FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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Helping answer your questions is a big part of what we do in Academic Advisement; the following list includes some of the most common questions that we are asked. To use this page, simply click on the question to get to the answer. If you can't find the answer to your question, please email us your question and we will add it to the list.

What is the Perspectives course and how many do I need to take??
How do I change my major/minor?
Am I allowed to change my adviser?
Can I have a minor in my major department?
Can I have a minor in my major department? Can I minor in anything I want??
How does MATH 090 count?
Do I have to double-up in G2 with two science courses?
How do I calculate my GPA?

Millersville and You Videos

"How Do I Register?"

"Working While in School?"

"Math and the G2 Block"

"Language Double in G1 Block"

"How Do Transfer Students Register?"

"How Do I Declare a Major"

"How Can I Teach High School?"

"How Can I Teach Elementary or Special Education?"

"Foreign Language Requirement?"

"Do My Required Related Courses Count Towards My Gen Eds?"

"Am I Required To Take a Math Course?"

What is the Perspectives course and how many do I need to take?

The Perspectives course is an interdisciplinary and multicultural course designed to develop educational maturity, knowledge and critical thinking.

The stipulations include that you only need to take one approved perspectives course. You must complete ENGL 110, COMM 100 and 60 credits (junior status) before you can register for a P course.

A Perspectives course CAN count toward your major or required-related courses. If you take a P course in your major it can count as your P requirement, and in your major area.

If a course is listed as being both Perspectives and a Cultural Diversity & Community (D), it can count for both requirements. Please note though, Perspectives and Diversity are NOT the same requirement, but there are some courses that can count for both.

How do I change my major/minor?

Printing a Change of Major or Change of Minor Form from the Student Forms Center.

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You can change your major by coming to Academic Advisement (Lyle Hall 2nd Floor) and picking up an Academic Major/Academic Minor Form. You will need your current adviser's signature and the chairperson of the new major department's signature. The chairperson will assign you a new adviser.

The form is processed in the office of Academic Advisement.

Am I allowed to change my adviser?

Yes, absolutely. Students sometimes choose to change their adviser for a variety of reasons. You can change your adviser by coming to Academic Advisement (Lyle Hall 2nd Floor) and picking up an Academic Major Form and filling it out. You will need at least the signature of your Department chair to change your adviser. You can also print this form from the Student Forms Center on the website. 

The form is processed in the office of Academic Advisement.

Can I have a minor in my major department? Can I minor in anything I want?

Yes and No. University policy does not allow a student to have a minor where more than one course that is required in the minor is also required and used in the major. So pretty much you can not have a minor in your major department. That still leaves a lot of minors to choose from. AND there are some exceptions, as there are some departments that have arranged their curriculum to be ok.

Please contact our office if you have questions about valid combinations of majors/minors.

How does MATH 090 count?

MATH 090 (like COMM 010, CHEM 110, ELED 090, and ENGL 010) carries credit, but the credits for these five courses do not count toward the 120 credits needed for graduation. So, if you took one of these courses, remember that you need to earn 120 credits in addition to meeting graduation requirements.

Do I have to double-up in the G2 block with two science courses?

Regardless of the curriculum you are under, the answer is techincally YES and NO.

The requirements for the G2 block are as follows:

New General Education curriculum (if you started Summer 2008 or more recent)

  • 9 credits/3 courses minimum
  • No more than two from any department will count (i.e. if you take three Biology courses, only two of them will count in your G2).
  • At least two of the three courses must be "natural science" courses, that is from Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences or Physics. These could either be from the same department or could be one course from any two departments.
  • One of those natural science courses must have a lab.
  • Special note about MATH: The first gen ed Math course you take counts in your Foundations for Lifelong Learning block. IF YOU TAKE A SECOND Math, that course will count in your G2 block and WILL COUNT AS TWO FROM ONE DEPARTMENT. 

Old General Education curriculum (if you started before Summer 2008)

  • 12 credits/4 courses minimum
  • Two courses must be from one department but no more than two from any department will count (i.e. if you take three Biology courses, only two of them will count in your G2).
  • At least two of the four courses must be "natural science" courses, that is from Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences or Physics. These could either be from the same department or could be one course from any two departments.
  • One of those natural science courses must have a lab.
  • Special note about MATH: A gen ed approved Math course is required for all students and will count in your G2 block.
Back to the question, you are required to take at least two natural science courses, they don't have to be from the same department but they can be. If you have any questions or need any clarification about your G2 block, please contact our office.

How do I calculate my GPA?

The easiest way is to follow the instructions of the GPA Calculator on our website.

Each letter grade is worth a different number of quality points:

A   4.0     A-   3.7

B+ 3.3     B     3.0     B-    2.7

C+ 2.3     C    2.0     C- 1.7

D+ 1.3     D    1.0     D- 0.7

F     0.0      Z    0.0

 

The formula you can use:

SUM(# of Credits  X Quality Points)

Total # of Credits

 

1. Take the number of credits for each class and multiple by the quality points. Add up the total sum for all classes.

2. Divide that total by the total number of credits.

Calculating your GPA is also useful for setting goals for grades!