The academic year consists of two
semesters, August through December and January through May, and a summer session
in June and July, with Intersession classes between semesters.
A semester hour consists of one
class period per week in a subject for one semester, with the exception of
laboratories, practicums, or activity classes in which two periods per week is a
semester hour. In the summer session, the period of class contact per semester
hour is doubled. It is the University's policy that each semester hour
represents 16 faculty-student contact periods per term, or 32 hours of regularly
scheduled laboratory, or other formal course activity per term.
Courses are numbered to indicate
the degree of advancement. The first digit indicates level of study; 1000
freshmen level; 2000 sophomore level; 3000 junior level; and 4000 senior level.
In general, courses numbered lowest are those that should be completed
first. The last digit of the course number indicates the amount of semester
credit hours awarded for the course. For example, ENGL 1113 is a freshman level,
Students with less than 45 credit
hours are encouraged not to enroll in 3000 and 4000 level courses. Second
semester sophomores may take 3000Ėlevel or 4000Ėlevel courses with caution.
All students who enter Rogers State
University must enroll in the appropriate composition course and remain enrolled
continuously until the composition sequence or the equivalent is complete.
Students should complete their general education math course within the first 45
hours. Students should complete all general education requirements within their
first 60 hours.
The maximum load that an
undergraduate student will normally be permitted to carry is 18 hours during
fall and spring semesters, and nine hours during the summer term. Students
attaining a retention/graduation grade point average of 3.0, and having
completed a minimum of 15 semester hours, will be permitted to enroll in a
maximum of 24 hours during fall and spring semesters and 12 hours during the
A student exceeding the maximum
load, up to but not more than 21 hours for the fall and spring semesters and 12
hours for summer term, must have permission of the Department Head and the Dean
of the School within which the student is majoring. A student wishing to carry
an academic load in excess of 21 hours must have the permission of the Associate
Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The Office of the Registrar will
provide verification that the above criteria have been satisfied.
In the event of dual enrollment by
a student at more than one institution, the preceding load limits apply to all
college courses in which the student is enrolled.
A major is a set of courses in a
studentís declared area of primary academic study that, when accompanied by
appropriate supporting courses, leads to a degree. The bachelorís degree is
based on a minimum of 30 semester hours credit in the area of specialization. A
major in an associateís degree has a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit.
Majors are recorded on the studentís permanent record. The requirements for a
major are specified in the Bulletin in effect at the time of the studentís
initial continuous enrollment at Rogers State University or an Oklahoma
educational institution governed by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher
Specific courses are required for
the major, but electives may be selected from a range of alternatives prescribed
by the department. Some majors have options. An option area includes specified
courses that provide a coherent group of courses within a major. Option areas
for majors are recorded on the studentís permanent record.
Students who are undecided on a
major may enter the University as ďundeclared.Ē Students are strongly
encouraged to choose a major by the time they have completed 30 credit hours.
Students may transfer from one major to another by filing a ďChange of
Major/MinorĒ form available from departments.
In contrast with a major, an
academic minor involves less extensive concentration in a discipline but still
imposes specific requirements. An undergraduate minor is a specific set of
courses in a subject area or academic discipline. A minor alone does not lead to
an academic degree, but may be required by some majors. A minor differs from an
option area in that a minor is not a coherent group of courses within the
studentís major. The requirements for a minor are specified in the Bulletin in
effect at the time of the studentís initial fulltime enrollment at Rogers
State University. Minors are recorded on the studentís permanent record.
When applicable, no more than a
single course (up to four hours) may apply toward general education requirements in
either a major or a minor without additional courses being required in that
major or minor. In such a case, the major or minor requirement and the general
education requirement will be considered met, the credit hours toward
graduation, however, count only once.
When a course can be counted toward
both the major and the minor, that course must be replaced with a course from
one of either of the two areas and must be at the same or higher level.
When an Associate Degree Candidate
(AA/AS/AAS) has accumulated 30 hours, or a Bachelor Candidate (BA/BS/BIT) 60
hours, the student, in conjunction with his/her advisor, should request a
General Education Check from the Registrar. To complete a major or a minor from
RSU, students must meet all requirements and pass all courses required by the
school and department from which they select a major or a minor. These
requirements vary and are specifically stated in the section of this Bulletin
that summarizes each academic departmentís offerings including its major and
Each undergraduate student is
strongly encouraged to work closely with his or her assigned advisor in
selecting General Education courses, major and minor offerings, and elective
courses from other disciplines. However, students must bear primary
responsibility for their program. It is the studentís responsibility to
understand general education and program requirements.