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					24     Academic Information, Degree Requirements
       b.) or company with whom the University has
           contracted, eg. attorney, auditor, collection agency;
                                                                     Student Outcomes Assessment
                                                                     The university routinely conducts campus-based studies of
       c.) serving on an institutional governing board;              student achievement, student attitudes, student satisfaction,
       d. ) or student serving on an official committee, such        and professional and career development of students. These
           as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting    studies are grouped under the heading of “Outcomes
           another school official in performing his/her tasks.      Assessment.” Participation in outcomes assessment activities
  4.   A school official has a legitimate educational interest if    is expected of all students.
       the official needs to review an education record in order
       to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. A school      While every student is not selected for every campus assessment
       official is defined as those members of an institution        activity, students can anticipate that they will be involved in
       who act in the student’s educational interest within the      the assessment of the General Education outcomes and that
       limitations of their “need to know.” These may include        at a minimum, graduating seniors will be required by their
       faculty, administration, clerical and professional employ-    major departments to participate in assessing the effectiveness
       ees and other persons who manage student education            of their major program. Alumni will be surveyed to assess job
       record information including student employees or             placement rates. Assessment activities may include standard-
       agents. Upon request, the University discloses education      ized testing, faculty developed exams, surveys, portfolios of
       records without consent to officials of another school in     student work, group or individual interviews, or observation
       which a student seeks or intends to enroll.                   of performance activities. There may be fees associated with
  5.   The right to refuse to permit the designation of all of the   standardized tests. Fees will be indicated in the term schedule
       following categories of personally identifiable informa-      when they are associated with a particular course.
       tion as “directory information,”
  6.   The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department        Assessment results are used to enhance teaching and learning,
       of Education concerning alleged failures by Minot State       improve the design and implementation of programs and
       University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.          curricula, and improve the quality of the educational experience
       The name and address of the Office that administers           for future generations of MSU students.
       FERPA is:
          Family Policy Compliance Office
          U.S. Department of Education
          400 Maryland Avenue SW
                                                                     Degree Requirements
          Washington DC 20202-4605                                   Catalog Governing Graduation
                                                                     A student may graduate fulfilling University and departmental
A copy of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of           requirements in any one Minot State University undergraduate
1974 is on file and available for inspection at the following        catalog in use during the period in which he/she has been con-
campus locations:                                                    tinuously enrolled in the fall and spring semesters for up to six
Library                      Director of Student Life                years immediately preceding graduation. University or depart-
Placement Office             V.P. of Student Affairs                 mental requirements may change to comply with accreditation,
Academic School Offices Student Association                          certification, and licensing requirements. In the event of
Registrar’s Office           Student Development Center              elimination from the curriculum of courses, the University
                                                                     reserves the right to determine appropriate substitutions. Should
                                                                     programs be eliminated from the curriculum, the University
Transcripts                                                          reserves the right to determine an appropriate phase-out process.
Unofficial Transcript
Current students and students enrolled at MSU since fall 2005
can acquire unofficial transcripts online, at no charge, using       Degrees Offered
CampusConnection.                                                    Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) Degree
                                                                     Students must complete an Associate of Applied Science
Official Transcripts                                                 (AAS) Degree prior to being accepted into the BAS programs.
Students can request an official transcript online, in writing by    Students are required to take a minimum of 30 credits from
mail, fax or in person. Transcripts cannot be released without       MSU, and 42 (60 if out of state) from a four-year institution
the student’s written signature unless requested online through      totaling the required 128 semester hour minimum. A minimum
CampusConnection. Transcripts cannot be requested by email           GPA of 2.00 is required to graduate. See program guidelines
or telephone. Transcripts cost $5.00 per copy, unless special        for specific requirements.
