ON-CAMPUS ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES

WINTER SESSION

Winter Session allows students to complete an additional three-credit course during the January break between the fall and spring semesters. Courses are open to students from other institutions of higher education as well as Millersville students. Residence halls and dining facilities are closed during the winter session. Students may register for winter session and spring semester classes simultaneously, at their regularly scheduled registration time. Students from other educational institutions must be admitted to Millersville before registering. For more information about winter session, call the registrarís office at 872-3035.

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Independent study allows students to pursue an academic area of interest not available through an established course with faculty supervision and guidance. To apply, complete an application form, available in department offices, and obtain approval for the proposed topic and faculty supervisor from the department chairperson and school dean.

INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION

Individualized instruction allows students to complete an established course during a semester in which it is not offered. Approval to pursue a course through individualized instruction is granted only under special circumstances. To apply, complete an application form, available in department offices, and obtain approval for the proposed topic and faculty supervisor from the department chairperson and school dean.

TAKING GRADUATE COURSES AS AN UNDERGRADUATE

Undergraduates may enroll in 500-level graduate courses for undergraduate credit with permission of the instructor and adviser. The credits earned count toward baccalaureate degree requirements and cannot be converted to graduate credits.

An undergraduate with a 3.0 GPA or higher may enroll in 500- and 600-level graduate courses for graduate credit. The student must have a maximum of 15 semester hours to be completed in the baccalaureate degree program. Written permission must be acquired from the adviser, the course instructor, the graduate program coordinator and/or chair of the department offering the course, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. The undergraduate will also need to be admitted as a nondegree graduate student.

A maximum of 9 graduate credits may be earned by an undergraduate. These credits may not count toward the completion of the studentís baccalaureate degree.

PASS-FAIL OPTION & AUDITING COURSES

The pass-fail option provides students the opportunity to pursue a course without the usual pressure of earning a grade.

Auditing a course allows a student to attend classes and participate in discussions without the pressures of taking examinations, writing papers, or fulfilling other requirements generally associated with earning credit.

See section on Grades & Policies for more information.

DEVELOPMENTAL COURSES

Course numbers beginning with a zero are pre-college developmental courses that provide opportunities for students to remediate academic skill weaknesses and develop basic proficiency. They are available in communications, English, reading and mathematics. Placement in them is recommended and under some circumstances required, following an assessment of studentís basic skills. For more information, see the section on Proficiency Requirements.

A grade of C- or higher is required to demonstrate proficiency in a developmental course. Credits earned in developmental courses may not be used to fulfill general education or graduation requirements.

UNDECIDED MAJOR STATUS

Students may seek admission to Millersville without selecting a major. Special academic advisers are assigned to guide undecided students through the general education requirements and assist them in exploring potential majors.

Students who qualify for admission to Millersville but do not meet admission criteria for a selected major are classified as undecided until they qualify for study in the major of their choice.

Students with at least 45 credits passed and in undecided status or changing to undecided status must either: 

  1. declare and be accepted into a major or
  2. complete a review of academic goals as follows: The student, in consultation with an assigned adviser, must propose and have approved by the adviser each semester, an academic plan of action which includes a realistic timeline for the completion of degree requirements. The approval form will indicate whether the student is waiting to get into a major and, if so, the reason for nonacceptance into that major; a copy will be filed in the Office of the Registrar. 
  3. A student may sign a statement which indicates awareness of the ramifications of remaining in an undecided status but may choose to continue to remain in that status.
Permission to register will be granted only if one of the above requirements is completed.