- Grade Point Averages
- Residency Requirement
- Credit Hours and Levels
- Credit Restrictions
- University General Education/Core Requirements
- Departmental Major
- Interdisciplinary Majors
- Interdepartmental Major
- Related Courses
- Writing Across the Curriculum
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) reflects all grades earned, including grades of F and grades in repeated courses. Candidates must earn a minimum overall cumulative GPA of C (that is, a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale) for all UT course work. In addition, candidates must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of C in the major, minor (optional) and UT general education requirements with the grades of all courses attempted at all institutions included in the GPA calculation. Some programs require a higher GPA in the major. Criteria governing this policy are detailed in the unde3364 71 07: GPA recalculation.
Students transferring from other institutions must earn at least 30 hours of credit at The University of Toledo; at least 12 of these must be in the major area, and for students pursuing a minor, at least 9 hours must be earned at The University of Toledo. Full-time students must take their last semester, and part-time students their last 12 hours, in residence, unless alternative arrangements have been made in advance with the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters.
- Students must complete 120-127 credit hours of course work that must include the University and college general education requirements, and either an area of concentration (major) and course work related to the major, or an interdisciplinary program. The exact number of hours is determined by the program.
- In all baccalaureate programs, a minimum of 64 hours must be taken at the 2000 to 4000 levels; of these a minimum of 32 hours must be taken at the 3000 to 4000 levels. (Courses transferred from community, junior or technical colleges offering Associate degrees will count at the levels of their UT equivalents.)
- Students are cautioned to make use of their degree audit and review remaining requirements with their Adviser before every registration in order to make progress toward completion of their requirements in an orderly, timely manner.
- Insofar as a student can complete the basic courses and the courses required for a chosen major in fewer than the hours required for a degree, the student must choose elective courses to complete the total of hours, subject to the restrictions outlined below.
Total earned hours shown on a student’s transcript may not all be applicable to the 120-127 credits required for a degree, as follows:
- Students with entrance deficiencies in mathematics and other students who are required or choose to take developmental course work will not be able to count those hours toward the degree.
- No more than four hours of credit in performing ensembles (MUS 3010 to MUS 3190) will apply toward the degree.
- No courses in typing, shorthand or keyboarding will apply toward the degree.
- No more than two hours in Student Leadership Development I and II will apply toward the degree.
- Restriction on technical electives does not apply to the following programs of study: Art, Art History, Communication, Film, Music, Theatre. For all other programs of study in the College, no more than 15 hours of credit earned in colleges other than the College of Arts and Letters, either at The University of Toledo or elsewhere, will apply toward the degree. Exceptions to this restriction include courses approved for UT General Education requirements and courses which are required or approved by departments to satisfy related field requirements. In addition, College of Arts and Letters students participating in the Law School Three plus Three program will be permitted to apply Law School credits earned to their degree, and those taking a business minor will be permitted to take 21 hours of business courses. However, no additional technical electives beyond these 21 hours will apply to the degree.
- Duplicate credit - except for courses identified as repeatable courses, students will not receive credit for repeated courses (taking the same course twice), whether taken at The University of Toledo or elsewhere.
- The college reserves the right to deny credit for other specific courses (including most SKLS and some UC courses) and for blanket technical credit not applicable to a student’s specific program.
- A maximum of 2 credits of sport and physical courses are applicable toward a degree.
Students earning baccalaureates in all colleges and programs are required to complete between 36 and 42 credit hours of courses that comprise the university general education curriculum. Those courses are distributed in the areas of English composition, humanities/fine arts, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and multicultural studies. Some colleges and programs require courses in these areas above those required to fulfill University general education requirements. Students should consult their degree audit or their adviser for specific details.
Every student must complete either a departmental major or an interdepartmental or interdisciplinary major. Courses given in other colleges of the University may be credited to the major only with the approval of the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters upon recommendation of the Department Chair. Waiver of a required course or the substitution of a course from another department does not necessarily reduce the minimum credits required in the major.
See the complete list of departmental majors under “Degrees Offered” in the College of Arts and Letters section of this catalog.
The minimum number of semester hours a student must complete for a departmental major is prescribed by the department. The maximum number of hours a student may elect for the major varies by degree program. A student may have two majors from two different departments within the College of Arts and Letters, provided the requirements of both programs are satisfied. Work in the second major may be accepted as fulfilling the related course requirement, but requires the approval of the Advisers in both departments. A student cannot use courses from the first major to satisfy the second and vice‐versa. See section on “Earning a Second Degree” for statement on requirements when two or more desired major programs are offered as different degrees.