ordering options are chosen. For additional information please
visit > current students >                       Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree
transcript request.                                                  Students earning a BA degree must pursue coursework outside
                                                                     the major and complete one of the following tracks:
All transcripts contain a student’s entire academic record             1. One Major and three areas of Concentration
including undergraduate, graduate and continuing education             2. Two Majors and one area of Concentration
coursework.                                                            3. One Major, one Minor, and one area of Concentration
                                                                       4. One Major and two Minors
                                                                                                       Degree Requirements          25
Majors, minors, and concentrations cannot be in the same             courses for the selected major(s), minor(s), and area(s) of
content area.                                                        concentration and competency, as well as any other professional
                                                                     requirements as may be prescribed in each curricular plan.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree                                   No more than 15 credits earned with the satisfactory/
In addition to General Education requirements, students must         unsatisfactory option may be applied toward the degree.
complete a specific area of specialization within the art curricu-   No more than 16 credits earned through correspondence
lum. Secondary admission requirements exist for this degree.         courses may be applied toward the degree.
Refer to the art program section of the catalog for secondary
admission guidelines.                                                Double Degrees and Second Degrees
                                                                       Students may elect to earn two or more bachelor degrees.
Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Degree                             Each degree must be different. For example, students cannot
This degree does not recognize the specializations of majors,        complete a BS in Accounting and a BS in Criminal Justice.
minors, or concentrations. Students considering this degree          Neither could a student complete a BA in History and a BA
must contact the Registrar’s Office to declare BGS status. In        in Psychology. (For cases such as this, see the section of the
addition to General Education requirements, students must            catalog concerning double majors.) Students deciding to earn
complete a minimum of 40 semester hours of 300-400 level             two or more degrees must complete all the requirements of the
coursework as part of the total required 128 semester hours.         major for each degree. Each student must earn a minimum of
A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required to graduate.                       30 semester hours beyond the first degree for each additional
                                                                     degree. While there may be overlap for the major requirements
Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree                                      for the two or more degrees, students must complete all minor/
In addition to General Education requirements, students must         concentration requirements for each degree. Repeated courses
complete a specific program of study.                                do not count towards the additional 30 semester hour require-
                                                                     ment for each additional degree. The degrees may be earned
Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) Degree                        concurrently (Double Degrees) or at different times (Second
Teacher Education students must maintain cumulative grade            Degrees). The design of those additional credits must be struc-
point averages of at least 2.50 in all courses in the education      tured in consultation with the department chairs.
core, the teaching major(s) or minor(s), and overall. The student
must receive at least a “C” in every course in the Teacher           Double Major
Education core and courses that require admission to teacher         Students may elect to earn a single degree with more than one
education. For information on admission and retention policies       major. Students may complete a double major (two majors) or
in Teacher Education, refer to the College of Education and          any number of majors. All requirements for both or multiple
Health Sciences section of this catalog.                             majors must be completed even though students will receive a
                                                                     single degree such as a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree                          and History. (If a bachelor’s degree is the objective, it is only
Students who wish to earn this degree must be formally               necessary to complete the number of semester hours required
admitted into the nursing program and must make “satisfactory        for a single major.)
progress” as specified in the Department of Nursing section of
this catalog. Once admitted, BSN candidates must maintain            Adding a Major/Minor After a Degree has been Posted
a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 and a “C”           Students who have previously completed a degree at Minot
grade in all required support and nursing major courses.             State University may elect to return to the University to
                                                                     complete an additional major and/or minor. Refer to
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Degree                                 the department of your chosen major/minor for detailed
Students who wish to earn this degree must be formally               information about specific requirements.
admitted into the Social Work Program after the completion
of three introductory courses. They must be formally admitted        Certificate of Completion or Certificate Program
to the Field Experience during the senior year. Students must        Both Certificates of Completion and Certificate Programs
also complete specified General Education requirements and           will be annotated on an academic transcript. Students must
specified support courses in addition to the core social work        complete half of the semester hours for each certificate of
course work. (Refer to the curricular plan outlined by the           completion and/or certificate program through Minot State
Social Work program.)                                                University.

                                                                     Grade Point Average Requirements
Credits Required for a Degree                                        A minimum grade point average of a 2.00 is required in all
Baccalaureate Degree                                                 of the major, minor, concentration, competency areas, and
A minimum of 128 semester credits is required for a                  cumulative averages for associate and baccalaureate degree
baccalaureate degree at Minot State University. At least 60 of       candidates. However, some programs of study have higher
these credits must have been earned at a four-year college or        minimum grade point average expectations. Refer to detailed
university. The student must have completed the Minot State          program information to see specific grade point requirements.
