The experience of faculty and staff advisors and of successful students suggests the following guidelines for effective planning of undergraduate programs.
Students should be thoroughly familiar with the sections in this bulletin entitled General Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees and Academic Regulations and with the sections on completing fundamental skills, distribution, culture studies, and major concentration requirements.
Students should seek an appointment with an advisor in their major department well before the dates established by the university calendar for registration for future classes. In such conferences, students should, as a minimum objective, make certain that they understand the requirements for successful completion of the area requirements and that they have made an appropriate plan for the next semester. (See “Academic Advisement Report” section in this bulletin.)
The Health Professions and Prelaw Center provides preprofessional advising and services for students interested in pursuing careers in law, medicine, and other health fields. It is located in Maxwell Hall 010, (812) 855-1873.
Students should understand that the responsibility for making an appropriate academic program and for meeting every degree requirement rests with them; academic advisors are obligated only to assist students in meeting this responsibility. Students are responsible for monitoring their degree progress. Students needing clarification on any of the requirements for their degree program or of any information on their Academic Advisement Report are urged to obtain that clarification from their academic advisor, or from the recorder's office in the College. Requests for exceptions to departmental or College requirements may be granted by written approval from the respective department and the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Kirkwood Hall 012.
Students should complete their mathematics and English composition fundamental skills and the required Topics course during their freshman year. The following program is suggested only as a general guide. Students should see their advisor before determining a schedule.
Students with a learning disability, hearing impairment, speech impairment, or any other disability that may affect their ability to fulfill a requirement of the College should contact the Office of Disability Services for Students, Franklin Hall 096, (812) 855-7578, prior to registering. Requirements will not be waived for students with disabilities; however, some modifications may be made within specific courses. Students seeking such modifications should do so early in their academic career to ensure timely progress to degree completion.
Change of Major
To change their major, students must contact the advisor in the department in which they wish to become a major. The advisor will submit a Major or School Change Request to the College Recorder's Office for processing.
Grades are awarded on the following basis:
The College of Arts and Sciences calculates FX grades as grades of F (D–X grades as grades of D–, DX grades as grades of D, D+X grades as grades of D+, C–X grades as grades of C–, CX grades as grades of C, etc.) for internal purposes and degree requirements. This calculation applies to all categories of academic standing, including but not limited to the following: good standing, probation and dismissal, class rank, and all grade point average requirements in the degree, including cumulative, semester, and major concentration.
A student may use the Amended FX (Extended X) Policy for purposes of the university transcript. This option applies only to course work taken at IU, not transfer courses. Students wishing to pursue this option should read the text of the policy in each semester's Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin provided by the Office of the Registrar and should in addition contact the College Recorder's Office, Kirkwood Hall 001, (812) 855-1821.
Students who matriculate in the summer of a year are considered to be fall matriculants for degree and policy purposes.
During the four years of their undergraduate program, students in good standing (not on probation) may enroll in a maximum of eight elective courses to be taken with a grade of P (Pass) or F (Fail). The Pass/Fail option is open for a maximum of two courses per academic year, including summer sessions. For the Pass/Fail option, the academic year is defined as beginning with the start of the fall semester and ending with the end of the second summer session. The course selected for Pass/Fail must be an elective (i.e., it cannot fulfill requirements other than the minimum 122 hours required for the degree, and the requirements for credit hours at the 300–400 level). It may not be used to satisfy any of the College of Arts and Sciences' general education requirements, nor may it be counted as a part of the student's concentration area, nor may it be counted toward completion of a minor or certificate program. The course or courses may be used to meet the requirement for courses at the 300–400 level.
During the freshman year, students may elect to take activity courses in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation on a Pass/Fail basis in addition to the two other permitted courses.
Students who wish to use the Pass/Fail option must submit the appropriate form to the College Recorder's Office prior to the relevant deadline. See the Enrollment Bulletin (Office of the Registrar) for deadline dates, including deadlines for eight-week sessions.
A grade of P is not counted in computing grade point averages; a grade of F is counted. A grade of P cannot be changed subsequently to any other letter grade.
A grade of I (Incomplete) may be given only when the work of the course is substantially completed and when the student's work is of passing quality. A grade of I may not be given when a student has taken the final exam or completed the final paper or project for the course. When an I is assigned, a record must be maintained in the office of the department in which the grade was given. The record will include a statement of the reason for recording the I, an adequate guide for its removal, and a suggested final grade in case the instructor should leave campus for an extended time.
