
Writing Across the Curriculum: The Writing Across the Curriculum program at Southern Adventist University is one of the longest-running programs of its kind in the nation. The goal of the program is to assist students in developing writing skills suitable to various disciplines. Such skills will also make students more competitive in the job market. Thus, candidates for the bachelor’s degree must complete three writing-emphasis classes as outlined in the General Education requirements. These classes are carefully tailored to emphasize personal growth in writing skills through both spontaneous and planned writing exercises. Students should also expect writing requirements in courses other than those designated as writing-emphasis courses.
Community Service: Promotion of voluntary, unselfish service to mankind is a thread that runs through all programs of study at Southern Adventist University. Volunteerism, however, cannot be mandated. It can only be encouraged. Students at Southern are encouraged to volunteer for community service through government, philanthropic, cultural, political, church, medical, educational, environmental, and other organizations and agencies or through individual projects. Based on nominations from each academic department/school, Community Service Awards are presented each year at the annual Awards Convocation to students who have made an exceptional contribution of time and effort in serving others.
I. Academic, Communication, and Computer Skills (Area A)
A graduate of Southern Adventist University can use the skills of reading, writing, mathematics, oral communication and basic computing skills.
Underlying all General Education requirements are the basic academic skills of English and mathematics. It is important for a graduate to be able to discern an author’s organization, arguments, and supports, and to write coherently, fluently, and grammatically.
Graduates need numeric and symbolic computation skills to function successfully in our scientific and technological society.
All English Composition and mathematics requirements in Area A must be completed before upper division work is undertaken. Upper division transfer students may take Area A requirements concurrently with upper division classes.
ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 are required for both the associate and bachelor’s degrees. A Southern Scholar student will take ENGL 103 in place of ENGL 102 . (See prerequisites for ENGL 103 .) A student with an ACT English score below 18, an SAT language score below 450, or a TOEFL score below 550 (an IBT TOEFL score of 79) may not take ENGL 101 . The English Department recommends completing ENGL 100 or an EESL class before retaking the ACT, SAT, or TOEFL. However, successfully completing ENGL 100 or an EESL class is not a substitute for a passing score on the examination.
Students with a Mathematics ACT score below 22 must take one mathematics course (100 level or above). MATH 080 is required of all students who meet neither of the following criteria: 1) ACT Mathematics score of 16 or above, 2) Completion of high school Algebra II with a grade of C or better. If MATH 080 is required, it must be completed with a grade of C or better before the student registers for any other mathematics course.
- Candidates for the bachelor’s degree must complete three writing-emphasis classes.
These classes are identified by a “(W)” following the course name, [e.g., History of the South (W)] in the departmental listings. One such class must be in the student’s major field and one must be outside the major field. The third may be chosen from any area. The writing done as a part of the program overseas completed by students majoring in International Studies, Spanish or French will be accepted in place of a specially designated “W” course in the major.
- Basic Computer Competencies
Southern Adventist University defines computer competencies as including both concept-based competencies and skill-based competencies.
All students must demonstrate the concept-based computer competencies by:
- Taking or challenging CPTE 100 which is offered in the classroom and online OR
- Passing the Concept-Based Computer Competency Exam administrated by the School of Computing OR
- Taking BUAD 317 , CPTR 110 , or EDUC 319 .
All students must demonstrate skill-based computer competencies by:
- Oral Communication
To meet speaking and listening competencies, students are required to take COMM 135 , Introduction to Public Speaking
Degree programs with alternate requirements approved by the Oral Communication Committee and meeting the criteria for quality oral communication experiences and competencies set by the University for minimum general education and accreditation standards are B.S.W. Social Work and B.S. Family Studies .
- Southern Connections
All first-time freshmen in the first semester of residence are required to take NOND 101 .
|Area A Total
II. Religion (Area R)
A graduate of Southern Adventist University has a knowledge of the Bible and a sense of Christian community based on the teachings, beliefs, and history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
A correct understanding of the human condition results from a knowledge of the Bible as God’s word, a commitment that springs from that truth, and a system of values derived from such knowledge and insight.
Bachelor’s degree students must take a minimum of 12 hours of Religion courses, at least 3 hours of which must be upper division.
- Spiritual Development
One of the following classes that focuses on the development of personal spirituality: RELB 125 or RELT 177
- Seventh-day Adventist Teachings
One of the following classes that focuses on Seventh-day Adventist identity: RELT 138 , RELT 225 or RELT 255
- Biblical Studies
One class that focuses on the study of Scripture:
Any RELB class except for the following: RELB 125 (listed above in 1); RELB 255 , RELB 340 , RELB 455 , and RELB 497 .
- Religion Elective:
|Area R Total
Associate degree students are required to take 6 credits, 3 of which must come from Area R-1 above and the other 3 credits of which must come from either Area R-2 or Area R-3 above.