University General Education Requirements and all required
26     Degree Requirements, General Education
Honors Requirements                                                   The General Education requirements is 36 credits who transfer
The cumulative grade point average is used to determine               24 or more credit hours to MSU. Some major programs require
which baccalaureate degree students may graduate with honors.         additional or specific educational course requirements.
Prospective honors graduates must have completed both a
minimum of two terms in residence and 30 semester credits at          General Education Inventory
Minot State University. For students earning a second degree,         GE1.    COMMUNICATIONS (9 cr)
honors are based on grades earned beyond the first degree.                    Each of the following three courses are required:
The minimum honors requirements are as follows:                               COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
                                                                              ENGL 110 College Composition I (3)
Honor                        Cumulative GPA                                    or *ENGL 111H Honors Composition I (3)
Cum Laude                        3.50                                         ENGL 120 College Composition II (3)
Magna Cum Laude                  3.75                                          or * ENGL 121H Honors Composition II (3)
Summa Cum Laude                  3.90                                 GE2.    HISTORY (3 cr)
                                                                              HIST 101 Western Civilization I (3)
Residency Requirements                                                        HIST 102 Western Civilization II (3)
All courses taught for Minot State University credit are consid-              HIST 103 US History to 1877 (3)
ered “in residence.” Baccalaureate degree candidates must have                HIST 104 US History from 1877 (3)
earned a minimum of 30 semester credits in residence. At least                HIST 212 World Civilizations since 1500 (3)
12 of the credits required for any major and at least six of the              *HIST 215H Modern World Origins (3)
credits required for any minor must have been earned in               GE3.    HUMANITIES (6 cr)
residence. Some programs may require more than the                            ART 110 Introduction to Visual Arts (3)
minimum number of credits for the major or minor.                             ART 210 Art History I (3)
                                                                              ART 211 Art History II (3)
                                                                              ENGL 220 Introduction to Literature (3)
General Education                                                             ENGL 225 Introduction to Film (3)
All baccalaureate degree students must complete the General                   ENGL 231 Bible as Literature (3)
Education Requirements (GER) specified below. Courses                          or *ENGL 231H Bible as Literature (3)
taken to complete GER may also be used to complete the                        ENGL 232 Mythology (3)
requirements of majors, minors, or concentrations. These                      ENGL 241 World Literature I (3)
courses must be taken for a letter grade. Students are expected               ENGL 242 World Literature II (3)
to study broadly beyond their areas of specialization.                        ENGL 251 British Literature I (3)
                                                                              ENGL 252 British Literature II (3)
Statement of Philosophy                                                       ENGL 261 American Literature I (3)
At Minot State University, the principal role of General                      ENGL 262 American Literature II (3)
Education is to foster the broad repertoire of intellectual,                  HUM 251 Humanities (3)
social, and cultural skills needed to function in the world.                  HUM 252 Humanities (3)
General Education equips students to understand and influence                 HUM 253 Humanities (3)
their own milieu. General Education develops the ability to                   HUM 254 Non-Western Humanities (3)
gather, analyze, and synthesize information and to use it in                  *ARB 101 Beginning Arabic I (4)
solving problems. The General Education curriculum therefore                  *ARB 102 Beginning Arabic II (4)
emphasizes 1) mastery of linguistic skills, 2) a broad historical             *ARB 201 Intermediate Arabic I (4)
and cultural perspective, 3) literacy in the social, natural, and             *ARB 202 Intermediate Arabic II (4
mathematical sciences, 4) understanding and appreciation of                   FREN 101 Beginning French I (4)
the arts such as music, literature, painting, and sculpture, and              FREN 102 Beginning French II (4)
5) commitment to contributing one’s talents to advancement                    FREN 201 Intermediate French I (4)
of the common good. It develops the ability to think and                      FREN 202 Intermediate French II (4)
live creatively, critically, intuitively, and rationally, using the           GERM 101 Beginning German I (4)
full range of abilities inherent in the mind and body. It offers              GERM 102 Beginning German II (4)
