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Glossary of Terms

Academic advisorAn 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 dismissalStudents may be academically dismissed for:
  • Failing one-half or more of their semester credit hours in a given semester
  • Failing to raise their cumulative GPA to or above the required GPA after being placed on academic probation
  • Failing to earn a C or higher the second time they take a developmental course (COL099, ENG099, MAT090, MAT095)
Students who are academically dismissed can apply for readmission after one full (fall or spring) semester. Please see the Course Catalog for further information.
Academic early warningFaculty submit academic concerns about first-year students during the fourth week of the fall and spring semesters. Students and academic advisors are notified of the concerns by email. Students are encouraged to contact the professor and/or their advisor to discuss the concerns.
Academic integrityStudents 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 probationStudents 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 Catalog of Programs for further information.
Academic standingStudents 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/DropStudents may add and drop classes on MUHUB Student Planning during the published add/drop period. Once classes have begun, the student must first get an add authorization from the instructor if the course they are adding is full. Please see the Office of the Registrar for current add/drop procedures and deadlines.
Attempted hoursAttempted hours refers to all coursework appearing on a student's transcript, including courses with a W (withdrawal), I (incomplete), or failing grade.
CanvasMarian University's Learning Management System. Students can access courses, send emails to instructors, review grades, and connect with peers.
Catalog of CoursesThe Catalog of Courses is located in the MUHUB or on the MU website. It provides a full listing of courses offered by MU, including their titles, credit hours, descriptions, and requisites. If the course is not typically offered every semester, it will also state whether the course is usually offered every fall, every spring, only even or odd fall/spring semesters, or only at the discretion of the department.
Catalog of ProgramsThe Catalog of Programs is located on the MU website and is the authority on academic policies and graduation requirements. All majors, minors, and specializations offered by MU are listed in the Catalog of Programs with their requirements. Students fall under the requirements of the Catalog in effect at the time of their enrollment at MU. Students should be familiar with the Catalog of Programs and use it to aid in understanding their graduation requirements.
Change of major/advisorStudents must notify the Registrar's Office every time they change or add an advisor, major, minor, or specialization. Advisor approval is required.
Class levelA student's class level is determined by the number of credits earned. 30 credits are needed for sophomore status, 62 for junior status, and 94 for senior status. In progress credits are not included in this total.
ConcentrationYou may hear the term "concentration" used to refer to a specialization. See "specialization" in this glossary for a description.
CorequisiteA 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 conflictA course conflict occurs when two classes a student wishes to enroll in overlap in time. Students cannot enroll for courses with a time conflict in MUHUB. However, if both professors approve the conflict students can enroll by submitting a Scheduling/Add or Drop form to the Office of the Registrar. Signatures from both professors and the advisor are required.
Course loadThe 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.
Course overloadTo be eligible for a course overload (19 credits or more), a student must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA and be enrolled full time at the time of the overload request. The Registrar's Office will grant overload approval if students meet the overload criteria. If the student does not have the minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA, they must petition an overload approval from the Director of Academic Advising.
Credit hourA 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 p.m. or Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-1:45 p.m..
Cross-listedA cross-listed course is offered under more than one departmental heading. For example, Oral Interpretation of Literature is cross listed as COM235 and THE235.
CUECUE (Consortium for Urban Education) allows students to enroll in courses not available at MU. Students may enroll in a maximum of one CUE course per semester and may not exceed a total of four courses throughout the student's program. Students must be enrolled in at least three MU credits, have a 2.00 cumulative GPA, and be degree-seeking. Six area institutions participate in CUE: Butler University, Franklin College, IUPUI, Ivy Tech Community College, Marian University, and University of Indianapolis. Please see the Office of the Registrar for further information.
Dean's listThe 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.
Developmental courseDevelopmental or remedial courses prepare students for college-level coursework. At MU, students may be required to complete placement testing to determine if they need to enroll in any developmental courses. Developmental courses do not meet any general education, major, minor, or concentration requirements. However, they will count as electives toward the 128 hours required for graduation. COL099 College Reading and Learning Strategies, ENG099 Basic English, MAT090 Introductory Algebra, and MAT095 Intermediate Algebra are the developmental courses offered at MU. Students must earn a C or higher in developmental courses.