Transfer students must take 3 hours at an accredited SDA college or university for each year or part thereof in attendance at an SDA college or university, with a minimum of 6 hours. Transfer students who are required to take only 9 credits or fewer in Religion at Southern may take their remaining Religion courses from either Area R-1, R-2, or R-3 but may not take more than one class from any single sub-area.
III. History, Political, and Economic Systems (Area C)
A graduate of Southern Adventist University has knowledge of history and the skill to analyze political and economic systems. It is essential that one have an historical perspective in a society that allows its members a voice in shaping its political, social, and economic institutions. CLEP exam credit for history will only be accepted for three of the six hours required for a bachelor’s level degree. Students with less than one secondary school credit for World History must include one of the following: HIST 174 , HIST 175 , HIST 364 , HIST 365 , HIST 374 , HIST 375 , HIST 386 , HIST 387 or HIST 388 .
HMNT 210 and all HIST courses except HIST 145 , HIST 297 , HIST 490 , and HIST 497 .
- Political and Economic Systems
All PLSC courses; HMNT 215 /HMNT 415 ; ECON 213 , ECON 224 , ECON 225 .
[Students studying for licensure in elementary education may take GEOG 204 for C-2 credit.]
|Area C Total
IV. Language, Literature, Fine Arts (Area D)
A graduate of Southern Adventist University can recognize the impact of arts and humanities on life and integrate such knowledge into personal experience.
Language, literature, and the fine arts convey ideas, values, and emotions. An acquaintance with these modes of communication enhances the ability to express oneself and fosters an appreciation of the cultural heritage of world civilization and the complexities of human existence.
Bachelor’s degree students must include at least 3 hours in two sub-areas. Students entering Southern Adventist University who have less than two secondary school credits of foreign language and who are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete the elementary level of a foreign language. Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree must check with their School/Department prior to taking ASL 207 - ASL 208 .
- Foreign Language
ASL 101 - ASL 102 ; FREN 101 - FREN 102 , FREN 207 - FREN 208 ; GRMN 101 - GRMN 102 , GRMN 207 - GRMN 208 ; ITAL 101 - ITAL 102 , ITAL 207 - ITAL 208 ; MDLG 265 ; RELL 181 - RELL 182 , RELL 191 - RELL 192 ; RUSS 101 - RUSS 102 , RUSS 207 - RUSS 208 ; SPAN 101 - SPAN 102 , SPAN 207 - SPAN 208 , SPAN 243 .
All literature courses offered either by the English Department, Modern Languages Department, and COMM 326 .
- Music and Art Appreciation
ARTH 218 /ARTH 318 , ARTH 342 , ARTH 344 , ARTH 345 , ARTH 349 ; HMNT 205 ; MUCH 216 ; MUHL 115 , MUHL 118 , MUHL 120 , MUHL 320 , MUHL 321 , MUHL 322 , MUHL 323 .
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V. Natural Science (Area E)
A graduate of Southern Adventist University comprehends the basic concepts of science and can apply the scientific method to problem solving.
A study of the sciences develops an inquiring attitude toward one’s environment. It provides individuals with empirical and rational methods of inquiry and an awareness of both the potential and the limitations of pure and applied science in solving problems.
Bachelor’s degree students must take at least 3 hours from each of 2 sub-areas or complete a science sequence course. Only one of the following courses may apply: BIOL 421 , PHYS 317 .
Students who have less than two secondary school units in science must take 3 hours of science above the usual requirements; e.g. associate degree students must take 6 hours and bachelor’s degree students must take 9 hours.
Southern Scholars must take a sequence of two classes from the same department. See the “Honors Studies Sequence” section of the Catalog for clarification.
BIOL 101 - BIOL 102 , BIOL 103 , BIOL 161 - BIOL 162 , BIOL 314 , BIOL 421 .
CHEM 107 , CHEM 111 - CHEM 112 , CHEM 113 - CHEM 114 , CHEM 151 - CHEM 152 .
PHYS 127 , PHYS 128 , PHYS 155 , PHYS 211 - PHYS 212 , PHYS 213 - PHYS 214 , PHYS 221 - PHYS 222 , PHYS 317 .
- Earth Science
ERSC 105 .
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VI. Behavioral, Family, Health Sciences (Area F)
A graduate of Southern Adventist University will have a knowledge of and be able to apply the dynamics of personal relationships, social interaction, and healthful living toward effective service.
The basic social units significantly shape people’s lives, and a knowledge of their workings is necessary to understand ourselves and others.
Bachelor’s degree students must include at least 2 hours in 2 of the following sub-areas:
- Social Work and Family Studies
PSYC 101 , PSYC 122 , PSYC 128 , PSYC 224 , PSYC 231 , PSYC 233 , PSYC 249 , PSYC 349 , PSYC 416 ; SOCW 150 , SOCW 211 , SOCW 212 , SOCW 230 , SOCW 233 , SOCW 249 , SOCW 265 , SOCW 296 , SOCW 349 , SOCW 449 , SOCW 496 ; EDUC 217 , EDUC 220 ; NRSG 449 ; all SOCI courses except SOCI 201 , SOCI 225 , SOCI 245 , SOCI 360 , SOCI 365 .