the potential to create in every student a sense of personal,                 GERM 201 Intermediate German I (4)
historical, and cultural identity, leading to a breadth of under-             GERM 202 Intermediate German II (4)
standing that offers possibilities in all phases of life.                     SPAN 101 Beginning Spanish I (4)
                                                                              SPAN 102 Beginning Spanish II (4)
Distribution of Requirements                                                  SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I (4)
A minimum of 38 credits are necessary to complete the Minot                   SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II (4)
State University GER. These classes are identified in the catalog             MUSC 100 Music Appreciation (3)
with a GE#. These credits must be distributed throughout the                  MUSC 201 World Music (3)
curriculum in a prescribed manner.                                            MUSC 205 History of U.S. Thru Music (3)
                                                                              MUSC 207 History of Pop and Rock Music (3)
                                                                              PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
                                                                                                  General Education        27
         PHIL 102 Philosophy of Human Nature (3)                      PHYS 105 Physical Science by Inquiry (4)
         SPED 113 American Sign Language I (3)                        PHYS 110 Astronomy (4)
         SPED 115 American Sign Language II (3)                        or *PHYS 110H Honors Astronomy (4)
         THEA 110 Introduction to Theatre Arts (3)                    PHYS 203 Introduction to Physics I (4)
GE4. WELLNESS/PERSONAL DEvELOPMENT (2 cr)                             PHYS 204 Introduction to Physics II (4)
         ART 101 Introduction to Studio Art (3)                       PHYS 221 General Physics I (5)
         ART 112 Computer Graphics (3)                                 or *PHYS 221H Honors General Physics I (5)
         ART 122 Two-Dimensional Design (3)                           PHYS 222 General Physics II (5)
         ART 140 Crafts I (3)                                          or *PHYS 222 Honors General Physics II (5)
         ART 204 Jewelry I (3)                               GE7.     SOCIAL SCIENCE (6 cr)
         ART 250 Ceramics I (3)                                       PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology (3)
         ART 280 Photography I (3)                                    ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
         BIT 123 Technology-Personal Development (2)                  ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
         HPER 100 Concepts of Fitness & Wellness (2)                  GEOG 110 Principles (3)
         HPER 101 Dance (1)                                           GEOG 161 World Regional Geography (3)
         HPER 109 Racket Sports (1)                                   SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
         HPER 110 Beginning Swimming (1)                              *SOC 200H Idea of Society (3)
         HPER 120 Weight Training (1)                                 SOC 210 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
         *HPER 123 Outdoor Activities II (1)                          POLS 115 American Government (3)
         HPER 125 Intermediate Swimming (1)                           SWK 256 Development of Social Welfare (3)
         HPER 126 Aerobics (1)
         HMS 151 Stress Management (2)                       Courses designated with an “H” may be taken as part of the
         MUSC 120 Concert Choir (1)                          Minot State University Honors Program. Courses may have
         MUSC 150 Orchestra (1)                              additional requirements. See honors program section of this
         MUSC 160 Concert Band (1)                           catalog for more details.
         MATH 103 College Algebra (4)                        * Courses are not a part of the NDUS General Education
         MATH 104 Finite Math (4)                            Requirement Transfer Agreement (GERTA); however, they
         MATH 107 Precalculus (4)                            will count as General Education Requirements at MSU.
         MATH 146 Applied Calculus (3)
         MATH 165 Calculus I (4)                             Completing the Requirements
         MATH 201H Environmental Math (3)                    There are several ways in which students may complete the
GE6. SCIENCE (8 cr)                                          General Education Requirements (GER):
         BIOL 111 Concepts of Biology (4)                      1. Successfully complete the 38-credit GER as specified
          or *BIOL 111H Concepts of Biology (4)                     above.
         BIOL 142 General Microbiology (4)                     2. Successfully pass AP/CLEP (inquire at the Registrar’s
         BIOL 150 General Biology I: Cellular Biology (4)           Office for the current list) or department exams (inquire
          or *BIOL 150H Honors General Biology I: Cellular          at the department) for some of the courses in the above
Biology (4)                                                         inventory.
