Each candidate for graduation must select a major. We strongly recommend that you, the student, make this selection by the end of your sophomore (2nd) year.
Selecting your major and choosing an emphasis or minor allows you to focus your degree to meet your goals. Select a major with an emphasis or a minor, and select elective courses for a degree plan that gives you tools for success.
Majors are classified in two ways:
Note on cohort degrees: Because of the nature of the accelerated cohort degree completion curriculum, students may select only a single major.
We strongly recommend that you, the student, make this selection by the end of your sophomore (2nd) year. A decision makes it easier for you and your Student Coach to strategize for your junior and senior (3rd and 4th) year degree plan. You should should officially declare a major field of concentration by the time you have completed 60 credit hours.
Bellevue University offers accelerated degree completion programs for working adult students who have completed an associate degree or a minimum of 60 semester hours of transferable credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher education. Prior to beginning the cohort-based major, the student must:.
Note: Specific majors may have additional requirements.
Students meeting these qualifications will be granted full admittance. Applicants not meeting the qualifications for full academic acceptance will be considered by the Admissions and Standards Committee, which may approve exceptions on an individual basis. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision.
Selection of a minor is not a graduation requirement. You must complete 9 credit hours in-residence in order to have the minor posted to a Bellevue University Transcript.
Bellevue University makes the academic minor available to enrich an undergraduate student’s educational focus. A minor is a recognized group of courses in a specific discipline that enhances general learning, complements the student’s major, or improves the prospects for employment. Selection of a minor should be arranged in consultation with a faculty advisor from the appropriate area of study.
Minors typically require between 18 and 24 credit hours to complete. All minors require a minimum GPA of 2.5 and 9 upper-division credit hours and 3 courses (9 credit hours) in-residence at Bellevue University. 6 of the residence credit hours must be upper-level courses. Students in accelerated bachelor’s degree completion programs are not permitted to choose minors.
At the undergraduate level, emphases provide an area of focus and a choice of options for more in-depth study within a bachelor’s degree program. Emphases are generally 9 to 12 credit hours (less than the requirements of a minor) and are designed to provide students with choices in a disciplinary area of interest. You should consult with your Student Coach in order to effectively design a degree plan that integrates one or more emphasis in your degree program.
Certificates are awarded for completion of a set of courses that define a specialization that is generally recognized in the workplace. A certificate is not an academic award, but rather an acknowledgement or recognition of student learning in a content domain. The courses will be included on your student transcript, and upon request, on a printed certificate of completion.