- Family Science
BUAD 128 ; SOCI 201 , SOCI 225 , SOCI 233 , SOCI 360 , SOCI 365 ; SOCW 201 , SOCW 225 , SOCW 233 , SOCW 365 ; PSYC 233 .
- Health Science
HLED 173 ; HLNT 135 ; NRNT 125 .
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VII. Activity Skills (Area G)
A graduate of Southern Adventist University will understand how to live a balanced life by following the principles of wellness and using leisure time wisely. The Seventh-day Adventist philosophy stresses the balanced development of the whole person. Toward this goal, education in the use of leisure time is important, particularly in recreational, creative, and practical skills. Three hours are required for both the associate and bachelor’s degrees. Two of these hours are PEAC 225 and one PEAC activity course. The third hour may be from creative, practical, or recreational skills.
- Creative Skills
All MUPF courses; ART 101 ,ART 104 - ART 105 , ART 109 - ART 110 , ART 221 - ART 222 , ART 223 , ART 235 , ART 300 , ART 310 ; ENGL 312 , ENGL 313 , ENGL 314 ; JOUR 315 ; PHTO 125 , PHTO 315 .
[Students studying for licensure in elementary education may take ART 230 for G-1 credit.]
- Practical Skills
ACCT 103 , ACCT 221 - ACCT 222 ; ARTG 210 ; BUAD 126 ; COMM 103 ; CPTR 124 , ENGR 149 ; JOUR 105 , JOUR 205 .
All TECH LD courses except TECH 248 and TECH 278 .
- Recreational Skills
PEAC 225 is required for both the associate and the bachelor’s degrees. An additional PEAC course is required for the bachelor’s degree. Optional pass/fail grading is available for all PEAC courses except PEAC 225 .
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Southern Scholars Honors Program
The honors program is designed for students who bring to their baccalaureate studies a high degree of motivation and intellectual curiosity. Special projects, inter-disciplinary studies, and designated honors courses provide a challenging and intellectually stimulating educational experience. Degrees of depth and breadth are attained in this experience beyond those normally attained in regular baccalaureate studies.
The program is administered by an Honors Committee which admits students to the program and discontinues honors status of those who fail to maintain minimum program standards. Its members also advise individual Southern Scholars and continually monitor their progress.
Admission to the program is competitive and limited to 25 per year. Eligible freshmen must have an ACT of 23 or higher or SAT of 1070 or higher, a high school GPA of 3.70 or higher, and complete an online application by July 30. Students who have completed at least 31 and at most 62 semester hours (exceptions may be granted under special conditions) with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher may also apply. Refer to the Southern Scholars Honors Program Requirements for further clarification of admission and eligibility criteria.
To continue as an active Southern Scholar in good and regular standing, students must complete a minimum of 12 credits each semester and 31 credits each calendar year. They must also enroll in appropriate honors sequence courses, receive a GPA of 3.00 average or higher in the honors sequence courses and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50. Southern Scholars on academic warning are welcome to participate in Southern Scholar social events, but are not eligible for financial benefits. For further information regarding the Southern Scholars Honors Program visit the website at http://southern.edu/southernscholars. All honors students are expected to graduate within a four-year period unless involved in study abroad, student mission service, or internship.
Ordinarily, all courses of the honors sequence must be taken in residence. Limited exceptions may be made by the honors committee. Students already enrolled at Southern Adventist University who wish to take honors sequence classes at another institution must secure prior approval from the honors committee.
Honors Studies Sequence
- General Education
Honors students must meet regular General Education requirements with the following stipulations:
- Honors Seminar
HMNT 451 , HMNT 452 , a sequence of eight seminar sessions, one each month, September through April taken during the junior or senior year.
- Project (2-3 hours, Directed Study)
A significant scholarly project, involving research, writing, or special performance, appropriate to the major in question, is ordinarily completed the senior year. Ideally, this project will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the student’s major field and some other discipline. The project is expected to be of sufficiently high quality to warrant a grade of A and to justify public presentation. The completed project submitted in duplicate must be submitted electronically and to http://turnitin.com. Projects must be approved by the Honors Committee in consultation with the student’s supervising professor four weeks prior to graduation. The 2-3 hours of credit for this project is done as a directed study or in a research class.
Degree Candidacy: A student becomes a degree candidate when s/he enters the school term during which it will be possible to complete all requirements for graduation. A senior contract for graduation must be given to the Records and Advisement Office by the end of October of the senior year.
Dates of Graduation: The date of graduation will be (a) the date of commencement for those graduating in December or May and (b) for others, the last day of the month in which graduation requirements are met and an official transcript is received at the Records and Advisement Office. Currently, there are two commencement services annually, one at the end of the first semester and another at the end of the second semester.