The time allowed for the removal of an I may not exceed one calendar year from the date of its recording, although the dean of the student's college or school may authorize adjustment of this period in exceptional circumstances.
To complete a course in which a student received a grade of I, the student should consult with the instructor. The student should not reenroll in the course.
By assigning an I, an instructor implicitly authorizes and requires the I to be changed to an F at the end of one calendar year if that instructor does not act to remove the I. The registrar will automatically change the I to an F at the end of this time period. Both the student and the instructor in whose course the student received the I will be notified of this change of grade.
These regulations do not apply to research and reading courses in which completion of the work of the course is not necessarily required at the end of the semester and the grade R (Deferred) is given. Once a student has graduated, nothing in these regulations shall prohibit the I from remaining on the record.
The College permits withdrawal from courses with the automatic grade of W (Withdrawal) until the end of the eighth week of classes during the regular academic year, until the end of the fourth week of classes for eight-week courses, and until the end of the first two weeks of classes during a summer session. See the Enrollment Bulletin for deadline dates.
Petitions for withdrawal after the periods specified above will not be authorized by the dean except for urgent reasons beyond the student's control related to extended illness or equivalent distress. The desire to avoid a low grade is not an acceptable reason for withdrawal from a course.
If students withdraw with the dean's consent, their grade in the course shall be W if they are passing at the time of withdrawal and F if they are not passing. As with all grades, instructors will assign the appropriate grade. The grade will be recorded on the date of withdrawal. Failure to complete a course without authorized withdrawal will result in a grade of F. The grade of W may not be assigned for a course when a student has taken the final exam, or completed the final paper or project for the course.
Appeals of grades should be resolved with the instructor who assigned the disputed grade. If the student and instructor cannot resolve the matter, the student should discuss it further with the chair of the department offering the course. Appeals unresolved at the department level may be referred to the academic assistant deans. Appeals of grades or requests for other actions after the conclusion of a course should be made as soon as possible. Such requests will not be considered after one calendar year from the end of the semester in which the course in question was taken. Note that grades of I (Incomplete) or W (Withdrawal) may not be assigned for a course when a student has taken the final exam, or completed the final paper or project for the course.
No course may be added by an undergraduate student after the first week of a semester or summer session unless the instructor of the course approves and the request is approved by both the chairperson of the department in which the course is offered and the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled.
Illness is usually the only acceptable excuse for absence from class. All absences must be explained to the satisfaction of the instructor, who will decide whether omitted work may be made up. The names of students who are absent excessively are to be reported by their instructor to the dean of students.
A student who fails to attend the final examination of a course and who has a passing grade up to that time may be given a grade of I. The Committee on Absence of the Division of Student Affairs reviews excuses concerning absences from final examinations and informs instructors of its decisions. Students scheduled for more than three examinations in one day may have their examination schedule adjusted if they notify the instructor or department of the course scheduled for the fourth (and additional) final examination of the day. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of the date and time of the final examination for each of his or her classes before officially enrolling. See the Enrollment Bulletin (Office of the Registrar) each semester for further information.
Complete information on transcripts can be found in the Enrollment Bulletin. Requests for transcripts must be made in person or in writing to the Office of the Registrar, Franklin Hall 100, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-7104 (or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students are considered to be candidates in good standing for an Indiana University bachelor's degree when they have been regularly admitted by the Office of Admissions, when their academic grade point average is not less than a 2.000 (C) for the last semester's work, and when their cumulative grade point average is at least 2.000 (C).
Class standing is based on the number of credit hours completed toward graduation:
Students are on academic probation when their cumulative grade point average is below 2.000 (C). They are also on probation for the duration of the regular semester following one in which they failed to attain at least a 2.000 (C) grade point average. Students on academic probation must comply with such restrictions as the Office of the Dean of Students or the dean of their school may deem necessary.
Students are dismissed from the College of Arts and Sciences when, in the judgment of the Scholarship and Probation Committee, they have ceased to make adequate progress toward their degree. Students who fail to attain a minimum grade point average of 2.000 (C) in any two semesters and who have a cumulative grade point average below 2.000 (C) are dismissed automatically. (Note that these students will have been placed on probation at least once before dismissal.)
Whether or not students have been placed on probation before, the Scholarship and Probation Committee may dismiss students if their record reveals any of the following:
The Scholarship and Probation Committee considers petitions for readmission from students who have been dismissed. A student dismissed for the first time must petition to continue as a student in the College. A student dismissed for the second time may not be admitted for the next regular semester but is eligible to submit a petition for readmission after a period of at least one regular semester. Third dismissals are generally considered final. Students should contact the College Recorder's Office (Kirkwood Hall 001) for further information concerning eligibility to petition.