         BIOL 151 General Biology II: Zoology (4)              3. Successfully complete approved, letter-graded,
          or *BIOL 151H Honors General Biology II:                  correspondence, or on line courses offered through the
           Zoology (4)                                              Center for Extended Learning (a maximum of 16
         BIOL 154 General Biology III: Botany (4)                   correspondence credits may be applied toward the
          or *BIOL 150H Honors General Biology III:                 degree).
 Botany (4)                                                    4. Successfully complete the GER of another institution
         CHEM 110 Survey of Chemistry (4)                           under the terms of the North Dakota University System
          or *CHEM 110H Honors Survey of Chemistry (4)              General Education Transfer Agreement (see below).
         CHEM 115/115L Introductory Chemistry (4)
          or *CHEM 115H/115LH Honors Introductory
           Chemistry (4)                                     North Dakota University System (NDUS)
         CHEM 121/121L General Chemistry I (5)               General Education Transfer Agreement
          or *CHEM 121H/121LH Honors General                 The NDUS Transfer Agreement was developed to assist students
           Chemistry I (5)                                   who transfer within the eleven NDUS campuses. Students who
         CHEM 122/122L General Chemistry II (5)              have completed the lower division GER at one campus are
          or *CHEM 122H/122LH Honors General                 deemed to have completed them at another. Students who have
           Chemistry II (5)                                  not completed GER prior to transfer will find that their General
         GEOL 101 Environmental Geology (4)                  Education course work taken at one NDUS campus will be
          or *GEOL 101H Honors Environmental Geology (4)     acceptable as General Education course work at another,
         GEOL 105 Physical Geology (4)                       although some redistribution of courses may result.
28     Degree Requirements, Diversity Requirements, Major Requirements
Students transferring into Minot State University should            ment, while three (3) fulfill the graduation requirement. Only
contact the Registrar at the former campus to have verifica-        courses that have been officially designated by the Curricular
tion of GER completion forwarded to the Registrar’s Office          Diversity and Campus Climate Committee (CDCCC) will
at Minot State University. Students transferring out of Minot       satisfy these requirements.
State University should either complete the Minot State
University GER or take courses in the Minot State University
General Education inventory that are marked for transfer (e.g.      General Education
ND:ENGL, ND:FA, ND:LABSC). Please direct questions                  Each student at Minot State University will be required to
about the Transfer Agreement to the Registrar’s Office.             dedicate three (3) credits within their General Education
                                                                    curriculum to a diversity class. These courses, which are
Under the terms of the NDUS Transfer Agreement, the Minot           already part of the MSU General Education program, will
State GER contains the following seven components. Credits          be certified by the CDCCC and designated as fulfilling both
taken elsewhere and coded as indicated will help to complete        requirements. A complete list of these courses are available
the Minot State GER:                                                from your academic advisor and
  I. COMMUNICATION (9 credits: 6 credits of English                 academic/cdccc_student_info.shtml.
       and 3 of Speech). Any NDUS course marked
       ND:ENGL may apply to the 6-credit English                    Graduation
       requirement, and any marked ND:SPEECH may apply              Each student at Minot State University will be required to
       to the Speech requirement.                                   complete three (3) credits from a pool of designated diversity
  II. HISTORY (3 credits). Any NDUS course marked                   courses beyond their General Education program. These
       ND:HIST.                                                     courses, which will be approved by the CDCCC, may come
  III. HUMANITIES (6 credits). Any NDUS course marked               from the General Education diversity courses, but also may
       ND:HUM.                                                      include classes drawn from individual majors and programs.
  IV. WELLNESS (2 credits). Any NDUS course marked                  These credits do not count towards General Education require-
       ND:FA.                                                       ments, and must be completed separately. A complete list of
  V. MATHEMATICS (4 credits). Any NDUS course                       these courses is available at
       marked ND:MATH which is at the level of college              academic/cdccc_student_info.shtml.
       algebra or above.