Transcripts: Before a student will be allowed to graduate, transcripts of all transfer credits and pertinent correspondence must be received at the Records and Advisement Office.
Participation in Graduation Exercises: Students are allowed to participate in commencement exercises only if they have completed all the courses required for graduation.
Deferred Graduation: Students ordinarily graduate under the requirements of the Catalog of the year in which they enter the University. Students who are studying for a baccalaureate degree and fail to graduate within six calendar years (four years for an associate degree), must plan to conform to the current Catalog.
Baccalaureate Degree: Twenty-five percent of the total semester hours required for the baccalaureate degree must be taken in residence, including at least 30 of the last 36 hours completed preceding the conferment of the degree. The total hours taken in residence must include at least 15 in upper division, 9 of which must be in the major (per major) and 3 in the minor (per minor), if one or more minors are taken.
Associate Degree: Twenty-five percent of the total semester hours required for the associate degree must be taken in residency including at least 30 of the last 36 hours completed preceding the conferment of the degree. The total hours taken in residence must include at least 15 in the major (per major) and 3 in the minor (per minor) if one or more minors are taken.
Certificate Programs: Eighteen semester hours of credit must be completed in residence immediately preceding the conferment of a one-year certificate.
Transfer Credit: Prior arrangements must be made with the Records and Advisement Office to take courses for transfer credit at another college or university during any session the student is simultaneously enrolled at Southern Adventist University and during any summer after initial enrollment. See department/school sections of the Catalog for classes which must be taken in residence.
Graduation with Academic Honors
Students graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above will have the degree conferred as follows: 3.50-3.74, cum laude; 3.75-3.89, magna cum laude; 3.90-4.00, summa cum laude. The appropriate designations will appear on the diploma.
Honor Roll/Dean’s List
At the conclusion of each semester of the school year, students who have carried a minimum of 12 semester hours and who have attained the following grade point averages will be included in the honors group indicated:
||Distinguished Dean’s List
Southern Adventist University is committed to assist every student in the area of academic advisement. Full-time students are assigned an academic adviser from their major field and are recommended to consult with their advisers before registering for classes.
The responsibility of meeting graduation requirements belongs to the individual student. In planning their schedules all students should carefully follow the instructions in the Catalog, recommendations of their advisers, and print a degree audit from the web. In the event of a discrepancy between an adviser’s word and the Catalog, final interpretation of graduation requirements rests with the Records and Advisement Office. An effective tool to use in registering is the Academic Advising Guide which can be found at http://southern.edu/records. The Guide provides a sequence of courses to take each semester of the program/major.
Seniors must file a senior contract in the Records and Advisement Office to graduate in October of their senior year. Previous to their senior year students should check periodically with the Records and Advisement office to determine whether they are meeting all curriculum requirements satisfactorily.
In the process of curriculum planning, students who have chosen a career in teaching should consult the Teacher Certification Officer regarding the requirements for teaching credentials. Admission for Teacher Education should be completed during the sophomore year.
Course grades are an expression of the student’s mastery of the objectives for a particular course. Course objectives, in turn, focus exclusively on discipline-related and content-based knowledge and competencies which the student is expected to achieve as a result of participating in the particular course. Thus, a grade is a permanent record which informs other institutions of higher education, potential employers, and others, of the student’s fluency in the subject matter.
The student’s grade may be calculated on a normal curve or as a percentage of mastery of the course objectives, or some combination of the two. In any case, a grade should clearly indicate the level of achievement which the student has reached relative to course objectives. Grades are usually based on both formative (i.e. quizzes, homework, group work) and summative (i.e. exams, major projects) activities, although proportions will vary.
Letter grades are generally defined as follows:
||Superior; the student demonstrates exceptional capability in handling course material
||Above average; the student’s demonstrated capability in handling course material exceeds the expectation of the professor
||Average; the student demonstrates a satisfactory grasp of course material which the professor intends students to learn in the class
||Below average; the student’s demonstrated ability to deal with the course material is less than the professor intends students to learn
||Failing; the student does not demonstrate sufficient capability with the course material to merit a passing grade
||Withdrew from the class; is not calculated in the GPA
||Withdrew Failing; calculated as an “F” in the GPA
||Audit; no credit
||Incomplete; is not calculated in the GPA
||In Progress; a temporary passing grade for interrupted course work still in progress; is not calculated in the GPA
||Pass; is not calculated in the GPA
||Not Reported; the professor did not issue a grade; is not calculated in the GPA
The Pass/Fail option is available only in Physical Education activity classes (PEAC). Students enrolling in these classes must make a decision either to receive a grade of Pass/Fail or a conventional grade before the final grades are submitted. The decision will be final. Nursing Practicum, NRSG 191 , is also a Pass/Fail class.