In order for petitions for readmission to be considered and accepted by the committee, students eligible to submit them must do so before June 20 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.
Students who have been away from Indiana University for at least five years, and who earned grades that make it impossible or very difficult to return to a College of Arts and Sciences degree program, may petition for a "restart." Under a restart, the College of Arts and Sciences will establish a new degree record for the student that will consist of courses previously taken that were completed with a minimum grade of C. Note that all Indiana University course work will remain on the student's permanent record (the university transcript); this policy will affect only the student's College of Arts and Sciences record.
Students will be eligible for consideration for this policy if it has been a minimum of five years since full-time or continuous part-time enrollment. Students will need to provide evidence that would indicate a significant change in their ability to succeed in academic work. Reevaluation of fundamental skills may be necessary before the student can proceed. Students should petition for a restart as part of the readmission process. They are held to the deadlines listed above for submission of readmission petitions.
Students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Kirkwood Hall 012, to begin the petition process and to discuss the details of this policy.Return to Academic Standing of Students
The College of Arts and Sciences takes seriously its obligation to help students achieve scholastic success. There are "Basic Skills" sections in English and mathematics to help students with deficient backgrounds in these areas to fulfill the fundamental skills requirements. Finally, the College sponsors "Special Skills" courses in such areas as campus resources and career development to help students gain maximum academic benefit from their other course work.
The Career Development Center houses four interrelated programs, which provide an array of services designed to assist undergraduate students in making informed academic and career decisions. The Career Development Center, located at 625 N. Jordan Avenue, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit the office Web site at www.indiana.edu/~career.
Career Counseling Services (CCS) provides assistance to students who are in the process of selecting a major and/or exploring career options. In addition to scheduled counseling appointments, freshmen and sophomores may obtain career planning assistance by enrolling in an eight-week, 2 credit hour course titled Q294 Basic Career Development.
The Student Employment Office (SEO) serves as a central location for finding part-time or temporary employment while at IU. Positions listed with SEO include both work-study and non-work-study jobs and include opportunities both on and off campus. All positions listed with the SEO are accessible online 24 hours a day. The SEO also sponsors an annual Camp Day in February and the IU Student Jobs Fair twice each year, bringing together students seeking part-time jobs and employers with job openings.
Arts and Sciences Career Services (ASCS) assists freshman through senior students with career exploration, planning, and development, as well as with job /internship search information and support. Students can meet one-on-one with an ASCS counselor to explore their personal profiles, career choices, and plans; or to discuss job and internship search issues such as resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, career research, and the graduate school application process. Freshman and sophomore students are encouraged to enroll in Q294 Basic Career Development. This 2 credit, eight-week course is designed to help students in their career self-assessment and in learning about their academic and professional options and choices. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are encouraged to enroll in Q299 Job and Internship Strategies for Liberal Arts Students. This 2 credit, eight-week course is designed to help students develop an effective plan for postgraduate success. In addition, ASCS sponsors nine career fairs, an on-campus recruiting program, online job and internship listings, Web resume books, and a resume referral service to help students design and develop a professional portfolio to market themselves, and Q398 Internship: Theory Into Practice, a variable-credit course for students interested in earning academic credit for internship experiences.
The Career Resource Library (CRL) houses a variety of resources and a technology center designed to assist students in choosing a major or graduate school program; identifying and researching career options; investigating internship opportunities, summer job options, and full-time employment leads; researching potential employers; improving job search techniques and interviewing skills; and writing effective resumes, cover letters, and graduate school applications. The CRL is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Students may receive credit for certain courses by successful performance on SAT II Subject Tests, College Board Advanced Placement Tests, and examinations offered by academic departments while at Indiana University. The appropriate department of the university reviews the College Board Advanced Placement Tests in order to make recommendations about advanced standing. Students who believe that they are prepared for advanced study or that they are eligible for special credit because of superior preparation or independent study are urged to accelerate their college programs in this manner. Credit will be recorded simply with the grade of S (Satisfactory) unless the examination clearly merits an A grade and the department requests the use of a grade other than S. Failure to pass the examination carries no penalty. Students may thus graduate early, or they may use the time gained to take courses beyond those ordinarily required for an undergraduate degree.Special Note: Students who pass departmentally administered examinations may be eligible for credit. Fees for special credit/credit by examination are waived for undergraduate students enrolled in an IU degree-seeking program for at least 12 credit hours in either the fall or spring semester. Regular credit-hour rates apply for graduate students and undergraduate students enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours.
