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Curriculum Policies

Academic regulations and institutional policies apply to all students, regardless of the degree program, and provide direction for consistent application of institutional policies. Academic regulations and institutional policies, are subject to change without notice as deemed appropriate by the faculty and academic leadership. Changes in institution policies and academic regulations, other than course and GPA requirements for a degree become effective immediately upon approval by the proper University authorities and are not subject to the "Undergraduate Bulletin of Graduation" rule cited below. Students are responsible for knowing all of the policies posted in this Bulletin.

Bulletin of Graduation:

Candidates for a bachelor's degree graduate upon completion of the degree requirements stated in the bulletin in effect at the time of their initial enrollment in that degree program at UIW, provided that they graduate within eight years from the end of the first semester of enrollment.  After the expiration of that time period, degree candidates will be held to the requirements of the current bulletin.  Whenever certain required courses are discontinued, substitutions may be authorized by the Dean of the school/college.  Degree programs of students who change majors are governed by the degree requirements in effect at the time the change was made.

Candidates for a master's degree graduate upon completion of the requirements stated in the catalog in effect at the time of their initial admission to the UIW Graduate School.  However, if the seven year time limit for the degree is not observed.  the student will be required to fulfill requirements of a subsequent catalog.

Candidates for the doctorate degree graduate upon completion of the degree requirements of their program, provided that they graduate within five years from the end of the first semester of enrollment.  After the expiration of that time period, degree candidates will be held to the requirements of the current bulletin.

Correspondence Work:

A combination of no more than 30 semester hours of approved correspondence or extension work may be used to satisfy degree requirements.

Credit by Examination:

University of the Incarnate Word recognizes credits earned by examination, certification, or correspondence based on the concept that learning may be acquired from different sources of knowledge. Students must complete the ―Request for Credit by Examination‖ form before they attempt the test.

  • A maximum of 30 semester credit hours may be earned through examination, professional certification, or in combination with correspondence work (which is limited to 12 semester hours).
  • Credit granted through examinations may not be used to fulfill residency requirements for associate or baccalaureate degrees.
  • Credit may not be granted when the examination duplicates University credits previously earned or when the student has credit for courses at a more advanced level than that of the examination.
  • Credit earned by examination will be posted to the student‘s academic record after the student enrolls for credit at the University of the Incarnate Word. If an unsatisfactory score is achieved, the examination is not reflected on the student‘s academic record.
  • An examination may be attempted no more than twice. No test may be repeated until a minimum of six months has elapsed between each attempt.
  • The type of examination, course title, and credit hours awarded and a grade of S will be recorded. No other grades will be recorded.
  • Credits earned through examination are counted as transfer work and do not satisfy residency requirements, either for the major or institutional.
  • By the end of the second semester at the University of the Incarnate Word, students must successfully test for computer competence or complete a Computer Literacy course. The Computer Literacy competency examination may be attempted for credit or to demonstrate computer competence. If the Computer Literacy course option is selected or required, it will satisfy general electives on the degree plan. Computer courses older than five years will not satisfy the computer literacy requirement. Students who seek course credit for the examination must pay 40% of the tuition in advance of taking the examination. The examination may be attempted only once and must be completed with a minimum grade of C (a grade of S will be recorded if the minimum is achieved). Students who seek to demonstrate computer competence may take the examination once only and do not receive college credit should they pass. Computer Literacy examinations may not be taken during the semester during in which the student intends to graduate.
  • Credit by examination may not be earned during the semester in which the student intends to graduate.

Independent Study Credit Limitation:

Independent study is open to juniors and seniors in their major or minor area of concentration. Students who demonstrate high scholastic ability (defined as a GPA of at least 3.0, cumulative, or in most recent term) may enroll in Independent Study courses with the consent of the Dean of the school/college and the instructor. No more than one independent study course can be taken each semester. A maximum of 12 semester hours earned through independent study will apply toward the degree.

Institutional Requirements for the Associate Degree:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 64 semester hours of course credit, with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Academic Literacy courses (developmental or ESL, orientation, etc.) will not count toward this requirement. Some degree programs require more than 64 semester hours of credit.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work at the University of the Incarnate Word.
  3. Completion of 24 of the last 30 semester hours for the degree at the University of the Incarnate Word.
  4. Completion of the Core Curriculum. Some degree programs require a grade of C or higher for Core Curriculum courses that are required for those programs. A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 1311 and ENGL 1312, regardless of the program.
  5. Completion of a major and any related requirements. Specific requirements for each major will be found in the Undergraduate Program section of this Bulletin. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses needed to fulfill the major, concentration, specialization, and minor, where required.
  6. Completion of sufficient elective courses to fulfill the total number of hours required for graduation (64).
  7. Completion of 22 clock hours (non-credit) of Community Service is required for the associate degree. Community Service hours must be completed and documented in the Registrar‘s Office before you apply to graduate or be attached to the application for graduation.
  8. Payment of all outstanding bills and return of University equipment and library books.

Institutional Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours of course credit, with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Academic Literacy courses (developmental or ESL, orientation, etc.) will not count toward this requirement. Some degree programs require more than 120 semester hours of credit.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 36 semester hours of credit in upper division courses (3000 level and above).
  3. Completion of a minimum of 45 semester hours of course work at the University of the Incarnate Word. Of these, 12 semester hours must be in upper division courses in the major field.
  4. Completion of 36 of the last 45 semester hours for the degree at the University of the Incarnate Word.
  5. Completion of the Core Curriculum. Some degree programs require a grade of C or higher for Core Curriculum courses that are required for those programs. A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 1311 and ENGL 1312, regardless of the program.
  6. Completion of a major and any related requirements. Specific requirements for each major will be found in the Undergraduate Program section of this Bulletin. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses needed to fulfill the major, concentration, specialization, minor, and additional support work required by the major.
  7. Completion of sufficient elective courses to fulfill the total number of hours required for graduation (120).
  8. Completion of 45 clock hours (non-credit) of Community Service is required for the baccalaureate degree. Community Service hours must be completed and documented in the Registrar‘s Office before you apply to graduate or be attached to the application for graduation.
  9. Payment of all outstanding bills and return of University equipment and library books.

Repeat Policy:

Courses may be repeated thereby removing the first attempt from the grade point average calculation.  Only UIW courses can replace courses recorded at UIW.  Transfer work, CLEP, or departmental examination cannot be used to repeat a course recorded at UIW.  The last grade earned will be used in the calculation of the grade point average.  Courses used to repeat recorded grades must be the exact course (i.e., same course number and title) of the original course for which the repeat is intended.  While other courses may substitute for degree course requirements, they will not remove the original recorded grade from the grade point average calculation.

 

Office of the Registrar
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, CPO 304
San Antonio, TX  78209
Phone:  (210)-829-6006
Fax:  (210)-829-3922


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