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Frequently Asked Questions

 
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How many credit hours do I need to be considered a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior?
How many hours do I need to take to be considered full time?
How do I drop and add classes once I have registered?
What is a prerequisite?
Do I need to take a foreign language?
What is the difference between a semester-long class, a module, and a quad?
What does it mean to audit a class?
May I take a class for credit/no credit?
What is a major, a minor, and a cognate?
How do I declare my major?
How many hours are required for a degree?
What are the Aquinas Residency Requirements?
How do I apply for graduation?
Where do I request a transcript?
Can I earn a second Bachelor's degree?
What determines Continuing Education status?
 
Have other questions? E-mail us at: advising@aquinas.edu
 
How many credit hours do I need to be considered a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior?
You need 0 to 27 credits to be considered a freshman, 28 to 59 credits to be considered a sophomore, 60 to 93 credits to be considered a junior and 94+ credits to be considered a senior.
 
How many hours do I need to take to be considered full time?
Full-time status is 12-18 credit hours per semester. Full-time students generally enroll for 15-16 credit hours. To enroll for more than 18 credit hours in a semester you must have the permission of the Registrar/Director of Academic Advising.
 
How do I drop and add classes once I have registered?
Once you have registered for classes, you will need a drop/add slip to change classes, signed by your advisor.   Any class that is already full will require you to get the instructor's signature. After classes have begun, the instructor's signature is required on all drop/add slips.   Drop/add slips are processed in the Registrar / Academic Advising Center. Check the current class schedule for drop/add deadlines.
 
What is a prerequisite?
A prerequisite is a specific preparatory class(es) or a number of credit hours you must have completed before taking a class.
 
Do I need to take a foreign language?
Proficiency through the second semester of a foreign language is required for all traditional-age students. As of Fall 1998, proficiency will also be required for all traditional-age transfer students who transfer with 59.0 credits or less or without an Associate of Arts degree.
 
What is the difference between a semester-long class, a module, and a quad?
A semester-long class meets the full 16 weeks of the semester. It is indicated with an "S" as the section number. A module is an 8-week class that meets during the day. A first 8-week module is indicated with an "A" and a second 8-week module with a "B" as the section number. A quad is an 8-week class that meets in the evening. A first 8-week quad is indicated with a "1" or a "3" and a second 8-week quad with a "2" or a "4" as the section number. (Quad classes are not available to first-year, traditional students due to the intensity of the classes.)
 
What does it mean to audit a class?
To audit a class, a student needs to be formally admitted to the College and must pay half the regular per-course rate. Auditors are expected to attend all classes and participate in the assigned activities of the class. They may take all tests and submit assigned papers for evaluation, but they are not required to do so. Auditor status must be declared at the time of registration. In the event of limited registration, grade enrollees will be given preference. (Not all classes are available for auditor status.)
 
May I take a class for credit/no credit?
A course not required for a student's major, minor or cognate may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. The request must be submitted to the instructor during the first week of class. The instructor has the prerogative to grant or deny the request. Grades of CR (credit) count towards the 124 hours required for a degree but are not calculated in the grade-point-average. No more than eight courses taken for CR (credit) may be applied toward a degree. (Credit equals C- or higher; No Credit equals less than a C-.)
 
What is a major, a minor, and a cognate?
A major is a designated program of studies made up of core requirements and electives of usually 30 to 48 hours in the same academic discipline. All undergraduate degrees, except the associate degrees and the Bachelor of Arts in General Education, require the completion of a major. A minor is a designated program of studies made up of core requirements and electives of 20 or more hours in the same academic discipline. A cognate is a designated program of studies of 20 or more hours in more than one academic discipline. Minors and cognates are optional for your degree program.
 
How do I declare my major?
Major and minor declaration forms can be downloaded here (pdf). You can also pick up a form in the Registrar and Academic Advising Center in Hruby Hall, room 30.  Next, meet briefly with your current advisor to pick up your advising file. Then, make an appointment with the chairperson of the department in which you would like to declare your major. You must bring your advising file to this meeting and leave it with the chairperson. The Declaration of Major form must be signed by the chairperson of the academic department and then returned to the Registrar and Academic Advising Center.  You may declare a major at any time during your freshman year.  However, you are required to declare a major by the time you have accumulated 30 semester hours toward a degree, which will usually occur during your sophomore year.
 
How many hours are required for a degree?
To earn a bachelor's degree you must complete 124 semester hours of work, which include the completion of a major, fulfillment of the General Education Plan, electives to make up the total 124 semester hours, meeting the writing and mathematics proficiency standards, and meeting the residency requirement. To earn an Associate of Arts degree you must complete 64 semester hours of work, which include the General Education Plan, meeting the writing and mathematics proficiency standards, and meeting the residency requirement. To earn an Associate of Liturgical Music, Ministry, or Science, you must complete 64 semester hours of work, which include one-half of the General Education Plan (at least one course from each of the required areas), meeting the writing and mathematics proficiency standards, and meeting the residency requirement.
 
What are the Aquinas Residency Requirements?
A minimum of 30 semester hours must be earned at Aquinas. Credit by examination, life experience credit, and CLEP credit do not count toward the residency requirement. You must also be in attendance at Aquinas the semester previous to your graduation.
 
How do I apply for graduation?
Applications for graduation are available in the Registrar and Academic Advising Center . You will need to take the Application and an unofficial transcript to your major department chairperson for his/her signature and then return the form to the Registrar and Academic Advising Center. Check with the Registrar's Office for application deadlines.
 
Where do I request a transcript?
Transcripts can be obtained in the Registrar Office.  You must submit a written request, including your signature, for an official copy of your transcript. >More about transcript requests
 
Can I earn a second Bachelor's degree?
If you already hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college, you may earn a second bachelor's degree at Aquinas by completing 30 semester hours of residence credit beyond those required for the first degree and by satisfying all College and major requirements.
 
What determines Continuing Education status?
A continuing education student is one of the following: a student whose education has been interrupted (an interruption of two or more years in their higher education, or four or more years since high-school graduation), a student who has been continuously employed on a full-time basis for two or more years and who qualifies as a self-supporting student as defined by financial aid regulations, a student who is a veteran of the Armed Forces, or a student who holds a bachelor's degree or professional diploma.