A student may receive an “I” (Incomplete) because of illness or other unavoidable delay. Students who are eligible for an incomplete must secure from the Records and Advisement Office the proper form and file the application with the professor to receive an incomplete. Any incomplete which is not removed by the end of the following term (Fall, Winter) will automatically become an “F”. A student may petition for an incomplete grade to extend up to one year. After a year a grade must be issued. A professor may assign a temporary “IP” (in progress) when an unavoidable problem prevents the issuance of a grade. Grade changes for a course are accepted up to one year. After one year, the student should enroll the second time and repeat the course.
A course may be repeated before the student takes a more advanced course in the same field. Only the last grade will be counted on repeated courses.
Mid-semester and semester grade reports are available online for the student to access. Only semester grades are recorded on the student’s permanent record. The following system of grading and grade point values is used:
||Grade Points Per Hour
||4.00 grade points per hour
||3.70 grade points per hour
||3.30 grade points per hour
||3.00 grade points per hour
||2.70 grade points per hour
||2.30 grade points per hour
||2.00 grade points per hour
||1.70 grade points per hour
||1.30 grade points per hour
||1.00 grade points per hour
||0.70 grade points per hour
||0.00 grade points per hour
||0.00 grade points per hour
The grade point average is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the credit hours attempted.
In an ongoing attempt to improve its educational quality, the University administers a comprehensive assessment program. This involves periodic measurement of student academic achievement, student satisfaction, and personal, professional, and career development. Although participation in these assessment activities is expected of all students, not every student will be selected for every assessment; but during the course of enrollment, students are likely to be involved in at least one assessment activity.
A student’s record is regarded as confidential, and release of the record or of information contained therein is governed by regulations of the federal law on “Family Educational Rights and Privacy.” Only directory information, such as a student’s name, photograph, address, e-mail address, telephone listing, birthplace and date, major fields of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended, may be released by the institution without consent of the student unless the student has asked Southern to withhold such information.
With the permission of the student, parents of students termed “dependent” for income tax purposes are entitled to access to the student’s educational records. The law also provides for the release of information to university personnel who demonstrate a legitimate educational interest, other institutions engaged in research (provided information is not revealed to any other parties), and certain federal and state government officials.
A student may inspect and review records and is entitled to challenge the content of records. Students may access online a history of their coursework, grades, and degree audit.
A more thorough explanation of records may be obtained from the Records and Advisement Office. A FERPA tutorial and quiz is available at http://southern.edu/records. The Director of Records and Advisement will further explain and clarify the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act to students, parents, or interested parties upon request.
Morally and spiritually, Southern Adventist University is dedicated to scholastic integrity. Consequently, both students and faculty are required to maintain high, ethical Christian levels of honesty.
- Professors must explain clearly the requirements for assignments, examinations, and projects, such as “open book,” “take home,” or “peer collaboration.”
- Professors may assume “no collaboration” is the rule unless they state otherwise.
- Students assume responsibility to avoid plagiarism by learning the proper procedures for acknowledging borrowed wording, information, or ideas. Otherwise students might innocently misrepresent others’ material as their own.
- Students unfamiliar with procedures for citing sources should confer with their professors.
- Students are to assume that all course work is “no collaboration” unless stated otherwise by the professor.
Some departments/schools, because of the nature of their programs, have additional honesty policies which have the same force as those published here. Such policies will be presented to students before implementation.
Procedures for Handling Academic Dishonesty:
- When a professor suspects that academic dishonesty has occurred, the professor should first privately discuss the incident with the student. After the meeting, if the professor is convinced the student was dishonest, he or she will file an incident report with the Associate Vice-President of Academic Administration describing the infraction and the penalty administered. The professor shall also give a copy of the report to the student.
- In verified instances of academic dishonesty, the commonly applied penalties include, but are not limited to the following:
- Record a failing grade on the exam, assignment, or project.
- Assign a failing grade in the class.
- Allow the student to resubmit the assignment with a reduced value for the assignment.
- Assign the student a paper, project, or activity that improves the student’s understanding of the value and nature of academic integrity.
- The University keeps a centralized file of dishonesty reports in the Academic Administration office. After two reported incidents of academic dishonesty, the Associate Vice President will notify the dean or chair of the student’s major. Two incidents also make a student eligible for dismissal from the University.
- At any point, the student may appeal any of the above actions through the established appeal procedures spelled out in the “Academic Grievance Procedure” section of this Catalog.
Conditional Standing and Dismissal
Any student whose GPA does not meet the criteria for graduation is on conditional standing. The following are four categories of students who are on conditional standing:
- Students whose Southern Adventist University or cumulative GPA falls below 2.00. They are not eligible to hold office in any student organization.
- Entering freshmen whose high school GPA is below 2.25 or if their composite ACT score is less than 18.
- Transfer students whose GPA is less than 2.00.
- Students in baccalaureate programs completing their sophomore year with a GPA in their major field less than the level required for graduation. For most degrees the institutional graduation requirement is 2.25, but some programs may designate a higher GPA.