Each regular semester (excluding summer sessions), the College of Arts and Sciences recognizes those students whose semester GPA qualifies them for the Dean's List. Students who qualify will be notified of this honor. Eligibility requirements include completion of at least 12 graded credit hours in each semester under review, and earning a minimum of a 3.700 semester GPA.
The College recognizes outstanding performance in course work by awarding bachelor's degrees with three levels of distinction: Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction. Students must have a minimum of 60 graded credit hours at Indiana University to be considered for distinction degrees.
Outstanding students can pursue independent study and research during their junior and senior years through honors programs in most departments of the College of Arts and Sciences. Ordinarily, students apply for admission to an honors program in the second semester of their sophomore year or in the first semester of their junior year. Students must have a minimum College of Arts and Sciences grade point average of 3.300 and the approval of the department chairperson or departmental honors committee for admission and must maintain this minimum average to be graduated with honors. A potential candidate for honors should consult as soon as possible with the departmental honors advisor or the chairperson of the department about requirements. Programs vary somewhat among departments but generally include the following:
Enrollment in Reading for Honors is ordinarily done under the course number 399 for juniors and 499 for seniors. The number of credit hours earned under these two course numbers is determined by the departmental honors committee, but it normally should not exceed a maximum total of 15 credit hours. Although the university and its undergraduate schools have specific requirements for graduation, substitutions within the spirit of these requirements may be made to the benefit of the individual student.
The College offers a number of experimental courses. These are listed under "Special Courses and Programs." See the "Index" in this bulletin.
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The Groups Student Support Services Program provides whatever reasonable support is needed to attain the bachelor's degree at Indiana University for individuals who are first-generation college students, are from officially determined low-income families, or are physically disabled. It is jointly funded and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and Indiana University. The program offers a variety of services, including personal counseling, academic counseling, tutoring, enrollment in specialized courses, and activities that foster academic enrichment. For more information, see the Groups Web site at www.indiana.edu/~groups, call (812) 855-0507, or visit Maxwell Hall 200.
Indiana University offers the Edward L. Hutton Honors College Program in an effort to present challenging educational opportunities to superior students. The Hutton Honors College has designed a variety of introductory honors experiences for qualified students. In addition to providing the entering student with special sections of traditional departmental courses, the Hutton Honors College offers innovative seminar experiences and arranges independent reading programs. Specially chosen honors advisors aid first-year students in planning their individual programs. Students in the Hutton Honors College follow no rigid program and may choose to earn a general honors notation and/or an honors degree in their discipline. A general honors education complements formal departmental or school honors programs that lead to distinctive degrees with honors. Students should contact the Hutton Honors College, 324 N. Jordan Avenue, (812) 855-3555, for further information.
The Hutton Honors College offers the following opportunities to superior students:
Recognition in General Honors
Honors Seminars and Special Sections
Honors Tutorial (H299)
Grants and Internships
A number of internship grants are also available for students who wish to engage in a controlled undergraduate teaching program or some equivalent experience in their major area of study. These grants are meant to support a close faculty-student relationship in which the student is treated as a junior colleague. Academic credit may also be considered when appropriate. Any senior writing an honors thesis may also apply for a Hutton Honors College Thesis Award.
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Students who wish to continue at Indiana University a foreign language begun in high school or at another university must take a foreign language placement test. Contact the Evaluation Services and Testing office at (812) 855-1595 or foreign language departments for more information.
Special Credit as a Result of Placement Tests
Students who place into the fourth semester, fifth semester, or beyond may also be eligible for special credit for semesters beyond the first-year credit mentioned above. This credit is not automatic, however, and is awarded only after completion of a foreign language course at the placement level with a minimum grade of C–. The grade for special credit will be S (Satisfactory). It is the student's responsibility to request that the language department send information regarding a student's special credit to the Office of the Recorder, College of Arts and Sciences.
Living-learning centers (LLCs) are residential-academic programs located in residence halls. Students may choose between two living-learning centers associated with the College: Collins Living-Learning Center, located in the Collins Quadrangle; and the Global Village, located in Foster-Martin. Membership in these centers is based on an application available from Residential Programs and Services and from most university offices.
