Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2015-2016 PDF

Graduation Requirement Policies

Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP)

Southwestern Adventist University's Quality Enhancement Plan, "Improving Research Skills and Writing through Information Literacy," brings together four aspects of education -- research, writing, critical thinking, and information technology --and integrates these aspects into the curriculum through a matrix of classes delivered through the general education curriculum and by the specific academic departments. Each student must complete these requirements in order to graduate.

QEP Curriculum Four-Year Matrix

Freshmen

  • UNIV 110 Principles of Active Learning
  • ENGL 121 Freshman Composition
  • CSIS 102 Microcomputer Literacy and Applications

Sophomore

  • ENGL 220 Research and Professional Writing
  • UNIV 201 Research in the Academic Discipline (Academic Departments may designate a particular class to fulfill this requirement.)

Junior/Senior

Two upper-division classes within the student's major designated as fulfilling the requirements of the QEP (Writing, Research, Technology, and Critical Thinking). This requirement may be fulfilled by one upper-division class and the Capstone class if the academic department has a separate class for the completion of the portfolio.

A Capstone Class designated by the student's major academic department.

 

Portfolio

The requirement for the portfolio will be set by the QEP committee and the academic departments. The portfolio will be completed in either the Capstone class or a specially designated portfolio class.

Baccalaureate Degree

The University awards four types of baccalaureate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Business Administration.  Candidates who have completed the following requirements will be awarded degrees upon recommendation by the faculty and approval by the Board of Trustees.

All baccalaureate graduates will

  • Complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, including 40 credit hours in courses numbered 300 and above and  earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00.
  • Complete the general education requirements.
  • Complete a minimum of 32 semester credit hours in residence. The last 38 credit hours earned prior to graduation must include 32 credit hours in residence.
  • Complete the requirements for a major field of specialization with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.25.  No class with a grade below a C– may apply toward the major or area of emphasis. Classes listed as cognates are included in the major. A minimum of 12 hours in the major field must be taken in residence.
  • Take a comprehensive examination in the field of study designated by the major.
  • Take the College Base General Education examination prior to graduation.  A senior who does not achieve a minimum score of 200 in any section must retake that section or sections.  The retake cost is $30.00 for one section and $40.00 for more than one section.  Students missing the two scheduled testing dates will have to pay $40.00 to take the test individually at the Counseling Center.  All payments must be made in cash.

Bachelor of Arts graduates will also

  • Complete a minor field of specialization.  No class with a grade below a C– may apply toward the minor, and a minimum of 6 hours in the minor field must be taken in residence.
  • Complete either 6 semester credit hours of one foreign language at the intermediate level or 8 semester credit hours each of two foreign languages at the elementary level.

Graduates with Nursing and Elementary Education majors have modified degree requirements and these are specified under the respective department sections in this Bulletin. 

Double majors must be completed within a single degree such as a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science.  To receive a degree with a double major, a student must complete all of the requirements, including cognates, of each major or area of emphasis. A second major will satisfy the requirement for a minor for the Bachelor of Arts degree. A student cannot earn two majors or areas of emphasis in communication.

Two baccalaureate degrees such as a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science with majors in different disciplines may be awarded concurrently or sequentially.  The candidate must meet all the degree requirements for each major including cognates, general education, the foreign language requirement, the requirement of a minor, a total of 158 semester credit hours, and 32 credit hours in residence.

Associate Degree

The University awards three types of associate degrees: the Associate in Science, the Associate of Science, and the Associate of Applied Science.  Candidates who have completed the following requirements will be awarded degrees upon recommendation by the faculty and approval by the Board of Trustees.

Associate of Science graduates will

  • Complete a minimum of 64 semester credit hours and earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00
  • Complete a minimum of 24 semester credit hours in residence. The last 12 hours before graduation must be taken in residence at Southwestern

Associate in Science graduates will

  • Complete a minimum of 64 semester credit hours and earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00
  • Complete a minimum of 24 semester credit hours in residence.  The last 12 hours before graduation must be taken in residence at Southwestern
  • Complete a major field of specialization with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in the major.  no class with a grade below C- may apply toward the major
  • Complete the general education requirements for the Associate in Science degree

Associate of Applied Science

Associate of Applied Science graduates will complete the requirements specified on pages 186-188 of this Bulletin.

Graduation Procedures

A graduating student will fulfill all degree requirements published in the Bulletin. The student may complete the degree requirements published in the Bulletin at the time of admission or any Bulletin issued during continuous enrollment.  All general requirements for graduation must be fulfilled as published in the current Bulletin.

An application for graduation must be completed and filed with the Registrar three semesters before the student expects to graduate.

A Graduation Contract must be completed and returned to the Registrar no later than one week after the start of the second semester of the student’s junior year.

Any work taken at another institution must be recorded on the transcript before the degree is awarded.

The student must satisfactorily meet all financial obligations to the University, including payment of graduation dues, in order to obtain a diploma or transcript showing graduation. Graduation class dues are a mandatory non-refundable fee that covers expenses such as class gift, 25 graduation announcements and miscellaneous class activities.  This fee applies to campus as well as Adult Degree Program students.  When a student returns to obtain an additional degree and graduation dues were paid as an initial Southwestern graduate, only half of the dues will be required for each subsequent graduation class.  Graduation dues are charged to the student account at the beginning of the semester in which the student will graduate.

All graduates are expected to participate in the commencement exercises unless given permission by the Vice President for Academic Administration to graduate in absentia.

Candidates will receive instructions on ordering graduation regalia and announcements at the senior class meeting.

Graduation Ceremonies

The commencement ceremony is held at the end of the spring semester each year. Students eligible to participate in graduation must complete all arrangements with the Registrar by March 15 to be included in the  ceremony. 

Deferred Graduation

Seniors in their last semester, who are registered at the University for all remaining hours and who will fulfill their graduation requirements by the end of the semester, may participate in the graduation exercises. An exception will be made for students whose requirements are incomplete because of D's, F's, or I's in no more than two of these final classes. Students may still participate in the graduation exercises if documented evidence is provided that any remaining requirements can reasonably be completed prior to the next graduation deadline. The student will be listed as a candidate for graduation in the graduation program.  After April 15 of the following year, students will be expected to meet the graduation requirements of the new BulletinAll degree requirements must be completed within six (6) years of the date of the catalog selected.

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