- Students on conditional standing may enroll in a maximum of 13 hours and are required to enroll in NOND 080 - Academic Power Tools.* There is an additional cost of $716 beyond the flat rate fee.
Candidates for a baccalaureate degree must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.00 after 24 semester hours have been attempted. Candidates for an associate or certificate program must have a GPA of 2.00 before beginning their final semester. Veterans enrolled for baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, or certificate programs must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00, or they will not be certified for veterans benefits. Veterans may be certified for repeat of “F” grades or for a major that requires a specific minimum grade and the grade received was lower than specified.
Government regulations require all financial aid recipients to maintain satisfactory academic progress towards a degree as measured both qualitatively and quantitatively in order to receive financial aid. This requirement applies to the entire enrollment at Southern Adventist University—even periods during which a student does not receive financial aid. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in a student becoming ineligible for financial aid.
This policy defines the minimum standards for eligibility for state and/or federal financial aid.
Students are subject to academic dismissal for any of the following categories:
- if they are on conditional standing for two consecutive semesters without demonstrating improvement;
- if they are on conditional standing for one or more semesters and have not received a grade of “C-” or better in NOND 080 - Academic Power Tools;
- if their Southern Adventist University or cumulative GPA does not reach the levels indicated in the preceding paragraph or the levels in the following table:
||Attempted Cumulative Grade Point Average
||1.50 or above
||1.75 or above
|55 or above
||2.00 or above
*Students enrolled in less than 12 hours are exempt from Academic Power Tools.
At the end of each semester the Academic Review Committee reviews the records of students who are subject to dismissal and the Vice President for Academic Administration will notify students in writing whether or not they may continue. A student academically dismissed may be readmitted only after demonstrating maturity and motivation for a university career. The dismissed student may be required to complete successfully at least one term of college-level courses at another institution prior to readmission at Southern Adventist University.
Students receiving financial aid must also meet an academic progress policy set by the federal government. For further explanation see, “Academic Progress Requirements .”
Class. Attendance at class and laboratory appointments is expected. Professors prepare an absence policy for each class, which includes an explanation of penalties, if any, for absences, and the procedure for making up work, if such is allowed. It is the responsibility of professors to publish their policies for each class at the beginning of each semester, but it is the students’ responsibility to familiarize themselves with the practices of each professor from whom they are taking classes. Generally speaking, professors will not excuse absences for reasons other than illness, authorized school trips, or emergencies beyond the students’ control.
Students are not penalized if they incur absences while participating in school-authorized activities, but they are held responsible for work they miss. It is their responsibility to initiate arrangements to make up their assignments. One and one-half absences are given for missing a 75-minute class, two for missing a 100-minute class, etc.
Students who are on conditional standing are not eligible to participate in extra-curricular trips if the trip would require them to miss more than one day of classes per semester.
Examination. Because of problems concerning time, expense and fairness, final examinations will be taken as scheduled in the official examinations schedule. In the case of illness verified by University Health Center or a physician, death in the immediate family, three examinations scheduled consecutively in one day, or four or more examinations scheduled in one day, a final exam may be rescheduled upon approval by the professor and the Vice President for Academic Administration. The rescheduled examination will be given at a time convenient to the professor.
When examinations are rescheduled because of three scheduled consecutively in one day or four in one day, the last examination of the day will normally be the one rescheduled. Examinations rescheduled for any reason other than those listed above, may require a fee of $65 per examination. All rescheduling requests will be made on a form available at the office of the Vice President for Academic Administration.
Convocation. Convocations are held each Thursday at 11:00 a.m. During weeks of prayer, convocations are held on Monday through Friday as well. Occasionally, convocation will be held in the evening or may begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. All students are required to attend 14 convocations each semester. Failure to meet this convocation requirement may result in suspension of registration. Exceptions to the convocation attendance requirement are made by the Office of Student Services only for legitimate direct work conflicts with scheduled convocations. Any excuses for absences from convocation must be approved by the Vice President for Student Services. A special series of orientation convocations is scheduled during the SmartStart summer session.
Limitations on Class Attendance
Classes at Southern Adventist University are open to registered students only. The learning experiences, class discussions, and the information disseminated in the classroom, or other places of learning, are services which the University provides to its students. The relationship of trust that is required for honest inquiry and open interaction between students and faculty is protected by asking visitors not to attend or participate in classes unless they are invited by the professor for a specific purpose.
Professors and the institution reserve the right to remove students or visitors from classes if their speech or behavior threatens the purposes of the class by exceeding the bounds of normal academic freedom.
Professors conducting extension classes from other institutions on the Southern Adventist University campus share the rights spelled out by this policy.
Sequence of Courses
A student may not receive credit for a course which is a prerequisite to a course for which s/he has already received credit.