A student may complete one of the interdisciplinary majors if accepted into that particular program. A student completing a departmental major and a second major in an interdisciplinary or interdepartmental major cannot use courses from the first major to satisfy the second or vice-versa. See the complete list of interdisciplinary majors under “Degrees Offered” in the College of Arts and Letters section of this catalog.
A student who chooses an interdepartmental major must complete at least 60 hours divided approximately equally among three related departments. These 60 hours are in lieu of the prescribed hours in a departmental major and the 18 hours in related courses (see Related Courses).
The student must have at least a C average in all courses attempted in each of the three departments of the interdepartmental major. In planning a program, the student must consult with the interdepartmental Adviser of the college to select courses in each area that have the approval of the appropriate department Chair.
The three departments selected from the list of departmental majors (found under “Degrees Offered” in the College of Arts and Letters section of this catalog) are subject to the approval of the Dean and the department Chairs concerned. A student completing a departmental major and second major in an interdisciplinary or interdepartmental major cannot use courses from the first major to satisfy the second or vice-versa.
Many College of Arts and Letters departments and interdisciplinary programs offer minors. In addition, non‐program minors are offered in the college. Specific minor requirements are listed under Programs of Study. Students wishing to pursue minors should consult with their primary program Advisers and then with an Adviser in the Arts and Letters college office. Not all minors can be added to all degree programs. Courses selected for the minor must be chosen from courses acceptable for credit toward a major in the college. In meeting requirements for some majors, work in the minor may be accepted as fulfilling the 18 hours of related courses, but only with the approval of the student’s major Adviser. Students completing a minor cannot use courses from their minor to satisfy requirements in the major.
No more than six hours of courses taken for minor credit may be applied to the total College of Arts and Letters general education requirements. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the minor. Credit hours for a minor contained in the College of Arts and Letters vary from 18 to 22 hours, depending on the minor. At least nine of those hours must be completed at The University of Toledo. All minors must be declared and completed prior to graduation.
All new first-year students are required to take AR 1000 Orientation. The course is optional for transfer students.
Every student who chooses a departmental major and students in some interdisciplinary majors also must complete a minimum of 18 hours in courses related to the major. These 18 hours must be in addition to courses taken to fulfill the basic requirements listed above. Each department defines the areas from which courses may be chosen by its majors, and these listings are given in other sections of this catalog under Programs of Study or in the student’s online degree audit. Related courses must be chosen from courses acceptable for credit in a College of Arts and Letters major. Generally, these are upper-level courses.
Courses offered by other colleges of the University may be credited to the major or to related courses only with the approval of the department Chair.
Students must pass both Composition I and II with a C or better. The College of Arts and Letters recommends that these requirements be met before completing 45 hours of course work. Students in the Honors Program will complete HON 1010 and HON 1020 to meet the Composition I and II requirement.
After completing Composition I and II (or HON 1010 and HON 1020 for Honors Program students) with a C or better, students must pass two writing intensive courses approved by their Adviser. The College of Arts and Letters recommends that the first of these writing courses be completed within the first 65 hours of course work, and the second within the first 90 hours. One of these courses must be taken within the student’s major. Students with dual majors must take a writing intensive course in each major. Students with interdisciplinary majors will meet this requirement by selecting courses in consultation with their Advisers, who will monitor students’ progress to help them complete these requirements in a timely fashion.
Transfer students from institutions that have required writing intensive courses should have their former institution certify that they have completed writing intensive courses comparable to those required in the College of Arts and Letters. Transfer students who have not taken writing intensive courses must meet the College of Arts and Letters Writing Across the Curriculum requirements.
Sharon L. Schnarre, Adviser
Students interested in professional medical, dental or veterinary careers may choose to apply for the pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-veterinary programs. Students choosing this option must also complete the requirements for a major in a specific discipline or in an interdisciplinary baccalaureate program.
Because admission to a professional school is very competitive, students need to maintain high GPAs, both cumulative and in the sciences. The premedical/predental adviser will continually monitor a student’s academic performance and make recommendations as to whether this program should be continued. If at any time a student’s GPA drops below a 3.0, the student will be dropped from the program, unless extenuating circumstances exist, in which case the student will be placed on a probationary status until the grades improve.
The premedical/predental adviser will assist the student in determining the entrance requirements of the professional school being considered, since these requirements vary among schools. In general, these professional schools specify for entrance a core set of science courses that include one year (two semesters) each of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and mathematics. Most schools recommend that candidates plan a broad course of study leading to either a B.A. or a B.S. degree in any discipline.