Double degreeA student may be awarded two degrees by simultaneously completing two bachelor degree programs, one each from the arts (B.A.), sciences (B.S.), nursing, or social work (B.S.W.). 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 majorA 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 declaring a double major must satisfy the department and general education requirements for each major as stated in the catalog.
Dual degreeIn 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. Specialty engineering courses are taken at IUPUI. These dual degree programs are designed to be completed over a five-year period.
ElectivesAn elective is an optional class that doesn't meet any general education, major, minor, or specialization requirements. Most students need to take some electives in order to reach the required 128 credits needed to graduate.
Enhancement courseEnhancement courses include activity, developmental, and enrichment courses. A combined maximum of 12 enhancement course credits can apply toward the required 128 credits needed to graduate. Please see MUHUB for the complete list of enhancement courses offered at MU
FERPAFERPA (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 attendance. Please see the Catalog of Programs for more information.
Four year planMU 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. The four year plans are a planning aid only. Students should refer to the Catalog of Programs to ensure they understand their degree requirements and use the My Progress tab in the MUHUB to monitor their progress.
Full-timeStudents 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 educationAll 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 Catalog of Programs for the complete list of required general education requirements.
Good academic standingStudents are considered in good academic standing if the cumulative GPA is 2.00 or above.
Grade point average, cumulativeA 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.
Greater Depth of Knowledge,
requirement/ Greater Depth Cluster
Greater Depth of Knowledge or Greater Depth Cluster is a general education requirement. It can be met in one of several ways:
  • Completion of a second major, which must be essentially different from the first major
  • Completion of a minor outside of the student's first major school or department
  • Completion of an interdisciplinary minor or concentration outside of the first major or the ethics specialization (see Catalog of Programs for approved programs)
  • Completion of the requirements for the Honors Academy
  • Focus on a specific theme (cluster) outside the major (see the Catalog of Programs for further information).
Note that the final option carries strict requirements and requires a proposal and approval process to the General Education Committee. The deadline to submit a proposal is April 15th of the previous year for May graduation or November 15th of the previous year for December graduation (e.g. April 15, 2021 for a student graduating in May 2022). Transfer students who transfer is at least 94 credit hours and have an easily identifiable grouping of courses that serve as a secondary depth of knowledge but do not easily transfer into a minor already offered at MU can request a waiver of this requirement. Greater Depth of Knowledge Cluster proposal and waiver forms are available from the Registrar's Office.
IncompleteAn I or incomplete is given when it is determined 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.
MajorThe 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.
MAP, co-registrationStudents in the traditional undergraduate program who wish to enroll in a MAP (accelerated online program) course must complete a MAP co-registration form (signed by their advisor) and submit it to the Office of Academic Affairs. The student must present evidence of hardship and explain why they need to take the course through MAP. A committee of faculty will review the request. Students can apply no more than 12 credits of MAP courses toward a traditional undergraduate degree.
Midterm gradesStudents 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.
MinorA minor is a secondary field of study chosen by a student. Students might elect to complete a minor to either supplement their major or pursue an interest. Minors range from 18-26 credits, but most MU minors are 18 credits. A minor can meet the Greater Depth of Knowledge general education requirement.
Placement testingPlacement testing is administered to assist students in achieving academic success. All students are required to complete placement testing for foreign language. Some students may be required to complete additional placement testing in writing, math, and reading comprehension. Placement tests should be completed online prior to attending SOAR (Student Orientation Advising and Registration). Please see the Catalog of Programs for further information.
PrerequisiteA prerequisite is a course or requirement that a student must have successfully completed before enrolling in another course. For example, BUS109 must be completed before enrolling in BUS209.
Residency requirementIn bachelor degree programs, the last 12 credits in the major and the last 30 credits overall must be earned at MU. Special waiver requests to this policy must be submitted in writing and approved by the Assistant Provost. The waiver request is included on the transfer course approval form available on the Registrar's Office webpage.
SOARNew 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.
SpecializationSome majors offer specializations, in which a student may choose a focused course of study requiring 12-22 credits of guided major electives. Some specializations are available to students from any major. MU specializations can be found in the Catalog of Programs.
SyllabusStudents 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.

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