Each course number consists of three figures as follows:
HIST 354. Latin America (C-1), (W) 3 hours
The first numeral indicates class year status as follows:
0—Developmental (no credit)
1—freshman level (lower division)
2—sophomore level (lower division)
3—junior level (upper division)
4—senior level (upper division)
Within a given 100 sequence there is no significance in one course number being higher than another. For instance, 265 does not necessarily mean that the course is on a higher level than 235.
Course numbers separated by a hyphen are two-semester courses in which credit for the first course is a prerequisite to the second [e.g., ENGL 101 -ENGL 102 . College Composition]. However, credit is given for the first semester when taken alone.
Course numbers that stand alone represent courses of one semester which are complete units. Course numbers separated by a comma [e.g., HIST 154 , HIST 155 . American History and Institutions] represent complete units, either one of which is counted for graduation without reference to sequence.
Designation in brackets following course titles, [e.g., MATH 108 - Survey of Mathematics I (A-2)] indicates the General Education area and sub-area that the class fulfills. Classes designated with a “(W)” are writing classes for General Education credit.
Students may earn credit for a cross-listed course from only one department/school [e.g. HIST 356 and SOCI 356 ].
Required courses related to the major which are not a part of the major are called cognate courses [e.g., students majoring in Nursing are required to take Microbiology as a cognate course].
Right of Petition
Students who believe there is a valid reason for requesting variance from or exception to an academic policy stated in the Catalog may make a petition to the Director of Records and Advisement for consideration of their case after obtaining the advice and signature of the department chair or school dean of their major. The petition must contain a statement of the request and supporting reasons. Highly unusual requests will be referred to the Vice President for Academic Administration. Students will be notified in writing by the Director of Records and Advisement of the action on petitions. Petition forms are available from the Records and Advisement Office or online at www.southern.edu/records.
Academic Grievance Procedure
Students who believe that their academic rights have been infringed upon or that they have been treated unjustly with respect to their academic program are entitled to a fair and impartial consideration of their cases. They should do the following to effect a solution:
- Present the case to the professor or professors concerned.
- If necessary, discuss the problem with the department chair or school dean.
- If agreement is not reached at this level, submit the matter to the Vice President for Academic Administration.
- Finally, ask for a review of the case by the Academic Grievance Committee, chaired by the Vice President for Academic Administration or his designee and including three other faculty members and two students selected by the Academic Affairs Committee. Both the student and the professor involved in the case are entitled to appear before the committee or to present a written statement of the case. The decision of the committee shall be presented in writing to the individuals involved within three days of the committee meeting unless a later time is agreed upon by both parties. The decision of the committee is binding and will be implemented by the professor involved or the Vice President for Academic Administration.
Nontraditional College Credit
In addition to credit earned in the traditional classroom setting, Southern Adventist University accepts credit earned by two other means—challenge examinations and correspondence courses.
The goals and objectives of the University emphasize not only facts and concepts but also values and attitudes which are not easily transmitted through correspondence courses or measured by examinations. These values and attitudes can best be developed by the student’s interacting over a period of time with peers and professors committed to moral excellence, critical thinking, and the pursuit of truth. For this reason, most university credits should be earned through class participation. However, the University will permit a maximum of one-fourth of the credit required for a given degree to be earned by these nontraditional means.
Southern recognizes the International Baccalaureate as nontraditional credit and will record up to 12 hours of credit of courses taken on the Highest level (HL).
University Credit by Examination. The University recognizes three types of examinations for credit: challenge examinations prepared by a department/school which must be passed at “B” level or above, approved College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject examinations which must be passed at the score of 50 or higher, and the Advanced Placement Examinations which must be passed with a score of 3 or better except in history where a score of 4 is required.
Not all classes listed in the Catalog are open to challenge examinations. Students must obtain clearance from the department chair or school dean for the class they propose to challenge before petitioning to earn credit by examination. Students must also furnish evidence of adequate preparation to challenge a class before the department chair or school dean assigns a professor to prepare a challenge examination. A student may challenge a given course by examination only once. No CLEP or challenge exam may be attempted after the student has been enrolled in that course beyond the second week of a semester. CLEP exam credit for history will only be accepted for three of the six hours required for a bachelor’s level degree. Students taking the CLEP exam for SOCI 125 must pass with a score of 59 or higher. The following subjects are not acceptable by CLEP exam: BIOL 161 , BIOL 162 , CHEM 151 , and CHEM 152 . CLEP credit is not accepted by the Modern Languages Department. No course may be challenged as part of the last thirty hours of any degree. Grades are recorded for departmental challenge examinations and scaled scores are recorded for nationally formed examinations. Permission to take a challenge examination while in residence must be obtained from both the department chair or school dean and the Vice President for Academic Administration. A challenge test may not be taken if the student has audited the class.
Students may earn a maximum of 12 hours of credit by examination in courses that do not appear in the University Catalog if the evaluating tests are approved by the Academic Affairs Committee.