  VI. SCIENCE (8 credits). Any NDUS course marked
  VII. SOCIAL SCIENCE (6 credits). Any NDUS course
                                                                    Major Requirements
       marked ND:SS.                                                Declaring or Changing a Major
                                                                    Refer to the academic programs offered on pages 8-9 for the
For students who have not completed the General Education           complete listing of majors, minors, and concentrations offered
Program in transfer, the MSU Registrar’s Office will determine      at Minot State University.
those credits which may be applied to the University’s General
Education Requirements and issue a transcript summary to the        Students indicate on the application for admission the major
student.                                                            or majors in which they are interested. Students undecided as
                                                                    to a field of interest may elect a General College major while
                                                                    making program and career decisions. Students must declare
Diversity Requirements                                              a major in a degree-granting program by the time they have
                                                                    obtained upper-division status (greater than 60 credits).
Diversity Definition
Minot State University embraces a broad concept of diversity,       Students must complete at least one major in order to earn
which can be seen as variances in ethnicity, age, race, socio-      any Minot State University baccalaureate degree other than a
economic status, gender, exceptionalities, language, religion,      Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Degree. BGS students do
sexual orientation, and geographic area. MSU also believes          not declare majors, minors, or concentrations. Bachelor of Arts
that diversity is an evolving concept that engages viewpoints,      degree recipients, however, often pursue two majors in order to
perspectives, values, religious beliefs, and backgrounds of the     complete degree requirements.
global community. The MSU community values a spirit of
inclusivity.                                                        Students may declare or change majors by obtaining the proper
                                                                    approval on the Change of Major form available from the
Curricular Diversity                                                department or division office that oversees the intended major.

Requirements                                                        Credits Required for a Major
Each student at Minot State University will be required to
complete six (6) credits of designated diversity courses.           In general, students in a bachelor degree program must complete
Three (3) of these credits fulfill the General Education require-   a minimum of 36 credits in the major, although this may vary
                                                                    considerably across programs. At least 12 of the credits
                                                     Major Requirements, Minor Requirements, Concentration Requirements             29
required for the major must be completed in residence at               A teaching minor in a “non-core” subject area allows the
Minot State University.                                                candidate to be licensed to teach in that area.

Students may not earn a major without also earning or holding
a Minot State University degree.                                       Credits Required for a Minor
                                                                       Courses required for the minor are specified by each discipline
Students may elect to earn a single degree with more than one          that offers one. Although the actual number of credits required
major. Students may complete a double major (two majors) or            to complete a minor will vary by discipline, a minimum of
any number of majors. All requirements for the majors must             18 credits is standard. At least six of the credits required for
be completed even though students will receive a single degree         the minor must be completed in residence at Minot State
such as a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English and History.         University.
(If a bachelor’s degree is the objective, it is only necessary to
complete the number of credits required for a single major.)           Students may not earn a minor without also earning or holding
                                                                       a Minot State University degree.

Credit Overlap                                                         Credit Overlap
Courses that are used to meet the requirements in one major or
minor may also be used to meet requirements in other majors            Courses that are used to meet the requirements in one major or
or minors.                                                             minor may also be used to meet requirements in other majors
                                                                       or minors.

Grade Point Average Requirement                                        Grade Point Average Requirement
A minimum grade point average of 2.00 is required for the
major(s). Some programs of study have higher minimum grade             A minimum grade point average of 2.00 is required for the
point average expectations.                                            minor(s). Some programs of study have higher minimum
                                                                       grade point average expectations. Refer to “Additional Degree
                                                                       Requirements” in this section of this catalog.
Minor Requirements
A minor is the completion within an area of specialization of
a group of courses in a field other than the major. Minors may         Concentration Requirements
be earned in fields unrelated to students’ majors or they may be       A concentration is similar in concept to the minor but requires
complementary or supportive of majors. Minors may be used              fewer credits for completion. Concentrations may be earned in
to fulfill career needs or to facilitate in-depth investigation in a   fields unrelated to students’ majors or they may be complemen-
discipline of secondary interest.                                      tary or supportive of majors.

