Glossary of Terms

Academic Advisor An academic advisor is a faculty or staff member who serves as an accurate source of information about major, minor, and general education requirements. Advisors help students set and reach academic goals and challenge them to reach their full potential.
Academic integrity Students are responsible for knowing and avoiding academically dishonest behaviors. Examples include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, submitting the same assignment in two or more classes without prior permission, presenting false excuses, and obtaining unauthorized help from another student. Please see Section 8 of the MU Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities for further information.
Academic probation Students are placed on academic probation if they fail to achieve the required cumulative GPA based on total credits attempted and/or if they fail to earn a C in their first attempt of a developmental course (COL099, ENG099, MAT090, MAT095). Students on academic probation meet weekly with an assigned Academic Success Coach. Please see the Course Catalog for further information.
Academic standing Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to remain at MU. Academic standing can fall into one of the following categories: Good Academic Standing, Academic Warning, Academic Probation, Academic Dismissal
Add/Drop Students may add and drop classes on MUHUB Student Planning during the published add/drop period. After the published add/drop period, students must complete a Scheduling/Add or Drop form. Faculty and academic advisor signatures are required on the form. Please see the Office of the Registrar for current add/drop deadlines.
Attempted hours Attempted hours refers to all coursework appearing on a student's transcript, including courses with a W (withdrawal), I (incomplete), or failing grade.
Canvas Marian University's Learning Management System. Students can access courses, send emails to instructors, review grades, and connect with peers.
Change of
major/advisor
Students must complete the Change of Major/Advisor form every time they change or add an advisor, major, minor, or concentration.
Class level A student's class level is determinded by the number of credits earned. 30 credits are needed for sophomore status, 62 for junior status, and 94 for senior status.
Concentration or
specialization
Some majors offer concentrations, in which a student may choose a focused course of study requiring 12-22 credits of guided major electives. A complete list of MU concentrations can be found here.
Corequisite A corequisite is a course or requirement that a student must enroll in at the same time as another course. For example, BIO151 lecture requires enrollment in the co-requisite BIO 151L lab.
Course load The normal load for a full-time student is 12-18 credits per semester. Students who wish to graduate in four years should take an average of 16 credits per semester.
Credit hour A credit hour measures the number of classroom hours (50 minutes) spent in a class each week. A 3 credit class typically meets three days a week for 50 minutes per meeting or twice a week for 75 minutes per meeting. Example: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 1:00-1:50 or Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-1:45.
Cross-listed A cross-listed course is offered under more than one deparmental heading. For example, Oral Interpretation of Literature is cross listed as COM235 and THE235.
Dean's List The Dean's List is published at the end of each semester to honor students whose semester grade point average is 3.50 or above. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 credits of graded (A-F) courses and can't earn any incompletes.
Double degree A student may be awarded two degrees by simultaneously completing two bachelor degree programs, one each from the arts, sciences, or nursing. Students must receive approval from the two major departments and there must be an essential difference between the two majors. A student who declares a double degree must satisfy requirements for each program as stated in the catalog. The student will receive two diplomas upon graduation.
Double major A double major is awarded to students who simultaneously complete the requirements for two bachelor of science or two bachelor of arts degree programs. There must be an essential difference between the two majors. Students must have their programs approved by both major departments. Students declaring a double major must satisfy the deparment and general education requirements for each major as stated in the catalog.
Dual degree In collaboration with the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis, MU offers a dual degree program in engineering. Students enrolled in this program earn a Bachelor of Science from MU and at the same time earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from IUPUI. Completion of this program results in a degree from both institutions. All of the general education, basic science, and some of the engineering courses are taken at MU. Speciality engineering courses are taken at IUPUI. These dual degree programs are designed to be completed over a five-year period.
Electives An elective is an optional class that doesn't meet any general education, major, minor, or concentration requirements. Most students need to take some electives in order to reach the required 128 credits needed to graduate.
FERPA FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) is federal legislation that protects students' academic information. All student academic information is considered confidential. However, directory information can be shared. Directory information includes, but is not limited to, name, address, email address, major, participation in university activities and sports, and dates of attedance. Please see the Course Catalog for more information.
Four year plan MU provides major four year plans detailing courses recommended for each semester. Students can follow the provided plans or adjust them (with the help of the academic advisor) to fit their needs.
Full-time Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits in order to be full-time. Students who wish to graduate in four years should take an average of 16 hours per semester.
General Education All students are required to complete the general education curriculum. These courses provide a common academic experience for all MU students, regardless of major. Please see the Course Catalog for the complete list of required general education requirements.
Good academic
standing
Students are considered in good academic standing if the cumulative GPA is 2.00 or above.
Grade point average,
cumulative
A student's cumulative GPA is the average of all MU term/semester grade point averages. Transfer coursework will not be calculated into the MU cumulative GPA.
Grade point average,
term/semester
A student's term/semester GPA is grade point average for courses taken in a specific semester.
Incomplete An I or incomplete is given when it is determinted that due to unusual circumstances a student should have the opportunity to finish incomplete work after a semester has ended. To be eligible for an incomplete, the student must have completed substantial portions of the courses and be in good academic standing in the course. An incomplete form must be submitted to the Assistant Provost within one week after the last day of the semester or the I will be changed to an F. All incompletes must be removed by the end of the sixth week of the next semester (excluding summer session) or the incomplete becomes an F. Earning an incomplete for a course disqualifies a student for inclusion on the Dean's List for that semester.
Major The primary field of study chosen by a student. At MU, a major requires at least 30 credit hours. Many majors require between 48-60 credit hours.
Midterm grades Students can view their midterm grades in MUHUB under the Grades tab. Midterm grades are not calculated into the term or cumulative GPA. They simply give students an indication on their progress at the midpoint of the semester.
Minor A minor is a secondary field of study chosen by a student. Students might elect to complete a minor to either supplement their major or prusue an interest. Minors range from 18-26 credits, but most MU minors are 18 credits. A minor can meet the Greater Depth Cluster general education requirement.
Prerequisite A prerequisite is a course or requirement that a student must be successfully completed before enrolling in another course. For example, BUS109 must be completed before enrolling in BUS209.
SOAR New students must attend a Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) program. During SOAR, students will learn important information they need to thrive at MU, meet with an academic advisor, and register for their first semester of classes.
Syllabus Students generally receive syllabi from all of their professors. The syllabus is a guide to the course. A syllabus typically communicates the professor's contact information and office hours, course goals, required course materials (textbooks and other resources), grading scale, course requirements and expectations, policies and procedures (including policies on attendance and late/missed work), and course schedule/calendar.
Upper level course Upper level courses are courses numbered as 300 and 400 level courses. These courses are often taken in the junior and senior years.
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