Credit for challenge and/or validation examinations will not be placed on a student’s permanent record and is, therefore, not transferable until that student has successfully completed 12 semester hours in residence at Southern Adventist University.
Fees charged for challenge examination and credit are listed under “Special Fees and Charges ” in the financial section of this Catalog.
Additional information concerning challenge examinations may be obtained from the Records and Advisement Office or the Counseling and Testing Center.
Correspondence. A maximum of 12 semester hours of correspondence or extension credit may apply toward a baccalaureate degree program and eight hours toward an associate degree.
Griggs University, a department of Home Study International, Silver Spring, MD, is the officially recognized correspondence school. Southern Adventist University recommends Home Study International for those students needing correspondence credit and accepts all such credits when the study program is approved by the University prior to enrollment. The University accepts credits from correspondence schools which are accredited by NUCEA (National University Continuing Education Association) on the basis that credits are accepted from other regionally accredited colleges or universities.
A student will be permitted to carry correspondence work while in residence only if the required course is unobtainable at the University. Correspondence courses, whether taken while in residence or during the summer, must be approved in advance by the University.
Correspondence work may not apply on the upper division requirements of the major or minor. A minimum grade of “B” must be earned to apply on the lower division requirements for a major. A course in which the student earned a grade of “D” or “F” while in residence may not be repeated by correspondence. No correspondence credit will be entered on the student’s record until s/he has earned a minimum of 12 hours in residence with an average of at least “C.” Official transcripts must be in the Records and Advisement Office before a diploma will be ordered. The graduation date will be the last day of the month after the official transcript is received.
Practicum and Internships. Suggested departmental/school guidelines for practicum and internships.
- A minimum of 50 clock hours per one credit hour.
- The process of learning a job on a part-time basis.
- The work may be done at various job sites.
- A minimum of 100 clock hours per one credit hour.
- The application of learning the skills of a job on a full-time basis.
- The work must be supervised on one job site.
Upon the approval of the department chair or school dean and the Vice President for Academic Administration, students may obtain a waiver of curricular requirements by successfully completing a comprehensive examination—written, oral, manipulative, or otherwise, as determined by the department/school involved. A fee of $50 per examination is charged.
A Southern Adventist University student acquires transient student status when s/he is granted permission through the Southern Adventist University Records and Advisement Office to enroll for automatically transferrable credit at another accredited institution. The credit that students may transfer must meet Southern Adventist University criteria for transfer credit and residence requirements.
To receive transient status, a student must:
- have completed a minimum of 12 hours in residence at Southern Adventist University and
- be enrolled simultaneously at Southern Adventist University for a minimum of three hours of class credit. (This condition does not apply to summer classes.)
Students may not receive transient status for more than one semester during which the amount of transferrable credit exceeds the amount of simultaneous credit earned at Southern Adventist University.
Extension classes are university classes offered on the campuses of Southern Union academies as an opportunity for seniors to earn university credit in skills areas that will fulfill part of the General Education requirements at Southern Adventist University. Instructors are academy teachers who are qualified with appropriate credentials and experience.
To enroll in an extension class students must be members of the junior or senior class. The grade point average criteria to enroll in extension classes is for senior class standing—3.00 or above and junior class standing—3.50 or above during the years of their secondary education.
The extension classes must duplicate as nearly as possible their university counterparts in content, degree of difficulty, testing and grading.
Southern Adventist University will bill each academy for its extension classes at the rate of $100 per credit hour.
Southern Adventist University makes continuing education credit available through the Records and Advisement Office. Sponsors of organizations wishing to offer Southern Adventist University continuing education certificates must complete the following steps:
- Secure approval of the program by
- applying at the Records and Advisement Office at least two weeks before conducting the workshop/seminar/conference and
- submitting with their application the topic of the presentation, an outline of the presentation, and the name of the presenter(s) with evidence credentials.
- File an evaluation of the workshop/seminar/conference following the presentation. The University will furnish evaluation forms.
- Participants in continuing education events must pay institutional processing fees to receive their certificates.
Student Mission/Task Force Credit
Students may earn twelve hours of elective credit while participating in the Student Mission/Task Force programs. Details are available in the office of the University Chaplain. Students who wish to serve as student missionaries or task force workers must plan their programs a year in advance to fulfill necessary prerequisites.
Students may obtain official transcripts of their academic record through the National Student Clearinghouse website at www.studentclearinghouse.org or by clicking on “My Access” at www.southern.edu. Official transcripts sent directly to a student will be enclosed in a sealed envelope with the registrar’s signature across the back. Transcripts are released for those students whose accounts are current or paid in full and who are current in re-payment of student loans.
The National Student Clearinghouse charges the student credit or debit card $2.25 for each transcript destination.
A student may receive an unofficial transcript for evaluative purposes by applying in person or by faxing the form to 423.236.1899. The form is available at www.southern.edu/records/transcripts.