Declaring or Changing a Minor                                          Pursuing a Concentration
Any student may elect to earn one or more minors; however,             Any student may elect to earn one or more concentrations;
Bachelor of Arts degree recipients often pursue at least one           however, Bachelor of Arts degree recipients must pursue at least
minor in order to complete degree requirements.                        one concentration outside the division/department in order
                                                                       to complete degree requirements. The student should discuss
Students should discuss intentions to pursue the minor(s) with         intentions to pursue a concentration with his/her advisor.
their advisors and with the effected department(s). Students
may declare or change their minors by obtaining the proper             Credits Required for a Concentration
approval on the Change of Major Form available from the                Courses required for the concentration are specified by each
department or division office that oversees the major.                 discipline that offers one. Although the actual number of
                                                                       credits required to complete a concentration will vary by
A notation recognizing the fulfillment of the requirements             discipline, a minimum of nine credits has been established by
for the minor(s) will be posted on the student’s permanent             the faculty for this purpose. Concentrations that meet SBHE
academic record at the time of graduation.                             Policy 409 (a minimum of 12 credits) will be transcribed.

Teaching Minors and Praxis II                                          Grade Point Average Requirement
A teaching minor in a “core” subject area requires that the            A minimum grade point average of 2.00 is required for the
candidate successfully complete the Praxis II examination to           concentration(s). Some programs of study have higher mini-
obtain a major equivalency that allows them to teach in that           mum grade point average expectations. Refer to “Additional
subject area.                                                          Degree Requirements” in this section of this catalog.
30     Certificate Requirements, Commencement, Diplomas

Certificate Program                                                Commencement
                                                                   Degrees are conferred at commencement exercises held at the
Requirements                                                       close of the spring semester. Candidates for graduation are
Certificate Programs consist of at least 16 semester hours of      those students who have satisfied graduation requirements
coursework and typically include few General Education             within the current academic year, as well as those who expect
courses. At least half of the semester hours must be earned        to finish their requirements in the summer session immediately
through Minot State University. Completion of a Certificate        following commencement. Students completing graduation
Program will be annotated on an academic transcript; however,      within this period are encouraged to participate in the exercises.
Certificate Programs will not be recognized at                     With prior approval from the Registrar, a candidate may be
commencement ceremonies.                                           granted a degree in absentia.

                                                                   Participation in the commencement ceremony does not
Certificate of Completion                                          signify degree completion.
Requirements                                                       Early Walk Through
A Certificate of Completion is awarded for an undergraduate        Fall graduates may choose to walk through the spring
course of study with no less than 16 credit hours, or a non-       commencement ceremony prior to completion of all graduation
credit course of study. Certificates of Completion are annotated   requirements. In order to be eligible for participation, the
on an academic transcript; however, Certificate of Completion      student must complete an application for graduation with their
programs will not be recognized at commencement ceremonies.        department/division chair and comply with all deadline dates
                                                                   as specified in the academic calendar. Fall graduates walking
Applying for Degree                                                through early will not be permitted to wear an honors stole or
                                                                   have honors announced.
Candidacy                                                          Academic honors in any year other than the academic year the
The student must file a preliminary application for graduation
                                                                   student is graduating will not be recognized at the commence-
with the Advisor of Record at the close of the junior year.
                                                                   ment ceremony. An academic year encompasses Fall, Spring
To become a candidate for a degree, a final application for
                                                                   and Summer semester. Each Fall begins a new academic year.
graduation must be filed with the Advisor of Record according
to published deadlines. The advisor certifies that all major and
minor requirements will be met by the close of the final term.
The advisor then approves the application and submits it to        Diplomas
                                                                   Diplomas are issued following each term and are mailed within
the Registrar’s Office for verification of the satisfactory
                                                                   6-8 weeks following the close of the academic session in which
completion of General Education and residency requirements.
                                                                   graduation requirements have been completed. Students must
The Registrar’s Office then informs the candidate of the
                                                                   notify the Registrar’s Office of a forwarding address. Diplomas
procedures to be completed. It is the student’s responsibility
to comply with all deadline dates as specified in the              or official transcripts will not be released for students who have
calendar dates. Failure to do so could result in the post-         outstanding debts owed to the University.
ponement of graduation. Failure to comply with dates and
deadlines may result in the delayed posting of a degree.
Degrees are posted effective for the term the application is
received by the Registrar’s Office.

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