Prospective members of the Collins Living-Learning Center should be interested in accepting responsibility for affairs of the center, such as governance, curriculum planning, and programming. They should also be interested in exploring a variety of academic disciplines through the Collins LLC experimental curriculum. Collins LLC students must enroll in at least one Collins course during each of their freshman and sophomore years; all freshmen also enroll in a 1 credit hour workshop in residential learning. Most courses may be counted toward graduation requirements.
The goal of the Global Village Living-Learning Center is to create a cosmopolitan, multidisciplinary, multicultural, multinational, and multilingual community of domestic and international students preparing for global living and careers. The Village provides opportunities for foreign language and cultural practice and is especially appropriate for students preparing for overseas study. In addition to its own seminars, the Village offers introductory courses from several departments in its classrooms as well as informal, internationally themed special activities. There are abundant opportunities for student governance and leadership development.
Students majoring in any discipline or school are eligible to apply for membership in either program, and current university students may apply to transfer to a center at the beginning of any semester. For additional information, contact the director of Collins LLC at (812) 855-9815, or the director of the Global Village at (812) 855-4552, or visit these LLC Web sites: www.indiana.edu/~llc (Collins), or www.indiana.edu/~college/global (Global Village). Courses are listed in this bulletin under "Special Courses and Programs."
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Qualified men and women may elect to earn credits leading to a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army or Air Force. Credits earned in Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC may be applied toward the 122 credit hour total required for graduation. More specific information may be obtained from the offices of the particular ROTC units in which the student is interested: Military Science (Army), 814 E. Third Street, (812) 855-7682; and Aerospace Studies (Air Force), 814 E. Third Street, (812) 855-4191.
Indiana University Programs
Programs are open to all College of Arts and Sciences majors, and financial aid is applicable to program costs. Students are encouraged to explore the range of opportunities for study abroad early in their university career.
Credits earned in Indiana University programs may be applied to university degree requirements in most cases and satisfy the senior residency requirements at the student's home campus. Course work taken on IU semester programs satisfies a Culture Studies A requirement while course work taken on academic year programs satisfies the entire culture studies requirement. Students who have completed a substantial amount of course work at another campus of Indiana University may consult an academic assistant dean in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Kirkwood Hall 012, about their eligibility for a College of Arts and Sciences degree.
Indiana University's overseas study programs include the following:
Information on overseas study programs sponsored by Indiana University (and those arranged through other institutions) is available from the Overseas Study Information Center in Franklin Hall 303 on the Bloomington campus,
Students wishing to explore new subject areas without the risk of harming their grade point average may consider the Pass/Fail option. See "Pass/Fail Option" under "Academic Regulations."
The Society of Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, is the oldest academic Greek-letter society in existence. Throughout its history, Phi Beta Kappa has held as its primary objective the recognition of excellence in the academic performance of undergraduate students who are candidates for degrees in the liberal arts and sciences in U.S. colleges and universities. There are at present 276 chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. Indiana University's chapter, Gamma of Indiana, was established in 1911.
Members are chosen by faculty electors of Indiana University's chapter from senior degree candidates and recent graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences whose academic records have placed them among the top 10 percent of their class.
These courses are specially designed for the non-science major; they challenge the liberal arts student to understand modern science and scientific concepts and methods. During any academic year, courses of this type are available in astronomy, the biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and psychological and brain sciences.
In certain cases the dean may admit bachelor's degree holders to candidacy for a second bachelor's degree. When such admission is granted, the candidates must earn at least 26 additional credit hours in residence and meet the requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and of the department in which they are candidates. Students may also be admitted to candidacy for a simultaneous second degree. In the case of simultaneous conferral of the first and second undergraduate degrees, 26 additional residency hours for the second degree are not required. Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in the College of Arts and Sciences should consult their academic advisor regarding the approval process. All other students seeking second degree candidacy should schedule an appointment with the advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, (812) 855-1647, Kirkwood Hall 012. Some students will be required to submit an appropriate Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score as part of the admission process. This requirement applies to international students who are from countries where English is not the language of instruction, who have not otherwise been admitted to the university in undergraduate status, and who are applying to the university for admission directly into a second undergraduate degree program in the College. Students with a bachelor's degree who wish to further their education should consider becoming qualified for admission to a graduate program.
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Release of Information in Student Records
Confidentiality of Records
References, recommendations, and other similar documents may carry a voluntary waiver relinquishing the student's right to review this specific material. The student may also release the record to others by signing a written release available in the offices that maintain records. Further details regarding the provisions of the Privacy Act and a list of offices where student records are kept may be found in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
Undergraduate Status Update Form