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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Glossary of Academic Terms

Academic Record-the academic history of the student which lists all of a student’s courses, semester hours credit, grades, quality points, status, and certain personal information.

Adviser-a faculty member who advises the student about his or her academic program.

Audit-to take a course without credit.

Behavioral and social sciences courses-certain courses in anthropology, economics, geography, human services, political science, psychology and sociology.

Classification-level of progress toward the bachelor’s degree. An undergraduate student is classified as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior depending on the number of semester hours completed.

College-an organizational unit of the University, embracing several departments, divisions, or schools. UTC has five colleges: the Honors College, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies.

Concentration-a particular emphasis within a major area; a specialized area of study within a major; a particular perspective, specialized skill training, or content domain within an academic discipline; and, the opportunity to study a sub-discipline within the context of a major. The concentration represents the distinctive course and other requirements that define the concentration within the context of a major.

Corequisite-a course which must be taken at the same time as another course.

Course-a specific subject of study.

Credit Hours-The unit of credit is the semester credit hour. One semester credit hour represents an amount of instruction that reasonably approximates both 50 minutes per week of classroom-based direct instruction and a minimum of two hours per week of student work outside the classroom over a fall or spring semester. Normally, each semester credit hour represents an amount of instruction that is equivalent to 700 minutes of classroom-based direct instruction. The amount of time that is required to earn one semester credit hour in a laboratory, fieldwork, studio, or seminar-based course varies with the nature of the subject and the aims of the course; typically, a minimum of two or three hours of work in a laboratory, field, studio, or seminar-based setting is considered the equivalent of 50 minutes of classroom-based direct instruction. Semester credit hours earned in courses such as internships, research, theses, dissertation, etc. are based on outcome expectations established by the academic program.

Curriculum-the whole body of courses offered by the University or by one of its colleges, schools, divisions, or departments.

Department-an organizational unit representing a discipline or related disciplines, such as the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.

Discipline-an area of study representing a branch of knowledge, such as mathematics.

Division-an organizational unit which may include one or more programs, as in Continuing Education or Student Development.

Elective-a course not specifically required.

Fine arts courses-certain courses in art, theatre, and music.

General education courses-courses designed to help the students discover the relatedness of knowledge and acquire a core of information, attitudes, and capabilities basic to their formal college education and their continuing education throughout life.

Graduate student-a student who has received a bachelor’s degree and has meet all criteria for admission to the Graduate School.

Humanities courses-certain courses in classics, English, history, modern languages, and philosophy and religion.

Interdisciplinary courses-courses which deal with two or more academic subjects.

Major-the discipline or disciplines on which a student places principal academic emphasis; and a cohort of cognate courses that provide for the detailed study of an academic discipline at a baccalaureate level.

Non-Western course-a course which deals with some aspect of a civilization outside of Western civilization, such as African, Asian, Latin American, etc.

Orientation-activities and programs designed to help the new student become acquainted with the University.

Post-baccalaureate student-a student who has received a bachelor’s degree and is taking additional undergraduate courses.

Prerequisite-a requirement which must be met before a particular course can be taken.

Program-a course of study that includes the major and in many disciplines also includes an area of emphasis or specialization. The distinctive course and other requirements lead to the degree.

Registration load-the total semester hours for which a student is registered in any semester or term.

Schedule of classes-a listing of all courses offered by the University during one semester or summer session, showing fees, instructors, and time and place of meeting.

School-an organizational unit composed of related disciplines. At UTC there are three schools: the School of Nursing, the Graduate School, and the School of Education.

Semester-half an academic year or 15-16 weeks. Some schools operate on a quarter system, which divides the academic year into thirds. UTC uses the semester system.

Semester hour-the unit of credit used by schools on the semester plan.