Undergraduate, Professional, and Graduate Areas of Emphasis
Academic Affairs Policy Statement No. 5 (PDF)
Proposal Form for Undergraduate, Professional, and Graduate Area
Area of Emphasis Approval Routing Flowchart (PDF)
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- The option to create an area of emphasis within a major or certificate and the formulation of requirements for the area of emphasis are curriculum decisions; therefore, they should originate from the faculty of the academic unit offering the major or certificate. Although graduate study by its very nature focuses on specialized areas of study, students may benefit from the formal recognition of specialized study that the official Area of Emphasis provides.
- The official designation shall be "area of emphasis."
- Only approved areas of emphasis will be included on the student’s official transcript and appear in the bulletin.
- Undergraduate Area of Emphasis:
An undergraduate area of emphasis is a specialty within a major or certificate. It requires 12 or more semester-credit hours of upper-division courses (numbered 3000 or above) acceptable for satisfaction of the major degree requirements.
- Professional Program Area of Emphasis
A professional program area of emphasis is a specialty within a major or certificate. It requires 9 or more semester credit hours of professional-level courses acceptable for satisfaction of the major degree requirements.
- Graduate Area of Emphasis Requirements for an area of emphasis within a graduate major or certificate will be established within the individual academic departments.
- Establishment of an area of emphasis should begin with the department or academic unit offering the major or certificate. After approval of the curriculum committee and dean of the appropriate school or college, proposals for Undergraduate and Professional Areas of Emphasis should be submitted to the University Curriculum Committee for review and approval. Proposals for Graduate Areas of Emphasis should be submitted to the Graduate School for consideration after approval by the appropriate dean and curriculum committee. After approval by the Graduate School, proposals for Graduate Areas of Emphasis should be submitted to the University Curriculum Committee. Approved areas of emphasis will then be forwarded to the Board of Regents for information only. Proposals for areas of emphasis should be submitted using the area of emphasis program form.
- When a proposed area of emphasis affects another school, college, or department (by, for example, listing a course offered by another unit), the proposal should be circulated to that unit for sign-off prior to submission to the University Curriculum Committee.
- Undergraduate or professional students who wish to pursue an area of emphasis should consult with their major advisor. Upon agreement on the area of emphasis to be studied, the student's dean will make the appropriate update to the student data base. When the student's dean certifies the student for graduation, the registrar will add a notation to the transcript indicating the area of emphasis. In those cases where the emphasis was not completed, the student's dean will delete the emphasis from the student data base prior to certifying completion of the major or certificate.
- Graduate students who wish to receive designation for an area of emphasis should consult with the graduate coordinator in the academic department. Upon agreement on the area of emphasis to be studied, the academic department will make the appropriate update to the student database. When the Graduate School certifies the student for graduation, the registrar will add a notation to the transcript indicating the area of emphasis.