FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What if I decide not to get a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies?
- How do I change my major?
- Are there any cautions I should remember about changing curriculum?
- Can I get credit for courses I have taken at other universities?
- Can I get credit for taking correspondence courses?
- Are there any other ways I can receive academic credit for courses I have taken or for experiences I have had in life?
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers three degrees:
the Associate of General Studies (A.G.S.), the Bachelor of General Studies (B.I.S.), and the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership (B.A.)
Although the Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum offers students a strong liberal-arts-centered degree, many of you may have chosen Interdisciplinary Studies because you were not sure of a major. You may decide at any time that you would like to major in another, more specific area of study.
When you change your area of study, you will probably be changing advisors. The new advisor, who is probably a professor in the department offering your major courses, will help you devise your new education plan, a plan that is intended to get you a degree. When you change your major, you are also changing your curriculum. You may also be changing colleges.
To change your major, you must visit the office of your dean and fill out a change of major form. Change of major becomes official on the date of submission to the Office of Records and Registration. Students should be advised by faculty in the newly chosen for the next semester.
When programs must meet curricular requirements set by external agencies, such as accrediting associations, curricular changes may be made without prior notice, and students may be required to conform to such changes when they become effective.
Any change in your area of study could cause you to lose credit for courses that do not count toward your degree in another area. When you are a freshman, most of the courses you take, ”general education courses,”will usually count in your favor in most degree plans. The longer you stay in a degree plan, however, the more your courses begin to count in one area of study over another. Check with your advisor before changing majors to get an accurate assessment of what could happen to your degree plan based on your switch.
At the time you transfer to Nicholls from another institution, your records are sent to the Office of Admissions. The Office of Admissions determines how your coursework will transfer to the Nicholls academic environment. Transfer students who have attended other institutions must meet requirements as outlined in the Catalog section on “Admissions (link to Bulletin Admissions section or transfer student section).” To enter Nicholls, students must be eligible to re-enter the institution from which they are transferring and have an academic record which meets the standards required of students in the same classification at Nicholls.
Transfer students must remember that they must meet certain residency requirements with regard to curriculum. For instance, among other requirements, students
- must earn at least 50 percent of the degree requirements at Nicholls
- must be enrolled in residence at Nicholls during the last semester in the college in which the degree is sought
- must earn at least 25 percent of credit hours in residence at Nicholls
- must earn a majority of credits in the major at Nicholls
- and must earn at least 24 of the last 30 hours offered to fulfill the degree requirements, six of which must be in the major field.
Check Degrees and Degree Requirements for other details.
Correspondence courses offered by institutions that meet proper standards can be accepted as course work that can be applied toward the degree. However, students must be aware of certain restrictions. Before any course work is taken, students should consult with an Interdisciplinary Studies advisor to make sure that the courses will be applied to the Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum. Also, before beginning correspondence course work, students must fill out the necessary form ” Request for Correspondence Work at Another University. This form may be obtained in the Office of the Dean of University College.
Students should also be aware of extra fees that may be involved beyond those fees that are assessed by the university offering the correspondence course. For instance, there is a charge of $20.00 for Nicholls’ students and $40.00 for non-Nicholls’ students for each correspondence test which is administered in the Testing Center at Nicholls State University.
Note well: No credit for correspondence or extension work can be earned toward a degree or for professional growth while a student is under suspension. Also, correspondence courses do not count toward residency requirements regarding a student’s last hours here at the university. Twenty-four of a student’s last 30 hours must be earned in residency at Nicholls.
Are there any other ways I can receive academic credit for courses I have taken or for experiences I have had in life?
There are several ways that students can get academic credit in these situations. There are opportunities for Advanced Placement, credit by petition, the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Nicholls State University credit examinations, and credit for military service. Information about these opportunities follows:
Credit by Petition
An undergraduate student with an exceptionally high score on the ACT (American College Test) examination or who has prior knowledge of a subject may be placed in advanced level course work in certain academic disciplines. Credit will not be granted for academic sequence course work taken previously and for which grades have been earned. Credit by petition is applicable to courses taken at Nicholls only, not to transfer courses. Students are allowed advanced placement credit only in courses numbered below 200. If the advanced level course work is completed with a grade of C or better the first time taken, the student may receive credit for the lower level course work by submitting a completed Credit by Petition form to the Office of Records and Registration. A student who earns less than a C in the advanced course work forfeits eligibility to petition for credit for the lower-level course work. Credit will be allowed only on academic sequence course work approved by the appropriate department head. Credit received by petition may be applied toward graduation but will not be considered in computing the overall grade-point average. The petition form can be obtained from the office of the student’s academic dean.
Advanced Placement Program (Credit by Examination)
Nicholls students may obtain credit by examination in four ways:
- ACT (American College Testing Program)
- Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Board (AP)
- College-Level Examination Program of the College Board (CLEP)
- Nicholls State University Credit Examinations
ACT (American College Testing) Program Scores
Entering freshmen are eligible for course credit in English and/or mathematics if their enhanced ACT scores are sufficiently high.
Students receive credit in:
- English 101 if they score 28 or higher in English
- English 102 if they score 32 or higher in English
- Mathematics 101 if they score 23 or higher in mathematics
- Mathematics 102 if they score 27 or higher in mathematics
The University accepts the corresponding Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores in place of ACT scores for advanced placement purposes under exceptional circumstances.
Advanced Placement Program Examinations
Students achieving scores of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement examinations are eligible to receive credit on the basis of such test scores. Credit is granted for freshman-level and sophomore-level courses only. Students who have completed these tests should have their scores sent by the College Board directly to the Nicholls State University Office of Records and Registration.
College-Level Examination Program
Nicholls State University, an official CLEP Test Center, administers CLEP examinations. CLEP enables both traditional and non-traditional students to earn college credit by examination for freshman and sophomore courses only. The Office of Records and Registration will award credit for satisfactory scores on approved subject examinations only after the academic department in which credit is sought determines it should be awarded.
Nicholls State University Credit Examinations
Nicholls administers credit examinations to students who claim special competence gained through practical experience, extensive training, or completion of courses in non-accredited institutions. A credit examination must be approved in advance by the dean of the college in which the course concerned is offered, and the department head and the appropriate instructor in the academic department administering the examination. Students seeking credit by examination will initiate the process by obtaining the required application in the Office of Records and Registration.
- Credit examinations will be permitted only in those areas in which the student has already gained fundamental knowledge of the subject.
- Only students enrolled in the University are eligible to take credit examinations.
- Transfer students may not take credit examinations until all credits accepted as transfer credits are recorded at Nicholls.
- The course for which credit is sought must be included in the current University Bulletin.
- In no case will a student be permitted to take a credit examination in a course which the student has audited or taken for non-credit or a course in which the student made an unsatisfactory grade of W, D, F or U.
- A student may not repeat a failed credit examination.
- Credit examinations may not be used to reduce the University’s residence requirements for degree purposes.
A student must make the equivalent of a C grade or better on the examination to receive credit. However, no grade other than S or U is assigned or recorded.
Credit for Military Service
A student who has completed a minimum of six months (181 consecutive days) of active duty in the United States Armed Forces shall be classified as a veteran. In order to receive credit for military service, the student must present an official document showing honorable discharge or assignment to the National Guard or to reserve status. Two semester hours of health and physical education activity credit will be awarded for each six months of active service, up to a maximum of eight semester hours of credit.